Products and services in multiple domains continue to evolve responding to technology changes and shifting market demands.  The domain of Information Systems, computing and business analysis are going through a comparable evolution.  Thus, testing, project management, creation of new services have come together.  To develop and deliver these effectively, we see the convergence DevOps, Testing and Agile.

DevOps now is in its seventh /eighth year of practice but the old architecture is no longer able to support the speed of delivery and so needs the additional help of Microservices for incremental change.  Microservices architecture helps to deliver easy testing, fast and deployments and overall agility.  It is also fairly complex—so to successfully implement Microservices, you need to understand the core concepts behind this approach.   Adopting a new capability requires a plan that includes people, process and technology.

DevOps too is an enterprise capability and as the name suggests development and operation-based way of working that includes stakeholders, business owners, architecture, design, development, quality assurance, operations, security, partners and suppliers.

This one day programme is designed to connect these extensive aspects as well as the challenges.  Expert practitioners and thought leaders will provide information on the implementation and help you to develop your business case.  The day will cover the basic concepts of the Microservices architecture and will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this architecture. 

Benefits of Attending:
This one day programme is designed to connect these extensive aspects as well as the challenges. Expert practitioners and thought leaders will provide information on the implementation and help you to deepen your understanding and develop your business case and build towards getting significant return on investment.


  • Joint session with Agile Expo and Test Expo -

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    Keynote: Value Driven Agile: Focussing on real business results, not code written

    Tom Gilb, Consultant, Methods Inventor, Textbook Writer, Keynote Speaker and Teacher to many …… Senior Partner at

    The intent of Agile has always been value delivery. But the unfortunate reality is that the practice of agile today is focused on solving all problems by generating code. We totally fail to quantitatively define the multiple values we want. We fail to systematically pursue them. The agile failure (to deliver value) rate is 19% to 40%. We should be closer to Zero Failure. This talk will present specific practical methods for managing agile value delivery.


    Tom Gilb

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    Keynote: Becoming a Unicorn

    Mark Buenen, VP Global LeaderDigital Assurance & Testing Practice, Sogeti Group

    Technology continues to evolve at pace, and customers and employers alike are driving ever greater demands for excellence: innovation, faster delivery, an outstanding user experience. This keynote presentation will look at the key trends that are affecting the software testing industry, and the future that awaits us, with a particular focus on:

    ♦ How digital transformation is affecting QA and Testing
    ♦ How we can transform from automated test execution to intelligence driven testing
    ♦ What is the future for testers in a DevOps world


    Mark Buenen

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    Keynote: Disciplined DevOps: Pragmatic Strategies for the Enterprise

    Mark Lines, Enterprise Agile Coach, Disciplined Agile Consortium

    “DevOps” is the most popular, and most misunderstood, buzzword in the IT industry today. In this talk Mark Lines will explore what DevOps is in practice. He will address what DevOps means for established enterprises that are dealing with decades of legacy solutions and legacy cultures to overcome. He will also explore why Disciplined DevOps entails much more than just Development + Operations to be truly effective.


    Mark Lines

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    Prepare to Serve, an introduction to Servant Leadership

    Angie Main, Programme Manager, Barclays Bank plc

    Command and control leadership is failing to deliver, the cost of employee disengagement is vast; conversely the opportunity for those that can adopt progressive ways of working is huge. Up to 70% of the gap in employee engagement can be attributed to leadership. Every piece of insight tells us it’s time for a leadership overhaul. In this session Angie will bring alive the practical and proven principles of Servant Leadership, help you understand what Servant Leadership is and explore why it’s a great fit for many organisations.


    Angie Main

  • Track on Devops Expo -

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    Composing, Deploying & Monitoring Container-based Microservices

    Darren Hague, SAP

    In this talk, Darren will discuss the lessons SAP has learned using container-based microservices to provide SAP’s global cloud infrastructure, showing how technologies such as Kubernetes can be used to deliver a composable application architecture in which services can be upgraded or swapped out for better solutions as they become available, and teams can scale better by allowing people to focus on individual services. He will also look at the impact of microservices on supportability, monitoring and alerting, and will show how SAP has addressed these challenges.


    Darren Hague

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    Effective automation across the full software delivery lifecycle

    Andrew Fullen, Solution Director, Sogeti UK

    Andrew has been with Sogeti since 2009. Currently he is a Solutions Director responsible for technical testing. He has a keen interest in working with many public sector organisations as an enterprise architect in test, helping them to transform their processes and tooling to demonstrate value. Andrew has extensive experience in security, digital, and tooling and he is also a member of SogetiLabs which is Sogeti’s trend lab – a select network of over 110 technology leaders from Sogeti worldwide who look at new technologies and how they can be used to deliver benefits to Sogeti and our customers. Andrew has worked in testing since 2000, and has consulted at organisations including Bupa, McAfee and British Telecom. With a wealth of knowledge and a longstanding time in the industry, he admits to knowing his Cobol from his DB2.


    Andrew Fullen


Mark Buenen

VP Global LeaderDigital Assurance & Testing Practice, Sogeti Group

Andrew Fullen

Solution Director, Sogeti UK

Tom Gilb

Senior Partner at

Darren Hague


Mark Lines

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Angie Main

Programme Manager, Barclays Bank plc

Gold Sponsor

UNICOM’s Advisory Panel

Dorothy Graham

Software testing consultant, speaker and author

Dan North

Dan North Associates

Paul D. Nielsen

Director and CEO, Software Engineering Institute

Dave Snowden

CTO Cognitive Edge

Previous Programme

  • Joint Session with Agile Methods -

  • Chairman for the Joint Session: Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP UK -

  • 08:30 - 08:50

    Registration and Coffee Break

  • 08:50 - 09:00

    UNICOM’s and Chairman’s Introduction

  • 09:00 - 09:30

    Keynote: Cloud Native Microservices and Containers in the Middleware World

  • 09:30 - 10:00

    Keynote: Busting Silos

  • 10:00 - 10:30

    Introduction to Sponsoring and Supporting Bodies & Coffee Break

  • 10:30 - 11:15

    Round Table Discussion

  • Track for DevOps -

  • Chairman’s Introduction: Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP UK -

  • 11:30 - 12:15

    Delivering Microservices in AWS

  • 12:15 - 13:00

    Microservices: the tip of the iceberg

  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch Break

  • 14:00 - 14:30

    Creating a culture for Continuous Delivery & Value

  • 14:30 - 15:00

    Why DevOps Transformations Are Failing

  • 15:00 - 15:15

    Tea and Coffee Break

  • 15:15 - 16:00

    What can DevOps do for us? The story so far

  • 16:00 - 16:45

    Powering Microservices with Docker, Kubernetes, and Kafka

  • 16:45 - 17:00

    Chairman’s Summing Up

  • 17:00 - 18:00

    Drinks Reception co-hosted by TIBCO and HPE

Previous Speakers

James Betteley

Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd

Josh Dvir

Devops Architect & Managing Director@DevopsPro

Steve Freeman

Zuhlke Engineering Limited

Allan Kelly

Software Strategy Ltd


Andrew Morgan


Kai Wähner

Technology Evangelist, TIBCO

Stephen Walters

Software – Lead Solution Consultant, HPE

Keith Watson

Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP UK

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