Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 2–4, 2019
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Wednesday, April 3


Introduction to the User Stories Track - Bernd Krannich, SAP & Dormain Drewitz, Pivotal
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Dormain Drewitz

Director, Product Marketing, VMware
Dormain leads Product Marketing and Content Strategy for VMware Tanzu. Before VMware she was Senior Director of Pivotal Platform Ecosystem, including RabbitMQ, and Customer Marketing. Previously, she was Director of Product Marketing for Mobile and Pivotal Data Suite. Prior to Pivotal... Read More →

Bernd Krannich

Technical Lead, SAP Cloud Platform Cloud Foundry, SAP SE
Bernd is a Technical Lead at SAP working on Cloud Foundry topics in SAP Cloud Platform. In the Cloud Foundry community, he is working on bringing Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes closer together. During his 20+ years at SAP, Bernd has held various roles in software engineering. He is... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 11:10am - 11:20am
Room 123


A New Way of Deploying .Net Applications at Nasdaq - Bhavani Yellapragada, Nasdaq & Madhav Sathe, Pivotal
Nasdaq adopted PCF to start the modernization journey, starting with a legacy .Net application, in order to achieve business agility and velocity. Prior to adoption of PCF and Concourse, Nasdaq relied on home-grown solutions for OS and configuration management using diverse technologies such as Terraform, Puppet, DSC, WSUS and Ansible. This added extra burden on operations team to maintain the automation scripts and manage the technology sprawl. The ticket based systems slowed down Nasdaq’s development teams. And yet there was always a challenge with snowflake configurations. Furthermore, the OS upgrade required every month meant downtime for application.
In this session hear Nasdaq’s journey of cultural change along with the adoption of the platform as a product approach. Operators will learn best practices regarding use of Powershell and Concourse for automating platform installation and patching, use of isolation segments and CredHub to address InfoSec needs. Learn lessons on engaging with InfoSec team and help them enhance their checklist for modern cloud native paradigm. Finally, learn how Nasdaq drove real business outcomes by achieving higher business velocity, zero-downtime patching and greater stability.

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Madhav Sathe

Platform Architect, Pivotal
Madhav is a Platform Architect at Pivotal. Madhav was a product manager for Oracle’s middleware management and IT analytics suite of products. He was also a product manager at ADP for ADP DataCloud for HCM analytics. As a developer at Oracle he built the first SOAP/Web Services... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 11:20am - 11:50am
Room 123
  • Experience Level Any


Your Data Center will Implode in 30 days, a Success Story - Brian Seguin & Bill Chapman, Stark & Wayne
Due to forces beyond your control, you have only 30 days until you lose access to your data center which is housing hundreds of core business applications. How can you evaluate where, when, and how to migrate in such a short window? If you can get help, what do you look for in how your solution will be delivered? How can you front load the migration to ensure no loss of data. What are some acceptable workarounds if you cannot access your new environment in a timely manner? This talk will cover a real world use case and provide answers to these questions.

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Bill Chapman

VP of Engineering, Stark & Wayne
Bill is VP of Engineering at Stark & Wayne where he focuses on helping his teams deliver world-class solutions to cloud-native problems.Prior to joining Stark & Wayne, Bill specialized in helping to start software companies along with helping established companies greenfield brand... Read More →
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Brian Seguin

COO, Stark & Wayne
Brian Seguin is the Director of Operations at Stark & Wayne, where he brings success to the company’s day-to-day business operations, contracting, and partnerships. His experience managing controls teams for multi-billion dollar trading desks is where he forged a blend of high-tech... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Room 123
  • Experience Level Any


Deep Dive: Cracks in the Foundation: Operating Cloud Foundry in the Real World - Stephanie Mathis, Technology Manager & Josh Ghiloni, Pivotal
There are dozens of talks from various conferences over the years that talk about how successful Cloud Foundry has made their business. Nobody seems to talk, however, about all the bumps in the road they hit on the way to that success. Stephanie has seen her fair share of bumps as a Technology Manager at a major insurance company as they deploy massive foundations, and in his role as a Solutions Architect with Pivotal, Josh has seen common and uncommon problems that plague customers from all industry verticals. In this talk, they will present their top 10 biggest problems they (and maybe you too!) have encountered, and how they can be avoided, mitigated, or solved altogether.

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Stephanie Mathis

Technology Manager
Stephanie is a Technology Manager. She started out as a software developer and most recently took on the role of Product Manager for the Cloud Foundry Platform team. She’s seen many sides of the development world, being a developer herself, helping teams adopt continuous delivery... Read More →
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Josh Ghiloni

Advisory Solutions Architect, Pivotal
Josh has been with Pivotal as an Advisory Solutions Architect since 2017 but has been using Cloud Foundry since 2014. He is a member of the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Solutions team, where he has helped customers over every industry vertical be successful running Cloud Foundry in production... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 2:15pm - 3:25pm
Room 123
  • Experience Level Any


A Victim of Our Own Success – Overcoming the Challenges of 30,000 AIs - Tim Leong, Comcast
2018 has been a boom year for Cloud Foundry at Comcast. Because of its immense popularity with our development teams, and the easy, repeatable frameworks we have created for transitioning into CF, we have doubled in size from 13,000 AIs to over 30,000 in a single year! It’s been great to see such rapid adoption, but it has come with serious challenges. As we maintain our commitment to the success of teams going Cloud Native, we needed to overcome these obstacles and maintain the success of the platform. It was a hard year, but our team came out of it stronger and better prepared to plan for and respond to rapid changes in demand.

Let us show you how we did it. We will review our most important lessons of the last year.

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Tim Leong

Principle Engineer, Comcast
Cloud Foundry architect, engineer and operator for the last 5 years at Comcast. Currently acting as free safety for several projects including Open Source CF migrations, CFCR, Concourse and all things Cloud Native. This is my 4th Cloud Foundry summit and 3rd speaking engagement.

Wednesday April 3, 2019 3:35pm - 4:05pm
Room 123


#testedAF: Test All the Things (Not Just Your Units) - Bryon Kroger, United States Air Force & Quynh Tran, Raytheon
The United States Air Force’s Kessel Run has made headlines for the incredible fuel savings from the tanker planner application and for taking their deployment frequency from 5 years to 1 week. What often goes unstated is that they are also building applications where failure carries life and death consequences and, as such, the larger organization they are part of takes testing very seriously. Not only that, they spend even more time on upfront planning than is seen in even the worst offending commercial enterprises. And talking to real end users? Forget about it, they have an active mission to support! Breaking through those barriers took a lot more than just a robust suite of unit tests.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry is key in that it provided the Air Force the platform they needed to ignore all the things below the value line and focus on expanding their testing practice to meet the demands of their enterprise: testing assumptions around building the right thing, building the thing right, and was the right thing built. Find out how Kessel Run established the means to go fast forever, continuously delivering business value their users LOVE by testing all the things!

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Bryon Kroger

Chief Operations Officer, United States Air Force
Air Force Captain Bryon Kroger is Founder and COO at Kessel Run, where he leads operations for an enterprise-scale software lab running a worldwide cloud platform and 22 customer-facing products. Bryon scaled operations from $25M to $190M annually and reduced average new product initial... Read More →
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Quynh Tran

Software Developer, Raytheon
Quynh is a Raytheon Software Engineer and Kessel Run’s Engineering Practice Lead where she is responsible for creating a continuous learning environment for 50-100+ engineers and growing a community of software engineering practice. She is currently... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 4:35pm - 5:05pm
Room 123


A Small Business that was Able to Leverage the Platform While Focusing Entirely on our Core Business - Jared Placek, DemandBridge & Brian Seguin, Stark & Wayne
Yes, small companies can benefit and afford running Cloud Foundry in production.

It has been two years since DemandBridge, a small business, decided to make their migration to Cloud Foundry. This talk will be about all of the core benefits DemandBridge’s development and product team has realized with their migration to Cloud Foundry. Why DemandBridge chose Cloud Foundry over other solutions as well as the benefits and challenges they have faced having a third-party manage their owned Cloud Foundry platform.

Jared Placek and Brian Seguin will share their three years of collaboration and answer the question: Would they do it again and what might they have done differently?

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Jared Placek

Chief Engineer, DemandBridge
Jared is the Chief Engineer at DemandBridge with over 15 years of experience in the technology industry. Jared drives change and technical adoption for his team on a day to day basis. DemandBridge is a less than 50 person company with more than 1.2 million registered users and 200,000... Read More →
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Brian Seguin

COO, Stark & Wayne
Brian Seguin is the Director of Operations at Stark & Wayne, where he brings success to the company’s day-to-day business operations, contracting, and partnerships. His experience managing controls teams for multi-billion dollar trading desks is where he forged a blend of high-tech... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Room 123