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inaugural flagship conference

2021, April 7 & 8

More than 1,500 professionals from 493 companies and 54 countries joined Target live for the debut event of the ICCON series of conferences and meetups. Over two days,

20 speakers shared knowledge and real-world experiences – including success stories, case studies and company best practices – spanning four technical tracks: Network Engineering, Systems, Data & Machine Learning and Site Reliability Engineering. Speakers represented Target, Google, LinkedIn, Nvidia, Adobe,

Confluent and Cockroach Labs, among others. Q&A sessions with all speakers followed each day’s five tech talks.

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  • day 1

    On Day 1 of ICCON, attendees learned how Target and other organizations are adapting open source software and building incredible infrastructure to best equip a high scale evolving enterprise.

  • day 2

    Day 2 of ICCON emphasized how professionals can seize more control of their architecture and engineering practices, ensuring ops shifts from managing technology to managing innovation for enhanced team and customer experiences.

meetup:
Network Engineering

April 27, 2022

Target’s Journey with Open Networking: Tips, Tricks, and Stumbles with using SONiC

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meetup:
site reliability engineering

Mar 16, 2022

"Managing Code in Production.” Members of the production engineering team from Uber presented on “Capacity recommendation engine: Throughput and utilization based predictive scaling.” Tyghe Vallard of the Target SRE team, presented, “End-to-end observability for point-of-sale ecosystem." A Q&A panel of three from Target and four from Uber followed the presentations.

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meetup:
data & machine learning

Feb 17, 2022

Neuromorphic computing for image retrieval” featured speaker: ata mahjoubfar, director, high performance computing at Target.

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meetup:
Systems Engineering

Jul 21, 2021

This meetup featured an all-women lineup of Target tech engineers, who presented on “Multi-Cloud at Target.” Francesca Slaughter, Kate Barclay, Nicole Liang and Stephani LeClaire offered insight and demos covering Target’s runtime abstraction and orchestration; they also discussed how Target uses public cloud. An active Q&A discussion with a broader Target cloud engineering team followed, revealing where many companies are at in their multi-cloud journey.

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meetup:
Network Engineering

Jun 16, 2021

Open Compute Project Director Archna Haylock and Target tech network engineers dove into the future of modern network architecture and open networking. Archna presented an overview of OCP and how companies can support and engage; Target engineers Jess Probasco, Craig Janssen and Jonathon Woods all discussed how Target is helping change the network industry using SONiC at the enterprise edge. An active Q&A discussion with a broader Target network engineering team followed.

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meetup:
site reliability engineering

May 5, 2021

Our first track-specific meetup tackled the question, "How do you balance deploying changes, especially 30,000 of them a week, while still maintaining reliability at the highest levels?” Target Senior Engineers Haylie Helmold and Sean Peters shared with attendees all about canary deployments and reducing blast.

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