Erik Doernenburg, TweetHead of Technology Europe at ThoughtWorks
Biography: Erik Doernenburg
Erik Dörnenburg is the Head of Technology Europe at ThoughtWorks where he helps clients with the design and implementation of enterprise software. With experience in Java, .NET, and other environments Erik is continually exploring new technology. Frequent exposure to overly complex software has made him interested in simple architectures and software visualisation as means to help people better understand architecture.
Erik's career in enterprise software began in the early nineties on the NeXTSTEP platform, and throughout his career he has been an advocate of agile values and Open Source software. He holds a degree in Informatics from the University of Dortmund and has studied Computer Science and Linguistics at University College Dublin.
Presentation: TweetAutoScout24: How the Cloud Makes us More Agile
Agile development practices were well established at AutoScout24 when we embarked on a project to move from hosting in data centres to the AWS cloud. The move allowed us to build on our experience with agile development and become even more agile through some of the opportunities offered by a public cloud solution.
In this talk Philipp and Erik report on their first-hand experience on Tatsu, the project that transforms the existing, mature, IT setup into a next generation web-scale IT platform. They describe how the team benefited from elasticity beyond production by introducing elastic computing to development and data analysis tasks. They discuss how a cloud environment greatly helped with the restructuring towards “two-pizza” teams that work with a “you build it, you run it” mindset. Additionally, Philipp and Erik explain how architecture decisions that have an impact on infrastructure can be made more freely in a cloud environment, resulting in solutions that are a better fit for the problem.