portal / talks 2024

June 26th-27th

Port is inviting you to an exciting 2-day virtual event all about developer experience and internal developer portals. Listen to experts from around the globe talk about the latest innovations and tips in DevEx and platform engineering.

Agenda

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Opening remarks

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9:00-9:15 EST
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Zohar Einy, Co-founder and CEO, Port

Join Zohar for a quick overview of where portals fit in platform engineering.

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Developer platform consoles should be dumb

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9:15-9:45 EST
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Viktor Farcic, Developer Advocate, Upbound, Host, DevOps Toolkit

For decades now we know that a good UI is a dumb UI. A good UI does not contain much logic. UIs rely on APIs to discover what can be done and what information is needed to do whatever should be done. Yet, when I see developer portal UIs, more often than not, they do not try to rely on APIs. Instead, they are doing their best to ignore them, to bypass them, to use their internal APIs, and to do too much for no good reason. In this session, we’ll explore better ways to drive the platform engineering UI.

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Internal developer portals in real life

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10:00-10:45 EST
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Jennifer Riggins, moderator

Join Jennifer Riggins, Tiffany Grafton of GAIG, Pavel Pikat of AMCS, and Louis Bailleul of PGS for a discussion of what companies are doing in real life with their portals.

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What should I ask developers when planning the portal?

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11:00-11:45 EST
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Abi Noda, Co-founder, DX

In this session, Abi Noda will explain how to measure developer experience and how to think about surveying developers when creating an internal developer portal.

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What comes first - portal or platform?

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12:00-12:45 EST
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Chris Westerhold, DX

Most organizations move to platform engineering over time. The same applies to using an internal developer portal. How can and should organizations build their portals and platforms over time, and can there be a reason to not make the change because the platform isn’t ready?

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API governance, developer portal and developer experience - are they converging and how?

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13:00-13:45 EST
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Mark Boyd, Platformable

Should we distinguish between the API governance toolkit and our platform engineering strategy?.After all, both prioritize the same ideal customer profile: the internal developer colleague. Indeed, APIs have emerged as the preferred way that developers want to access and build on top of any internal developer portals and golden paths to production. And a focus on API and data standardization and cross-organizational service reusability is at the foundation of any platform strategy.

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The portal as product playbook

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14:00-14:45 EST
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Roni Floman and Maria Lepp

Everyone is talking about platform-as-product, the platform engineering maturity model and approaching it all with a product mindset. But what does it all actually mean? In this session we’ll try to demystify how to plan a portal roadmap and how to tie it all together to provide a great experience for developers.

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Portals and platforms, two Ps in a Pod? How good interfaces make for good operability

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9:00 - 9:45 EST
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Abby Bangser, Principal Engineer at Syntasso

Platforms aren't new, but intentional platform engineering is getting more widespread adoption. One area where organizations are investing heavily is the relationship between the “frontend” user interfaces that developers get value from and the "backend" platform orchestration components that ops own. Some interfaces are best suited to local development, say a CLI. Others may be great for a wider range of use cases and users, for example a portal. And still others may want a power user experience with unfettered access, so opt for an API.

As these interfaces stack up, so does the cost of managing their updates as the platform evolves and changes. But don't fret! Your platform can (and should) manage this ongoing maintenance for you, allowing you to focus on what you care about, improving developer experience and extending platform capabilities.

In this talk, Abby will provide an overview of the challenges and solutions, and map this topic to the CNCF Platform Engineering Maturity Model. You will learn what you, as a platform engineer, should be demanding of your platform orchestration tooling.

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Onboarding Doesn’t Have to Suck: Elevating Developer Onboarding with Platform Engineering

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10:00 - 10:30 EST
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Adriana Villela, Sr. Staff Developer Advocate at Service Now Cloud Observability & Ana Margarita Medina, Senior Staff Developer Advocate at Lightstep

What’s one of the most annoying things for developers when they start at a new company? If you answered, “getting my machine set up for development”, then you’re in good company.

The fact is that getting development environments set up is a frustrating, time-consuming, and yet necessary experience, in order for developers to start adding value. Which begs the question: how can this experience be improved?

This talk will address the challenges and strategies of developer onboarding, and how platform engineering can improve this experience by providing the tools developers need ahead of time, in a robust, scalable, and user-friendly way.

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Using an internal developer portal for AppSec

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10:30 - 11:00 EST
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Jonathan Gruber, Director of Solution Engineering

Portals can be used to bake security into every developer routine. This helps developers focus on what matters and prioritize hundreds (or thousands) of alerts. We'll show how Port works with Trivy and why this matters to developers and devSecOps alike.

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Behold: The new developer portal, in all its glory!

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11:05 - 11:50 EST
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Lou Bichard, Product Manager at Gitpod

Believing that demo’ing an internal developer portal at an ‘All Hands’ will drive adoption, is a mistaken belief that has tripped up many platform teams over the years—myself included!

“Behold: the new developer portal, in all its glory!” But, that demo is never enough. Developer portals, as with any platform capability, must be managed “as a product”. But what does that even mean? Drawing on stories from five years of platform engineering teams, and commercial platform product management, in this talk Lou will cover:

  • Why doing an “all hands” demo of your internal portal early on is a mistake.

  • Why surveying is not nearly enough to understand your developers.

  • Why adding more features, or plug-ins to your portal could actually hurt adoption.

  • How to hack into your developers' existing behaviors to drive adoption.

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Infrastructure Made Easy with Upbound + Port

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12:00 - 12:45 EST
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Javid Habibi, Staff Solutions Engineer at Upbound

Let's build your own cloud with Upbound managed control planes and Port to enable centralized management of your infrastructure and enable self-service capability for your developers.

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Port’s two-day event will feature experts in the platform engineering community.
Tune in for keynote, panels, technical talks and more!

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All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing after the event.