Brussels / 3 & 4 February 2024


Platform engineering for dummies

Platform engineering is taking the software development world by storm, but its terminology and concepts can be intimidating for newcomers. This lightning talk will break down the essential aspects of platform engineering in a clear and concise way, making it accessible even for "dummies."

We'll explore the three pillars of platform engineering:

  1. Platform Operations (SRE): Learn how platform engineers leverage Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) principles to ensure the platform's performance, scalability, and reliability. Discover how they automate tasks, monitor systems, and handle incidents, freeing up developers to focus on building amazing products.

  2. Platform as Product: Imagine your platform as a product itself, not just infrastructure. We'll dive into how platform engineers design and build a self-service platform that caters to developers' needs. Think single pane of glass management, easy provisioning, and seamless integration with existing workflows.

  3. Self-Service for Developers (IDPs): Forget the days of waiting for infrastructure or services. Platform engineering empowers developers with Internal Developer Platforms (IDPs). These tools give them the autonomy to provision resources, deploy applications, and manage their environments with minimal friction.

By the end of this talk, you'll understand the power of platform engineering and its potential to revolutionize your software development process. You'll be equipped with key takeaways and resources to explore further, even if you're starting from scratch. So, join us and discover a world where developers can build faster, better, and more independently!


Photo of Donnie Berkholz, Ph.D. Donnie Berkholz, Ph.D.