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Speeding Up Deployments in the Real World

Speeding Up Deployments in the Real World

Date and time

Wednesday 25 September, 18:00

Event Sponsor

Made.com are sponsoring Speeding Up Deployments in the Real World

We had a fantastic evening at MADE.com learning all about the HashiCorp stack, rapid prototyping and deployment, and how to convince a variety of organisations that they both can and should be embracing DevOps technologies and processes.

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.

Video Highlights

Fast & Furious: Code to Production in 60 Seconds

Roman Tomjak

Roman Tomjak, Python Engineer at MADE.com, opens the evening with an insightful look into how MADE.com's teams are using the HashiCorp stack to deliver rapid deployments. By combining Consul, Nomad and Vault (alongside Ansible), MADE are able to securely deploy a prototype app to a live or test environment in under a minute, using a single configuration file.

Q&A with Roman Tomjak

Roman Tomjak

Roman Tomjak, Python Engineer at MADE.com, fields questions from the floor following his talk, which gave an overview of how MADE are using the HashiCorp stack to deliver rapid deployments

Dev-Oops to DevOps: Dealing with "You Can't Do That Here"

Ben Newton

Ben Newton, Lead DevOps Engineer at KPMG, was our second speaker for the evening, providing an overview of the most common client worries around implementing DevOps pipelines – and how to overcome them! From Old Yeller's to Black Boxes of Doom to Strangler Patterns, Ben's talk is packed with tips on how to overcome common business objections to automation and modern deployment processes. These high level “people power” tips, as well as the technologies that he uses to overcome those key crunch points in DevOps implementations, should help you prove that when someone says “you can’t do that here”, they’re generally wrong – and you'll look awesome when you can prove that to them!

Roman Tomjak, Python Engineer at MADE.com, opens the evening with an insightful look into how MADE.com's teams are using the HashiCorp stack to deliver rapid deployments. By combining Consul, Nomad and Vault (alongside Ansible), MADE are able to securely deploy a prototype app to a live or test environment in under a minute, using a single configuration file.

Meet the Speakers

Roman Tomjak

Roman Tomjak

Python Engineer

Roman is a jack-of-all trades who enjoys working on infrastructure, APIs, command line tools, mobile applications, and most recently distributed systems. Roman loves coding new and useful applications, which is why he is having so much fun working with Python and Nomad these days. Outside of work, Roman is a mediocre gamer, OSS contributor and an avid gym goer.

Link to Twitter account.Link to GitHub account.Link to website.
Ben Newton

Ben Newton

Lead DevOps Engineer

Ben is a professional tea drinker, who spends his spare time delivering tech solutions for KPMG. He genuinely enjoys the challenge of being given a cigarette packet of requirements and 3 weeks to deliver a 6 month project. Ben always enjoys working with a team far smarter than he is, which gives him a very wide recruitment pool. In his spare time, he is an average singer and an even worse actor.

Link to GitHub account.LinkedIn profile

Meet the Organisers

Sam Murray

Sam Murray

Account Manager - MADE.com

I have always enjoyed understanding how things work and this is no different with technology. Having spent the last 2.5 years working in Recruitment in London since making the move from Australia I have always tried to take a deeper understanding of the technologies that my customers deploy.

I’ve been working closely with MADE.com to build sustainable hiring, with a large portion of my work intimately understanding the key technical challenges, success and goals that they have.