KEYNOTE: LocalStack -- Fast-track Your Cloud Innovation by Removing Developers Hand Cuffs


Gerta Sheganaku
LocalStack, Co-Founder and COO

Gerta is co-founder and COO of LocalStack, where she and her team are obsessed with building tools for extraordinary Developer Experience (DevEx). LocalStack is the leading platform for local cloud development, based on the hugely popular open source framework with 37k+ stars on Github.
Gerta has a track record of leading innovation projects. Prior to founding LocalStack, she led Product Management for bleeding edge AI/ML based solutions in the space of test automation at Tricentis, where she also consulted customers in different industries around the globe on strategies from a people, process and tooling perspective to make testing a key enabler for their digital transformation journey.
During her studies of computer science at TU Vienna, she performed award winning research in the areas of Cloud Computing, Process Management, and Operations Research at Data61 in Sydney, Australia, and worked with industry partners to develop the vision and roadmap for production data analytics and predictive maintenance solutions for manufacturing processes.
Gerta is very passionate about diversity in tech and has built up and led global diversity programs to increase gender, ethnic, and racial diversity in tech companies. 


Policies, norms, and practices are an integral part of software development practices and undeniably important for delivering scalable and robust systems at high quality. Yet, they can simultaneously be a blocker to fast, iterative development processes which are vital to creating a culture of continuous innovation across the organization.
Even cloud developers who are striving to build bleeding-edge systems are often restricted in delivering value at their optimal personal speed. Handcuffs are being imposed on them by important, yet cumbersome cloud approval processes, as well as unnecessarily long wait times during deployment and testing stages within their cloud infrastructure.
In this talk we will shed some light on common inefficiencies and roadblocks that cloud developers face when developing against public clouds. We will discuss how to give back control and autonomy to developers over their own dev environments and tools with local and hybrid cloud development patterns, to foster innovation and fast feedback loops. Most importantly, we will highlight how the same concepts which give full autonomy to individual developers can also be leveraged to substantially improve team collaboration and feedback loops across team borders, for the best possible developer engagement across all stages of the CI/CD pipeline.
If you feel like you are not getting the full potential out of your cloud team, join me in this thought provoking session and let’s discuss strategies on how to free your development teams from their handcuffs - while embracing security, quality, and compliance.