Build Systems that Drive Business
Sep 30–Oct 1, 2018: Training
Oct 1–3, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

How We Built It sessions

This track takes you on a journey of real-life challenges faced in our industry and how different companies and teams have navigated them. Come to hear from practitioners about their success and failures and learn from their experiences.

Track host

Mike RobertsMike Roberts (Symphonia) is a partner at Symphonia - a cloud technology consultancy based in New York City. Mike is a longtime proponent of Agile and DevOps values and is excited by the role that cloud technologies have played in enabling such values for many high-functioning software teams. Mike can be reached at mike@symphonia.io.

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11:35am–12:15pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Location: Gramercy Level: Intermediate
Christian Monaghan (HealthCare.gov | Nava PBC)
Christian Monaghan explains how he and his team successfully migrated HealthCare.gov, America's largest government website, to the cloud infrastructure provisioning tool Terraform, shares lessons learned along the way, and details how you can effectively use Terraform for your next project. Read more.
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2:25pm–3:05pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Location: Gramercy Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Systems Architecture & Infrastructure
Sam Guckenheimer (Microsoft)
Good test coverage is essential for catching issues before a pull request has been merged, but they have to be the right kind of tests and must be reliable. Drawing on his experience at Microsoft, Sam Guckenheimer details what type of tests to do in your DevOps pipeline, when you should do them, and why. Read more.
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3:50pm–4:30pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Location: Gramercy Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Systems Architecture & Infrastructure
Mike Newswanger (Elastic)
Mike Newswanger explains how he used Kubernetes and Google Cloud to burst and extend the capacity of a physical infrastructure for optimizing almost 10 million images in less than two weeks. Read more.
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4:45pm–5:25pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Location: Gramercy Level: Non-technical
Secondary topics:  Systems Architecture & Infrastructure
Heather Osborn (Ticketmaster)
Heather Osborn explains how Ticketmaster moved from a siloed on-premises environment to a DevOps hybrid cloud. If a company whose technology and human infrastructure have grown up organically around a custom-written VAX operating system can make the move to public cloud-native applications and begin a rapid march to a hybrid cloud solution, so can you. Read more.