FEATURED TALK: How to Maintain Production-Ready Quality When Chasing Innovations in Cloud

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Anne McCormick
Cisco, Technical Leader

Anne is an experienced technical leader in the cloud, computer virtualization and networking industries. She brings energy and enthusiasm (and a bit of humor) to everything she does. With her strong communication skills, she enjoys presenting technical talks and ideas at industry trade shows.

Additionally, she is a strong advocate for women in technology.


The rate of innovation in the cloud software industry is accelerating at an unprecedented pace. There are many benefits to all of this exciting innovation, like pushing the bar on things that used to require specialized hardware that can now be done exclusively in software. It truly is an exciting time to be a software engineer working in cloud.

However there is a critical factor to consider with all of this change and innovation, and that is getting technology to a production-ready state in a rapidly changing innovation landscape. It takes time to make a product stable, scalable and secure. By the time that happens, it seems that the industry has moved on to greener pastures, and the production-ready technology appears old and stale. Could we be innovating ourselves out of production environments?

This talk will share practical steps on how to maintain production-ready quality when chasing after the next ‘shiny new thing’ in cloud innovation.