Presentation: "Agile Development to Agile Operations"

Time: Thursday 16:30 - 17:30

Location: Metropolitan Ballroom


Agile software development has been well influenced by "lean thinking" in manufacturing and product development, with a relentless focus on continuous improvement and encouraging ever smaller cycle times to delivering value. But the focus of Agile has primarily been on the development side of IT, while the operational side of IT continues to struggle with a large-batch mentality for new system deployments, and highly variable lead times in responding to change.

Cloud computing now offers the potential to drastically reduce the lead times to enacting change in the operational environment. This talk describes the organizational and technical advances that help to enable "The Rise of Lean IT" - on-demand provisioning, end-to-end service models, collaborative system administration, declarative configuration management, and lean IT accounting.

Stuart Charlton, Cloud and OO Guru

 Stuart  Charlton

Stuart Charlton is a Vice President and the Chief Software Architect for Elastra, a provider of enterprise cloud computing software.

He specializes in the areas of systems architecture, configuration management, RESTful web architecture, and is an avid student of lean & agile approaches to business processes and product development. Prior to joining Elastra, Stuart was an Enterprise Architect with BEA Systems, where he co-developed SOA strategies for the global consulting practice, and was the lead SOA architect for the Canadian region.

Prior to BEA, Stuart was the lead integration architect at Rogers Communications, Canada's largest cable & wireless communications provider, and was a consultant and trainer for over a dozen organizations in the United States, Canada, and Japan. He is the co-author of CodeNotes for J2EE, and has written for several leading industry publications.