Ops-Team Wide

Bits, Beats, Ops-Team

Stefan Stammler, team member - Aug 6, 2021

Who we are

We are the admins of Thomann Bits & Beats. We are currently a team of six and make sure Thomann and the many accompanying ships sail smoothly. We ensure that the engine of the Thomann web shop purrs like a kitten, and together with the Dev Teams, we constantly provide the Thomann fleet with updates through our CI/CD pipelines, while also working on new technologies to make Thomann even faster and better.

What we do and where we are

From our office in Erlangen, remotely from home or from one of the data centers in Nuremberg, we manage the infrastructure in the Thomann universe - ranging from the Thomann web shop and websites of the Thomann brands to forums and blogs for musicians. In addition to several VMware clusters and racks upon racks of physical servers, we run several OpenShift clusters. We maintain, manage and update the back end for PHP applications (from web shops to brand pages to internal tooling), XenForo forums and Wordpress blogs. We manage MySQL, Percona databases and Solr clusters and monitor with Check_MK, Prometheus, Grafana, Splunk and Vector. We automate with Helm, Argo CD, Drone CI, Jenkins, Ansible, Puppet, Golang and Bash scripts, authenticate with Keycloak and store secrets with Vault.

What it’s like to work with us

Due to the wide range of tools and applications, each of us has their individual focus areas within the team. Yet everyone is involved in all areas up to a certain extent. In addition to our passion for IT and technology in general, everyone in the team shares the mission "to create the most inspiring shopping experience for musicians" – just like all of our colleagues at Thomann.

Simon (System Administrator)

Your best Ops Team moment?

The OpenShift user meeting in Salzburg, Germany. What makes the Ops Team unique? The open and relaxed team culture. Memorable conversations at Friday lunch. What is still missing from the Ops Team? A firewall mastermind!

Steven (DevOps Engineer)

Your best Ops Team moment?

When we found the solution during our breakout-room team event by using bruteforce in the last seconds. What makes the Ops Team unique? Small company feeling. What is still missing for the Ops Team? Birthday cakes in summer :-)

And what would our band look like?

Our admin band would be called Mr. Kernel & the Server Monkeys or Downtime Decapitation ;-) The genre would be something between progressive technical death grind and progressive atmospheric synth wave punk with a strong focus on modem dial-up samples. Stefan blasts the drums, Wolfgang slaps the bass guitar, Vladimir screams the lyrics, Andy hammers the Hammond organ, Simon and Steven shred the guitar. The first single would definitely be ":explosion: :ultrafastparrot:" from the album "500 Internal Server Error".

Our offices

Remote. Distributed. Together.

Work from home or any of our offices. Our team is 100% remote and will stay this way. You need a stable internet connection and your laptop. Currently our way of work supports the central European timezone +/-2h.

Treppendorf

Our Thomann headquarters. Just a few minutes’ drive outside of Bamberg. Come by to visit our shop or meet with colleagues outside of tech & data.

Berlin

Our thomann.io office in the heart of Berlin. Easily reachable at Rosenthaler Platz. Perfect for workshops and team building.

Erlangen

Our thomann.io office in Nuremberg's metropolitan area. Just a few minutes by foot from Erlangen station. Nice, quiet location to do some deep work.

Our thomann.io Blog

Jul 13, 2022 - Oliver Dolgener

Are you Appic enough to join us?

Developing the most appic Thomann App while hunting for 5-star reviews and perfect burndown charts!

Jun 30, 2022 - Heiko Terfloth

A day at the BK-nusprig drive-in

Bad jokes, burgers, and developers... Did someone call us?

May 13, 2022 - Ralph Cibis

Thomann.io goes Cyberpunk

We went fully cyberpunk! Our branding community's last side and heart project.

Jan 3, 2022 - David Beuchert

DIY software: Why it's the one and only way to do it and everyone else is wrong

My provoking approach wooing for more in-house development.

Dec 8, 2021 - Nadine

Going fully responsive

Why we redesigned our shop - and why purple's the new blue.

Oct 18, 2021 - Julia Manger

Open Space 2021

Summer 2021 - Home office, lockdown, a fourth wave and: huh?! An Open Space!

Aug 6, 2021 - Stefan Stammler

Bits, Beats, Ops-Team

Someone needs to bring our shop online. This is our mission.

Jul 7, 2021 - Ralph Cibis

Hello, Webteam

We are the Thomann Web Team. We create thomann.de and the Thomann App.

Jan 27, 2021 - Nadine

What Kan Kanban do

The idea behind moving cards - with a crispy epilogue.

Sep 7, 2020 - Francesco

Guitars to Oslo or: The Art of Offering the Right Shipping Methods

Our developer Francesco provides you with behind the scenes insights

Jul 14, 2020 - Thomas Tischner

How Thomann is mastering the move to Kubernetes

Our Sysadmin Thomas tells you from his day-to-day work

Nov 4, 2019 - Domi

Thomann Dev Camp 2k19

This year under the Slogan "ready for our collective take-off".

Severe case of I-wanna-work-with-you?

...or any questions for us? Give Anne a call!

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