ECS Digital at Cloud Expo Europe

ECS Digital at Cloud Expo Europe

This week saw thousands of IT professionals head to the Europe’s largest Cloud exhibition – including ECS Digital and our village of partners!

From blockchain and IoT vendors, to datacentre climate control systems manufacturers and cable suppliers, the crowds enticed anybody interested in Cloud-first, scaling up, refining, or just getting started with the tools and technology.

As has been echoed in previous events, Cloud Expo Europe is an unrivalled opportunity to meet with leading technology innovators and service providers, and network with your peers. Attendees also gain access to a wealth of knowledge and advice including emerging trends, tech deep dives, lessons learned and market forecasts.

ECS Digital once again have donned their conference apparel and deployed Europe’s only DevOps Partner Village, bringing together vendors from across the DevOps tool chain. This included Sonatype, New Relic and Storage OS – experts in application performance monitoring and artifact lifecycle management to dynamic container storage, all under one red, white and blue banner.

As you’ll probably know by now, ECS Digital is an agnostic DevOps and continuous delivery consultancy that provides professional and DevOps expertise to thousands of customers, and this year they have been showcasing the newest feather in their cap; Enablement Pods™.

Enablement PodsTM introduce a new way of working, processes and tooling. By remaining flexible in their resource profiling, our fixed priced outcome-based engagement model enables you to transform at scale by embedding – for short periods – in existing engineering teams to enable them to implement true change. What’s more, you decide the outcomes and objectives for each sprint, and we put our fees at risk to ensure we deliver.

It really is that simple.

During their talk on day one, Young DevOps Consultant of the Year 2018 Michel Lebeau and Pod Delivery Lead Tom Chapman described Enablement Pods™ as ECS Digital new weapon for making long-lasting and impactful changes in the Enterprise space. They also walked guests through how they are using Enablement Pods™, some of the challenge case studies and what Enablement Pods™ has achieved. If you missed the talk, you can learn more here.

ECS Digital also introduced a second, equally exciting initiative at Cloud Expo Europe. The DevOps Playground is supporting the tech community by giving enthusiasts a platform to explore new technology and tools. We’re also super chuffed that the Playground reached 4,000 members worldwide during the show – we’re giving credit to the talk our team delivered on day two!

I was fortunate enough to deliver the DevOps Playground story, describing how ECS Digital have used the DevOps Playground to build a tech community that encourages tech enthusiasts to not only learn about tools, but to gain hands-on experience under the supervision of engineers.

Each month, the DevOps Playground welcomes large numbers of tech-enthusiasts to one of our four worldwide locations – London, Singapore, Pune and Edinburgh. Each Playground lasts for around 2.5 hours, with a chunk of that time set aside for individuals to run and use the chosen tech / tools on their own laptop.

Attendees can expect to follow along with a structured and comprehensive exercise, designed to jumpstart new users with unfamiliar technologies and to highlight the best ways to use the technology. If this is the first you’ve heard of it, head over to the DevOps Playground website to find out more.

Other key takeaways from the show include:

  • Containers are driving the Cloud adoption of software development for 90% of the customers we spoke to
  • DevOps is the new standard for Cloud and agile working and is driving the need to modernise the more traditional methods
  • Cloud Expo is the one-stop-shop for all things Cloud – it was an eye opener seeing how much physical infrastructure goes into the ‘Cloud’

And that is just the tip of the iceberg. We will be revealing a mini-video series about Cloud Expo over the next couple of weeks to recapture some of the best moments from the show – watch this space!

Morgan AtkinsECS Digital at Cloud Expo Europe
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ECS Digital announces strategic DevOps partnership with GitHub

ECS Digital announces strategic DevOps partnership with GitHub

Industry leaders partner to maximise reach of joint DevOps solutions and capabilities. 

ECS Digital (previously Forest Technologies), the leading DevOps and Digital Transformation Consultancy headquartered in London, today announced its strategic partnership with GitHub, the platform millions of developers and organisations around the world use to discover, share and contribute to projects.

Under this partnership, ECS Digital will include GitHub solutions in their reference continuous delivery tool chain for their customers’ DevOps and digital transformation engagements. Every business relies on software to deliver value to its customers and DevOps is the perfect catalyst for innovation in software development, and more importantly a powerful tool for organisations looking to stay relevant in an ever-changing digital-led market. Software is more critical than ever.

“GitHub has established itself not only as the largest code repository service but increasingly as a collaboration platform with some of the world’s largest open source projects,” said Andy Cureton, Founder of Forest Technologies, now ECS Digital.

“More and more businesses are looking to adopt DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices to enable them to deliver software faster, better and cheaper. Such initiatives require buy in from the development community and what better way to win this than with GitHub’s social coding and collaboration tools.”

“Having the right software practices in the enterprise is more important today than ever before,”said Jesper Hyrm, VP for EMEA at GitHub.

“GitHub Enterprise enables customers to collaborate on important projects more effectively while controlling the production, maintenance, and quality of their code. With Forest Technologies’ experienced DevOps consulting and enablement capabilities, this partnership will allow customers to get the most from their GitHub Enterprise deployments.”

The partnership enables GitHub and ECS Digital’s clients to enhance continuous delivery through end to end automation while achieving greater agility and control. The expertise provided by both organisations will enable clients to adopt the necessary tools to begin their DevOps journey.

Additional Information:

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About ECS Digital:

ECS Digital, previously Forest Technologies, is a leader in automation. We help enterprises deliver software and software related services faster and at a lower cost through the adoption of DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices. Fanatical about customer service, ECS Digital consultants are hired as much for their DNA as their ability. Established in 2003 with headquarters in London and offices in Singapore, ECS Digital has over 100 customers from startups to enterprises across sectors including finance, retail, telco, and online gambling. More information can be found at

About GitHub:

GitHub is how people build software. Millions of individuals and organisations around the world use GitHub to discover, share, and contribute to software—from games and experiments to popular frameworks and leading applications.

Whether you work for a small startup, a university, or a FTSE 100 company, GitHub enables powerful, collaborative workflows. You can use in the cloud or GitHub Enterprise on your server, then integrate your favourite apps and services to customise how you build software.

Andy CuretonECS Digital announces strategic DevOps partnership with GitHub
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