“At Xebia, sharing knowledge is a core value.
We do this obsessively.”
The first edition of TestBash Netherlands 2017 is organized by Ministry of Testing.
Our Xebia Quality Engineers are asked to learn the visitors how to test next level with a robot. This is great FUN!
In this workshop, given by our quality engineers Jochum Borger, Erik Zeedijk, Xavier Viuda and Fin Kingma, TestBash visitors learn to think differently as a tester when hardware is involved. Get an impression.
For those who want to learn all about Specification by Example done right, Quality expert Maaike Brinkhof and Cirilo Wortel will tell about it. Learn to help teams create software based on collaboratively defined requirements determined through realistic examples. Ofcourse, this is hands-on!
TestBash, the conference for testers from all around the world.
Date: January 26-27th, 2017
Agile (re-)organizations, digital transformations, and digital innovators are all popular terms in management meetings and conversations at business dinners.
Many people are following ING closely to learn about the extensive reorganization of the bank that started back in 2015 and the Agile at Scale model which is centrally implemented there.
There is no predefined single process to become an agile and innovative organization. This is one of the most important conclusions from the event Spotify-ING your organization which took place last month at the Xebia Amsterdam offices.
Click here to read the original article (in Dutch) about the topics discussed during this event and gain insights into the implementation of Agile at Scale.
-Whitepaper: Is your digital enterprise fit for the future?
-Whitepaper: Embracing digital disruption by adopting DevOps practices
-News item: Excellence or exit - ‘We are happy to help companies who really want to go for it!’
Contact Max Mouwen
Translated from the Dutch Financial Daily
Xebia started in 2001 and managed fast growth, now working with about 670 specialists in the domestic and international Xebia Group - all with a single mission: they are all are the very best in what they do. Daan Teunissen, founder of Xebia, and Max Mouwen, digital accelerator, help top 250 organizations in the Netherlands in all sectors to realize digitization of customer services and organizations with excellence. Xebia uses new commercial routes to leverage technology as the engine of change: data science, full stack development, cloud transformation, agile, continuous delivery, lean and DevOps. Teunissen says: “every cell of our organization is a specialist cell. This is the only way we can really walk our talk. And, believe me, our clients are desperately in need of such speed and excellence.”
Mouwen says “our companies in Xebia Group form a network of interconnected specialists. They focus on commercial development, IT development and they answer the question ‘how to organize that?’ to deliver an excellent result to the end customer. We love transferring our in-depth knowledge and experience to our clients to enable digital acceleration.”
Teunissen says “we are a collection of boutique companies that determine the company’s heart beat. Our value system is the foundation: people first, sharing knowledge, quality without compromise and customer intimacy. The specialists create a new route for organizations. Believe me when I say that we are about creating a sustainable route. We want to make an impact. We have done that at ING. We recently developed a new online presence for Wehkamp. We are committed to creating value for our clients. We build the future for these organizations”.
“In the markets today, more than even before, it is about excellence or exit”, says Mouwen. “The gap between the top and the average players seems to widen on a daily basis. Teunissen smiles: “And we aim to become the McKinsey of IT.”
Mouwen: “‘We are more than happy to help companies who really want to go for it. Moving means changing, sometimes with a dash of ‘no pain, no gain’. The challenge is to accept continuous change in today’s digitization process. It is crucial to increase the pace, to dare to make choices and establish commitment across all units of the organization. Those are the key requirements of turning digital transformation into success!
Translated from the Dutch Financial Daily. Click here to read the original post in Dutch.
-Whitepaper: Is your digital enterprise fit for the future?
-Whitepaper: Embracing digital disruption by adopting DevOps practices
The talk Next-generation integration testing with Cypress will be a rerun of the TestWorksConf workshop October 7th, 2016.
Join the meetup December 15, 2016.
* Bring your own laptop - hands-on
* Install the Virtual Box image that we will provide to you a couple of days before the workshop
* Github account
* Fill in Cypress early adopter questionnaire
5:30PM - Chatting, drinks and food
6:30PM - Introduction to Xebia and Cypress
7:00PM - Getting your hands dirty
9:00PM - Wrap up, drinks and snacks
With more than 1000+ member is the Continuous Delivery meetup in Amsterdam a popular group that brings software people together to share ideas and experience in the domain of Continuous Delivery.
Quality Engineer Arjan Molenaar is one of the speakers of the meetup of december 14.
He will share the story of Wehkamp during the meetup. Wehkamp recently renovated its full e-commerce platform based on a microservice architecture.
Despite the new Wehkamp platform being under development for over a year, all deployments to integrated environments and production are done by hand (well, the push of a button). But when you go to production, how do you assess that nothing is broken? How can we make use of the existing test suites, without introducing extra maintenance? In this talk we'll outline how we solved this puzzle at Wehkamp.
Biography Arjan Molenaar
Over the years I’ve been involved in numerous projects ranging from financial systems to embedded applications. I have a special interest in the human aspect of software development. In my spare time, I like to work on several open source projects, including FitNesse, a wiki for acceptance testing and Specification by Example. @ajmolenaar
Join the meetup december 14, 2016.
Can't make it? Join the Cypress meetup december 15, 2016.
Hilversum, September 29, 2016 – IT innovator Xebia assist organizations in transferring from a traditional organizational structure to DevOps, a more flexible and agile form. In the November 4, 2016 masterclass, we show the underlying principles of DevOps and the culture that it gives rise to. These are crucial to creating agile organizations. This free masterclass offers insights and practical starting points to correctly bootstrap a DevOps transformation. This is valuable to organizations both at the start of their DevOps transformation and organizations aiming to upscale their DevOps activities.
An increasing number of companies realize that the structure of their organization is no longer fit for the digital era. The traditional, hierarchy-based silo organization does not provide the flexibility and agility to deal with the quickly changing markets. IT innovations and start-ups are redefining entire sectors. The requirements and wishes of clients change on an ongoing basis. The only solution to stay relevant in the digital era is a transformation to an agile high-performance organization focusing on cohesion between people, processes and technology and ensuring that the client and its needs actually fit into the heart of the organization. Companies that are willing to change increasingly apply the DevOps concept.
DevOps to a higher level
To bring DevOps to a higher level, we share our knowledge and experiences. Within Xebia we can boast an extensive history of success in the DevOps transformation market. In this masterclass we share our state-of-the-art best practices, demonstrating how the underlying DevOps principles can be applied to both IT and other departments. And that the culture that helps create DevOps is crucial to creating agile organizations.
Rik Farenhorst, DevOps thought leader at Xebia, sees that the DevOps principles can be broadly applied to build high-performance organizations: ‘Today, such organizations require a different deployment of IT, more autonomy and ownership within teams. A culture that centers on expertise, engineering skills, experimentation and innovation. In particular in departments outside Development and Operations. Our expertise in the DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA) and beyond enables us to show the market even better what the options are in DevOps. This masterclass allows us to present the enormous benefits of DevOps.’
This masterclass is valuable to both organizations at the start of their DevOps transformation and organizations aiming to upscale their DevOps activities. The program includes:
Masterclass ‘Successful transformation to an agile organization with DevOps’
November 4, 2016, Amsterdam ArenA, 08:00 welcome, conclusion 12:00 noon with lunch, For more information and registration: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/registratie-masterclass-devops-beter-sneller-slimmer-met-devops-27994754063.
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The program of the academy day covers it all: latest Mobile Testing stuff, Exploratory Testing, basic Automation Skills, Design Patterns (ScreenPlay versus PageObject), REST API testing, Continuous Delivery, Build Automation and Docker. For both days there are still tickets available. But hurry, there are only 10 combi-tickets available this moment.
TestWorksConf submerge tech-savvy testers and test-savvy techies in the latest and best testing content. This year’s theme is: Full Stack Test Automation: Continuous Feedback from Start to Finish. There are innovative lightning talks, live demonstrations, participant scan learn from the trenches, war stories will be shared, technical use cases, test deep-dives and so much more. The program is chock-full of hands-on session.
Lineup of speakers so far: Google, Lyft, Wehkamp, Xpirit, bol.com and Marktplaats.
Dutch Docker Day is back! Only with a better name in our honest opinion. But what's in a name? It's about content!
Finished playing around with containers? Ready to go to production? Then you should attend Dutch Container Day! This event is packed with war stories from the container front line. No more prototyping or proof of concepts, but real life success stories and failures from the trenches. See you then!
For more information go to the website
Love to see you there! You can register here
After a successful Angular conference (NG-NL), Xebia is organizing another amazing event on front-end; ReactNL.
ReactNL is the Dutch React conference and takes place on October 13 at a beautiful venue in Amsterdam. This year's theme; Arcade.
"As organizers we want to inspire our attendees and give them the opportunity to connect with the speakers and other guests. At the end of the day our audience should head back home with lots of new ideas." Wietse Venema, Full Stack Developer at Xebia.
A taste of what ReactNL will be like: Last February we organized NG-NL at the same venue:
After movie NG-NL
The line-up for ReactNL is promising. Speakers such as David Aurelio, Brent Vatne, Andrew Clark, Max Stoiber are already confirmed and will be presenting.
Call for proposals
ReactNL received a lot of proposals, but it is still possible to submit a talk.
"We are still looking for some awesome speakers. So if you ever want to share your knowledge. Just submit your talk. We judge on content, not on role, experience, background or authority" Wietse Venema.
More information about the CFP and suggested topic can be found here.
www.reactnl.org powered by Xebia.
An exclusive Meetup on Java 8 was organized at Xebia, Gurgaon on 16th July, 2016. The aim of this Meetup, was to help the Java Developers learn and understand the features of Java 8 - the biggest release of the Java platform till date.
Shekhar Gulati, a technical evangelist who has earlier imparted a number of training on Java 8 across organizations, conducted the session with great enthusiasm. Further, the audience made the entire event dynamic by reciprocating with interest, curiosity and a lot of queries!
Shekhar started the presentation by introducing improvements made in Java interfaces. Interfaces can now have default and static methods, which mean API can evolve with time, and can remain source compatible.
Also he shared pointers on how Java is embracing functional and declarative programming.
And then, the why, how and what of Lambdas were discussed in detail, on how one can pass behavior around with them. Then he talked about Streams and shared few tricks and tips on overcoming the challenge of NullPointerException and write null safe programs using Optional.
Technical queries kept flowing along the entire event as the talk was naturally informal much to the comfort of the participants. His hands-on and step by step approach was very well liked by the audience. People were interactive and inquisitive. They absolutely liked our presenter’s way of engaging them into the discussion with an informal ease. They mentioned how they would love to learn and attend such sessions in future. The response of the participants was vigorous and lively which made the whole event a successful one.
This meet-up was an extension of our core value - Knowledge sharing. Every two weeks we organize internal sessions like Xebia Knowledge Exchange (XKE) which provides opportunity to each one of us to learn and share our thoughts on latest technology trends. Now, with these series of Meet-ups, we would like to reach to as many passionate learners as we can.
Following the success of this Java 8 Meetup, going ahead we are motivated to conduct many such sessions.
Weren't you able to join the first edition of HashiConf EU?
No worries, we have recorded all the talks and the video's are now available. Click here for all the materials. Do you have any questions? Or do you want to test your smartness? Keep an eye on the website, because our HashiContest will continue!
Test Automation Day is a meeting place for Test Professionals and Executives from leading IT organizations. The event features an inspiring day of talks and workshops by international speakers focused on Test Automation Innovation.
Xebia is one of the sponsors of this event. As partners we have a booth which is so awesome, you have take a look! Ofcourse we share knowledge at this event and we learn you what real testing is al about.
Next to our partnership, two of our test consultants, Fin Kingma and Xavier Viuda are the hosts of the test games.
Do you want to experiment as well? Join our Test Masters meetup group, stay tuned and become the Ultimate Test Master.
So you have an Android application which stores secrets and needs users to authenticate? Jeroen and Nanne will show you how to deal with this. They will show you how to implement an effective authentication mechanism and how to safeguard your secrets within the app. Touching the following topics:
• Guarding your encryption keys and cleaning them up correctly.
• Visit some of the ins- and outs regarding authentication.
• Show how to create a secure authentication mechanism with little risk to leak any of the used information.
• Give pointers on topics you should think about when dealing with keying material. In this section they will deep dive into different methods on how to use symmetric and a-symmetric keys.
The session is built up in three parts: authentication, an introduction into how you can take advantage of the Android 6 platform to store keys and a “DIY” method for dealing with keys.
Join: 14 - 16 August, 2016
Find and fix software security problems... wait, do not make security mistakes in the first place!
Today, companies do not have a shortage of known security problems in their solutions. Tools and people point out numerous software security problems that eventually should be fixed. So how do organizations deal with all these issues? What is the most effective way to get issues fixed? For companies taking security serious, the question is no longer “How many problems can you find?”, but the real question is “How many security issues can you fix or prevent developers from making?” During this presentation Jeroen explore different routes on how to find and fix security issues, or prevent making them in the first place.
How to keep your secrets saf(er) on an Android device
Alternatives to ‘just don’t’
In this presentation you get insight in several approaches on how you can try to keep a secret within your Android applications. Various subjects are coverd: from guarding your authentication information to keeping your keys a secret.
Less than two months after the global launch event, the DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA) delivered its first group of 12 DevOps specialists. CGI, one of the worlds largest independent IT and business process services company, has the honor to be the first customer hitting the ground running with the acquired DevOps knowledge and Skills. The course participants gave high marks to the course and acknowledged that DASA provides a comprehensive and high-quality reference for understanding and applying DevOps in the real world.
Founded in best practices and created by experienced thought leaders, DASA’s DevOps Fundamentals training provides CGI with the perfect standard to roll out to all its worldwide consultants. For DASA this endorsement is a great recognition for its main mission, which is to professionalize the DevOps discipline by building a worldwide, community-based standard and common frame of reference for building high-performance IT organizations. Its success is further underlined by the large amount of forerunner organizations that have already joined DASA (including DSM, NationWide, PinkElephant, GlobalKnowledge, Ordina) and international firms that have ordered the first batches of trainings.
For more information about DASA, please visit the website or contact us via email@example.com.
Last week Xebia was partner at Google NEXT Amsterdam, Google's conference on all Cloud things!
As partners we had a cool Xebia booth and the opportunity to talk to lots of companies and share our knowledge.
There was a special announcement made by the Dutch National Bank: they approved to use the Google Cloud from now on! So why should any other company still have doubts moving to the cloud? No reason!
Next to our partnership, one of our consultants, Constantijn Visinescu presented about NoOps Continuous Delivery on Google Cloud.
After the launching DASA webinar, the journey has begun! It's exciting to share our knowledge on a global scale and see the eagerness of so many to transform into DevOps organizations. Our master trainers Michiel Sens and Thomas Kruitbosch will teach the first, worldwide DevOps Fundamentals training at CGI today!
Do you want to know more about DASA? Keep an eye on the website.
The DevOps Agile Skills Association [DASA] Is an independent and open association supporting the development of high-performance IT organizations through agile DevOps initiatives. DASA offers thought leadership as well as practical guidance for competence development for professionals and organizations.
The Test Masters series is created to experience testing in a fun and new way.
Play games, use robots, experience new tooling and techniques to make yourself a better tester. During the meetups we organize you can try out these new tools and techniques and engage in a friendly competition with your peers. Yesterday, the first edition was placed at the office of Xebia in Hilversum, the sponsor company of the meetup.
During this sessions the participants dived into the Robot Challenge. FUN, experience testing, playing games, sharing knowledge, using robots, experience new tooling & techniques and good food were the keywords of yesterday evening!
Do you want to join the group and keep posted? Join the Test Masters Meet up group.
DevOps is about experiences, ideas and mostly about culture; a culture to create high-performance IT organizations. Such a culture is an essential ingredient of the digital transformations that allow enterprises in this digital age to survive. DevOps knowledge and skills are therefore more important than ever. Yet, there is no well-defined or internationally accepted frame of reference for Doing DevOps Right.
Xebia is one of the founding members of the DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA) and has developed the competence framework and qualification schema used by DASA (see figure below) to advance and promote DevOps Agile competences worldwide. DASA is an open, non-for-profit, global initiative to advance DevOps competences and professionalize the state-of-the-practice in DevOps. It provides certified trainings ranging from Foundation to Expert level and many international training providers, consultancy firms and product companies have joined and have committed to DASA’s success.
Read more about DASA
Do you, or members of your team want to learn everything about the DevOps Agile Skills Association? Join Rik Farenhorst on Wednesday May 18 at 10:00 AM as he shares an in-depth presentation on the DASA Competence Model and Qualification Scheme.
Ready to make the next step with DevOps? Join!
Register here and choose your right time zone.
DASA is an independent and open association supporting the development of high-performance IT organizations through agile DevOps initiatives. DASA offers thought leadership as well as practical guidance for competence development for professionals and organizations. Our DASA Master Webinar Series has been designed to provide you the opportunity to hear directly from DevOps SME's and Subject Matter Experts.
Some awesome news to share! As the one and only Docker Trainings partner in the Netherlands, we became now Docker Captains as well!
But what makes us a Docker Captain? Docker Captains are Docker experts and leaders in their communities who demonstrate a commitment to sharing their Docker knowledge with others. Members of the program are actively publishing blog posts, speaking at industry events, developing training materials, and involved with local meetups. Docker Captains were nominated as candidates for the program by the Docker team based on their exemplary contributions to and outstanding engagement with the Docker community.
Docker Captains are eager to bring their technical expertise to new audiences both offline and online around the world!
We are very proud to share the recordings of the launching webinar of DASA April 13th.
The speakers-line up was very high level and included:
- Alex Papadimoulis, Inedo | Making DevOps Accessible
- Carmen DeArdo, Nationwide Insurance | Our DevOps Journey
- Rik Farenhorst, Xebia | DevOps Principles & Competence Model
- Arjan Woertman, ITpreneurs | DASA Qualification Scheme
- Dave Farley, Continuous Delivery | DevOps and Continuous Delivery Sharing Fundamental Valu
DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA) is a non-profit organization that provides an open global community for DevOps and Agile Skills development. It is organized as a community-driven organization open for participating member organizations to help define role based competences and learning curricula.
For more information about the next DASA events click here
An interactive evening, it was. With so much food for thought about how to organize testing in the right way. With a practical case of PGGM, Become an agile enterprise, focus on the Test Ingredient.
Want to know more about this exclusive seminar? Or do you want to talk about this subject, please contact Reinier Verschure, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Henk Richmond, manager software development PGGM
Presentation: Become an agile enterprise, focus on the Test Ingredient
Viktor Clerc, business unit manager Xebia
Presentation: Why we need test automation, but it's not the right question
Erik Zeedijk, senior test consultant at Xebia
Presentation: Testen in de transitie naar continuous delivery
The submission phase is open now and we hope you will take this opportunity to submit your talk proposal. Would you like to know how?
Follow this link and be sure to submit your session before May, 1st.
Testing is all about feedback and we are looking for those awesome stories about how you improved your feedback loops.
TestWorks Conf will be held on October 7th, 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. TestWorks Conf is the conference for both tech-savvy testers and test-savvy techies.This year's theme is Full Stack test automation: continuous feedback from start to finish. This means we are looking for stories ranging from testing infrastructure to testing in production. The 2016 edition of TestWorks Conf will explore the full range of feedback mechanisms and tools.
We would love to give you a platform to share your war stories. Interested? Please send us your proposal!
More information about TestWorks Conf 2016.
The day before TestWorks Conf Xebia organize a special TestWorks Conf Academy day. Participants of TestWorks Conf can get up to speed and well prepared for all TestWorks Conf hands-on sessions and workshops. Dive into modern test framework technologies: learn how to set up mobile testing, scalable QA environments, or advanced AngularJS testing strategies. After these two days full of food for thought you're the software tester ahead of the game. The Ultimate Tester!
Click here for more information and tickets!
TestWorks Conf is BACK!
This year theme is Full Stack Test Automation: Continuous Feedback From Start to Finish!
Learn from the trenches in hands-on workshops, connect with the community and get inspired by top speakers! Get yourself immersed into modern test framework technologies. Experience inspirational lighting talks, hands-on workshops, war strories, technical use-cases, test deep-dives and so much more.
When: October 6 & 7 TestWorks Conference Day & Academy Day
Click here to get a Super Early Bird Ticket.
Join our DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA) Deep Dive Workshops. The workshop calender for May is now available!
This 30-minute deep dive webinar will provide you valuable insights into the DevOps principles that DASA has embraced in the development of our Competency Model and Qualifications Scheme.
Make the first step today and take advantage of these learning sessions. For the exact schedule look here
DASA is an independent and open association supporting the development of high-performance IT organizations through agile DevOps initiatives. DASA offers thought leadership as well as practical guidance for competence development for professionals and organizations.
This week the DASA platform is succesfully launched. Thanks everyone for joining! The launch attracted over 1220 registrants! Far exceeding our goal of 800 - 1000 attendees.
Were you not able to join this webinar? No worries, we will share the recorded version as soons as possible. Stay tuned!
DASA is an independent and open association supporting the development of high-performance IT organizations through agile DevOps initiatives. DASA offers thought leadership as well as practical guidance for competence development for professionals and organizations. For more information click here
Again, we are very happy to share the next set of speakers for HashiConf EU with you!
Phill Watts - Migratory Workloads Across Clouds with Nomad
Anne Currie - KEYNOTE
Matthew Campbell - Production ChaosMonkey with Terraform
Laurent Grangeau - Making a Mammoth Run:Continuous Delivery in a Bank
Christophe Lecointe - Making a Mammoth Run:Continuous Delivery in a Bank
For more information about their talks, go the the speaker page
Do you want to learn all about the latest HashiCorp tools and get inspired by the newest tech trends? HashiConf is all about sharing knowledge!
You can register here.
Xebia is very proud to share the first edition of the DevOps Fundamentals Syllabus. We are busy with organising the first DevOps training in the Netherlands. We expect the first Train the Trainer session by the end of May. Keep an eye on our website to be one of the early adopters of the DevOps principles!
These sessions will be facilitated by our master trainers Michiel Sens and Thomas Kruitbosch.
Download the syllabus here
The digital age is behind us, the transformation age has begun. If you want to survive the so-called Digital Disruption, you must act immediately. This whitepaper helps to seek understanding of the DevOps principles and to participate in the transformation process. If you want to understand the disruptive revolution called DevOps, you can download the whitepaper here.
Software development is an inherent social activity. Put a group of great minds together, each from their own discipline, and see how innovation can flourish. In high-performing agile teams, bottlenecks are really not what one wants. And surely no ‘business bottlenecks’. A lack of innovative ideas, poorly specified epics or user stories will put the software development team machine to a grinding halt. Luckily, solutions exist that can act as catalysts or even fuel the machine: behaviour-driven development, or BDD in short.
BDD is synonymous for a collaborative approach for entire agile teams, and has common understanding and sustainable agility as its two cornerstones. BDD comes with a fair amount of tool support as well. The main focus of these tools is to accelerate the development process in conjunction with checking that the software that’s being developed, is right (cf. test-driven development). And this is what is very much needed. Not a single hour (minute?) of waste between the specification of (functional) requirements in user stories and the verifiable correct implementation of these requirements in well-defined acceptance criteria. This allows organizations to spend most of their precious time on actually implementing the functionality!
Whereas a plethora of tools already exists (see e.g. this list), new tools are popping up quite frequently. Some of the tools, such as FitNesse, focus on collaboration using a wiki. This allows teams to not be dependent on an integrated development environment (IDE) to which e.g. a product owner might not have access. Other collaboration tools (e.g. Cucumber or JBehave) integrate well in IDEs which allows teams to treat the specifications just as source code (“requirements are versioned too, you know!?”). As an aside, FitNesse was recently brought to your IDE as well..
Within Xebia, we’ve recently spent some time on evaluating JGiven. A new star at the BDD firmament but not yet widely known. JGiven truly brings BDD to the developers. JGiven does not start with the specification in text (where example test cases are specified in nearly plain-English, ready for automation), but with the specification in Java source code. The textual specification, which can then safely be handed to the business, is generated from the Java source code. A pro: JGiven has improved maintainability over some other BDD tools. These may seem just small and subtle differences, but organizations should weigh these considerations carefully when selecting a BDD solution. At least, this shows the dynamic nature of the collaboration tool arena.
Rest assured, Xebia will continue to explore these novelties in the specification and test automation landscape! Want to join the discussion? See what we’re doing or give us a call!
Written by Viktor Clerc, Business Unit Manager Test Automation
Yes, the program is getting final! The next set of awesome speakers for the first edition of HashiConf EU are confirmed now.
We are happy to share them with you:
They will take your breath away at 14 and 15 of June! Make sure you'll join this first HashiConf EU edition
Last week Xebia organised the first Vault training in the Netherlands with HashiCorp guru Seth Vargo. With a total of seventeen people attending the training it was a big success. The attendees learned how to operate and interact with Vault from both a developer and operations perspective.
This means that they are now able to setup a highly-available Vault cluster and use it securely from within their applications. Policy based access control, dynamically generated database credentials, auditing and revocation are just some of the important topics covered in this training.
Proper secrets management is a must for any IT organisation and Vault provides just the right primitives to achieve this goal. So keep an eye on our website to join the next training and find out how you can leverage Vault to help improve your organisation's application and platform security.
HashiConf EU brings three days filled with training, technical talks, discussions, networking and access to all of HashiCorp’s expert engineers and experienced users. It’s all about sharing knowledge and cutting edge tech!
HashiCorp is known as the company behind many cool tools such as Packer, Consul, Serf, Terraform, Vault and Nomad. These tools solve development, operational and security challenges and help manage (Docker) containers at scale so organisations can focus on bussines-critical tasks.
We are proud to annouce the first speakers:
, Nicki Watt (Opencredo) Adriaan de Jonge (Xebia India), Marcel de Graaf (Karma), Paul Hinze (HashiCorp) , Zachary Schneider (BMC Software) and Vik Bhatti (Beamly) are the first announced international speakers. More to come as we finalize the schedule!
HashiConf EU is held June 13-15, at one of the coolest places in Amsterdam: the Westergasfabriek!
Be sure you save your seat at: https://www.hashiconf.eu/
These days, data breaches, software vulnerabilities, and cyber-attacks are daily news. Many countries issue high nes if companies leak customer data. Protecting privacy related information has become business-critical. Integrating security into software development can appear to be an overwhelming challenge. But Xebia and KPN accomplished it, proving it can be done easily with the right approach.
TNT is striving to give our customers the best possible experience. After successfully launching the new online shipment booking tool, the digital team’s focus shifted to piloting a new user-friendly Track & Trace. It is now being rolled out globally.
How do we do that? We focus on delivering modern, user-friendly tools to give our customers what they need, when they need, and on whatever device they need. Here’s the lowdown:
The new Track & Trace is a user-friendly tool to let both senders and receivers know exactly where their shipments are. Customers can clearly see the status of their shipment and even understand when they need to take further action. This maximises customer experience by giving them timely information, but also reduces the need for them to contact Customer Care.
Another important feature of the new Track & Trace is that customers can access it on any device. That means whether they are in the warehouse or away from the company, they can track the status of the shipments wherever they are. It also brings TNT to the forefront of the shipping world with the first responsive Track & Trace tool.
To deliver the new Track & Trace, we used agile methodology which focuses on continuous improvement. There are 3 different phases of production: design, development and testing which are handled simultaneously. One of the the most important aspects is user-testing.
Rather than just making a beautiful tool, it needed to be easy to use for customers as well. We selected people from inside the TNT centre and real Track & Trace customers to test it out to find areas where we could improve the customer experience.
We set up a usability lab and invited people to come test out the product. People were assigned tasks and UX experts noted reactions and feedback, as well as recording mouse movements, click behaviour and eye tracking. Insights from these tests broaded the focus of the application.
Another important source of feedback was from internal stakeholders at TNT. At the end of every sprint, we demonstrated the new functionalities at Super Tuesday. People from all departments at the TNT centre were invited to experience the newly developed aspects of the application and give feedback based on their specialist shipping knowledge. This was an invaluable part of the product development process.
Successful development relies on good software testing processes. The Track & Trace team tests extensively in cycles. There’s a lot more to it than you think. In the early phases, software is tested on a variety of browsers and devices to make sure everything is working well. In the later phases, we automate testing to emulate real user clicks and scrolls on many different browsers on a tool called BrowserStack. We then do Galen tests to find any inconsistencies which cannot be found through automated tests.
There’s no point making an easy-to-use tool if it doesn’t load quickly. We built the code with maintaining high optimisation. One of the biggest challenges was to find a balance between a rich user interface in such variety of devices, browsers and platforms we support.
Development tasks which we call ‘user stories’ are prioritised by our product owner. Google Analytics and Relay42 are being used to collect application usage information and other related data. We process these big chunk of data to understand the reasons of our users, in return make us to be more agile in making the right solutions in our improved customer experiences. Qubit is an another tool which we use to do A/B testing online.
To summarise even though our application will be rolled out globally this quarter, there is still so much to do and improve. This continuous process of improvement makes application success rate higher by increasing amount of happy customers by giving them right information on time, in return less calls to our customer service, overall better customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Established to provide a universal qualification program, DASA is a non-profit organization that provides an open, global community for DevOps and Agile skills development. It is a community-driven platform, open to participating member organizations that help define role-based competencies and curricula. Currently, 26 forerunner members support its mission; to build and maintain a universal qualification program for DevOps. Three of these organizations; ITpreneurs, Quint Wellington Redwood, and Xebia, have taken the lead in building a central vision for DASA, defining its principles and a determining a competency framework.
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