Jason Montgomery

Information & Communications Technology

Software Development DevOps Transformation Cloud Architecture Solution Architecture Enterprise Architecture Leadership

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jason Montgomery

Director of Software Engineering, SPS Commerce

Jason is a Director of Software Engineering at SPS Commerce in Toronto and has been leading software development teams for over 15 years. He is passionate about architectural patterns and driving organizational efficiencies. Jason has helped his teams transition to a DevOps culture and focuses on building scalable systems within complex problem domains.

SPS Commerce is a leading software-as-a-service company focusing on empowering retail through cloud-based supply chain management solutions and comprehensive analytics to over 75,000 retailers and suppliers worldwide. While at SPS, Jason has helped mature architectural practices and helped build a collaborative culture across 300+ developers in 5 offices worldwide.

Current sessions

Build a Battle Plan to Kickstart Your Architecture Evolution

A military general needs a clear battle plan to help mobilize thousands of troops in strategic ways to flank enemy troops, disrupt supply lines and conquer the battlefield. To build a battle plan, having accurate knowledge of the terrain, enemy troops, enemy defenses, and key targets is critical. With this critical information, the general can strategize to flank enemy troops, disrupt supply lines, capture key targets, and ultimately conquer the battlefield.

Mapping out your service ecosystem like a military general can be a key artifact to help clearly communicate across an engineering team and align in strategic directions. This talk will show how some simple mapping and diagramming techniques that can be applied to your architecture. These techniques will help show a current and future state of your services, where key investments are needed, where technical debt is buried, or where your teams need to focus. Just like a general that needs to mobilize thousands of troops in the right direction, these concepts can help spread awareness, align teams strategically, and empower teams to move faster towards the future.

This talk doesn't focus on visualizing services from an operational perspective (like snazzy interactive flow graphs in Visceral, X-Ray, or Istio), but instead, this talk focuses on how to represent a logical view of services to show intent, direction, and impact. The impact of these concepts on large technology teams can help transform culture and empower greater collaboration, service reuse, and consistency. For smaller technology teams, these concepts can be used to help your teams visualize their services and plan for the future as well as interact with other stakeholders in a more consistent way.

These service planning and mapping concepts were introduced and rolled out across a large technology team at SPS in 2018, resulting in some great benefits, some unexpected fanfare, and unexpected surprises.

Session duration 30-40 mins.


Past and future events

DevOps Best Practices and Implementation Roadmap

11 Jun 2019
Brampton, Ontario, Canada