Track: SPONSORED SOLUTIONS TRACK V

Location: Westminster, 4th flr.

Day of week: Wednesday

Industry practitioners and technical product managers from leading vendors demonstrate solutions to some of today's toughest software development challenges in the areas of performance monitoring, Big Data, software delivery, scalability, and more.

Track Host: Nitin Bharti

Managing Editor and Product Manager, C4Media

Over the last decade, Nitin has helped build several notable online developer communities including TheServerSide.com, DZone, and The Code Project. He is known for his extensive editorial work in the Enterprise Java, .NET, SOA, and Agile communities. As Managing Editor and Product Manager at C4Media - the producer of InfoQ.com and QCon events - Nitin continues to pursue his primary passion: helping spread knowledge and innovation throughout the enterprise software development community.

10:35am - 11:25am

Streaming in a World of Legacy Applications

There are common themes when people describe their reasons for rearchitecting legacy business applications, at a technical level: Speed & Scalability. At a business level: The need to gain new insights flowing from an increasing stream of data. These legacy applications commonly centre around some central datastore such as a relational database. Moving away from this architecture requires massive migration effort. The costs and risks associated with such an effort can sometimes be prohibitive for business owners, you can’t just rip out your relational database.    

A lower risk, gradual transition to a target architecture often wins the day.  It turns out that Streaming, Caching & CDC technologies are vital tools for this journey. CDC (Change Data Capture) can turn your legacy data stores into streaming sources. Modern caching technologies can host data in a way that provides speed and scalability, and finally streaming acts as the glue that can drive new uses cases as well as bridging the old.    

By the end of this talk, you’ll understand how to employ these technologies (with concrete examples and demos) over a legacy architecture and also be able to reason about the trade-offs involved.

David Brimley, Distributed Systems Consultant @Hazelcast
Vladimir Schreiner, Product Manager @Hazelcast

11:50am - 12:40pm

Death of the IT Manager - Being a Tech Lead in a Modern Organisation

IT driven organisations are more and more adopting the agile way of working. Self-Organising teams are at the basis of these organisations and IT management layers are disappearing rapidly. Technical leads are pushed into the center of it all and become the key players in the transformation and growth of these organisations.

In this presentation we will explain why the death of the IT manager (role) is inherent to the transformation of the organisation into agile. We will go into detail on this transformation and on the new role of the tech lead as created in the organisational model of Spotify. What is this new role about? Why is it at the heart of the agile IT organisation? What skills are required in this role as IT thought leader and how do software engineers transform into tech leads in order to drive engineering culture and “learning organisation”? Last but not least, we will address the pitfalls and what our three years’ experience as IT Chapter Leads at ING has taught us.

We will go into detail on this transformation and on the new role of the tech lead as created in the organisational model of Spotify. What is this new role about? Why is it at the heart of the agile IT organisation? What skills are required in this role as IT thought leader and how do software engineers transform into tech leads in order to drive engineering culture and “learning organisation”? Last but not least, we will address the pitfalls and what our three years’ experience as IT Chapter Leads at ING has taught us.

Marcin Pakulnicki, Lead Engineer Current Accounts NL & BE @ING

1:40pm - 2:30pm

Introduction to SQL++ for Big Data: Same Language, More Power

The most popular databases in the world all speak SQL, and almost 60% of Stack Overflow members use SQL. SQL is the query language that dominates when it comes to interacting with data. Data has changed since the 1970s; it’s no longer just stored in flat tables, but as rich, hierarchical object structures like JSON. SQL isn’t dead though, it just needed to evolve a little bit. In this session, you’ll learn about the next iteration of SQL: SQL++. Born from a UCSD research project, SQL++ is backwards-compatible and can work with heterogeneous data, with or without schemas and indexing. It is still the readable, declarative, highly composable language that you’re used to, but with extra super-powers. This session will focus on the enhancements that SQL++ brings, will show some of the databases that are already implementing it (including Couchbase, AsterixDB, Drill), and guidance on why and when to use it. You will enter with SQL skills and leave with big data skills.

Denis Wilson Souza Rosa, Senior Developer Advocate @Couchbase

2:55pm - 3:45pm

How to Create Powerful Feature Flags to Fuel Product Experimentation

More and more teams are looking for ways to iterate gradually and validate their ideas with data. Techniques like A/B testing, feature flagging, and gradual rollouts are quickly going from niche to mainstream. More experimentation means faster development and better products. But like any trend, product experimentation is a good idea that can easily go wrong. For every game-changing A/B test, there's a trail of testing mistakes that led well-meaning teams down the wrong path.

We'll focus on the beginning of the product experimentation journey -- feature management and feature rollouts. When used strategically and thoughtfully, feature flags can be powerful tools in mitigating risk in your development cycle. Feature flags give us a high degree of control over the features we release — but what ensures we have a high degree of control over our feature flags?

Kody O’Connell, Lead Developer Advocate @Optimizely

4:10pm - 5:00pm

Evolutionary Architecture: From Start-Up to Scale-Up

Many young startup CTOs think that they need to create the perfect architecture from day one. Spending many hours creating the ideal microservice architecture before having market fit, and spending days customising infrastructure and deployments instead of using PaaS like Heroku could be the death of your startup. David Santoro, CTO & co-founder of Carwow, will share some of the principles and tricks he has used to evolve Carwow’s architecture from a three-person company run from a kitchen table to a 250-person scale up with a presence in three countries; no “platform rewrite” needed.

David Santoro, David Santoro is the CTO and Co-Founder @carwowuk

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Monday, 2 March

Tuesday, 3 March

Wednesday, 4 March

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