7–9 November 2016: Conference & Tutorials
9–10 November 2016: Training
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Surviving the Grand National

Kevin Bowman (Sky Betting & Gaming)
14:40–15:20 Monday, 7/11/2016
Organizational infrastructure Enterprise Forum Audience level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 13 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A very basic understanding of how serving websites works

What you'll learn

  • Get a from-the-trenches perspective of how Sky Betting & Gaming planned for the Grand National and ran the busiest day of the sports betting year

Description

The Grand National always breaks records by every metric at Sky Betting and Gaming, one of the UK’s largest online betting websites. Sky Betting and Gaming has a complex technical platform involving in-house and third-party software serving a highly dynamic website. Kevin Bowman offers a from-the-trenches perspective of how Sky Betting & Gaming planned for the Grand National and ran the busiest day of the sports betting year and the lessons learned that will make next year even better. Covering technical details (keeping the website running when normal customer traffic would look like a DDoS attack to most companies) and how Sky Betting & Gaming organized responsibilities on the day itself, Kevin explains the various challenges Sky Betting & Gaming faced and how they were overcome on the way to the most successful Grand National yet.

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Kevin Bowman

Sky Betting & Gaming

Kevin Bowman is a head of operations at Sky Betting & Gaming (specifically on the “bet” side). Kevin has worked on high-traffic websites for over 10 years in a variety of roles. Originally a PHP developer on multimedia systems at Orange UK, he charted a path through software and solutions architecture before being seduced by the exciting world of DevOps. Constantly looking for new ways to support an Agile organization in the heavily regulated world of online betting, he strives for a world where everyone owns what they make and where everyone can fix what they break.