The ecommerce market is extremely dynamic and changes continuously. Bol.com is the leading Dutch ecommerce organisation, similar to what eMAG represents for the Romanian retail market. We are working hard on making all our 5.9 million customers happy by offering them over 9.8 million products 24/7. We are always innovating because we want to offer our customers the best shop there is and will ever be. Bol.com has been growing very fast and experienced all pains related to rapid growth: more people, a larger and more complex IT landscape, shared code bases, increasing number of dependencies and bottlenecks. The most pressing pain was the dependency between software development teams. To overcome this we had to make significant changes in how we design, develop, deploy and run all our applications and we implemented our own vision on DevOps during 2015. This has been a challenging and interesting journey to team autonomy and is in full swing right now. We had to adopt the way we work, how we organize ourselves and we needed to invest in technologies (like Continuous Delivery and Automated Testing) to make the change possible. The transformation touched upon the entire organisation: software engineers, system engineers and the business alike. We would like to share with you our story: how we initiated the journey, how we progressed and what we have learned. We will approach it from two angles: a manager’s view and a software development team’s perspective.
Mihaela joined bol.com in 2012 after working as an IT consultant at Capgemini The Netherlands for about 5 years.
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