Tuesday, March 22, 2022

DevConf.US 2022 - Talking more architecture shop

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DevConf.US 2022 the 5th annual, free, technology conference for community project and professional contributors to Free and Open Source technologies was a few weeks ago. 

The plans are to again bring this back to an in person event later this summer, August 18-20 in Boston, MA.

For the first time in years I am not part of the selection committee and therefore wanted to take this opportunity to share our teams progress over the last year with the talks in our series Talking Architecture Shop. 

The following talks have been submitted by our team and you'll find the abstracts and speakers listed below each talk.

Talking Architecture Shop with Anyone

We've all had the retail shopping experience, either online or in a physical shop, but have you ever wanted to take a serious look at how they deliver that experience in a cost effective manner at scale? This session takes attendees on a tour of three architecture blueprints covering three of the most interesting solutions retail organisations have to implement successfully to survive. Not only are these architecture solutions interesting, but they are based on successful real life implementations featuring open source technologies and power a lot of your world wide shopping experiences. The following three use cases will be discussed and detailed in architectural diagrams showcasing how open technologies are integrated to solve them:

  • Supply chain integration
  • Real-time stock control
  • Retail data framework

The attendee shall depart this session with a working knowledge of how to map general open source technologies to their solutions with examples all based on real life use cases. Material covered is available freely online and attendees can use these solutions as starting points for aligning to their own solution spaces as they can be pre-loaded into our architecture diagram tooling for modification.  Furthermore, content is available online (for example: https://dzone.com/articles/supply-chain-integration-an-architectural-introduc) for each of these use cases providing attendees with reference material post conference. 

Exploring Open Source SAP Architectures at Scale

You've heard of large scale open source SAP architectures, but have you ever wanted to take a serious look at these real life enterprise implementations that scale? This session takes attendees on a tour of multiple use cases covering enterprise challenges with SAP around integration, optimization, cloud adoption, and much more. Not only are these architectures interesting, but they are successful real life implementations featuring open source technologies and power many of your own online experiences.

The attendee departs this session with a working knowledge of how to map general open source technologies for their SAP architectural solutions. Material covered is available freely online and attendees can use these solutions as starting points for aligning to their own solution architectures. Join us for an hour of power as we talk architecture shop!

Designing your best architecture diagrams (workshop)

Diagraming is one of the most important communication tools for sharing your project and architectural ideas to your colleagues and teams. In this workshop attendees are walking step-by-step through using an open source tool we host online for designing architecture diagrams like an expert. Attendees work through the following:

  • open and explore the tooling in your favourite web browser
  • explore the provided asset libraries for drag-and-drop designing
  • learn about the three types of diagrams that make up a good design
  • create your first simple logical diagram
  • create your first simple schematic diagram
  • create a detailed diagram
  • how to export diagrams and elements from a diagram
  • design tips and tricks

Each of the individual labs in this workshop are stand alone, allowing the attendee to focus on anything of interest without having to work through the previous labs. If you're looking to become more proficient in sharing your ideas, architectures, and projects visually to wider audiences you can't underestimate the value of a good diagram. Join us to learn the tips and tricks that make a good diagram such a good communication vehicle and how our tooling eases your design tasks. (workshop)

Hope some of these are accepted and see you in Boston in August.