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Unicom Seminars

26 June, Lancaster Hotel London

Conference Programme

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London 2014


Programme Chair: Matthew Skelton, SoftwareOperability.Com


08:30 DevOps – Do not exceed the recommended dose
John Clapham, Microsoft, Mix Radio
It seems that DevOps is the wonder drug of the moment.  Everywhere you look it’s being prescribed for organizational ailments ranging from slow delivery to frequent outages.  In search of cures you’ll find reputable practitioners, quacks and witch doctors.  So who should you listen to? This talk aims to assist with diagnosis, looks at long term implications of DevOps, and may even help avoid some of those painful side effects.

09:00 DEVOPS, its more than DEV + OPSs
Graham Dick, Director, Lamri
There is lots of talk on tooling and on techniques like CI, TDD etc.  However what is often missed is the human element and in particular the practices necessary to link Dev and Ops and make DevOps a reality.   This talk will shine a light on the practices necessary to link Dev and Ops and will in addition look at how these practices and therefor Devops can be scaled across the organisation.

09:30 Production + Governance = DevOps
Stuart Mitchell, Global Programming Manager for Agile, HSBC
At a time when SWD speed to Production is seen as essential for the company, then appropriate Governance becomes increasingly critical. This presentation will prove that the only way to navigate these rapids ahead is through DevOps.  All attendees will receive two free ebooks.  

10:00 Joint plenary with: Next Generation Testing: Testing as an Activity & Application Life-Cycle Management: Making ALM Agile

Loose Coupling: An Ecological Approach to Systems Design & Integration
Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge Pte Ltd

Introduction to sponsors and supporting Bodies

11:00 COFFEE

11:30 DevOps for Cloud
Mahendra K. Pingale, Senior Product Manager, IBM DevOps

Efficient Teams

12:00 Interactive panel: How to nurture a DevOps culture.
Panellists include: Paul Speers; John Clapham; Matthew Skelton

12:30 LUNCH


13:30 Tools in DevOps
Alex Papadimoulis, inedo
Tools are an absolutely essentially component of a DevOps implementation, and without that without the right tools, an organization will never be able to achieve the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, repeatability, and scalability that DevOps can bring.
Of course, finding the right tool is not easy, especially in a field as new and as fluid as DevOps. Although the hammer is one of the best tools of all time, most of the world’s problems do not involve pounding nails – and if you treat every problem like a nail, you’ll end up with a lot more problems.

Before deciding on which tool to use, you should understand what problem you have and what tools were built to solve which problems. In this talk, I’ll discuss categories of tools, some specific tools, and how they fit into a DevOps and Continuous Delivery landscape.

14:15 How To Choose DevOps Tools
Matthew Skelton, Co-Founder, Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd
With an ever-increasing array of tools and technologies claiming to 'enable DevOps', how do we know which tools to try or to choose? In-house, open source, or commercial? Ruby or shell? Dedicated or plugins? It transpires that highly collaborative practices such as DevOps and Continuous Delivery require new ways of assessing tools and technologies in order to avoid creating new silos. Matthew Skelton shares his recent experience of helping many different organisations to evaluate and select tools to facilitate DevOps; the recommendations may surprise you. Warning: may include a live demo!

14:45 The future of the VMs, the Centralised Orchestration and DevOps in the world of Microservices
Pini Reznik, Ugly Duckling NL
Microservices seems to be one of the most important coming architectural shifts in the Software Development, but is the current way we manage infrastructure able to support this new way of building software? In this talk I will argue, based on the research done on the Complex Adaptive Systems and Emergent Behaviour, that VMs and centralised Orchestration reached their physical limits and will soon will be replaced with Containers able to deliver performance comparable to the smaller parts of the Microservices based systems

15:15 TEA

15;30 CASE STUDY: Hear how Automic has helped their customers to adopt a DevOps approach to transform their businesses
Vladi Shlesman, Automic

16:00 CASE STUDY: How MoJ does DevOps
Sym Roe & Ash Berlin, Ministry of Justice

16:30 CASE STUDY: Build your own Heroku - an experience report
Dan North, Dan North & Associates
At his last company Dan built an internal Platform-as-a-Service stack, modelled on Heroku, by taking various open source components and gluing them together with Python. The platform enables non-developers to deploy their own simple web apps with zero effort. Here he gives an experience report of how he built it and what he learned, and what he'd do differently if he did it again!

The theme of this talk is about deliberate discovery and how using a risk-based approach changed the way Dan went about designing and implementing the platform. There are no slides, just a flipchart and some opinions.

17:00 Closing keynote: The Internet of Things
Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge Pte Ltd

17:30 Chairman’s summing-up

17:45 Drinks reception sponsored by IBM


Conference Sponsors:







Xebia Labs


Media Partners:

Computer Weekly

Methods and Tools