Our Impressions of the IT Days in Frankfurt
The Cloudogu EcoSystem created great interest with optimized process and infrastructure approaches.
More than 700 software architects and developers, database experts, DevOps, IT administrators and IT decision-makers gathered in Frankfurt am Main from December 10 to 13, 2018. For the fifth time, the annual conference of the “Informatik Aktuell” journal took place at the Kongresshaus Kap Europa and attracted a lot of interest once more. Not surprising, considering that more than 160 sessions, labs and workshops presented a wide range of topics to visitors.
Agile, Continuous Delivery, DevOps and more topics were discussed
At the conference for software development, architecture and management, visitors were able to inform themselves intensively about and discuss current IT trends. Certain topics like agile development, Continuous Delivery, clean coding, cloud computing, security, and of course DevOps were the most exciting ones from our point of view, because these approaches also flow into our daily work and guide us. Within the 7 parallel tracks – but also apart from them during the breaks – the very same topics as well as automation have been discussed most intensely.
Overall, the IT Days covered a wide range of topics. According to Andrea Held, an organizer and member of the board of trustees, the program was put together with the aim to impart “know-how that can be shared, and which could be used in the everyday implementation of projects in new ways and used to conquer foreign platforms and technologies” to the conference participants .
We wholeheartedly support this goal. The positive feedback we received in discussions at our convention stand suggests that some visitors would also like to follow up on this topic. Many were very open to familiarizing themselves with and getting to know and test the Cloudogu EcoSystem as a “foreign platform”.
Reduction of risk during the transformation
On the IT Decision Day (12/10/2018), which took place one day before the actual convention date as part of PreCon, our colleague Oliver Milke held a partner session. Under the title “DevOps ready? - Optimize your infrastructure and processes, step by step” Oliver was able to present to CIOs, IT decision makers, and budget managers, how our portfolio can support digital transformation. Software that has the flexibility to take up new organizational structures is, in our eyes, becoming a key competence in the digital age. To make updated software available faster and more efficiently, many IT departments try to live the DevOps philosophy and integrate it into their processes. During the IT Days, we were able to provide information about the concrete definition and delineation of the DevOps term through the talk and our discussions. Driving a DevOps approach even on larger projects often seems very risky to our conversational partners. Especially administrators - who represent the ops part - see complex implications for their daily work that go along with this philosophy. Therefore, the presentation of an operating platform as a fully laied out and preconfigured development solution that, based on Continuous Integration and continuous delivery, that enables an optimized “DevOps-ready” development process through consistent automation and versioning has been much appreciated.
Above all, our discussion partners were impressed by the flexibility of being able to use both, a basic toolset and their own tools in a uncomplicated and very modular way. The holistic view of the development processes, which was implemented through a cross-functional and networked tool chain, seems to correspond to the current zeitgeist in the IT world and therefore received a lot of approval.
In summary, the IT Days gave us a good insight into the IT trends currently being discussed. The speakers were well chosen and often gave interesting insights into their business and thoughts. Also interdisciplinary contributions like that of Yvonne Roßmann were very enriching. The mood among the exhibitors was good, the exchange with the visitors was intense and the catering and fair staff first-class. We took the opportunity to present our operating platform and the services around the topic of optimizing the software development process and returned with very positive impressions from the IT days in Frankfurt.