#117 - How to Establish SRE Foundations From Scratch - Vladyslav Ukis

Tech Lead Journal

Jan 23 2023 • 53 mins

“The strength of SRE is in the alignment of operational concerns between the product management, product development, and product operations."

Dr. Vladyslav Ukis is the Head of R&D at Siemens Healthineers and author of “Establishing SRE Foundations”. In this episode, Dr. Vlad shared insights on how to establish SRE foundations from scratch based on his firsthand experience at Siemens Healthineers and the concepts described in his book. We started by discussing the basic SRE concept and how it differs from other related concepts, such as ITIL, COBIT, and DevOps. Dr. Vlad then explained in-depth how SRE implementation can help to create an alignment between the product management, product development, and product operations teams. He also shared the importance of having internal SRE coaches to facilitate this transformation and when an organisation can start realizing the benefits of implementing SRE. In the latter half, Dr. Vlad walked us through how we can begin our SRE journey, make further progress in the journey, and measure the success of our SRE implementation. Also, do not miss his sharing on how SRE implementation can help to improve reliability in a stringent industry, such as healthcare.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:06:04]
  • Getting to Know SRE Concept - [00:08:24]
  • SRE vs Other Frameworks - [00:12:20]
  • SRE Definition - [00:16:48]
  • Ops-Development-Product Alignment - [00:19:26]
  • SRE Coach - [00:26:36]
  • Realizing SRE Benefits - [00:28:52]
  • How to Begin SRE Journey - [00:31:37]
  • SRE Journey Progression - [00:36:15]
  • Healthcare Reliability - [00:41:48]
  • Measuring SRE Implementation Success - [00:46:25]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:48:44]


Vladyslav Ukis’s Bio
Dr. Vladyslav Ukis graduated in Computer Science from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and later from the University of Manchester, UK. He joined Siemens Healthineers after each graduation and has been working on Software Architecture, Enterprise Architecture, Innovation Management, Private and Public Cloud Computing, Team Management, Engineering Management, Portfolio Management, Partner Management, and Digital Transformation at large. He currently works as the Head of R&D for the Siemens Healthineers teamplay digital health platform, and has shared his DevOps knowledge in his book “Establishing SRE Foundations” published in 2022.

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