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Ending JAX Finance and JAX DevOps with a bang: Key takeaways

JAXenter Editorial Team
Opening keynote JAX Finance and JAX DevOps

JAX Finance and its younger sibling JAX DevOps have started in full force in London and we’re here to witness the union between two domains that apparently have nothing in common: DevOps and finance. Here are the key takeaways. Stay tuned for more!

UPDATE: They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Let’s test this theory:

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More photos to come.

If you’ve missed some of the sessions, here are the greatest quotes from our JAX speakers:

  • “The easiest way to be critical is to be an outsider” —Mike Croft, Payara

  • “Payment and lending are the low hanging fruits of FinTech innovation” —Dr. Jamie Allsop, Clearpool
  • “Everything at Google runs in containers —and I do mean everything” —Ray Tsang, Google

  • “If you want more freedom, you musk take on more responsibility” —Mike McGarr, Netflix
  • “Learn to live in harmony with failures” (on crash-only software) —Antoine Grondin, DigitalOcean

  • “The downside of blockchain is Bitcoin” —John T. Davies, C24


Do finance and DevOps mix well? JAX Finance and JAX DevOps teach us that developers and finance have found a common denominator: their lust for knowledge. We learned about the similarities between DevOps and aviation, the FinTech revolution, the growing influence of Docker, the importance of focusing on UX, best ways to create microservices in Java and the list goes on.
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“Finance is about trust and what people do with that trust”

“This is the time to disrupt finance,” Eric Horesnyi, a High Frequency Trading infrastructure expert and the duo conference’s first keynote speaker said during the opening session. This industry has grown into a dynamic entity which puts an emphasis on user experience and relies on APIs to monetize business. Still, the key takeaway remains that finance is about trust and what people choose to do with that trust.

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Sendachi’s Matt Saunders gave a speech about how containers drive agility, offered examples and revealed battle scars. He explained why banks need to develop a container strategy to drive successful production deployment of the Docker Datacenter and the elements of a holistic container strategy and concluded that “Docker is getting pretty massive.”

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J. Paul Reed, the founding host of The Ship Show, a twice-monthly podcast tackling topics related to build engineering, DevOps, and release management and the second keynote speaker helped DevOps professionals understand that the analogy between aviation and DevOps is not far-fetched. The reaction to his session was overwhelming —the comparison stroke a chord with the attendees, and they realized that piercing the air is no different than coordinating and/or executing DevOps tasks. The most important takeaway? Don’t underestimate the importance of having an operational model and understand two essential concepts: expectations and limitations.

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We went back in time with John T. Davies, the co-founder and CTO of C24, a London based fast data company specializing in high-volume, low-latency complex messaging, who reminded attendees about what happened throughout the years technology-wise. He pointed out how fast we went through SQL, NoSQL, IMDGs, Hadoop and stopped to salute Spark —”the light at the end of the tunnel.” What’s next, you ask? We’ll just wait and see.

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