Keynotes & Talks

Continuous Delivery to Cloud Foundry: Why Your Junior Devs Will Love It!


How can you take junior developers, hand them the keys to the kingdom, and trust them to deliver features to production for your clients without micromanaging every line of code they push? The answer is easy if you are using tools like Concourse and Cloud Foundry. 

Concourse is a tool that allows for automated continuous delivery which also happens to work extremely well with deploying apps to Cloud Foundry. 

Speaker Robert Summers recently underwent this journey. He abandoned his career to become a developer through Europe’s leading Web Developer bootcamp and joined Armakuni, a consultancy specialising in cloud-native solutions.

Robert will share some of the challenges that come with entering such a technical field and provide tips for shepherding novices like them into the world of Continuous Delivery and Cloud Foundry.

Continuously delivering continuous delivery

(A talk given at London Continuous Delivery meetup group, July 2017 - Continuous Delivery and Platforms / PaaS - meetup.com/London-Continuous-Delivery/events/240687132/)

The rise and acceptance of Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a key tool in accelerating the journey to continuous delivery of your apps into production with the regularity your business requires. However, all too often the deployment and maintenance of the platforms themselves are dogged with the practices and delays that the CD of apps are all too familiar.

This session will serve as both an introduction and overview of the power of PaaS platforms, in this case Pivotal Cloud Foundry, with a selection of both application and platform case studies, continuously deployed all the way to production, in business critical and highly regulated environments.

Whether you're dealing with apps or globally distributed platforms, we hope to demonstrate that small batch sizes and continuous deployment are not only achievable but essential; no more 2am releases, no more working the weekends during "maintenance windows"

Red Nose Day at Scale — Google Next 2017

Each year, Comic Relief raises tens of millions of pounds to fight poverty. A significant proportion of this is received electronically over the 7 hours of primetime television coverage. A few minutes of downtime during this period could mean missing out on millions of pounds to help those that need it most. In this panel discussion from Google Next London 2017, speakers from Comic Relief, Pivotal and Armakuni share their experiences of building, scaling and running a mission-critical multi-cloud solution on Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Google Cloud Platform.

Speakers: 
Zenon Hannick, CTO, Comic Relief
Tim Savage, Director, Armakuni
David Laing, Engineering Director, Pivotal
Tom Grey, UK Head of Customer Engineering, Google;

Five Years Delivering World-Class Business Critical Apps on Cloud Foundry

Armakuni recently had the privilege of presenting at the Cloud Foundry Summit in Frankfurt, following up on the Keynote we presented last year in Berlin

Armakuni has worked with Comic Relief to transform the legacy donations platform into a secure, highly scalable and resilient, micro-service platform that caters for over 100,000 concurrent web sessions and up to 500 payments/second. At the same time, Armakuni was able to reduce the team size by 90% and save iro £5m run costs. This presentation will walk-through the journey, analyse the key decisions along the way, and discuss the benefits gained by a move to Cloud Native and why Cloud Foundry was key to the initial success and remains critical to the on-going success of the platform, and is now being adopted across the wider technology function.

Comic Relief is the UK-based charity responsible for ‘Red Nose Day’; seven hours of primetime live TV with circa 26 million viewers raising over a billion pounds in five years. 

Your build is probably broken, you just don't know it yet

Modern software development needs a modern CI; the patterns you follow when developing your code should also be reinforced by your CI pipeline. No snowflakes. No unstable results. No unscalable bottlenecks. Everything as code.

We will discuss the patterns that we want a CI solution to follow and why they are important, especially, but not exclusively, in the pursuit of continuous delivery and the adoption of DevOps and PaaS. You should leave feeling optimistic that tomorrow you can use Concourse CI to regain control of your pipeline, dramatically increasing velocity and consistency and, most importantly, reduce the time it takes to deliver value to users and receive feedback.

Presented at: https://www.meetup.com/London-PaaS-User-Group-LOPUG/events/234263654/

Tim Savage Keynotes @ Redis Conf 2016

This deck was presented as one of the keynotes at RedisConf 2016, and introduces the problem Armakuni face, how they solve it, and then some detail on how Redis is involved. It was a great event!

The brief: "Never be limited by technology". The result: They haven’t.

Comic Relief, a UK-based charity, run the wildly successful brand Red Nose Day; It consists of 7 hours of primetime live TV, generating in the region of 26 million viewers on BBC 1. Last year their total fundraised was over a billion UK pounds (£1,047,083,706)

Armakuni depends on Redis to deliver up to 400 payments per second through their event sourced eventually consistent architecture.

Deck:

Armakuni wow the Cloud Foundry Conference in Berlin

Can You Trust Cloud Foundry to Save a Life? To Save 10,000?

Armakuni were VERY excited to be invited to tell their tales of Cloud Foundry and how it's help Comic Relief collect all the money available and allow them to save lives!

INTRODUCTION:

Comic Relief, a UK-based charity, run the wildly successful brand Red Nose Day; It consists of 7 hours of primetime live TV, generating in the region of 26 million viewers on BBC 1. Last year their total fundraised was over a billion UK pounds (£1,047,083,706) 
Since 2012, Armakuni have been using Cloud Foundry to deliver the global payments platform that handles the credit card transactions generated through web and call centre traffic. It’s built to handle up to 400 payments per second, 800,000 in total through the night.

Cloud Foundry is key not only to the development practices that enable the success of the platform through automated testing and continuous delivery, but vitally the scalability and resiliency models that deliver confidence in a solution where feedback cycles are a luxury we just don’t have.