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CF Summit Europe 2017

The European edition of Cloud Foundry Summit is just around the corner.

Next week, an ITQ delegation will visit Basel Switzerland for the conference about the fastest-growing cloud native platform. After Berlin in 2015 and Frankfurt in 2016, Basel will for a couple of days be the venue where around 1000 Cloud Foundry developers, vendors, consultants and users meet to discuss the direction of the platform and its ecosystem.

Cloud Foundry has proven over the last few years that its not just another cool new technology. It is adopted as the platform of choice by organisations with a combined market cap of over 12 trillion $. Together with its vibrant community, this means CF is here to stay.

However, CF is not just about technology. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: the core idea is to help organizations enter into the digital age, and change the way in which they work and build their core products. CF is just the technology that makes it possible.

If the last few years were any indication, the keynotes will be all about organizations making fundamental transformative changes and becoming much more efficient by embracing Cloud Foundry. The remainder of the schedule is split into 6 tracks focussed around all the different facets:

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From die hard technology to real world use cases – there’s something for everyone: the core project updates, extension projects and experiments tracks will have a strong technical focus aimed at the platform engineers and specialists. Cloud-native microservices won’t be any less technical, but rather focussed on how to develop software which runs well on CF, and which leverages all the goodness of the cloud. The Cloud Foundry at scale track focusses on the heavy users (IoT, service providers, multi-cloud). Finally the Cloud Foundry in the enterprise track focusses on real world use cases.

There is obviously a wealth of information in the sessions, but most importantly this is the place to meet and engage with the Cloud Foundry community at large.

Hope to see and meet you there!

Why you need a platform

Last month I visited Cloud Foundry Summit Europe. After last year’s last minute 6h drive to Berlin (due to fog our plane was cancelled)
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Frankfurt was much closer to home, and we had some time for pre-conference beers
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As the year before, I was captivated by the positive energy around this event. The community is breathing the ‘we know this is the next big thing’ atmosphere.

The quality of the talks was also great, ranging to cultural (diversity in IT) to hardcore tech (CF’s next networking stack) focus.

But the takeaway talk for me was the keynote by Daniel Jones aka ‘the moustache’: without talking about technology at all, he drives the point home about why you need a platform like Cloud Foundry.

Devops, Docker & All other IT buzzwords – what’s in it for me?

Earlier this year, together with Martijn Baecke and Jan-Willem Lammers (both VMware), I presented a fireside chat for the Dutch VMUG UserCon – the largest worldwide with attendance of 1000+.

The idea was to step beyond the hype and technology and see what new developments really have to offer for the business and IT.

We did this with a roleplay of the IT stakeholders of HypotheticalCorp: ‘dev’ (me), ‘ops’ (Martijn), and ‘business’ (Jan-Willem)
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Jan-Willem freshly shaven and suited up after his ‘DevOps’ talk with beard in the morning:
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Check out the talk below (in Dutch):