Schedule: Operations and Culture sessions

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Location: Palace Suite - Blenheim Room
Jon Cowie (Etsy)
Average rating: ****.
(4.57, 44 ratings)
An introduction to Etsy's real time anomaly detection and metrics correlation systems - the newest front-line Ops tools from the team that brought you StatsD. Read more.
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Location: Palace Suite - Blenheim Room Level: Intermediate
Ben Evans (jClarity)
Average rating: ***..
(3.58, 31 ratings)
Learn how to understand & diagnose the behaviour of JVM-based application components - even if you don't have any prior knowledge. This is the session you'll wish you'd attended when your JVM components suddenly start grinding as your load goes 10X. Read more.
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Location: Palace Suite - Blenheim Room Level: Intermediate
James Wickett (Signal Sciences)
Average rating: ***..
(3.89, 19 ratings)
Security testing is often done at the cadence of auditors and not at the pace of the dev team. Gauntlt is an open source framework that helps you “be mean to your code” through development and into release--facilitating ruggedized software and better communication between dev, ops and security teams. This talk will help you implement Gauntlt into your projects with plenty of real world examples. Read more.
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Location: Palace Suite - Blenheim Room Level: Intermediate
Khushil Dep (Symphonic Solutions Ltd)
Average rating: *....
(1.62, 13 ratings)
CFEngine is a much misunderstood tool. It's not the got the geek-creds that Puppet or Chef does. It's language is derided as being simplistic and constricting. At the MailOnline, it forms the core foundation of our platform constraint management which delivers real freedom for our platform to react in the best possible way to ever changing conditions and requirements. I want to show you how. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite
Sam Adams (LMAX Exchange)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 40 ratings)
LMAX is well known for practising and advocating Continuous Delivery, but it hasn't been a completely smooth journey. This talk will describe how we safely release to a production system processing $10 billion a day, confident that everything will be working when the markets open, and highlight some of the lessons we've learned along the way. Read more.
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Location: Palace Suite Level: Intermediate
Arun Kejariwal (Machine Zone), Winston Lee (Twitter Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.04, 23 ratings)
High performance and high availability are, amongst others, key to delivering the best end-user experience. To this end, capacity planning plays an integral role - supporting user growth without impacting the end user experience. At Twitter, we have build a novel framework to guide capacity planning via statistical analysis of a variety of performance and application metrics. Read more.
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Location: Palace Suite Level: Intermediate
Theo Schlossnagle (Circonus)
Average rating: ***..
(3.69, 36 ratings)
Web operations and development have formed a unified front of the last few years. Those fluent in the field understand devops and some of the business reasons for walking this path. In this talk, I'll discuss some of the business operations you should add to the mix to drive a better value for your organization. Read more.
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Location: Palace Suite Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.32, 22 ratings)
Relying on a single content delivery network for your site can impose a number of flexibility limitations. By diversifying your CDN providers you can put the power back in your hands, allowing you to get the best of both worlds in terms of performance, reliability and cost. In this talk Marcus and Laurie will present the recent integration of multiple CDN providers at Etsy. Read more.
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Location: Palace Suite Level: Intermediate
Jonathan Thurman (New Relic)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 21 ratings)
Scaling a database tier is hard! Come learn one way to get a ton of data with real world examples of success, and lessons learned along the way. Read more.
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Location: Palace Suite Level: Intermediate
Joshua Hoffman (LeaseWeb)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 28 ratings)
The challenge: Move 50 Million blogs over 1000 miles in under 6 hours. Read more.
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Location: Palace Suite Level: Intermediate
Noel Welsh (Underscore Consulting)
Average rating: **...
(2.36, 14 ratings)
Mobile applications go offline but that doesn't stop people using them. Applications run in multiple data centres with eventually consistent data stores. How do we reconcile data in an inconsistent world? Conflict-free replicated data types (CRDTs) are one way, providing a rich set of data types that work with updates applied in any order. In this talk I cover fundamentals of CRDTs in practice. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite
Average rating: ***..
(3.65, 34 ratings)
Keynote by Andy "Bob" Brockhurst, Principal Engineer, BBC. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite
John Wards (White October)
Average rating: ****.
(4.73, 48 ratings)
Find out more about this nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs, and discover how you can help them achieve their mission to give every child in the UK the chance to learn to code. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite
Courtney W. Nash (O'Reilly)
Average rating: ***..
(3.26, 35 ratings)
Keynote by Courtney Nash, Editor, O'Reilly Media. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite - Sandringham Level: Non-technical
Erik Kastner (Kickstarter)
Average rating: ***..
(3.15, 26 ratings)
Enterprise software vendors hate her. Where's the line between "Not Invented Here" and "Let's just do it"?  Come learn the best kept secret of highly successful organizations. It's never too late to make caring about your process part of your process. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite - Balmoral
Marc Cohen (Google), Mandy Waite (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.71, 17 ratings)
Google Compute Engine offers everyone the ability to create their own clusters using the same computing, storage, and networking resources that power Google's services. This session covers techniques and tools for building and managing high performance, scalable, and resilient compute clusters in the Google Cloud. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Intermediate
Robert Treat (OmniTI)
Average rating: ****.
(4.28, 29 ratings)
Every operations team has to deal with alerts, but we often ignore discussion on what makes for good alerts. When should we wake someone up? Who should be woken up? How do you determine when new software is "production ready"? This talk will discuss these issues and describe a process for getting business, development, and operations on the same page, and make your alert process less alarming. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite - Sandringham Level: Non-technical
Mark Heistek (ING), Kris Buytaert (Inuits)
Average rating: ***..
(3.70, 20 ratings)
The road to DevOps and Continuous Delivery within a large enterprise organization which is bound by national legislation & historical legacy. This talk shares experiences how our organization has grown from a waterfall method way of working towards an Agile way of working in a devops organisation. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite - Balmoral
Gareth Rushgrove (Puppet Labs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.23, 30 ratings)
How often do you have a full penetration test done on your application? How often do you deploy changes? This talk is for everyone who worries about the difference between the answers to those two questions. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite - Sandringham Level: Non-technical
Sean Treadway (Soundcloud Ltd)
Average rating: ***..
(3.82, 11 ratings)
When an organizational elephant grows, specialization follows until employees begin relating to the organization only through the parts they’re closest to. This talk will describe where SoundCloud has both succeeded and failed at establishing a culture of collaboration between different parts of the organization such that we can continue specializing without going blind to our common goal. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Intermediate
Toufic Boubez (Metafor Software)
Average rating: ****.
(4.10, 30 ratings)
IT Ops collect tons of data and produce reams of graphs, all to monitor system behavior in data centers. But unless a threshold is crossed, behavioral issues often fall through the cracks. Applying machine learning to detect anomalies can catch these issues before they become critical. We will discuss the pros and cons of the key statistical analysis techniques and provide practical usage patterns Read more.
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Location: King's Suite - Sandringham Level: Intermediate
Chris Read (DRW)
Average rating: ***..
(3.78, 9 ratings)
Cultural learning allows individuals to acquire skills that they would be unable to independently over the course of their lifetimes. (Van Schaik & Burkart, 2011) In this talk I'll examine how things like management structure, role definition and incentives impact this process, and share some tips on how you can use it to improve the culture in your organization. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite - Sandringham Level: Intermediate
John Willis (Dell - enStratus)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 8 ratings)
There is a war out there for hiring talented people who possess the skills of what some would call "devops" best practices. See how some organizations are using their unique culture as a weapon to win this war. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Intermediate
Mitchell Hashimoto (HashiCorp)
Average rating: ***..
(3.90, 20 ratings)
Its time to bring golden images to the new age of automation. Using new tools, it is possible to automatically create golden images on top of configuration management best practices. Not only is this possible for a single platform, but for multiple platforms (AWS, VMware, OpenStack, etc.) all at the same time. Unlock new potential, increase organizational agility, and improve system stability. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Intermediate
Oby Sumampouw (LinkedIn)
Average rating: **...
(2.22, 9 ratings)
As an effort to standardize how services communicate to each other, Linkedin developed a REST framework called rest.li. rest.licovers everything from data modeling, server binding to request building, routing and load balancing. This session introduces a part of rest.licalled R2D2. R2D2 facilitates request routing and graceful degradation. We will also talk about our use cases at LinkedIn. Read more.
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Location: King's Suite - Sandringham Level: Intermediate
Matthew Canning (Comcast)
Average rating: ****.
(4.38, 8 ratings)
As knowledge workers, most of us were never taught how to manage the pace of the modern technical workday. We each develop our own personal framework for juggling multiple tracks of work, and as a result, many of us end up feeling overwhelmed. This presentation discusses the importance of auditing our processes and explores tools and strategies for task management, time management, & organization. Read more.

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