Date and time
Wednesday 25 September, 18:00
First up was Roman Tomjak, a Python Engineer working in MADE.com’s engineering team, who opened with an insightful look into how their teams are using the HashiCorp stack to deliver rapid deployments. Their mixed tech stack of Consul, Nomad and Vault, all alongside Ansible (rather than Terraform) for infrastructure provisioning, has enabled some truly exceptional prototyping speeds, meaning the team can securely deploy a prototype app to the internet in under a minute with just a single configuration file. Roman provided insight into the challenges these tools have helped overcome, alongside discussing why MADE.com have ended up going down this particular software route, in his talk titled Fast and Furious: Code to Production in 60 Seconds.
MADE.com launched with one core objective: to disrupt the homeware industry with great design, accessible to everyone. They have achieved this by putting software at the centre of what they do, enabling them to get high quality furniture to customers; better, quicker and cheaper! Lightweight, quickly deployable prototypes are therefore essential to their success.
Following Roman, we heard a range of contrasting stories from Ben Newton about his experience speeding up deployments in highly regulated and/or legacy environments as a Lead DevOps Engineer at KPMG. Ben shared some high level “people power” tips, as well as the technologies that he uses to overcome those key crunch points in DevOps implementations. Mainly though, his talk aimed to prove that when someone says “you can’t do that here”, they’re generally wrong – and that you can look awesome when you can prove that to them! Find out yourself by catching up on Dev-Oops to DevOps: Dealing with “You can’t do that here” below.
You can watch videos of the main talks and stages of the evening below, as well as being able to find out more about our speakers and event organisers.