Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Getting traction for digital transformation

Michael Angstadt (HEB Digital)
11:00am11:40am Thursday, July 18, 2019
The Next Architecture
Location: Portland 255
Secondary topics:  Cloud Native

Who is this presentation for?

  • Lead engineers, architects, engineering managers, and software executives




It is true that something can still work and not be good anymore. There’s also a strong possibility that the apparent best thing you can do for your business is build new features on top of what you’ve already got. So how do you make the business case for digital transformation without slowing down the business?

Michael Angstadt shares straightforward approaches to justifying the investment in transformational engineering—whether it’s breaking apart a monolith into a services architecture, moving workloads into Kubernetes, paying down the technical debt of legacy code, or refactoring a core component to make it more testable—and walks you through a few real-world examples of how he’s made this case successfully at WP Engine.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with your company's initiative around digital transformation and current state of technology (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Gain real-world, applicable techniques to get projects around digital transformation funded and prioritized
  • Become better equipped to facilitate the conversation and your own company and get traction in mind-set shift
Photo of Michael Angstadt

Michael Angstadt

HEB Digital

Mike Angstadt is the Director of Platform Engineering at H-E-B Digital, the largest grocery retailer in the Southwest, with 350 stores and 110,000 partners across Texas & Mexico. His passion is for the humans that make all that happen — finding growth opportunities, engaging with them to discover meaningful work, ensuring high-level business objectives are clearly communicated, driving to the predictable delivery of results, and making it fun to discover customer-inspired innovation at H-E-B.