Machine Learning, Big Data and Security Take Center Stage at the 2018 Cloud summits - TriNimbus

Machine Learning, Big Data and Security Take Center Stage at the 2018 Cloud summits

Each year TriNimbus hosts their annual Canadian Executive Cloud & DevOps summits in Toronto and Vancouver to bring together the cloud community in Canada to share ideas and have meaningful conversations about how Cloud is being implemented in their organisations. With a special focus on security, we picked DevSecOps as the theme for 2018.

Over 300 attendees from leading organizations gathered at the Globe & Mail Centre and the Vancouver Convention Centre to hear technical experts including Darin Briskman (Chief Technical Evangelist – AWS), Shawn Gandhi (Chief Digital Architect – RBC, Royal Bank), Chris Falk (CTO – Buyatab), Peter Smith (Principal Software Engineer – ACL), Juni Mukherjee (Author/Owner – Continuity), Teri Radichel (CEO – 2nd Sight Lab) and James Armitage (Manager, Cyber Security – City of Vancouver) share their experiences with Cloud, Big Data, Machine Learning, CI/CD, DevOps and Security at the summits.

There were three main themes we covered which included:

  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data
  • Security

Machine Learning

Darin Briskman, AWS’ Chief Technical Architect presented a fascinating talk on Machine Learning. He presented a high level overview of the state of Machine Learning today and how Amazon used it in order to scale their retail business.

Darin also discussed the challenges associated with Machine Learning such as training models and the custom platforms they require and how AWS provides a user friendly platform to make this effort much less challenging through it’s Machine Learning services such as SageMaker.

Finally, Darin performed a live demonstration of Amazon’s image recognition service (Rekognition) and it’s ability to quickly analyze a photo providing fascinating insights like age, gender and emotions in seconds, which he performed on a randomly selected audience member. We’re excited for the next advancements from AWS in the Machine Learning space!

Big Data

Given the “enormity” of the topic, Peter Smith from ACL presented “A 10,000 Foot View of Big Data” at both summits! Peter’s presentation provided a high-level overview of Big Data ecosystem where he shared the challenges and pitfalls that are involved in designing and building a highly distributed Big Data system and presented a couple of practical solutions.

Peter also presented the importance of a Data Lake and the fact that it enables separating storage and compute.


In her presentation, “Top 5 Priorities for Cloud Security”, Teri Radichel from 2nd Sight Lab looked at cloud security more holistically and presented her vision for top priorities and best practices organizations should adopt while running their Cloud workloads. Some of the practices, such as making a Security Checklist an integral part of CI/CD pipeline were especially interesting and thought provoking.

To view a copy of some of our speakers’ presentations from the 2018 summits, please click here.

We’re also excited to share that we have raised close to $6,000 from our summit ticket sales which will be donated to sponsor the STEM scholarships for deserving bright young girls in Africa through One Girl Can, a non-profit organization.

If you are looking for help getting started on your cloud journey, or would like to discuss ways to securely architect your AWS environments, we’d love to hear from you