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The success of the bol tech community

As manager Tech Community Training & Onboarding, Michaela leads a full-fledged team of community builders at bol, organising dozens of successful events annually. With us, she shares the pitfalls, challenges, and triumphs she has encountered over the past five years.

The success of the bol tech community

Bol’s journey in shifting left* and shifting right**: our Vision

As a company, bol has 25 years of growth, exciting challenges and changes behind its back. Its IT department is no different. Going from 10 to 170+ teams, from 10 to ~1400 applications, embarking on a DevOps journey in 2015, starting the shift to the Cloud in 2017 and going Product Led in 2022, the IT landscape and organisation changed drastically. And while the way we test, release and run our applications changed along the way, early 2021 we realised we need to step up our game when it comes to quality, testing and observability. We took a serious look at where we are in our journey of shifting left and shifting right and realised that besides a clear vision, we also need to focus on providing building blocks to our teams to realise it.

Bol’s journey in shifting left* and shifting right**: our Vision