Developer Productivity, Platform Engineering & Architecture with Dennis van de Laar - 141

Developer Productivity, Platform Engineering & Architecture with Dennis van de Laar

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Description

In this episode, Dennis and I and discusses his transition to Microsoft, the impact of developer productivity, and the evolution of the architect's role in tech. Tune in for insights on creating value in cloud-native technology and navigating the balance between autonomy and structured platform engineering.

Guest

Connect with Dennis van de Laar:

https://linkedin.com/in/dennis-van-de-laar-0374b4

References:

Pace-layered Application Strategy – https://www.gartner.com/en/information-technology/glossary/pace-layered-application-strategy 

Jim Wilt – Five Pillars of IT Architecture – https://iasaglobal.org/Services/Public/TOPICS/Iasa_Five_Pillars_Presentation.aspx

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OUTLINE

00:00:00 – Intro

00:00:26 – Dennis worked with JP (Xebia NL MD)

00:01:03 – Executive Briefing Center

00:01:43 – How Dennis ended up at Microsoft

00:04:01 – Joining a team focussed on Cloud Native Technology

00:06:22 – Creating win-wins

00:08:36 – Focus on adding value

00:11:02 – Gartner's Pace-Layered Application Strategy

00:14:15 – Low code and innovation

00:17:15 – Low code has a bad rep

00:18:21 – Patrick's experience with GenAI

00:19:52 – The value of Microsoft Copilot

00:22:16 – Common customer productivity challenges

00:25:07 – Exploring Platform Engineering

00:26:41 – Developer Productivity linked to Innovation

00:28:25 – Losing autonomy with Platform Engineering

00:30:01 – Focus on Tech, People and Process

00:31:28 – Sharing experiences on way of working

00:33:42 – Letting go of your ideas

00:34:30 – The role of an architect is evolving

00:36:38 – Jim Wilt and human dynamics

00:38:57 – When to push and pull

00:41:51 – The best ideas don't always win

00:44:09 – Include people along your journey

00:45:36 – Final thoughts