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October Meeting: Introduction to Continuous Delivery

Most enterprise software development has evolved to a place where releases are infrequent and occur long after features were first conceived. The day of release is a nail-biting affair for which we assemble swat teams and stand ready to scramble and fix the inevitable problems. This has enormous impact on the businesses that we work for, making us vulnerable to nimble competitors. We are forced to predict (guess) what customers want rather than relying on real user feedback, we can't react to market changes or explore new business ideas quickly, and we end up not building the right thing for our users or at least investing too much money in something where a lighter solution would have sufficed.
Continuous Delivery is a set of practices and principles aimed at building, testing, and releasing software faster and more frequently.  Techniques such as automated testing, continuous integration and automated deployments allow software to be developed to a high standard and easily packaged and deployed to test environments.  This results in the ability to rapidly, reliability, and repeatedly push out enhancements and bug fixes to customers at low risk with minimal manual overhead.
This presentation will discuss the fundamentals of continuous delivery, some of the key principles and practices that need to be implemented to be effective, how MedPlus/HTS has progressed on its continuous delivery journey and the benefits we have seen

Fred Hilkowitz is the Director of Project Management for Quest Diagnostics, Healthcare Technology Solutions (HTS) division, formerly known as MedPlus.   He also serves as the Continous Delivery champion for the company.  Fred joined MedPlus in 2005 and has held a variety of management positions during his time at the company.  He started his career as an intelligence officer in the Air Force and then transitioned into software while working for Raytheon.  He holds a PMP Certification, a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University. 

When: October 10, 2013 (Second Thursday)
Networking: 5:30 - 6pm
Program: 6 - 7:30pm.
Where: Max Train, 4900 Parkway Drive, Suite 160, Mason, 45040

PMP's: This event counts for 1 (one) PDU

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