Shell is one of the largest energy companies in the world, with a long history in Oil & Gas. The Oil & Gas market is known for its long (multi-year) projects and pay-back periods. However, the rise of renewable energy and a changing technology landscape requires doing business differently. One of Shell’s responses to the changing environment is embracing digitalization as an opportunity, and fundamental element of doing business. Nils Kappeyne (VP & CIO of Integrated Gas & New Energies) will share his perspective on how Shell is ‘acting its way into the future’. In this key-note, Nils will explain more about the ‘digital ventures’ that are part of Shell’s New Energies business, and share how a corporation with >90,000 staff is on its way to embed digitalization in the way we do business on a daily basis.
A deep reflection on the continuous improvement journey post the Agile Transformation era.
In this talk, I will share our successes and failures in moving the agility needle in line with organizational goals.
Do come and learn how to roll the wheels of continuous sustainable improvements.
Most organizations today have adopted IT infrastructure automation tools and dynamic infrastructure platforms such as private or public clouds. However, the technology alone isn’t enough to help IT respond quickly and reliably to changing opportunities and challenges. At worst they can lead to a “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” situation, where the ability to rapidly spin up new infrastructure leads to a sprawl of poorly maintained systems.
Infrastructure as Code is an approach to managing infrastructure that leverages software engineering practices. Companies like Netflix, Facebook, and Etsy have pioneered a new generation of principles and practices for IT change management. IT teams who have adopted these ideas find that they can not only make changes far more frequently than they could with old ways of working, but they can actually increase the reliability, security and quality of their IT services.
Drawing on his experience advising clients on platform adoption, James Lewis explores the benefits that platforms can bring, the organizational limitations that make platform adoption attractive, how we currently overcome these limitations, and the paradigm shift in thinking needed to get the most out of them.
Architects in the enterprise are often regarded as ivory tower residents who bestow their utopian plans upon project teams in the form of colorful diagrams that bear little to no resemblance to reality. The most suspicious in this group are often the “Enterprise Architects” who are perceived as being furthest from actual technical problems.
However, large-scale IT operation and transformation require transparency across hundreds or thousands of applications running on all sorts of middleware in data centers around the globe. The very enterprise architects are likely the only ones who stand a chance to bring transparency into such an environment and who can direct IT investments in the hundreds of millions of Euros towards modernization and run-cost reduction. This sounds a lot more exciting and valuable than drawing pictures!
This session takes a serious but light-hearted look at the role of enterprise architects in modern IT organizations.
In 2017, 1 Million candidates applied for UPSC prelims exam to fill 980 vacancies. That is a 0.1% chance of getting selected. Candidates spend over a year preparing for these exams. Unlike many other exams, these exams require a lot of real-time knowledge of News and Current Affairs. Also, they need to prepare not only for objective questions but also for essay type subjective questions.
So while preparing for these exams, candidates can’t just go through static content from previous years. To evaluate their answers and to give them instant feedback, we can’t rely on curated content.
To address these challenges, we built India’s first education platform powered by Artificial Intelligence. We provide:
* instant feedback on the descriptive answers
* provide in-depth analysis of candidates strengths and weaknesses
* create a summary of current affairs with timeline, opinions and linked syllabus concepts
We believe this is the future of online education. Come to this talk to understand how digitization can disrupt current educational platforms.
The digitalization calls for rapid organizational flexibility and adaptability. This has an impact on all dimensions of a company: its strategy, structure, and the processes. Agile will help implementing some of this flexibility and adaptability yet mainly in terms of processes. Thus, the digital transformation needs companies to change beyond Agile. Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, and Sociocracy provide the missing links for a company to fully embrace digitalization. The combination of these concepts enables a company not only to survive but also to thrive (digital) disruptions.
In the hospitality industry, Analytical solutions are used to price hotel rooms. These Analytical solutions must incorporate additional data feeds that represent the variables impacting hotel prices in the real world. While incorporating these data feeds like prices published by the competitors on the Web or reputation of the hotel in the social media there are unique challenges. In this case study, I want to share my experiences in solving these problems that involve understanding the hidden patterns in the data feed, resolving data sanity issues and finally incorporating these data feeds into the solution in an iterative manner. This journey requires close collaboration with not only the internal teams but also the external clients. In some cases, clients suggest enhancements to this usage of additional data feeds that need to be incorporated a relatively short timeframe. There is no one size fits all solution for using these data feeds. Additional configuration items need to build around these data feeds. In this case study, I want to share a success story in incorporating these data feeds using agile principles.
Unikernels are specialized, single address space machine image constructed by using library operating systems and are gaining a lot of attention in the industry. Due to less amount of code deployed, they have smaller attack surface and hence improved security.
This talk describes what Unikernels are, what are their advantages & disadvantages and how are they different from containers & microkernels. It uses MirageOS as an example to show how the developer selects the minimal set of libraries which correspond to the OS constructs required for their application to run and these libraries are then compiled with the application to build sealed, fixed-purpose images which run directly on a hypervisor or hardware without an intervening OS.