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In addition to meeting with CloudBees executives and covering the keynotes, I was able to meet with a number of other IT executives and companies during the conference. 

Here's what I learned:

Stas Zvinyatskovsky, Managing Director at Accenture and former Distinguished Architect at Yahoo, shared the challenges of how large legacy architecture is unable to keep up with today's pace of change. From Stas's experience, you need the right process to move quickly, and the key is automation. Companies know they need DevOps, but it's hard to do incrementally. Cultural transformation starts at the top and involves behavior, values, rituals, as well as an investment in time and money. Accenture is in the process of implementing a DevOps methodology across 489,000 people.

James Lamberti, CMO of Applitools, discussed the key findings from 400 enterprise companies on the 2019 State of Visual Test Automation. Consistent with what I heard throughout the conference, 12 percent of companies are having great success with greater test coverage, release velocity, application quality, and R&D teamwork for greater revenue because they're quantifying their digital footprint and putting the people, processes, and technology in place to manage and evolve it.

Robert Reeves, CTO & founder of Datical, shared the evolution he sees enterprises going through as they work to map their value chain to implement their DevOps methodology and realize they are not achieving their goals and objectives due to their failure to include databases release automation as part of the process. Data-driven businesses, particularly financial services, retail, and gaming, are realizing the need to automate and integrate data and databases into their DevOps planning.

Jayne Groll, CEO of the DevOps Institute, is working to curate content around emerging DevOps practices providing a collective body of knowledge with skills for the individual and for the enterprise with seven certifications. During the conference, the DevOps Institute announced their first 20 ambassadors in their new DevOps Institute Ambassador Program for accomplished volunteers from around the world to empower and lead the member community in skills, knowledge, ideas, and learning. 

Charles Betz, Digital Management Analyst & author of Digital Practitioner Body of Knowledge which is hosted by TheOpen Group. Charlie wrote the DPBOK as a textbook for his students, the next generation of IT management at the University of St. Thomas where he is an adjunct professor. The BOK will be open and built using DevOps techniques - changes will be made by pull requests. DPBOK is based on a scaling model from start-up to the enterprise: individual/founder > team > team of teams > enduring enterprise. Charlie is concerned that too much process, too early, kills teams and collaboration, thereby hindering innovation.

Michael Wolf,  Managing Director and Jeff Ardilio,  Principal Architect at KPMG's Digital and Mobile Solutions Group shared their thoughts on scaling Agile and DevOps moving from a team to an organizational focus and institutionalizing policies and processes. If everything is documented, anyone can do it. Do not rely on heroes. Everyone needs to learn and contribute. Have rigor in your methodologies and OKRs. Be metric-driven and document everything.

Chris Chapman, S.V.P. of Software Development, MacStadium shared how their business is evolving as enterprises realize the ease and efficiency of developing and testing iOS apps in a Mac cloud infrastructure. MacStadium introduced Orka (orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple) during the conference. Orka allows developers with use native K8s commands to automate macOS VMs on Apple hardware maintained by trained Apple experts.

Lloyd Watts, founder & CEO at Neocortix has built distributed cloud services on mobile devices to provide more accurate load tests than are provided by individual data centers. In order to improve the user experience, companies, and DevOps teams, need to get an accurate reading of application and devices performance for the last mile of load testing — on the mobile device.

Bob Davis, CMO, Plutora is helping companies transform by providing visibility, management, and control into the value stream. Plutora helps companies understand how legacy operations integrate with data and tools from all universes by providing visibility into the pipeline from beginning to end, proving the ability to see multiple pipelines and dependencies, see multiple methodologies and release types, while establishing a baseline to know where you need to improve.

Ed Marootian, V.P. Product Management, SmartBear discussed their new test engine to shorten the API delivery process in response to the continued pressure for QA testers to become more productive every day. Clients want their automated testing to be integrated into their CI/CD pipelines so teams are able to react with speed and deliver high-quality software more quickly.

Dan Beauregard, V.P. Cloud & DevOps Evangelist, Xebia Labs discussed how their application release orchestration (ARO) connects with the ever-growing Periodic Table of DevOps Tools. The newest release of their platform enhances the chain of custody report capabilities with an instant release audit report. The platform assigns a risk score to each release based on integrated data across all of the tools the enterprise is using.

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