Let's Talk at InedoCon
by Alex Papadimoulis, on Apr 2, 2019 11:00:00 AM
I've been getting pretty excited about InedoCon, especially after my recent interview about the conference. I've also been thinking a lot about the keynote address, and what I want to talk to you about in-person.
Software Development has Gotten Painfully Complex
Writing business software used to be a lot easier. But these days, developers are not only expected to become full-stack software engineers and master a constantly-changing set of languages and platforms, but also master cloud architecture, serverless computing, and container orchestration?
It's no wonder that developers in organizations that are trying to “modernize” are struggling to write code that delivers real business value. It's just platform, plumbing, and problems.
Modern software development doesn't have to be like this. I've helped a lot of our customers navigate this nonsense and let their developers get back to what they do best: writing code for the business.
Let's All Talk More, In-Person
Over the years, I've had the opportunity to meet many of you in-person, and the value of face-to-face meetings has been immeasurable. I would have never believed that, especially considering how easy email, chat, and web meetings are, but the results speak for themselves.
Nearly all the major changes you've seen at Inedo are a direct result of feedback from these face-to-face meetings:
- Open sourcing our code
- Creating a new ticketing system
- Returning BuildMaster back to its CI/CD roots
- The Inedo Execution Engine
- Creating Otter itself
InedoCon is our chance to come together, learn from one another, and work together to make our jobs, companies, and lives better. There's a reason that world leaders hold summits, executives have retreats, and software companies have user conferences. I hope you can be part of our change too.
Why should you attend?
Our team wrote a nice justification letter that captures the business value of the event, and I also talked about this with our COO, Michael Goulis:
Definitely worth mentioning the workshops though: these are our professionally-developed courses, given by our master trainers — and are designed to teach everyone (even experienced users) some valuable things. For example, I designed BuildMaster and even I learned a few things about its usage :)
I also wanted to highlight a few of the speakers with talks I'm excited to attend, check out three of our featured speakers below:
Jeff Hackert knows about Change!
Former Director of Engineering at Chef, VP of Engineering at Soylent, and Partner at SuperGroup, Jeff has seen what works, what doesn't, and the unique challenges that Change presents in technology and for the people implementing it.
He'll be sharing his knowledge with you at InedoCon 2019, May 22-23 in Portland, Oregon.
As a self-described 'agent of Change' Jeff has been in the thick of Change over the last 2 decades. His expertise in: development culture, software methodologies, tooling, and the buzzwords that go with them is immense.
In his session "Is DevOps still a thing" Jeff will cover: past trends & which of them have proven worth holding onto, common stumbling blocks & how to avoid them, and how to benefit from Change.
Jeff talks more about his keynote in this short video:
Monolith to Microservices while Maintaining Compliance-with Bob Vandehey of Alkami Technology
Do any of the following apply to you?
- You work in a highly regulated industry
- You work on a monolith application that is slowing down your development
- You're interested in moving towards a microservice architecture
- Bob has been working in online banking applications for more than 20 years, and he knows what stands up to compliance standards and what doesn't.
- He managed a monolith until it became too unwieldly and slowed down the team's ability to release changes quickly.
- Bob has moved his team to a microservice based model that componentized their monolith by breaking it into packages to allow for CI/CD.
At his InedoCon 2019 talk, you'll learn firsthand how Bob's team has broken down their aging monolith into a componentized, miroservices-based application and created a CI/CD toolchain that puts packages and synchronization as the key concepts to deliver changes quickly and reliably.
Check out Bob's short video for more details:
Prior to Alkami, Bob was Senior Director at Rovi, and Senior Director at Online Resources, a financial services firm. He has been the driving force to make sure organizations stay compliant, stay adaptable, and drive the market forward.
Taking down the Monolith with Kevin Griffin
Learning from passionate subject matter experts is a hallmark of the conference experience. Learning from experienced training professionals can take a normal conference session to the next level of accessibility and help provide a deeper understanding for attendees.
Ensuring that we had great teachers, and not just speakers, at InedoCon 2019 was a requirement for us from the very beginning.
Kevin Griffin, as owner of Swift Kick consulting, is not just a development expert but a gifted trainer that makes instruction a key part of his development process.
Hear about his session in his own words in this short video:
Kevin's experience as a consultant gives him a refreshing perspective as an outsider specializing in decoupling the parts of monolith applications to make them more stable and secure; while speeding up release cycles that are often measured in quarters.
His experience with Health Care, Ticket Brokering, and Military codebases has given Kevin vast experience in seeing what large organizations do wrong, and how to fix it in a maintainable way!
Aside from his work as a consultant, Kevin is a frequent conference speaker, an author, and an Inedo Certified Trainer. Not only can he teach you better and more in-depth ways to use Inedo's tools – he wrote some of the training modules and courses that we use to train others!
Stay in-the-know on all things InedoCon
Visit our event hub for updated info on all sessions, workshops, and speaker news. And be sure to register for the certification workshops (valued at $2,500!) led by InedoCon speakers Kevin Griffin, Mark Johnson, and Kendall Miller.
See you at InedoCon 2019!