Sheffield Devops - April 2016 Meetup

Back by popular demand, the next Sheffield Devops Meetup is taking place on Thursday the 14th April 2016. We’ll be at a central place in Sheffield (venue TBC) from 6:30pm onwards for an evening of devops discussion:

About the Speakers:

The first talk will be by Marcus Robinson, a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft. In this talk he will be discussing how inconsistencies in infrastructure configuration in the release pipeline can lead to unforeseen issues. In this demonstration filled session we will discuss why a consistent infrastructure environment is vital in enabling continuous delivery and reducing unplanned work.

We will focus on three key DevOps practices:
· Infrastructure as Code
· Configuration Management
· Release Management

Which will be demonstrated using:
· Azure Resource Manager Templates
· PowerShell Desired State Configuration and Azure Automation DSC
· Visual Studio Team Services Release Management

The second talk will be by Claire Agutter, discussing how DevOps and ITIL can work together.  As DevOps gets more popular and delivers measurable results, traditional IT service management organisations are starting to look at it more closely. How can DevOps and ITIL work together? How does agile thinking affect traditional IT service management areas like change management, the help desk and IT support? And can ITIL contribute to DevOps? In this presentation, Claire Agutter will discuss how enterprise organisations can use their existing IT service management processes in a more agile way, and give attendees some takeaways to consider for their own IT organisation.

Speaker bio: Claire Agutter is the director of ITSM Zone, providers of high quality e-learning for IT professionals.  Claire uses her background in service management operations and consultancy to blend old and new best practice to give organizations the toolkit they need to deliver business value.  From ITIL to DevOps, BRM and Agile Service Management, Claire believes in sharing knowledge and experience between organizations and hosts the popular ITSM Crowd hangouts that provide practical advice to professionals around the world.


TBC - details will follow over the next few days

We’re looking to tour the city over the course of the year (if you can offer space at your company/organisation/uni then let us know).


Nabarro LLP is proud to be sponsoring Sheffield DevOps 2016.  Nabarro is an international law firm with a specific sector focus on the technology and digital sectors.  Ben Hendry, a partner in Nabarro’s Sheffield office said “We are passionate about supporting the growth of the Sheffield City Region.  Like the Sheffield DevOps team, we want Sheffield to be the UKs next big technology hub, attracting the best tech businesses and talent from across the UK and beyond, and encouraging innovation.  Supporting organisations like DevOps is a vital part of this strategy and we are very much looking forward to working with both in order to achieve our common goal.”  For more information on Nabarro’s technology focus click here:

More Info

If you’d like to find out more about Sheffield Devops then head to or talk to us on twitter @sheffieldDevops.

Look forward to seeing you there!