[Post Event] WeAreDevelopers World Congress, Berlin 2022
What a week!
In the last 2 days, I had the opportunity to join the biggest conference for Developers from Germany — WeAreDevelopers World Congress. The number of attendees was over 8000, making me remember the good old times before 2020 when I used to join conferences with around 20–30.000 attendees.
Most of the time I spend in the expo centre, discussing with companies about their products, challenges and how they adopt cloud inside their organization. As we can imagine, Docker, Kubernetes and cloud is part of the DNA of most companies, from small startups to larger enterprise with more than 300.000 employees.
Drawing the line after 2 days of networking about the cloud, I can say that:- 75% of the companies that were at the congress are using AWS
- 20% of the companies that were at the congress are using AWS and Azure
- 10% of the companies that were at the congress are using Microsoft Azure
- 10% of the companies that were at the congress are using Google Cloud
- 5% of the companies that were at the congress are not using a cloud vendor
I received interesting feedback when I was trying to understand why they adopted Microsoft Azure, AWS or Google Cloud. The answer was, ‘I don’t know’, it was a decision at the management level, and they were not aware of any technical assessment done before selecting the CSP (Cloud Service Provider). Nevertheless, from the development point of view, were OK — they don’t care too much what cloud vendor it is used as long they have access to Kubernetes and ‘Spring Boot’.
Another topic that I tried to cover was cloud governance and adoption level. Most companies are more on the reactive side. Security and cloud resource management are two dimensions covered only at the surface. They are considered part of the DevOps responsibility — even if developers can have a high impact on this. The same thing is related to cloud economics, where cost optimization is’ not needed’ as long as the consumption is under the allocated budget. Of course, CI/CD pipelines and IaC are part of daily work.
What is my conclusion after these two days?
We should invest more in cloud up-skilling of development teams, and Cloud Adoption and Governance need to become mandatory. A Cloud Center of Excellence should not be ignored, and needs to be part of the cloud journey.
Cloud Adoption Framework and Well Architecture Framework should be part of the cloud journey and can have a high impact on how cloud services are used and integrated into the business.
What about my session?
My talk was about cloud development tools for Microsoft Azure. I shared my experience and the tools I prefer to use during the development lifecycle. It was a great experience, and people found useful the tools I was talking about useful. You can check below the presentation deck.
Let me know via Twitter or LinkedIn if you have questions or would like to propose additional tools.