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  Think Big – Now Think Even Bigger
  Join Us at Internet of Things at Cloud Expo, November 11-13,
at the Javits Center!


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.

All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.

With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend Internet of Things at Cloud Expo in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!

Delegates to Internet of Things at Cloud Expo will be able to attend eight separate, information-packed tracks:

  • Enterprise Cloud
  • Digital Transformation
  • The API Enterprise | Mobility & Security
  • DevOps | Containers & Microservices
  • Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
  • Big Data | Analytics
  • IoT | IIoT | Smart Cities
  • Hot Topics | FinTech | WebRTC

There are 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content.


We'll see you in New York!



Day 3 Keynote at @ThingsExpo | Chris Matthieu, CTO of Octoblu
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu's platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
  Themes & Topics to Be Discussed

Consumer IoT
• Wearables
• Smart Appliances
• Smart Cars
• Smartphones 2.0
• Automation
• Smart Travel
• Personal Fitness
• Health Care
• Personalized Marketing
• Customized Shopping
• Personal Finance
• The Digital Divide
• Mobile Cash & Markets
• Games & The IoT
• The Future of Education
• Virtual Reality

Enterprise IoT
• The Business Case for
x IoT
• Smart Grids
• Smart Cities
• Smart Transportation
• The Smart Home
• M2M
• Authentication/Security
• Wiring the IoT
• The Internet of
x Everything
• Digital Transformation
x of Enterprise IT
• Agriculture
• Transportation
• Manufacturing
• Local & State
x Government
• Federal Government

IoT Developers | WebRTC Summit
• Eclipse Foundation
• Cloud Foundry
• Linux Containers
• Node-Red
• Open Source Hardware
• Ajax and the IoT
• Leveraging SOA
• Multi-Cloud IoT
• Evolving Standards
• WebSockets
• Security & Privacy
x Protocols
• GPS & Proximity
x Services
• Bluetooth/RFID/etc
• XMPP
• Nest Labs



The Top Keynotes, the Best Sessions, a Rock Star Faculty and the Most Qualified Delegates of ANY Internet of Things Event!


The future of computing lies in these things. As computing takes a much more active role in our lives it will at the same time become much more invisible. Internet of Things Expo will address the challenges in getting from where we are today to this future.
 
The high-energy event is a must-attend for senior technologists from CEOs on down – including CIOs, CTOs, directors of infrastructure, VPs of technology, IT directors and managers, network and storage managers, network engineers, enterprise architects, and communications and networking specialists.




@ThingsExpo Power Panel | The World's Many IoTs: Which Are the Most Important?
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound effect on the world, and what should we expect to see over the next couple of years.
Benefits of Attending the Three-Day Technical Program
  LEARNexactly why Internet of Things is relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint.
  HEAR first-hand from industry experts the common issues and requirements for creating a platform for the Internet of Things.
  SEE what new tools and approaches the Internet of Things requires.
  DISCOVER how to drive a distributed approach to the Internet of Things, where applications move to the data.
  FIND OUThow the vast volumes of new data produced by the Internet of Things provides a valuable new source of business insight through advanced analytical techniques.
  MASTER how the ongoing development of smart cities, cars, and houses will enhance connectivity infrastructure.
Lunch Power Panel | Microservices & IoT- Moderated by Jason Bloomberg
In this Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, panelists Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana; Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks; and Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager; and Otis Gospodnetic, founder of Sematext; peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards.


Key Takeaways from Continuous Discussions (#c9d9) Episode 48: Process-as-Code | #DevOps
Best Practices for Process as Code in Your Deployment Pipeline

Last week, we hosted another episode of our Continuous Discussion (#c9d9) video podcast, featuring expert panelists discussing process as code.

Our expert panel included: David-Blank Edelman, technical evangelist for Apcera;Juni Mukherjee, Author of “Continuous Delivery Pipeline – Where Does It Choke?”;J. Paul Reed, managing partner of Release Engineering Approaches; Mark Chassy, product director at Orson Software; Michael Wittig, Author of “Amazon Web Services in Action”; and, our very own Anders Wallgren and Sam Fell.

During the episode, panelists discussed their definitions of process-as-code as well as use cases and best practices for defining your automation processes as code, and ensuring your automation is versionable, testable, and repeatable.

What is Process as Code?

Process as Code: @hellomichibye says treat that pipeline like a product and optimize as you go | 

 

Process as Code allows there to be a democratization of process in the organization | @jpaulreed

 

Process As Code is a great wiki-ization of knowledge sharing - it's powerful for the org @anders_wallgren

 

Wallgrenanders-wallgren-c9d9 “If you manage to do this and it encompasses your end-to-end pipeline and all of the stages in it, then I think it’s really powerful to have an external representation of that thing – whether it’s the policy aspect of it or the coding part of it. It’s a great way to avoid the wiki-ization of knowledge. Code is a great way to document, interact and communicate, so there’s a lot of powerful side effects you get out of doing automation as process as code.”

Mark-Chassy-c9d9-devops-podcastAutomation is key, says Chassy: “If you say, ‘Here is my ecosystem. I’m giving you the right to do what you want with these automated tools, go do what you want because I’ve already set the limits,’ maybe that can allow you get outside of the strict ‘You must do it like this.’ As much as anything about code is as soon as you put it on a wiki it’s out of date, the same thing is true of any kind of business requirement. As we automate everything, the question is how we can actually automate the business requirements going into the software that we’re working on in the first place.”

Mukherjeejuni-devops-c9d9, who is in charge of process at her company, explains their methods for using process as code: “The entire process, along with the KPI’s, the measurements, the success metrics, the tests, the configuration management, the deployment, the auditing – it’s all code. Initially there was nervousness about automated agents doing what otherwise a human would carefully do, but the automated agents have made it even more traceable and predictable, and compliance and risk were actually jazzed that there was a better chance at making mistakes. There is still room to make mistakes – to err is human – but everything is traceable and repeatable so in general everyone is happy.”

j-paul-reed-c9d9-devops-podcastIt’s not just about pipelines and automation, there is a bigger picture to process as code, explains Reed: “What we are really trying to understand is what we do as individuals, how that coalesces into what we do as a group and how that then produces something of value – like a deployed artifact of software. We’re trying to capture the context of all of this in some way and model it in some way. You can’t have a discussion about doing the right thing or the wrong thing without having that context.”

Fellsam-fell elaborates on process as code as part of your pathway to production: “Your pathway to production can be transformed from a chore to a competitive advantage. If you have a great Sprint and you get a lot of great features in but you never ship it you really haven’t solved any problems. So getting it out and making it prescient is a part of that process.”

david-blank-edelman-c9d9-devops-podcastPeople are just as important in process as code, according to Blank-Edelman: “Process is people to a certain extent, so when we say that developers are super good at running in the same direction together and always playing nice, my senses meter starts to move a little bit closer towards. I think that one of the things that process as code gives you – if you get lucky – is that you hit on a good representation for what you are trying to talk about that everybody can agree upon. Then you can write that representation down and everybody can agree on what are the symbols, the verbs, the actions, and the nouns in this world, and if you can agree on it and write it down, then you are a lot farther along than many other people.”

Wittigmichael-wittig-c9d9-devops-podcast describes his process using Jenkins: “A few years ago I had to use a Jenkins server. We used it to build our software and a lot of configuration was inside Jenkins – it was separated from the code. We thought that this is probably not a good idea and we put all this scripts we used to build our software into the code repository, and Jenkins only triggered those scripts. Now we’re also pushing the whole pipeline configuration into our code, and Jenkins executes the pipeline as a whole.”

Best Practices for implementing Process-as-Code

"Break stuff and fail fast - make it okay to have failures" - advice on process as  per @otterbook

 

Sometimes scripts don't work, so every action should be "item open" | Process as Code @hellomichibye

 

Maybe process as code isn't about  as much as it is about capturing context | @jpaulreed

 

 

Your processes should mirror your environment - be aware of how your organizational communication works @otterbook

 

sam-fellFell mentions the difficulty bimodal IT adds to the mix: “Culturally it’s tricky. Gartner talks about bimodal IT. So not only are you stuck between some automated and some manual, but you are also stuck between some super automated and some 18-month releases where not a lot is automated – there’s a lot of emails and spreadsheets. Trying to tie those together and have governance around those things becomes really complicated.”

Mark-Chassy-c9d9-devops-podcastDon’t let your tests remain static, advises Chassy: “I could write a bunch of tests, and if I put them in a certain tool like Quality Center it’s all sitting there. What good are my tests if they’re sitting there static, as opposed to a piece of code which generates the test on the fly based on the parameters I need? And then there are tracking tools out there that will tell me what happened and then I can tear them all down and throw them all away because I still have the code which will generate them later, saving many logistical nightmares that way.”

juni-devops-c9d9Mukherjee “When a company tries to do process as code, they usually send a pilot down the line first because you go there you learn and teach the rest of us. There’s the canary in the coal mine – even if the canary dies at least it’s just one canary instead of all of them. It’s important to have a pilot for each pipeline – mobile, database, Java, etc. – because each of them are different

michael-wittig-c9d9-devops-podcastWittig “I think I learned two things in the last year. The first thing is that scripts sometimes don’t work, and if the process consists of actions and you can execute them multiple times, each time it should produce the same result. It should be able to run asynchronously. The other thing is that often it is very easy to have a descriptive language for our process and have the runtime environment that runs your process. So, don’t script the process, use another language to describe the process and have some execution engine that executes the process, because it gets very tricky with dependencies – processes are often very complex.”

anders-wallgren-c9d9Ask questions along the way, says Wallgren: “Treat this as a living thing. When you do your iterations and you do your retrospectives spend some time thinking about if the pipeline is in good stead is the process working, do you need to make any changes or tweaks? Evolve it as you evolve everything else in the product.”

j-paul-reed-c9d9-devops-podcastThe context behind process as code is constantly changing so be prepared for that, advises Reed: “The one thing I see people struggling with when they are on this journey of codifying things as a code artifact is ‘How do you do that?’ How do you go about the practice of automating things? I have clients work through a check list for the purpose of creating requirements to do process as code or automation. Because process as code is so intertwined with that context – How do you account for the fact that context is always ongoing and moving? How do you continue to incorporate that when you’re just starting out?”

david-blank-edelman-c9d9-devops-podcastGet on the same page of communication, advises Blank-Edelman: “We can’t have a discussion without bringing up Conway’s Law – your process is going to mirror your environment and your organization. I would say that one best practice is to be aware of how organizational communication is going on and how it actually works. If your processes are going against that rather than with that, if you are swimming upstream with your processes that’s going to be a lot of wasted effort.”

Watch the full episode here:

 

 

Want more Continuous Discussions?

We hold our #c9d9’s every other Tuesday at 10 a.m. PST, which features expert panelists talking about DevOps, Continuous Delivery, Agile and more. Next time on Continuous Discussions: Deployment Patterns.

About Anders Wallgren
Anders Wallgren is Chief Technology Officer of Electric Cloud. Anders brings with him over 25 years of in-depth experience designing and building commercial software. Prior to joining Electric Cloud, Anders held executive positions at Aceva, Archistra, and Impresse. Anders also held management positions at Macromedia (MACR), Common Ground Software and Verity (VRTY), where he played critical technical leadership roles in delivering award winning technologies such as Macromedia’s Director 7 and various Shockwave products.

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