The DevOps Enterprise Summit is one of my favorite places to connect with the world’s best technologists and DevOps practitioners. It’s the perfect forum for insightful conversations, valuable networking and immersive learning—and the comraderie is unmatched. For me, it’s always a pleasure to catch up with my great friends in DevOps and get an insider’s perspective from the leaders who are driving the industry and practices forward.
This past June, DevOps Enterprise Summit London (DOES18) did not disappoint. We experienced firsthand some of the most iconic business transformation stories in DevOps. We also heard from the best technologists in the business. The programming committee introduced new themes and brought in fresh perspectives that reach beyond Dev and Ops. We got to see how the technology value stream influences the entire business from the standpoint of those impacted the most.
Once again, DevOps.com partnered with IT Revolution and DOES18 organizers for in-depth video panel conversations with the speakers and thought leaders. Next-generation ops and infrastructure, spanning the divide between tech and business, DevSecOps and experience reports were all topics of conversation at this year’s show. We talked about challenges, opportunities and what the future is going to look like for DevOps. Here are the highlights from the videos we shared on DevOps TV.
Where are They Now?
One of the things I look forward to most at DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) is reconnecting with leaders who have shared their DevOps journeys and experiences from the early days. These companies can act as the compass for those that are just starting IT transformation journeys. At DOES, we learn where these industry pioneers are headed, the ups, the downs and what they are working on/need help with next. For example, we continued the conversation with Jonathan Fletcher at Hiscox, whose DevOps journey has been incredible to follow. The Verizon team, who presented on Day, 2 sat down with me and talked about the long lasting effects their DevOps transformation has had on such an extremely large and already successful company. Last, but not least, representatives Capital One chronicled their DevOps transformation journey and their march toward high performing teams across the organization.
DevOps Right Now
If you want the scoop on where DevOps stands today, DOES is the place to be. I enjoyed the conversation I had with DevOps thought leader and author, Mirco Hering, who shared invaluable knowledge on the current state of DevOps. We also sat down with Ilkka Turunen, Zane Lackey and Margo Cronin to take a deep dive into one of today’s hottest topics: DevSecOps. Examining value streams of high performing companies was also top of mind and it was interesting to hear how adjusting that value depended on the changing needs of the customer. Nicole Bryan, Carmen DeArdo, Dominica DeGrandis, Mik Kersten and I had an insightful discussion about this topic.
ITSM and DevOps Can Be Friends
Whether you were a skeptic of ITSM or DevOps in the early years, it’s likely you didn’t predict that they would be compatible. We had a great conversation with the fantastic Jayne Groll, Rob England and Dr. Cherry Vu around ITSM, ITIL and DevOps—and how DevOps and ITSM can actually complement each other.
Next Gen Operations and Infrastructure
Gene Kim and the programming committee worked hard to make next-generation ops and infrastructure a big theme at this year’s conference by seeking some of the sharpest talents in this arena. We had the amazing opportunity to interview John Willis, Damon Edwards and Cornelia Davis to talk about where ops is headed.
Spanning the Tech and Business Divide
As I mentioned earlier, DOES18 examines how the technology value stream goes far beyond just Dev and Ops. We looked at its impact on HR, project management and more—and how DevOps applies to leadership these other areas of the organization. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Fin Goulding, Jelena Laketic and Mark Schwartz to discuss the role that IT leaders should play in a successful DevOps transformation and what things are of value when injecting high performance into a company. I also reflected on the different business organization strategies used to turn normal companies into high performers and common problems that can be overcome on that journey with Jon Smart, Morag McCall and Tom Clark.
Competitiveness and DevOps
If your organization isn’t constantly adapting to out compete the competition, regardless of whether you are practicing DevOps, you may have already lost. Jennifer Wood and Chris Hill stopped by to discuss the need for companies struggling to compete in their industries to adopt DevOps practices. We also got to get a glimpse into their own company’s transformation efforts as well. One industry in particular that is facing disruption is financial services. I was lucky enough to sit down with two high-profile finance based IT leaders, Shaun Norris and Nick Funnel, to engage in a discussion on the evolution of DevOps in their industry and the direction of DevOps in the future as technology continues to evolve for finance.
Las Vegas is Around the Corner
I look forward to connecting with all my DevOps friends again at DOES18 USA in Las Vegas this October!