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Thursday, June 25 • 11:50 - 12:20
Embracing Agility with an Effective Deployment Pipeline: The Story of SPAR e-Commerce

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In evaluating most catalytic events, it’s not so much what happens that matters; it’s what happens next. Business requires the power of IT to influence customer experience, support changing business models and develop new efficiencies. We have experienced these truths:
  • Motivated IT teams often prefer grass-roots solutions and creativity over heavy top-down mandates.
  • Orchestrating the diverse perspectives, processes, tooling and contributions across IT teams is a laudable aspiration and a continuous challenge.
  • Software professionals love to think big while searching for the smallest, smartest changes to deliver desired results.
With 84,000 employees in 3,000 brick-and-mortar stores contributing to the success of the SPAR Austria brand, increasing competition from native on-line retailers was the catalyst that dramatically increased the pressure on SPAR to succeed. To accelerate its transformation, SPAR’s Information and Communication Systems group turned to Enterprise Studio by HCL to assess automation opportunities and provide enterprise agile coaching.

SPAR asked Enterprise Studio to “automate everything” in the shift to agile. Over time, with numerous sprints and PIs, Enterprise Studio helped implement a fully integrated development factory, embracing the grass-roots strengths of IT with all teams working in unison to become more responsive to business needs.
What happened next?

SPAR e-Commerce shops moved from error-prone, chaotic, manual efforts towards streamlined software development, a 100% increase in release frequency, a 99% reduction in deployment time, and near-zero error rates. Today, SPAR rolls out high-quality feature-toggle releases, provisions in-house IaaS systems on-demand, and releases hot fixes with zero downtime to production.

Starting with a catalytic event—great pressure on IT and big ambitions—SPAR combined small steps toward agile and DevOps with a collaborative client/vendor approach to achieve more creativity, greater innovation and better engagement between IT and business stakeholders.

Speakers
avatar for Max Ehammer

Max Ehammer

Enterprise Architect for Software Development and Integration, SPAR Business Services GMbH
As much as Max Ehammer, an advocate of systems theory, loves complexity, he delights in removing it even more.Max has held several technology management and architecture leadership roles with SPAR’s Information and Communication Services group, driving adoption of agile and restructuring... Read More →
avatar for David Jungwirth

David Jungwirth

Senior Director - Digital Advisory at Enterprise Studio, HCL Technologies
David's interests and expertise include driving enterprise agility by adapting enterprise cultures and streamlining organisational processes to focus on value.David has held leadership positions for CI/CD architecture, agile product management, technology and IT management consulting... Read More →


Thursday June 25, 2020 11:50 - 12:20 BST
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