Agile + DevOps West 2021 Concurrent Session : Product Development and The Cloud - From Foes to Friends


Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Product Development and The Cloud - From Foes to Friends

Moving to the cloud has multiple benefits, including cost savings, scalability and flexibility. Product teams are under pressure to make use of cloud technologies in order to keep up with the competition and stay ahead of the innovation curve. But, moving an existing on-prem application to the cloud or even multiple clouds can be a challenge and burden to development teams and budgets. When an organization already has a significant investment in non-cloud technologies, it needs to find a way to leverage that investment and move forward in this new cloud-based world.
In this session, we will discuss the multi-cloud trend, what it means for product development, as well as common challenges with moving to the cloud. Attendees will learn four best practices for combating these challenges, including Lift and Shift, Containerization, Rebuilding Apps, Low Code
Each of these approaches is valid for certain business contexts and choosing the right one for you will depend on your goals and current business situation. It may be that lift and shift makes the most sense as a way to deliver a cloud experience to customers who themselves have a significant investment in legacy IT and need a solution that helps them transition, or a complete rebuild as a SaaS platform may be what is necessary, tune in to find out!


Jonathan Fries is VP of Engineering and Digital Transformation at Exadel. He brings more than 20 years of experience in software development and technology management. He has a wealth of experience from product companies and consulting firms. This experience includes day-to-day development, product and project leadership, and strategic guidance of technology projects from conception to launch. Jonathan works with clients to guide their technology vision. In his project interactions, he oversees the planning and execution of all aspects of software development. He works with clients to launch products and ensure ongoing support for those products once launched. This can often include working with application users to understand challenges and bringing those insights to further development. In his leadership role with Exadel, he guides the organizational vision for technology and future direction for clients as a whole.