Datapipe’s customers and partners discover how to accelerate their journey to agile at our multi-cloud event

On 18th May, we hosted our very first event as Datapipe Europe at the Museum of London and explored how adopting an agile approach to development can improve businesses. Special guests travelled from near and far, including Datapipe customers and European IT leaders, to sit in on sessions with an agenda that highlighted the future of IT in an agile world, discussing great use-cases and best practice for agile deployments.

Beginning with a networking lunch, Richard Dolan, Datapipe SVP of Marketing, and Stewart Smythe, Managing Director of Datapipe Europe, kicked off the event with a welcome address. Speaking about greenfield-envy and how companies need to respond to younger cloud-first competitors, Richard and Stewart set the agenda for the day, highlighting the fact that two in five businesses expect to be disrupted in the next two years. This emphasized the need for businesses to remain ahead of the curve.

After the introduction, the event’s first session was with Rory Duncan, Research Director at 451 Research. Rory gave the audience an overview of the cloud services markets and underlined that cloud is currently the main instigator for business transformation. Moving on to the trends and disruptive factors in the industry, Rory also discussed Brexit and security before advising how businesses can make the most of the cloud.

Following Rory’s session, Datapipe’s Jatil Damania, Director of Product Development – DevOps and Automation, discussed how DevOps can be transformational for business and how regular iteration and continuous development is key to ensuring success. Attendees were also introduced to TrebuchetTM, Datapipe’s application deployment platform. TrebuchetTM prioritizes automation and rapid deployment to achieve security and governance by default and deliver value faster than traditional methods.

Three customers then shared their journey toward agile, presented by Drew Sonden from Civica Digital, Simon Ball from Quotall, and Jon Marks from PugPig. Despite the different industries, each customer shared the same benefit after partnering with Datapipe: A vast improvement in their competitiveness.

Simon Hansford from UKCloud, and Philipp Offermann from Acrolinx, shared the stage to discuss how the UK Public Sector has undertaken its journey to agile and how Acrolinx benefited from its managed public cloud.

Next up was a presentation from Datapipe customer, BMJ, the healthcare knowledge provider behind medical journal The BMJ. Alex Hooper and Aaron Townsend from BMJ discussed the importance of integrating and flourishing a DevOps culture within a business. Datapipe and BMJ earned three joint awards recently honouring Datapipe’s solution for BMJ. BMJ’s DevOps solution was instrumental in transforming the culture within the organisation and enabled a path to grow the business worldwide.

A productive break-out session to explore best-practice in agile and how to overcome barriers was concluded with Stewart Smythe’s closing address.

While everyone’s cloud journey is different and every solution is unique, teaming with the right partner will help make sense of the multi-cloud reality and effectively leverage it to accelerate your journey to agile.

We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all those who attended, as well as all our customers and partners who presented and shared their agile stories.

Tony serves as Regional Marketing Director for Rackspace in the EMEA region, after holding a similar position at Datapipe, which he joined in 2015. An experienced IT and telecoms executive with a successful career in marketing, product management and sales, Tony has held senior positions for companies including Verizon, BT and Cable & Wireless. He has extensive knowledge of cloud, network, security and advanced communication products, technologies and managed services, and has worked in both direct and indirect channels to market. He also writes regularly about the ever-evolving cloud industry, and was named a top cloud computing blogger in 2017. Tony is a sports fanatic and for his sins, a passionate supporter of his hometown club, Everton FC. He lives in Sevenoaks, just outside London, with his wife and occasionally his son (when he’s not hard at work at University).