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Inside ITSM and DevOps in 2021

The relationship between ITSM and DevOps has been described as both a match made in heaven and a significant culture clash. However your business sees it, it’s clear that in 2021 businesses need to be firmly on board with both in order to create a winning digital employee experience and deliver to customers efficiently and quickly.

Join this expert panel, where DevOps and ITSM leaders share how ITSM and DevOps can work together to achieve superior outcomes. They’ll discuss:

- Why it’s important that, in the words of opensource.com, DevOps and ITSM ‘call a truce’ - and how this can be done
- Why it’s crucial teams focus more on collaboration and outcomes rather than processes and outputs
- Lessons learned from pitting ITSM and DevOps against one another, and how they can transform business cultures - and bottom lines
- And more
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    Among the many factors that continue to drive change in today’s ever-evolving business landscape, two stand out: digital transformation and COVID-19. With COVID-19, IT organizations and service management teams are shifting priorities. The challenges with supporting remote workforces suddenly changed, resulting in new mandatory requirements for an agile, flexible, yet resilient approach to delivering better employee experiences while trying to maintain business growth.

    Digital interactions are the new norm, where large populations of remote workers require support services by IT services. The best modern support experiences leverage AI and hyperautomation to give employees a personalized and frictionless experience across all channels. Scaling service experience with self-help AI-driven resolutions and end-to-end automation to augment business tasks, actions, and workflows are the key to accelerating business transformation.
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    The agility, iterative approach, and reactive nature of DevOps took the place of the endless preparatory and super conservative planning for even the smallest change typically common in older IT environments. However, the extremely dynamic nature of modern application stacks and deployments has created a new set of problems.

    In this session you will learn:
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    - The value of AIOps to identify the root cause and deliver actionable automation for modern applications
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    Muddu Sudhakar, CEO, Aisera
    With the consumerization of enterprise IT, employees are expecting the same level of service excellence from IT service management (ITSM) solutions. Users expect enterprise services to be delivered instantly, in the device and channel of their preference, with a high degree of personalization and without having to talk to someone. Leading enterprises are now transforming toward ITSM+ by embracing cognitive AI, Robotic Process Automation and Conversational Experience, which promise to boost productivity while using fewer resources, achieving greater cost savings and delivering an engaging customer experience for enhanced satisfaction.

    In this talk, we will start by drawing the Service Desk Journey, from Help Desk to Today's Segregated Service Desk, highlighting business and operational challenges affecting Employees, Customers and Service Desk Service Agents. We will then introduce the new paradigm shift of ITSM+, and present in great details the a novel five-layer reference architecture. We will walk the audience through each of the comprising layers and conclude with how to get started in this disruptive digital transformation.
  • Pitfalls in privacy data wrangling Mar 16 2021 11:00 am UTC 45 mins
    William Bello FIP CIPP/E CIPM CIPT, Senior Privacy Business Consultant, Bello Consulting
    Fairy tales most often start with sentence: “Once upon a time there was a …” - Facebook?! Does any of you remember mobile app named “Foursquare”? It was very popular until a Russian-based developer used it to display “girls around me”. Data is a resource. Big data is a big resource. But - a big responsibility as well. It brings opportunity and it make threat. In world today we witness a steady rise of privacy concern and user awareness about what is right and what is wrong. Not only that, but regulations around the world guarantee certain rights to data subjects or consumers. Cambridge Analytica Ltd is very good example of Facebook data wrangling misuse or one could call this “data breach”.

    Careless use of meshed data or during company merge collecting data together from different anonymized sources into one data lake might be a potential serious risk for new organization. Can you imagine number of data collected over past decades on UK servers based on R&D under EU regulation? As we experience Brexit all the data wrangling using this meshed data raise legal ground question for further processing and secondary use. Privacy by design and by default is a key to proof accountability and key points we will discuss during talk are:

    • Data wrangling core ideas of discovering, structuring, cleaning, enriching, validating and publishing during data life cycle stages: collection, processing, disclosure, retention and destruction

    • How to secure enterprise data wrangling using GDPR and NIST as a privacy framework?
  • Thinking Like A Hacker Mar 15 2021 11:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Josh Stella, Fugue Co-Founder, CEO and CTO
    When it comes to cloud misconfiguration vulnerabilities, compliance frameworks and monitoring tools aren’t always going to help you. If you’re using the cloud, odds are your security model is broken.
    The cloud changed the way hackers think and operate: Rather than targeting an organization and then searching for vulnerabilities to exploit, hackers use automation to scan the internet looking for cloud misconfigurations to exploit.

    Once an attacker has access to your environment, they use IAM resources like a network to move laterally, find data, and extract it. We’ve graduated from simple misconfiguration mistakes to techniques bad actors are using today to breach data out from under the most advanced cloud security teams—often without detection.

    In this talk, Josh Stella Fugue Co-Founder , CEO and CTO, will put you into the hacker mindset so you can think more critically about fixing your broken cloud security.

    Specifically, this talk will cover:
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    - How attackers take advantage of IAM misconfigurations
    - How to find advanced misconfiguration vulnerabilities and fix them
    - Strategies for remediation and building security into cloud design
  • Taming the Wild, Wild (Service) Desk! Recorded: Feb 22 2021 33 mins
    Reverend Samuel Nixon Jr., CEO/Founder, humble1, LLC
    It’s inevitable that a good service desk attracts traffic. But what happens when the traffic picks up, the
    requests come heavy and the time grows shorter for responding effectively? A new approach is
    required and innovation must speak to the matter. This session will open up the kinds of challenges and suggest relevantly appropriate responses to make the IT Service desk a more tamed and manageable center of activity --- without having pull your hair out to do it!

    We will learn:
    1) What makes a good IT service desk effective and desirable?
    2) How does it respond to requests with sound and clear management?
    3) When does the level of activity warrant sounding the alarm?
    4) What innovative range of responses may be considered?
    5) How do we keep the IT service desk tamed and timely?
  • How Conversational AI & RPA Accelerates ITSM Automation Recorded: Feb 18 2021 27 mins
    Muddu Sudhakar, CEO, Aisera
    With global work environments shifting, the need for scalability and automation is urgent to handle the influx of employee requests for IT support—and to offer user satisfaction in an anxious time. Demands on the IT service desk include the challenge of licensing costs, handling more common processes and tasks, enabling higher levels of employee self-service, and speeding issue resolution.

    AI-enabled employee self-service can auto-resolve the majority of repetitive requests, freeing the IT team to focus on business-critical issues. Aisera enables automation of repetitive IT tasks, actions and workflows while allowing workers to auto-resolve their issues using Conversational AI and Conversational RPA—uniting people without physical contact. Aisera also leverages the power of AI with existing ticketing systems to bring users and services together, despite social distancing, for vital business continuity. Remote workers get the streamlined support they need to stay productive.

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    - Conversational AI and RPA can improve employee experience at scale to ensure 24x7 business continuity and support
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    Alan S Koch, Sr Technical Lead Instructor, Cprime
    Testing can be the long pole in our deployment pipelines. Without test automation, we are forced to choose between poor velocity and insufficient regression testing (and the resulting risks and quality problems).

    But test automation is no magic “silver bullet”! If we don’t approach it in a disciplined and structured way, it can become its own source of problems and a time-sink for our team. The Test Automation Pyramid provides a framework for a structured and rigorous approach to testing.

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    - Unit testing means what? A clear purpose for Unit Testing that translates into clear direction on what it should and should not be.

    - What comes before Integration testing? A look at what it takes to actually test interfaces. (Hint: It’s not integration testing!)

    - GUI-less Functional test automation: Full testing of the functionality of our application without the complexity and brittleness of going through the graphical user interface (GUI).

    - An architecture for automating functional testing: Automated functional tests become much more maintainable when we use a multi-layered architecture to create them.

    - Testing in the CI/CD Pipeline: How can we fit all of this testing into our Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline and still have it complete quickly?
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    Chris Swan, Tom Halpin & Philippe Berthonneau, DXC Technology
    ITSM is a set of policies, processes and procedures used to deliver standard Customer IT services and the resulting support and operational activities. While DevOps is a set of practices which combine software development (Dev) and operations (Ops) activities to shorten the software development lifecycle by enabling the continuous delivery of high quality software.

    ITSM and DevOps are often considered to be incompatible, however as the pace of change accelerates organizations that manage to hit the sweet spot of operating ITSM frameworks with DevOps speed of delivery will gain a competitive advantage from the resulting synergies.

    For organizations that have traditionally been focused on traditional ITSM skilling and/or reskilling to support a DevOps cultural pivot and DevOps tooling can be challenging.

    DXC Technology runs mission-critical systems with the latest technology innovations to deliver better business outcomes and new levels of performance, competitiveness and experiences for our customers. In this talk we will share how we are skilling and reskilling our workforce and helping our clients through "Online DevOps Dojos". The Online DevOps Dojo is a series of learnings and hands on micro labs which follow the guidelines of reference books such as "Accelerate" and the "DevOps Handbook". More that online learning experiences, we are talking here about online lab environments, supported by a (funny) story of a fictitious team.

    Half presentation, half demo, this talk will open your eyes on skilling and opportunities linked to training for DevOps the "Dojo" way.

    One last thing: the learning modules are open source: we invite the DevOps community to use and also contribute!
  • Inside ITSM and DevOps in 2021 Recorded: Feb 18 2021 59 mins
    Panel of Experts
    The relationship between ITSM and DevOps has been described as both a match made in heaven and a significant culture clash. However your business sees it, it’s clear that in 2021 businesses need to be firmly on board with both in order to create a winning digital employee experience and deliver to customers efficiently and quickly.

    Join this expert panel, where DevOps and ITSM leaders share how ITSM and DevOps can work together to achieve superior outcomes. They’ll discuss:

    - Why it’s important that, in the words of opensource.com, DevOps and ITSM ‘call a truce’ - and how this can be done
    - Why it’s crucial teams focus more on collaboration and outcomes rather than processes and outputs
    - Lessons learned from pitting ITSM and DevOps against one another, and how they can transform business cultures - and bottom lines
    - And more
  • DevOps and ITSM: Marriage made in organization Recorded: Feb 18 2021 54 mins
    Rupesh Kumar, AWS Solutions Architect Solutions Director - DevOps/Agile, Citizant Inc.
    Most of the times, we see ITSM and DevOps at two end of the spectrum and considered polar opposite but guess what opposites attract.
    There is rich and mature aspects of ITSM on one hand and agility of DevOps on another and together they can synergize to create a beautiful and long lasting marriage within the organization
  • The Importance of Database Monitoring on Cloud Platforms Recorded: Feb 18 2021 59 mins
    Grant Fritchey, DevOps Advocate, Redgate Software
    More and more organizations are moving vital workloads on to cloud architecture, especially their data. However, many are not ensuring that the same level of monitoring that they would perform in an on-premises environment. Performance problems on cloud infrastructures don’t simply result in slower databases, but in higher overall costs. This session will walk you through why you need to monitor your databases in the cloud. We’ll discuss some of the built-in architectures available to you using Azure and AWS as examples. We’ll also walk through additional resources from building your own monitoring solution to taking advantage of third party tooling. Moving to the cloud carries all sorts of advantages, but you need to be prepared to appropriately monitor your databases too. This session will help you get started.
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    Asanka Abeysinghe, Chief Technology Evangelist, WSO2, Inc
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    Yes, by embracing programmability. This approach goes beyond infrastructure automation, which is a common practice, by enabling programmatic access to automate actions, procedures, processes, and runtimes used in an application’s entire lifecycle. With programmability and end-to-end automation, teams can increase productivity and flexibility and quickly decommission repeatable tasks; they can also spend more time on implementing innovative ideas.

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    1. Defining advanced metrics & DevOps
    2. Building from the four basic metrics
    3. Applying metrics to your organization

    Key Takeaway: Understanding why metrics matter and how they apply to your company
  • Testing in Production Recorded: Feb 17 2021 18 mins
    Talia Nassi, Developer Advocate, Split Software
    How do you know your feature is working perfectly in production? If something breaks in production, how will you know? Will you wait for a user to report it to you? What do you do when your staging test results do not reflect current production behavior? In order to test proactively as opposed to reactively, try testing in production! You will have an increased accuracy of test results, your tests will run faster due to the elimination of bad data, and you will have higher confidence before releases. This can be accomplished through feature flagging, canary releases, setting up a proper CI/CD pipeline, and data cleanup. You will leave this talk with strategies to mitigate risk, to better your understanding of the steps to get there, and to shift your company’s testing culture, so you can provide the best possible experience to your users. At the end of the day, we don't care if your features work in staging, we care if they work in production.
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    Phil Reynolds, Digital Culture Change Specialist, Philanimates Ltd.
    How converting your IT support user guides into animated videos can provide granular level learning to feed into corporate L&D objectives. Combine this with the adoption of a "design thinking" approach to your service innovations, can produce improved results in deployment, through increased end-user engagement, helping to drive up your innovation KPIs.
  • How ITSM & DevOps underpin future Ways of Working at Nationwide Building Society Recorded: Feb 17 2021 23 mins
    John Siddal, Director Of Service Delivery, Nationwide & Mark Rendell, DevOps Consultant
    Nationwide is in the midst of an organisation-wide pivot, realigning from a largely functional organisation to one fully aligned to our ‘Member’ needs. We’re calling these our ‘Missions’.

    We have made some incredible progress with our Ways of Working including adopting ideas from DevOps, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Intelligent Control and more generally Agile, and this has triggered revolution our ITSM processes.

    At our most successful we have built platforms where we can go from concept to releasing new services into production in less than two weeks. But our systems landscape is vast and our journey is far from complete.

    In this session we will discuss how critical finding a synergy between DevOps and ITSM has proven to be. We'll share some of our key lessons learnt, our future ambition, and the challenges we are still grappling with.
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    Hasan Yasar, Technical Director, Adjunct Faculty Member, Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
    While getting so many benefits on DevOps and automation, nothing is more ubiquitous than the measuring the progress. There is a tremendous value of each stage of the delivery pipeline, from project inception to application deployment into the production environment and beyond on supporting operationally. When you collect the right data and visualize them properly, you will have continuous feedback on various stages to all stakeholders, great transparency and visibility, traceability of any given changes throughout the lifecycle, most importantly learning from each success and failure as a team. However, there are some challenges in selecting the right metrics, collecting data on various distinct development tools, overseeing many projects with different development teams and correlate distinct sources of data
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    Angel Rivera, Developer Advocate, CircleCI
    Ever run code changes through CI/CD and everything passed clean and green in the pipeline checks, then experience undetected critical failures in the live target environment post-deployment? This scenario is very common and impacts many teams and organizations even the teams with the most rigorous testing practices. In most cases this behavior can be eliminated by running basic Smoke Tests on the application live in their target environments. Smoke testing apps in target environments will expose unwanted patterns/behaviors and provide a solid understanding of how the application will perform.

    In this talk Angel will discuss the advantages of implementing Smoke Test patterns into CI/CD pipelines using Infrastructure as Code (IaC). He will discuss how teams can leverage automation to ensure apps are tested live in target environments which provide valuable insights pre-deployment. Angel will also demonstrate how to leverage IaC to provision Kubernetes clusters, deploy apps, test live then destroy all the resources created in a single CI/CD pipeline run.
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