For IT Pros Working in Government and the Armed Forces, SpringOne Platform is an Essential Conference. Here's Your Agenda.

September 12, 2018 Jared Ruckle

If you’re driving change and software modernization at a federal agency, you’ve probably got a few pillars to help inform your thinking. These “first principles” might sound familiar:

  1. I’m at a turning point in my agency’s culture. I have talented people and an imperative to modernize how software gets delivered.

  2. My development and operations teams need to work differently than before.

  3. My teams should move to microservice architectures where it makes sense.

  4. Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, and serverless seem to be the main tools that can run my code effectively.

  5. I can use these tools to achieve continuous authority to operate (ATO), because they automate much of the work.

  6. I can learn from my peers in federal government, the military, and highly regulated enterprises.

If you’re looking to dig into specifics of cultural transformation, or looking for ideas on how to harness the power of containers and application platforms, SpringOne Platform is a wonderful conference. And if you’re keen to learn how others have successfully achieved better outcomes with software, there’s no other show that comes close to SpringOne.

And since transformation is on the mind of federal agencies everywhere, we’ve curated main stage talks and breakout sessions for federal employees in all kinds of roles.

There’s a handy preview of main stage speakers relevant to you, and a few suggested breakout sessions. We thought it was worth going one step further, and composing a full agenda for your consideration. Register now, and build your agenda with these talks in mind. (And yes, you can use CPE Credits at SpringOne Platform.)

Monday Sept 24

Start the week off right with a few sessions from the Apache Geode Summit. In the world of microservices and distributed systems, you need to think about application data differently.

Cloud-Native Data Architecture: Break Away From Data Monoliths for Cloud-Native Applications

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Maryland Ballroom C

Here, you’ll learn how to lay the foundation for your agency’s modern cloud-native data architecture. And you’ll learn from HCSC, one of the leading lights on cloud-native patterns and practices.

Design Patterns Facilitated by Geode's WAN Distribution

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Maryland Ballroom C

When you start with microservices, it’s inevitable that you’re going to run them in more than one site. Geode’s WAN replication capabilities are a popular way to keep your data stores in sync for all your services across sites.

Tuesday, Sept 25

Guide to "Reactive" for Spring MVC Developers

11:30 am - 12:40 pm
Woodrow Wilson B-D

You should use reactive programming sooner rather than later. Rossen Stoyanchev explains how you can gradually - and pragmatically - gain the benefits of reactive faster than you thought possible.

Building Responsive Systems with Serverless, Event-driven Java

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
National Harbor 12-13

You’ve probably read a fair amount about serverless programming and functions. But how does it work in practice? How do you stitch functions together with other cloud services? Learn how in this session.

Yet Another K8s Installer

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm
Maryland Ballroom D

Immutable infrastructure. Zero downtime updates. Effortless patching. All of these concepts are hallmarks of a modern platform engineering organization. Learn how BOSH - the most important piece of tech you’ve never heard of - makes it all possible for Kubernetes. This might be the most important session for folks on the IT operations side of the house.

Modern Software Delivering Business Value at Startup Speed to Transform Immigration and Refugee Asylum to Make the World a Better Place

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm
Woodrow Wilson A

Great case study here from the Department of Homeland Security. Learn how the combo of modern software engineering techniques and an automated platform combined to help streamline Immigrant VISA applications and Refugee Asylum processing.

Configuring Clusters: Optimizing PKS for Your Use Case

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm
Maryland Ballroom D

Conferences tend to either 1) hype new technologies to the stratosphere, or 2) give you practical advice on effectively using a piece of tech. SpringOne Platform keeps it real with guidance based on real-world experience. This session is a great look at the cluster management lifecycle with Kubernetes, featuring Pivotal Container Service.

Numbers in the Hidden: A Pragmatic View of 'Nirvana'

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
National Harbor 10-11

Now we’re talking. Every modernization effort needs a business case. Hear from Cerner on how they created and pitched their executives on Spring, Concourse, and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Sure, you won’t talk ROI and profits in a government setting. But you’ll learn how Cerner pitched their leadership on superior speed, stability, scalability, security and savings. Soak up these metrics and create your own business case for your agency!

PCF Killed the ITSM Star

5:40 pm - 6:10 pm
Woodrow Wilson A

There was a time when ITIL and ITSM ruled the roost in IT. These approaches served us well for a long time. (After all, process and order are good things.) The question now, though, is simply: so how do you think about security and quality under the backdrop of continuous delivery? Moreover, how do you explain this new world to the ITSM true believers in your organization? Kyle Campos breaks it down.

Wednesday, September 26

Rethinking Legacy and Monolithic Systems

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
National Harbor 12-13

What do you do when you bump up against the limits of monolithic architectures? Vaughn Vernon (who literally wrote the book on domain driven design) offers useful strategies for embracing a more modern approach.

Securing Pivotal Cloud Foundry by Regularly Rebuilding

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm
National Harbor 2-3

How on Earth are you supposed to protect your IT systems from hackers these days? Threats come from all over the globe. They evolve quickly. And the moment a software vulnerability is discovered, hackers race to exploit it. Your only choice in InfoSec? Implement security practices that help your InfoSec teams move faster. Here, Walls Fargo explains its approach to cloud-native security.

Building Without Boundaries At Boeing

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
National Harbor 12-13

Are you wrestling with a particular facet of your digital transformation? Facing a new obstacle? Boeing - a company that runs a modern software organization at scale - probably had to overcome a similar barrier along its journey. Here’s your chance to learn from its experience. Bring your toughest questions, and the leaders at Boeing will give honest and candid answers.

Iterating for Success: A Case Study in Remote Paired Programming, the Evolution of a Dream with an International Twist

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm
Woodrow Wilson A

There are three pillars of modern software development: domain driven design, test driven development...and pair programming. Learn from CoreLogic, some of the most advanced practitioners of pair programming, in this talk.

Using CredHub for Kubernetes Deployments

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm
Maryland Ballroom D

What’s often the culprit behind a security breach? Leaked credentials. CredHub helps reduce the risk when creds do get out into the wild. Attend this session to learn how CredHub delivers cradle-to-grave management of credentials in Kubernetes and other distributed systems like Cloud Foundry.

Chaos Engineering for PCF

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm
National Harbor 2-3

What’s chaos engineering? It’s the practice of injecting random failure into your system. Why would you do this? To learn how your system fails. That way, you can invest in making it more resilient. This practice was pioneered by Netflix back in the day, and it’s now widely used in enterprises everywhere. Engineers from T-Mobile tell you how to do this with your apps running on PCF.

Path to Production: Value Stream Mapping in a DevOps World

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Woodrow Wilson A

How often to you release new features to production? Every six months? Once a quarter? Whatever your pace, there’s a good chance you’d like it to be faster. Use value stream mapping to optimize how your code goes from developer laptop to production environments. Pivotal’s ace platform architects - who do this for a living - explain how to run this exercise at your organization.

Developer Secure Containers for the Cyberspace Battlefield

5:40 pm - 6:10 pm
Maryland Ballroom D

If you want to run Kubernetes - and you work in the DoD - this session is for you. Experts from Pivotal and VMware offer up a security deep-dive on Pivotal Container Service.

Thursday, September 27

New Capabilities and Product Strategy for .NET on PCF

10:30 am - 11:00 am
National Harbor 2-3

PCF has its roots in the Spring and Java world. But did you know that PCF is rapidly becoming the place to deploy cloud-native .NET apps? It’s true. And Pivotal is continuing to invest in ASP.NET, .NET Core, Windows Server containers, and much more. Attend this session and learn how Pivotal helps .NET developers be more productive.

Mission Impossible: Deploying Pivotal Cloud Foundry to Nine Air Operational Sites in a Year

11:10 am - 11:40 am
National Harbor 10-11

By now, you’ve probably heard how the Air Force worked with Pivotal to improve mission outcomes. Transformational results like these are going to be powered by an exceptional platform team. Go behind the scenes and learn how the U.S. Air Force platform team was able to deploy PCF to a whopping nine sites in 2018.

Safety at Speed: Panel Discussion with Boeing Corporation

11:50 am - 12:20 pm
National Harbor 10-11

Another Boeing talk? Yup, and here’s why. Boeing likely has the highest degree of difficulty of any company when it comes to change and transformation. Endless bureaucracy. Countless guidelines for security and compliance. Thousands of legacy systems. The closing statement of the session abstract says it all: “So, if Boeing can transform, why can’t you!?”

That’s a great sentiment as the conference winds down, wouldn’t you say?

The Anatomy of Building a Compliant PCF Service in a Limited Connectivity Environment #BoomSauce

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
National Harbor 2-3

How does a top defense contractor achieve DFARS compliance within AWS GovCloud, while enabling speed and agility? If you’re Raytheon, you use BOSH, Concourse, and PCF! Raytheon engineers close out the conference with a bang, offering up advice for managing culture change to boot!

See You Soon!

Given this jam-packed agenda, it’s easy to see why we pitch SpringOne Platform the way we do:

Come to SpringOne Platform to learn, build, deploy, and run cloud-native software. This unique four-day event brings together leading software companies, enterprises, and cloud experts to collaborate, share knowledge, and create transformational software.

It should be quite a week in our nation’s capital - we’ll see you there!

Join us at SpringOne Platform in Washington, D.C., September 24 to 27, 2018. Register now! Use discount code S1P200_JRuckle for $200 off the registration fee.

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Jared Ruckle

Jared works in product marketing at VMware.

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