Sheffield Devops - April 2019 Meetup

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The next Sheffield Devops event takes place on Thursday 11th April 2019 and this month we have a monitoring and stability theme.

Our event is generously hosted by our long term sponsors CMS, who will be providing a wide range of refreshments on arrival along with some great food ahead of the first talk starting at 6:30pm.

About the Speakers

The first talk will be by Paul Ridgway from The Curve Consulting

Paul has written a series of blog posts discussing how he configured a low cost monitoring system using a number of Raspberry Pi’s over at and he’ll be bringing this to life in the first talk of the evening.

The second talk will be by Sam Smith from the Gaming Tribe at Sky Betting and Gaming

Site Reliability Engineering: Not just for the global scale

We will give a brief overview of what reliability engineering is and how it is different from “DevOps” along with some of the main pillars of SRE practices. Next we will jump into a ongoing story of attempting to implement these practices at a non global scale (we’re not all Google).

This will touch on monitoring practices, incident response and post mortems and their place in the Service Reliability Hierarchy. We will relate this paper exercise to reality, what tools do we use and why? Which of these have worked well and which haven’t. Expect a story or two of unfortunate DevOps accidents and how they could have been avoided with different practices and mindsets.

Finally we will talk about how you can start to organise cultural change in your own teams, attempting to get cross business buy in and change working practices for the better in your own work place.

Sam is a Reliability Engineer at Sky Betting and Gaming, his interests include graphs, data stores and not having to turn things off and on again at 02:00 whilst on call.


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 South Quay
Victoria Quays
S2 5SY


Affecto Recruitment

Affecto is a multi-disciplined, specialist technology recruitment business that focuses on permanent, interim and contract appointments across Yorkshire and The Midlands. We’ve spent years building our networks across IT from Development and Project Management to Infrastructure and Data Science. With such an intense battle for skills being fought, more and more organisations are looking to us to connect them with the people who can make a real difference.


CMS is proud to be a long term sponsor of Sheffield Devops. CMS is an international law firm with a specific sector focus on the technology and digital sectors. Ben Hendry, a partner in CMS’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 Sheffield 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 CMS’s technology focus click here

If you’d like to find out more about Sheffield Devops then head to or talk to us on twitter @sheffieldDevops. We look forward to seeing you there!

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