Michael Hüttermann – Speaker interview

Michael Hüttermann

Michael Hüttermann is system architect and delivery engineer and a leading subject matter expert for Continuous Delivery, DevOps and SCM/ALM. He has written a couple of books including the first ones on DevOps (“DevOps for Developers”, Apress, 2012) and Agile ALM (“Agile ALM”, Manning, 2011). He was recognized to be a Oracle Java Champion in 2006. More information: http://huettermann.net.

Q. You’re speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest in March. Tell us a bit about your session.
My session “Visualizing Bintray operations, with the Firehose Event API and the ELK stack, on Docker” is an interactive, demo-driven talk showcasing leading tools and how to integrate them, from a developers’ perspective. In the center of the workflow is Bintray, the distribution management system, storing release binaries, which are in turn streamed in by Jenkins 2, with its new features and UI. Operations on binaries are gathered by Bintray’s API and made visible by a monitoring solution, which is the ELK stack. To make it even more heterogeneous, parts of the solution are containerized, and run on-premise, other parts on SaaS.

Q. Why is the subject matter important?
The subject matter is “real-life DevOps”. DevOps is crucial since it converges multiple topics. Above all, it’s based on many concepts and state-of-the-art tools. Next, it integrates those tools. Integration is done scripted, based on API, that’s the next point. Using those concepts makes project success more likely, and using these tools makes work more productive and much more fun.

Q. Who should attend your session?
The session is really for all attendees being curious. Since discussed concepts and tools are aligned with developers’ perspectives, developers are invited to join. Best precondition is if you are open-minded and want to pick up both new impulses and news of the DevOps ecosystem. Content of this session is aligned with practical use cases taken from many very big and complex projects. But also smaller projects will profit.

Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session?
Key things include a better understanding of current DevOps concepts and tools, how to integrate these tools, and how to make most of them by using API. In practice, best target architectures depend on requirements and given basic conditions, but often you are able to cherry-pick parts of a session to implement those in daily project life, and this session is a mash-up of pointers ready to adopt.

Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest, what else are you excited about for 2017?
A lot is going on these days. Nowadays, DevOps is mainstream, so it is important to recap where it came from, originally. Part of this is that top notch tools gain more and more momentum also to accelerate the cycle time that is the time to bring changes to end users.

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