Together we build an Engineering Culture

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We believe that every company is an IT company, no matter what product or service it provides. Today, no company can make, deliver, or market its product efficiently without IT technology. Whether it is banks, insurance companies, logistics companies, or retailers, IT and software are critical to their success. Many companies embrace this fact and are insourcing software developers to be better, faster, and cheaper. They understand when they adopt new technology and implement it successfully, they gain a stronger foothold in the market. Companies that wait for a second or third wave stay at the back of the pack and will have a very hard time becoming a leader in their market.

Since our start in 2014, this is the premise we have worked from. Helping companies to become an IT company. We have always done that by leveraging the potential and knowledge of our people, each one from within their area of expertise. And together, we drive change at customers by introducing concepts that are part of an Engineering Culture.

This change is pursued in multiple areas because we believe you cannot be successful if you focus on 1 area alone. It is not enough to write good software, build a great cloud foundation, have a nice workplace, or automate everything. It is everything, together, that will make you great. Not only in the development teams but also at the leadership level.

We call this combined set of capabilities and behaviors a company should have "an Engineering Culture". To be an IT company, you need to act and behave like an IT company. And everything we do adds to this vision. This Engineering Culture can be seen from many different perspectives that we categorize into several distinct pillars that together will help you become successful and can be used to drive change.

One of the pillars is "State-of-the-art software engineering".  Although Infrastructure as Code is already becoming the new normal, there is still a lot to be discovered and learned about it.  Another pillar is "Smooth Delivery". This has been our bread and butter since the early days and is crucial to be successful as an IT company and therefore part of an Engineering Culture. With the increase in automation and the fact cyber criminals are adopting the cloud and DevOps practices faster than the average enterprise, we see an increase in the number of threads we need to deal with as an industry. Business Continuity, Reliability, and Security are essential. We cover these topics in our Engineering Culture pillar "Appropriate continuity". We want to be "secure and compliant by default" while increasing your speed of delivery and the stability of the products you deliver.

The fourth pillar we’ll touch upon is "Epic Work Environment". Does your culture match your ambition to become an IT company? DevOps is all about People, Proces, and Tools, so we also cover a lot of the cultural aspects that come with becoming an IT company. A new approach to knowledge sharing and a learning mindset. Because every profession changes over time. Including ours.

Our magazines, blogs and articles are a reflection of the wide spread of knowledge that is present within Xebia. We love to share our knowledge and that is also part of our own internal Engineering Culture under a fifth pillar "Knowledge Driven". Last but not least, learn how platforms can help you accelerate your business, how you can use the Azure IoT platform, and how to migrate your AKS workloads to Azure Container Apps. This is all part of the sixth pillar "Power Through Platforms".

Are you an IT company and want to build your own Engineering Culture? Read more or download our ebooks here.

René van Osnabrugge
As Global Consulting Director, Rene enables consultants to help organizations and leadership teams to build an engineering culture that allows them to build, deliver, and operate software in a secure and compliant way. With a focus on both the technical and cultural aspects of a company, Rene helps clients transform their work processes, operating model, and culture to become high-speed, innovative, and productive. Rene is passionate about learning new technologies and exploring the cultural and people aspects of companies. He believes that by focusing on both technical implementation and cultural development, we can drive our industry forward. He loves sharing his knowledge and insights at conferences and training events. As a frequently asked speaker at well-known industry events like GitHub Universe, NDC, Techorama, AllDayDevOps, NDC, and Visual Studio Live!, Rene is known for his expertise in Microsoft Azure, DevOps, and DevOps Culture. In addition to being a Microsoft MVP since 2012, he is also the founder of the popular community events Global DevOps Bootcamp and Global DevOps Experience.
Marcel de Vries
Marcel is a key figure in the technology sector, serving as the co-founder and Global MD & CTO of Xebia Microsoft Services. He is deeply involved in advancing organizational capabilities to deploy software swiftly and securely, emphasizing the importance of innovation and productivity while maintaining compliance. Marcel is passionate about technology and continuous learning, often sharing his insights at leading industry events and through online courses on Pluralsight. Recognized for his contributions, Marcel has been honored with the Microsoft MVP award for over 17 consecutive years and is a Microsoft Regional Director since 2008. His expertise spans across Cloud Adoption Strategies, DevOps, and various cloud computing frameworks, making him a respected voice in the tech community.

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