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Our DevOps Journey at HERE/Nokia


Establishing a DevOps culture in a big enterprise is usually quite a challenge.

At HERE, a Nokia business, the traditional separation between development and operations is the primary model. However, during the last years several teams had the chance to establish DevOps for their products. Those teams have chosen different paths and solutions, and they all have in common that they are perceived as being successful. The DevOps model had been proven to support their goals, and the business is very satisfied about product quality and high delivery frequency.

In this talk we try to share insights from the journeys of those pilot teams, covering the obstacles they dealt with, how they increased their maturity, how the cloud helped and most important, the cultural change that goes along with such a transition.

The talk concludes with a discussion of the different forces related to the question if DevOps will be used at scale in future.


Alex works as an Agile Coach for HERE, a Nokia business, in Berlin. His journey in the IT industry started 20 years ago as a programmer. Over the years he assumed many different roles (tech lead, team lead, release manager, lean manager) in different companies and organizations.

Alex main focus is to deliver value to production quickly, so he was working on evangelizing and introducing Continuous Delivery, DevOps and Agile Testing in enterprises. From 2008-2010 he was leading the release management of the eBay company in Germany, the largest online market place for selling vehicles in Germany. In 2011 Alex joined HERE, a Nokia business, in Berlin/Germany, and was leading a delivery team for three years, which is responsible for multiple REST services hosted in the cloud. In March 2014 he switched to the role of an Agile Coach and Change Agent for HERE.

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