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Presentation: Practices of Platform Engineering

Track: Sponsored Solutions Track IV

Location: Pacific BC

Duration: 4:10pm - 5:00pm

Day of week: Wednesday

Level: Intermediate

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Abstract

Agile teams in enterprises are constantly under pressure to rapidly deliver high-value features whilst meeting the deadlines and maintaining the product quality and stability. One of the main reasons for this is the time required to be spent on setting up the foundational platform capabilities which at times are under estimated. If each development team creates its own platform, the whole enterprise winds up with a large, complex architecture that is difficult to maintain, hard to staff engineers and brittle to operate.

The preferred future for enterprise IT organizations is to invest in a shared Platform Engineering function whose charter is to support application development teams with a platform or set of platforms that they can build on top of. Platform engineering team empowers organizations to reduce lead times to utilize common services and embrace constant change in technology.

This talks presents various approaches on how a platform engineering team can lay the digital foundation.

Speaker: Rakesh Komulwad

Practice Director @HCLtech

Rakesh has over 15 years of industry experience, which includes designing and implementing highly scalable distributed systems, SOA and microservice architectures. As part of the DnA practice at HCL he is engaged with clients across various industries in accelerating their digital transformation programs. He has worked with many global enterprises providing solution architecture, technology leadership to large deal teams and custom application development teams. He has served as a champion for agile and lean software engineering practices. He has worn many hats in his career, developer, manager, architect, product manager, and strategist.

Speaker: Joe Saylor

IT Director @BNSF

Joe is an experienced IT Director with a proven history of delivering solutions for the railroad industry. He is an effective information technology professional skilled in Applications and Product Delivery, Mobile Solutions, DevOps, IT Strategy, Business Process Reengineering, Enterprise Architecture, Change and Operations Management. Joe has a proven track record of building high performing teams that successfully deploy products, application platforms, and real-time systems using Open Source technologies. He is responsible for the construction of the BNSF software delivery factory using SAFe and DevOps

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