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SPEAKERS AND PRESENTATIONS

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Sheen Brisals

O'Reilly Author and AWS Serverless Hero

The Enterprise Serverless Scale Of Measure!

Sheen is an AWS Serverless Hero and co-author of 'Serverless Development on AWS: Building Enterprise-Scale Serverless Solutions' (O'Reilly, 2024). Sheen is an experienced engineering leader who guides enterprise teams to architect, build, and operate sustainable serverless solutions. Sheen has held several positions at leading software organizations over his long career. He is very passionate about serverless and loves sharing knowledge with the community. His writings and thoughts on serverless have helped several engineers, teams, and organizations on their serverless adoption journey. He talks about serverless at conferences around the world.

The Enterprise Serverless Scale Of Measure!

The word 'scale' is unique. As a simple term, it is a device for deterministic measurements. As a decorator, it adds magnitude to the situation - hyperscale and enterprise-scale, for example.

Serverless adoption has been ongoing in the industry for over a decade, reshaping the technology landscape with a shift in ideas and operations. Though several large organizations have successfully adopted serverless to operate numerous critical workloads, many in the industry perceive enterprise-scale adoption of serverless as challenging.

Why is it so? Could business complexity be the reason? Or is there a lack of understanding and realistic measures of the scale of operation?

This talk will examine how to measure an enterprise's readiness for serverless, the necessary preparations, and the development essentials for a successful enterprise-scale serverless adoption.

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Ben Kehoe

Distinguished Engineer at Siemens, AWS Serverless Hero

Where does Serverless go from here?

Ben works in many areas of the cloud, including serverless, infrastructure as code, identity and security, and IoT.

Where does Serverless go from here?

Today, more services than ever are labeled "serverless", but it often feels meaningless relative to what we've come to expect from the term. This talk will cover how we got to this point, what really matters about serverless, and what we should do to reinforce the principles of serverless in cloud technology.

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Miglen Evlogiev

VP @ Payhawk, President Bulgarian Cybersecurity Association

Security Incident Response in AWS

Cybersecurity Expert

Security Incident Response in AWS

During this session, I will be sharing my extensive experience from working in AWS Managed Services and building a security incident response program. I've managed to serve more than 4000 on-call hours and worked on hundreds of incidents and postmortem so this would be a good opportunity to share my knowledge.

I will talk about frameworks, automation, best practices, using IAM effectively, prevention etc.
 

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Aleksey Divarov

SoftwareOne, AWS Cloud Consultant

AWS Networking: Connect To Your Cloud in 2024

Aleksey boasts over 20 years of IT expertise, specializing in network technologies. With extensive experience across various vendors such as Cisco, HP/Aruba, Fortinet, Palo Alto, and VMware. Over the past three years his focus has shifted to AWS as a Cloud Consultant at SoftwareOne. To transition on-premises systems to the cloud requires designing intricate architectures, implementing robust security solutions, optimizing infrastructure, and integrating hybrid networking solutions.

AWS Networking: Connect To Your Cloud in 2024

The presentation will focus on connecting your on-prem environment using DirectConnect and VPNs. Will include also consideration on Routing technics and BGP, edge security for the connectivity and some good thing to know from some of the projects that we have encountered.

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Yavor Ivanov

Solution engineer at Cintra

Deep dive into the OLA data lake

Yavor Ivanov has done databases for a living for 25 years. Focussing on real-world solutions and driving projects to success. Very knowledgeable about old-school Oracle database, very passionate about future-proof AWS data solutions, trying to bring customers across the chasm.

Deep dive into the OLA data lake

The AWS dbOLA program helps businesses worldwide assess their database workload and provides technical and licensing solutions for moving commercial databases into AWS. One interesting side effect of this process is the anonymized data set with tens of thousands of real-world databases with hundreds of dimensions per database.
In this session, I will share some of the unexpected insights we gain from the dataset.

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Roman Boiko

AWS Sr. Specialist Solutions Architect Serverless

Serverless Applications Cost and Performance Optimization

Roman Boiko is a Specialist Solution Architect for Serverless technologies at AWS. In his current role, he works with customers across EMEA and helps them to build their solutions with AWS Serverless services. Roman also spends part of my time to better understanding the needs of the developers and simplify their experience with AWS technologies by creating samples and reference architectures and sharing them with the community. His focus programming languages are JavaScript and TypeScript.

Serverless Applications Cost and Performance Optimization

Join me for a deep dive into the world of AWS Serverless Cost and Performance. I’ll show you how to save money and boost performance by sharing ideas about:
- Designing cost-efficient architectures that won’t break the bank.
- Tweaking resource allocation for optimal performance without the waste.
- Beating the cold start blues and ensuring your functions run like a dream.
After this session, you will be able to use the full power of AWS Serverless services while making your budget smile.

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Kristiyan Nikolov

Solution Architect, DoITWise

Cloud Quest: Resurrecting Diablo II on MacOS M1 with AWS

Meet Kristiyan Nikolov, the cloud wizard behind innovative transitions to AWS and masterful Kubernetes deployments on MacOS. As a Terraform Certified Associate, AWS Solutions Architect, and Jenkins Engineer, Kristiyan crafts cloud solutions that not only solve complex problems but also push the boundaries of what's technologically possible. Currently weaving magic as a ServiceNow Solutions Architect, he's all about turning infrastructure into a playground for efficiency and scalability. Join him for a journey through the clouds where complex architecture meets creative problem-solving, all delivered with a dash of fun!

 

Cloud Quest: Resurrecting Diablo II on MacOS M1 with AWS

Embark on a nostalgic journey with a modern twist as we unveil the magic behind running the iconic Diablo II on a MacOS M1, all made possible through the innovative use of AWS Cloud technology. This presentation is a thrilling adventure that not only revisits a beloved classic but also showcases the seamless integration of cutting-edge cloud computing to overcome hardware limitations. Discover the step-by-step process, from initial challenges to triumphant gameplay, and how cloud solutions can unlock new possibilities for gaming enthusiasts. Whether you're a die-hard Diablo fan, a MacOS user, or a tech aficionado eager to explore the capabilities of AWS Cloud, this story of ingenuity and passion will inspire you to think outside the box and push the boundaries of what's possible in gaming and beyond. Join us to learn how we transformed an impossibility into reality, making Diablo II more accessible and enjoyable than ever before.

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Monica Colangelo

AWS DevTools Hero | Principal Cloud Architect

Enabling Zero-Downtime Service Delivery with Automatic Testing in Blue/Green Deployments

Monica is a Principal Cloud Architect and an AWS DevTools Hero. Her background covers operations, Cloud, and notably DevOps, where automation and operational excellence guide her approach and solutions.

Monica regularly speaks at tech conferences, sharing her expertise and insights. She also advocates for diversity, highlighting the need for better representation of women in the tech industry. Additionally, Monica writes technical articles and is involved in tech communities, organizing events and conferences.

Enabling Zero-Downtime Service Delivery with Automatic Testing in Blue/Green Deployments 

The need for speed in modern software development, which led to the growth of DevOps tools and methodologies, has resulted in cognitive overload for developers and operations teams. In this case study, the gap between development and operations has been bridged by applying blue/green deployment techniques, traditionally used for application releases, to server configuration management, utilizing AWS CodeDeploy on Amazon ECS.

Adopting blue/green deployment for configurations fosters a more resilient, reliable, and agile IT environment. It minimizes downtime and enables efficient rollback capabilities while enhancing operational safety and reducing the risk of downtime. Automated testing, normally used in application development, is here applied to new configurations before receiving live traffic, ensuring a smooth transition.

By introducing development methodologies and tools into operational tasks through this innovative approach, cognitive overload is mitigated, and processes are streamlined to ensure consistency and reliability across not only the entire software delivery lifecycle but also the configuration lifecycle.

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Anton Stamenov

Cloud Platform Engineering Lead @ SoftwareONE

Cloud infra - the long run

Currently, I’m focused on AWS, mostly on how to deliver well-architected solutions among many customers in a scalable and easy-to-operate manner. In past I’ve been in many roles and industries, starting back in the early 90s as an enthusiast and going through networks, security, automation, administration, databases, development, architecting, consulting, etc. I’ve been through delivering to highly regulated financial organizations to developing internal solutions.

Cloud infra - the long run

Consultants, vendors, local IT teams, or contractors can solve any problem related to deploying the required cloud infrastructure. The session outlines what happens next and how to make the solutions supportable and operatable. It covers the viewpoints of devs and ops, but it is not another DevOps session.

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Martin Nanchev

Flutter Entertainment, Data Platform DevOps

Securing VPC from data exfiltration

Meet Martin Nanchev, an AWS expert with all 12 AWS certificates, an AWS Authorized Instructor, and AWS Community Builder. He has extensive experience working on projects in Telecommunications, IoT, and mobile scouting applications. He is an SME for the AWS SysOps Associate exam and currently works at Pokerstars, building the next-generation data platform. In his free time, he shares his knowledge and passion for AWS with others in the AWS user group.

Securing VPC from data exfiltration

A difficult use case is for a customer is to protect the data from possible data exfiltration. In the session we will look how we can take advantage of privatelink to protect our sensitive data from possible exfiltration.

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Rosen Rankov

Data and Analytics manager

How to build a LakeHouse with Databricks

2012 - 2016: Oracle DBA : Hewlett-Packard Bulgaria Ltd
2016 - 2017: Oracle Consultant : Luxoft
2017 - 2021: Data Consultant, Co-founder & CEO : Data Cloud Solutions
2021 - Now: Data & Analytics Manager : MentorMate

How to build a LakeHouse with Databricks

Discover how to construct a Lakehouse using Databricks, incorporating advanced tools for a powerful data architecture. This approach includes Debezium for real-time data capture, Unity Catalog for centralized data governance, Databricks Delta Live Tables (DLT) for automated ETL processes, and AutoLoader for efficient data ingestion.

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Jordan Ilchev

Technology Lead

Are Your Cloud Solutions Well-Architected?

Jordan is passionate about building great teams that can build exceptional well architected products for their customers. Started his journey in Bulgaria with Tangra Software, Netage Solutions, Telerik (acquired by Progress), where for multiple decades honing skills in various technical and management roles.

In 2020, moved to Dublin, Ireland, and joined Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a leader in Amazon CloudWatch. He was selected to lead the team responsible for Amazon’s internal monitoring and alarming APIs. Additionally, the team built from the ground up just in 6 months the service behind the Cloud Watch Metric Explorer, which was a key highlight for the CloudWatch at AWS re:Invent 2020.

In July 2022, took on the role at Microsoft Identity and Security organization, successfully completing a transition of multiple Azure AD services to the Microsoft European Development Center in Dublin, building the local subject matter expertise and advancing the operational excellence culture further.

Are Your Cloud Solutions Well-Architected?

The session will focus on the AWS Well-Architected Framework, a guide developed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help everyone build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure for their applications. The framework provides a consistent approach with proven prescriptive patterns to evaluate architectures and implement designs that can scale over time.

The session will specifically focus on two foundational pillars, among the six in the AWS Well-Architected Framework: Resilience and Operational Excellence. It will include specific examples from the trenches, drawing from the lecturer’s hands-on experience in managing large-scale services for AWS and Microsoft in Dublin.

Resilience in the AWS Well-Architected Framework refers to the ability of a system to recover from infrastructure or service disruptions, dynamically acquire computing resources to meet demand, and mitigate disruptions such as misconfigurations or transient network issues. The lecture covered various AWS tools and services that can help in building resilient systems, such as Amazon S3 for durable storage, Amazon EC2/ECS/EKS for compute capacity, and AWS Auto Scaling for dynamic scaling of resources.

Operational Excellence involves running and monitoring systems to deliver business value and continually improving processes and procedures. Key topics included how to manage and automate changes, respond to events, and define standards to manage daily operations. AWS provides several tools to aid in achieving operational excellence, such as AWS CodePipeline for automating the release process while avoiding downtime due to misconfiguration or bad code, AWS CloudFormation for creating and managing resources, AWS CloudTrail for governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing, and Amazon CloudWatch for monitoring and observability.

The goal of the lecture is to encourage everyone to leverage the “standing on the shoulders of giants” approach utilizing AWS Well-Architected Framework. This strategy aims to maximize the investment in cloud technology and is applicable to every one: from early-stage startups to teams that are migrating or enhancing existing workloads in the cloud.

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Detelina Vassileva

COO @ Helixiora

Rightsizing your proposal

Detelina is a Psychologist who spent the last 18 years in IT, 11 of which in leadership roles. At the moment, she splits her time between 2 companies.

Rightsizing your proposal

With everything AWS has to offer, it can be tempting to offer a bigger scope than what the customer wants or a more expensive one than they can afford at this stage. So how do we rightsize our proposal and win the deal without compromising what we believe is a must?

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Kamen Sharlandjiev

Sr. Specialist Solutions Architect, AWS

The Modern Developer’s Toolkit - Live Coding AI-Powered Applications with Amazon Q

Kamen Sharlandjiev is an experienced IT professional with over 20 years of expertise in software development, project management, and team leadership. Beginning his career as a hardware engineer, Kamen quickly advanced to roles such as system and network administrator and software engineer. His leadership capabilities emerged in 2005 at Antipodes Ltd, where he was promoted to Project Delivery Manager. There, he led a team of six engineers on projects for large-scale enterprise customers, including one of the oldest banking institutions in Bulgaria and one of the largest public listed IT companies in Bulgaria that works with government agencies.

In 2009, Kamen became IT Director of Megalan Networks, managing a team of 13. He spearheaded the company's first IPTV service, a key project that led to the company's acquisition by Telecom Austria in 2011.
Kamen joined AWS in May 2020 as a Senior Solutions Architect. Shortly after, he transitioned to the specialist organization as a service-aligned specialist SA. In this role, he has worked closely with Amazon AppFlow, AWS Glue, AWS Step Functions, and Amazon EventBridge teams, helping them deliver new features for customers. In 2022, Kamen came close to launching a new AWS service.
With a decade of experience in software development, which remains his passion, Kamen spends his spare time writing code to automate daily tasks. Additionally, he has authored numerous blog posts for AWS in the Application and Data Integration space and recorded multiple video demonstrations of AWS services on YouTube. As a Senior Speaker certified, Kamen has presented to over 20,000 individuals on industry events such as Re:Invent 2021, 2022, 2023, Re:Mars 2022 and represented Amazon at graduation and other events at universities based in UK.

The Modern Developer’s Toolkit - Live Coding AI-Powered Applications with Amazon Q

Join us for an engaging live coding session where we’ll explore how Amazon Q empowers developers to streamline the development and testing of AI-powered applications.

During this session, participants will observe the complete development process of an AI application, gaining insights into the effective use of Amazon Q. We will cover essential techniques for integrating AWS services and AI to manage and automate complex tasks, offering a practical glimpse into real-time coding.

 

This session is ideal for developers keen on expanding their technical toolkit and innovate faster. Prepare to push the boundaries of what you can achieve with AWS and AI, making your applications smarter and more responsive to the demands of modern users.

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Tony Mullen

Giorgio Bonzi

Senior RDS specialist solutions architect, AWS

Sr. Database Specialist Solution Architect, AWS

Best practices for querying vector data for gen AI apps in PostgreSQL

Tony Mullen
I have over 24 years’ experience in databases; primarily Oracle with a shift towards PostgreSQL over recent years, i’ve been working with AWS for around the past 7 years and really enjoy working on all things data.

 

Giorgio Bonzi

Giorgio Bonzi is a Senior Database Specialist Solution Architect based in Milan. With a focus on Oracle and PostgreSQL database engines, he provides guidance and technical assistance to customers to help them design, deploy, and optimize relational database workloads on AWS.

Best practices for querying vector data for gen AI apps in PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL makes it easier to store and query vector data for AI/ML use cases with the pgvector extension. Learning best practices for vector search will help you deliver a high-performance experience to your customers. In this session, learn how to store data from Amazon Bedrock in an Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL-Compatible Edition database and learn what SQL queries and tuning parameters optimize the performance of your application when working with AI/ML data, vector data types, exact and approximate nearest neighbor search algorithms, and vector-optimized indexing.

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