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TALKS & IGNITE

DAY 1 - TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29

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10 years ago we had the idea to organise a conference in Gent to bridge the gap between developers and the people runing their code. It was the start of a new global movement. We never predicted that #devops would be where #devops is today. The word devops has evolved, the community has evolved. Over the years the word devops lost it’s meaning at least it’s original meaning. The real challenge for the next decade will be to see how we can revive those original values and ideas, if at all… Can we fix Devops? This talk will give you some Ideas about that.

LOOKING BACK AT 10 YEARS OF DEVOPS

KRIS BUYTAERT

Chief Technical Officer

 
 
 

Product Manager

EDWARD PEARSON
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MOVING FROM PROJECT TO PRODUCT: IT'S TIME WE STOPPED FAILING THE BUSINESS

Over recent years the project to product movement has been gaining traction within the IT industry. Projects are increasingly being demonised and Products portrayed as the saviour but what does it actually mean for IT Teams? In this talk, we lift the covers on the Project to Product movement and help you understand: Why is IT broken? What is actually wrong with Projects? How do Products make things better? How does this apply to teams and individuals? Where to start?

BIO: Prior to joining DevOpsGroup, Ed gained extensive experience working with development teams in both delivery and product roles. He enjoys encouraging experimentation and innovation in teams and organisations to deliver business value.

Ed joined DevOpsGroup in 2016 and spent 18 months working in an enterprise transformation before returning to a role in Product. Ed thrives working as part of a cross-functional team and loves the challenge of working in a scaling business, where change is guaranteed.

He’s a regular speaker on DevOps, Digital Transformation and why organisations should be moving from Project to Product.

Outside of work, Ed has a habit of becoming hobby-obsessed. After several seasons as a decidedly average triathlete, he is currently spending as much time as he can (and more than he should) training to be a decidedly average ultra-runner.

 
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Should I add features to my app making it truly cloud native or should I use smart infrastructure that make me going faster with no need to  code? Is service mesh hype reasonable or should I rather look into more application oriented platforms like serverless frameworks or DAPR? When I have Kafka SDK in my app does it make it less portable, because I have bound code with infrastructure decision? And why this debate started in 80s and is still going on today? Let's talk about that and tell me what side you have chosen ... if not actually both.

SMART APPS OR SMART INFRA - WHERE DO YOU STAND?

TOMÁŠ KUBICA

Azure Cloud Solutions Architect

DAY 1 - IGNITES
 

Head of Research & Development

JIŘÍ BRUNCLÍK
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PRODUCTION INFRASTRUCTURE LOAD-TESTING AT SCALE

Showmax is Africa's most loved video streaming service. Recently we have added live sports onto the platform and that has completely changed our usage patterns. Suddenly, hordes of people are trying to access the service at the same time to watch their beloved Rugby and Cricket. In this talk we will tell you how we have built our load testing infrastructure to simulate the real users and make sure that our platform can withstand the load.

 

BIO: Jiri is as a Head of Research & Development at Showmax, where he is responsible for building the next-generation VOD platform for Africa. Previously he worked at Google as a Site Reliability Engineer, holding the pager for Google Search. His passions are large distributed systems, reliability, and scaling.

Software Developer

 
PHILIPP KRENN
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YAML CONSIDERED HARMFUL

We dive into some common errors people encounter when working with YAML as well as a quick look at alternatives. Will you still love your YAML files after this talk? Let’s see…

BIO: Philipp lives to demo interesting technology. Having worked as a web, infrastructure, and database engineer for more than ten years, Philipp is now working as a developer advocate at Elastic — the company behind the open source Elastic Stack consisting of

Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash. Based in Vienna, Austria, he is constantly traveling Europe and beyond to speak and discuss about open source software, search, databases, infrastructure, and security.

 

 

Cloud/Automation Engineer

ŠTEPÁN VRANÝ
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OPENTELEMETRY; WHY DO YOU NEED TRACING AT ANY SCALE

  1. Do we really need tracing?

  2. At what scale do we need tracing?

  3. It’s expensive.

  4. We don’t need it.


Quite often you might be hearing such things when it comes to tracing. We tend to pair this pillar of observability with huge enterprises with hundreds of microservices. But what’s the actual effort to implement at least some level of tracing? And most

importantly, what are the benefits we can get? We’ll show you how to start with tracing using OpenTelemetry framework at any scale and how it can dramatically improve the observability of your applications.

 

OpenTelemetry is an open source observability framework. It is a CNCF Sandbox member, formed through a merger of the OpenTracing and OpenCensus projects. The goal of OpenTelemetry is to provide a general-purpose API, SDK, and related tools required for the instrumentation of cloud-native software, frameworks, and libraries.

 

BIO: Stepan has started working on with implementation & integration of computing and virtualization platforms right after finishing high school. He gained proficiency in it shortly and soon became a respected consultant. He then got to work on cloud projects – initially as an Ops specialist. Nowadays he’s focused more on architecture building and implementation of cloud solutions. Stepan is passionate about automation and a big enthusiast of DevOps culture who loves to cooperate closely with developers.

DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30

 
 

DevOps Manager

IVO KLIMŠA
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FROM SYSTEM ENGINEER TO DEVOPS STAR

I’d like to share my story about coming from System Engineering to DevOps. I’ll try to explain how this helped me and the business. How to build high performance DevOps teams and how to sell this whole transition to businesses. Many companies/people are trying transit to DevOps. Some of them have been successful, some might be still in process, some may even have failed. Part of that talk would be recommendation of tooling and sharing best practices around DevOps.

BIO: Ivo Klimsa is a DevOps Manager at Solarwinds where he focuses on cloud operations and CI/CD. Ivo as a leader of two DevOps teams, who provides guidance to different business units on these topics and helps product teams focus on product development with leveraging tools like Docker, Ansible, GitHub, vRealize Automation, and many more. He also helps with a transformation to DevOps.

Prior to his current role, he was a System Engineer focused on Linux, JAVA-based application, Automation, and Engineering tooling. Before Solarwinds, Ivo worked as System Engineer at FinTech company (mainly around JAVA application servers). His background is in operations/management, and architecture.

 

“I’m thinking of DevOps much like agile, but with the operations included. The key is effective tooling and communication”

Chief Executive Officer

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BERND ERK
 

HOW CONVENIENCE IS KILLING OPEN STANDARDS

Over the last couple of decades, thought leaders have strongly opposed manufacturer-centric strategies and argued the case of Open Source and Open Standards. This ultimately led to the success of Linux and Open Source we have today. But now, two decades later, the IT industry is in upheaval again: All three major cloud providers have been pushing their serverless solutions. And they succeeded: The number of serverless deployments has already surpassed those of container based ones.“ I think there is no time to waste, to remind our-

-selves about Open Standards, their value to our industry, and why it is worth to fight for them to survive.

Operations Engineer

EDUARDO PIARO

THINK YOU ARE BUYING DEVOPS? THINK AGAIN!

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This talk is inspired in the blog post “Think you’re doing DevOps? Think again” by Derek Langone (XebiaLabs CEO). Big companies have colossal budgets, they can hire the best professionals in world, they can buy the best tools in the market. Guess what!? It’s not enough. You can’t just buy culture. You can’t just buy DevOps. In his book, Mirco Hering dedicates his first chapter to the “ecosystem”, that’s not random. The right ecosystem is really hard to build, maintain, and very easy to lose it. Organizations need to have a kind of gardeners that help to flourish and maintain the right ecosystem where the practices, values and DevOps culture can

grow. Mirco Hering called them change managers, I prefer the term change enabler. One of my missions was to support teams relieving the delivery pain, inflicted by agile methods, by helping them to identify the different kinds of work they do (so they can improve how the work is managed), identifying the dependencies that the team have to manage, making quality a priority and not a someone else problem, teaching them how to measure the improvement or degradation with key metrics, and probably one of the most important capabilities – building the deployment pipeline that correctly represents the flow of changes since de first line of code until production. As a “change enabler” I have explored different strategies and ways to encourage the ecosystem learning to learn (overcoming the fear of failing).

BIO: Operations engineer @ Skim Technologies that enjoys build software, pipelines and communities. Always ready to learn the path to production using source control, continuous integration and continuous delivery for applications, databases and infrastructure. The deployment pipeline is his favourite technical and cultural tool.

DAY 2 - IGNITES
 

Linux & Networking Enthusiast

 
RADEK ZAJÍC
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A TALE OF TWO INTERNETS

Once upon a time, there was a single Internet. Times have changed though: now there are two. This talk will tell you, why you should want to be a part of both and how to get there.

BIO: Radek’s professional career touches Linux, computer networking and more. These days you may mostly meet him at Showmax.com offices where he helps with various DevOps, computer networking and (not just) Content Delivery tasks.

 

Software Developer

DevOps/Cloud Architect

MOZIFUR RAHMAN
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HOW TO CONVINCE YOU MANAGEMENT TO GET KUBERNETES

You want to be on the cutting edge of the cutting edge. Kubernetes is all the rage these days. But businesses are often times slow to change. Sometimes it’s hard to convince management to change tech stack.You probably already tried. So did many of your peers, I curated a handy list of things you could do to convince management to get Kubernetes for your next project. Or better yet move the entire stack to Kubernetes.

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You know the struggle of maintaining docker-compose for local dev environment. Running the whole backend stack on your laptop is either impossible or not efficient. We need fast feedbacks and minimize problems with integration.

 

Garden automates the repetitive parts of your workflow to make developing for Kubernetes and cloud faster and easier. No need to run Docker or Kubernetes on your laptop. Fast, in-cluster builds. Use the same commands and config for dev and CI.

GARDEN.IO - FASTER FEEDBACK LOOPS FOR DEVELOPMENT ON KUBERNETES

MAREK BARTÍK
 

BIO: Marek is a NoOps/NoCode enthusiast. Starting as a C++ programmer while doing masters in Computer Systems and Networks, growing up in the SysAdmin era, quickly realized communication and collaboration is the key. Nowadays he focuses on Cloud Architecting, microservices and Continuous Everything to solve business problems, not technical ones. Marek is passionate about traveling, minimalism, DevOps and Cloud Native.

 

Infrastructure Engineer

NICOLAI ANTIFEROV
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GITHUB ★, WHY DO WE NEED THEM ???

There are many misconceptions around GitHub and its stars. In this talk we will go through them and find out why everyone should have GitHub.