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Session Name: How I Built a Successful Platform Engineering Team

They say there's no such thing as a talent shortage, but building a great platform engineering team remains no easy feat. This talk will share lessons learned from firsthand experience, to help you scale your platform teams, and even help you think out of the box with your potential candidates. When companies start to scale, one of the core pieces of ensuring business continuity is the SLA of the infrastructure your applications are running on. When you're scaling a company from the ground up, many times one of the greatest challenges is actually learning to grow your teams, in a very competitive hiring landscape, where there is a consistent talent shortage. In this talk, I will share my experience in building successful platform engineering teams over the last decade at a number of unicorns and global companies, across multiple time zones. How I identified the right candidates, and sometimes candidates that were seemingly not the right fit, but delivered immense value. I'll dive into some of the common misconceptions and confusion around platform engineering vs. SRE, how to delegate roles and responsibilities that map to the right skill set, as well as how to measure success by defining the correct KPIs for your team.


Session Name: One Stop GitOps for All Your SaaS

GitOps is becoming the popular way to control and manage cloud assets at scale through unified policies. However, SaaS tools and infrastructure extensions remain outside of our GitOps practices, while they can actually benefit the most from centralized policy the same way Kubernetes and other cloud native infrastructure does. This talk will walk you through how you can deliver the same GitOps value applied to your cloud native resources - from Kubernetes through the diversity of clouds - to your entire SaaS toolchain from your monitoring tools and APMs, CDNs, all the way through your SCM, and literally any other tools that integrate natively with your IaC. We'll take a deep dive through real code examples for how to sync your SaaS tooling configuration by managing them through your IaC of choice with a Datadog + Akamai + Github example, and ultimately how to reconcile these with your git repositories.

Speaker Bio:

Eran Bibi is Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer at Firefly. With years of experience in anything DevOps/SRE and security, he has earned a reputation as a CI/CD and SRE expert and an avid admin of Cloud Platforms and containerized environments. Prior to Firefly, Eran was Head of DevOps & Cloud Platform at Aqua Security and DevOps Group Lead at Finastra. Eran is a frequent speaker at Cloud Native meetups, AWS community meetups, and other cloud workshops and conferences.