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GitHub Satellite 2017

GitHub hosted the second edition of its yearly satellite conference just two weeks ago. Along with  product announcements from GitHub itself, this event was focused on customers, partners and the open source community.

After grabbing a coffee from the coffee bar and a waffle for breakfast, everyone slowly arrived at Printworks in London.

The event kicked off with an opening keynote by Chris Wanstrath and Kyle Daigle showcasing GitHub Marketplace, new Git and GitHub integrations into their own text editor Atom and the official release of GitHub Apps and the new Graph QL APIs.

After the official announcements, there was plenty of time to connect with other customers & partners from the ecosystem like Travis CI and ZenHub which are also used internally at SAP.

The different sessions focused on how to integrate with GitHub as a central platform, how to use Git and GitHub effectively and how to manage and grow open source communities effectively. One session specifically was around how to use different tools in combination to set up development workflows. They covered the complete day of a developers life from defining user stories and backlog items in, building and testing an application via CircleCI, reviewing and refining code quality via Codacy and monitoring a running application via Rollbar. Here you could really see the power of a strong foundation integrated into very specialised tools covering backlog management, code review, continuous integration and monitoring and all working hand in hand.

Afterwards, there was a customer panel on modernising software architecture where we discussed challenges and approaches in large organisations and how we scaled GitHub to over 17k users internally while also ensuring common standards around security, performance, quality and more. One of the main themes was here to apply classical change management patterns when adopting new tools, processes or methods. Start with a few teams, see what works and what needs to be improved and iterate from there.

Overall, it was a great opportunity to connect to GitHub, other GitHub customers, partners and learn how to embrace open source practices also within larger organisations. If you are interested and want to view some sessions from last year, check out the official youtube channel.

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