AWS User Group UK Meetup #40

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We are delighted to announce that the amazing Sheen Brisals (@sheenbrisals) from Lego will be giving our first talk - "Don't Wait for Functionless - Write Less Functions Instead".

Our second talk will be given by Andrew Larssen (@andrewlarssen) from PA Consulting on "Why You Can't Afford a Security Team".


• 18:30: Arrival, Registration and Networking

• 19:00: Talks starting

• 20:30: Food and drinks provided due to the generosity of our Sponsors!

Talk 1:

"Don't Wait for Functionless - Write Less Functions Instead."

Serverless is a great platform and lambda is an amazing technology, but, are we often get carried away in the early excitement of adopting serverless and then fall into the trap of becoming a lambda factory where it limits our thinking and vision to see only the lambda functions? Well, this happens to all of us who do serverless, in particular to those who start fresh on their serverless journey.

This talk is aimed at the very same concerns and to enable our thinking to find ways to write less functions. Citing examples from AWS Cloud, in this talk, I will walk you through the services, the patterns and the architectures that we often overlook but can play the part in reducing the lambda footprint.

Talks like this are eye openers to engineers and architects. The takeaway point of this talk is about writing less functions and being productive. Hope for a function-less future but, for now, start the journey with less functions!

A seasoned software engineer, Sheen Brisals is currently working at LEGO, architecting serverless solutions. He is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect who focuses on serverless and microservices applications. Previously as a principal engineer, tech lead and development manager with leading organizations such as Oracle Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, Omron, TATA, BAe and others.

Sheen is a regular speaker at tech summits, AWS community meetups, ServerlessDays and technology conferences.

Talk 2:

"Why You Can't Afford a Security Team"

The advantage of the cloud is it is easy to build and iterate on your design. You need your security to keep up. It is time to move away from an arms length security team and point in time audits. How can you make cultural changes and policy automation to ensure your security when using cloud and infrastructure as code.

Andrew has 15+ years working in the software industry and was doing DevOps before it was called DevOps. He is worked in the hosting industry and has several years experience working with AWS. Andrew has lead a number of large scale AWS migrations in both the public and private sector, all of these have included automation and IoC. He is now technical lead for PA Consulting’s AWS partnership.

Andrew is an AWS Partner Ambassador, a Well Architected reviewer and currently holds 8 AWS certifications

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