2019 FOSS4G Bucharest Talks speaker: Marc Jansen

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From paper to pods: Revolutionised fibre planning process at Deutsche Telekom AG with FOSS4G components

Compared to other industrialised countries Germany ranks rather low when it comes to the availability of broadband internet via fibre. In order to change this and to cope with the needs for the new mobile standard 5G, Deutsche Telekom AG (DTAG) revolutionised the planning of fibre networks. The main goal is to shorten the time to market dramatically by automating processes. A brand-new world comprising lots of geodata and heavy geoprocessing is needed to substitute previous manual tasks.

The newly developed SDI shall respond to criteria, such as:

  • Best of breed software
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Deployability via automated pipelines as well as scalability
  • Sustaining a pluridisciplinary team working in an agile environment (SCRUM and SAFe)
  • Security

DTAG selected open source components such as geOrchestra, SHOGun and Actinia to be deployed on a docker orchestration system. A large team of open source contributors were brought together to enable the launch of this major SDI.

This talk will present how FOSS4G components and teams can be effectively bundled together in order to achieve industry specific goals.

State of GeoExt

The GeoExt project [1] is a JavaScript library combining the OpenLayers mapping library [2] and the JavaScript framework ExtJS [3]. The talk will give a brief history of the project, and a summary of its dependencies and versions. Several new features recently developed for the latest GeoExt release will be presented.

The talk will include an overview of two more Open Source JavaScript libraries which bring additional power and functionality to GeoExt: BasiGX [4] and GeoStyler [5]. BasiGX is a higher-level JavaScript library that builds on top of GeoExt and focusses on advanced GIS user interfaces and mapping tools for the web. GeoStyler is a JavaScript library for cartographic styling of geodata, and can be combined with a GeoExt solution to apply several formats to layers, e.g. SLD (Styled Layer Descriptor) files.

The talk will include examples of real-world projects using GeoExt, along with recommendations on what types of projects are most suitable to develop them using GeoExt and its associated technologies.

Finally a roadmap for the future of GeoExt will be outlined along with how developers and users can get involved.

When building, maintaining & continuously improving a SDI isn’t enough: DevOps processes to the rescue

Deutsche Telekom AG (DTAG) revolutionises the planning process of fibre networks in order to increase the number of connected households and industries dramatically as well as to shorten the time to market in general. A brand-new world comprising the build up of a major SDI, lots of geodata and heavy geoprocessing is needed to substitute previous manual tasks and to sustain the goals.

Think about a project, that will be developed by +10 companies, each with its own frameworks, procedures and deployment workflows. To succeed, you'll need more than confidence in the team. This is also because of other complicating factors like IT security, large data pipelines or ever-changing IT infrastructure.

This is where DevOps and AGILE practices came to the rescue. It gave a structure and a common understanding of the workflows to every project member, as well provided enough automation and flexibility to adjust to the constant changes the project undergone.

In this talk, we’ll present the key challenges and how DTAG and the team of the FTTH-Factory successfully implements agile and DevOps workflows for the project. If we’re brave, we’ll do DevOps on stage.