SoundCloud is the world's leading audio platform. Founded in 2007 by Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, musicians and engineers, SoundCloud provides creators of music & audio with an open platform and the best tools to share original content, build an audience, and connect with a community of other creators – from home-based producers to global superstars. SoundCloud is operating on a global scale out of its Berlin headquarters. It can be accessed via the web, on mobiles and through a number of third party platforms.
SoundCloud is rooted on the premise that sound creators are looking for innovative ways to build their careers. Social and instant global distribution are key in supporting creators on that path. Within less than two years, the world has gone from desktop to mobile – a trend that requires new approaches but at the same time creates an opportunity for an audio-based platform. Currently, digital music distribution is characterized by players who enable a migration to the online world, however there still is an opportunity for a gate opener to truly augment the experience of the user. Innovation requires high-performance organisations, thus Organisational Health is key for innovative companies - regardless if they are based in the Silicon Valley or in Berlin.
Balancing the agility of development with the delivery of a consistent, repeatable and timely infrastructure from Ops has proven to be one of the toughest hurdles to cross for any organisation focusing on adopting a true DevOps mantra. With Server 2016, Microsoft is introducing both Windows Containers, and providing us with the ability to host an Azure consistent environment in our Data Center. Independently or combined these technologies provide the platform to address the challenges faced with operations through the concepts of 'Infrastructure as Code' and 'Software Defined Data Centres'. Join us, to learn why these technologies matter, how they help to deliver the infrastructure of DevOps, and to see first-hand how to leverage the developer's tool belt of Visual Studio, GIT and Release Management; adding infrastructure as just another project within our solution.
With paper mail volume decreasing every year, the Netherland's national postal service, PostNL, had to get creative and push for innovating the way they do business. Making adjustments to use more part-time employees cut payroll costs, but those savings were minimized by the rising costs of providing IT services to more employees. Enter Sogeti, a longtime partner of PostNL. Sogeti worked with PostNL to develop and implement a cloud-based plan for migrating existing applications to the cloud and developing new one for enhanced cloud-based services. The result was a significant reduction in costs for IT and services.