Top 2017 DevOps Conferences to Attend
Every year, a new slate of conferences focus on helping those who work in the world of DevOps learn the latest IT technologies, performance challenges, languages, frameworks, platforms, software developments and career management techniques. However, with tight travel budgets and time constraints, it’s vital you choose the right ones to attend. Below you’ll find a wide variety of DevOps conferences, some small in nature offering lots of hands-on training as well as very large conferences attracting the “who’s who” in each discipline.
DevOpsDays is a series of events designed for DevOps influencers to share best practices. Upcoming events are scheduled for Charlotte, NC, February 6 – 7, 2017; Moscow on February 11, 2017; and Baltimore, MD, on March 7, 2017 as well as March 31 – April 1, 2017. There were more than 700 attendees at the DevOpsDays event in Minneapolis in July 2016. Surveys indicate that attendees like the focus on inclusion and diversity — more than 58 percent of the speakers were women. Other highly rated parts of the conferences include the 30-minute morning speed presentations and the popular Ignite talks.
Austin, TX, will be the host city for Dockercon 17, which will run April 17 – 20, 2017. It is a multi-day conference completely focused on Docker, a popular open-source software system that helps automate Linux application deployment inside individual software containers. Developers, Ops, DevOps, Sys Admins, managers, and C-Suite executives are encouraged to attend. More than 5,000 attendees are expected. Past attendees lauded the high-energy and focus on innovation as well as the demos featured in the keynote address.
Gartner IT Operations Strategies & Solutions Summit
The Gartner IT Operations Strategies & Solutions Summit will take place May 8 – 10, 2017, in Orlando, FL. IT professionals will share ideas on how to create a healthy IT environment in the midst of constant change, with a renewed emphasis on real business results. Attendees learn how you can increase the perceived value of the IT department and work more effectively in times of disruption. The conference focuses on professionals in cloud operations, IT operations management and IT service support. Conference tracks for 2017 include Cloud and Virtualization, Optimizing IT Operations, DevOps and Agile, Leadership and Strategy, and Emerging Trends and Technologies. Past conference topics have included optimizing hybrid cloud computing, key steps in beginning a DevOps initiative, and how to handle organizational politics.
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, will host the Interop ITX conference May 15 – 19, 2017. The conference is designed for IT professionals to learn the latest trends, best practices, and solutions in the industry. You’ll discover what’s working at other companies and see the latest technologies. A unique feature of the conference is a vendor neutral business hall, where you’ll see how different components of current technology fit together. More than 130 panel and speaker-led sessions provide hands-on training and a close-up educational experience. Billed as the only independent conference for IT and tech leaders, this event offers a mixture of high-quality presentations and excellent networking opportunities. Past attendees have called it a must-attend conference and a very useful event that provides rich content.
The ChefConf event is scheduled for May 22 – 24, 2017 in Austin, TX. The conference offers discussions, presentations, and extensive technical training for professionals interested in DevOps systems, continuous application delivery and the automation of infrastructure. Chef is a popular infrastructure management and configuration tool, and the ChefConf is one of the most popular conferences related to the software. More than 1,500 people attended the 2016 conference in Austin. Keynote speakers included Veresh Sita of Alaska Air, Brandon Jung of Google, and Mark Kirby of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. Workshops covered a diverse array of topics, including Azure Chef Training, Building Cookbooks with DSC Resources, and Achieving Regulatory Compliance with Chef.
Monitorama is an open-source conference and hackathon for the monitoring industry. The 2017 conference is scheduled for May 22 – 24 in Portland, OR. The 2016 conference welcomed more than 600 attendees. The conference covers monitoring both as a practice and theory. Workshops, training, and educational sessions help you understand how to best use monitoring as well as understand how to handle the topic of monitoring in general. Past speakers have included Dave Josephsen from Librato and Justin Reynolds from Netflix.
From the O’Reilly Velocity Conference to Monitorama, 2017 is shaping up to be one of the best years for DevOps meetings. Languages and frameworks continue to develop at breakneck speeds, so it helps to take some time to catch up. Review these conference options, and set aside time to attend the right ones for you. You’ll gain insight and understanding of new technologies as well as meet valuable contacts who can help your career.
DevOps Enterprise Summit
The DevOps Enterprise Summit will take place June 5 – 6, 2017, in London, UK. The conference is for managers of large enterprise organizations that embrace DevOps best practices. Conference attendees acquire new tools and insights to better develop and implement software solutions quicker and more effectively in their organizations. More than 50 percent of the attendees are leaders, managers, executives and directors. It has attracted as many as 1,900 attendees from more than 500 organizations around the globe. Past speakers have included Sarah Chong from Unilever, Jason Cox from Disney, and Darren Hague from SAP.
O’Reilly Velocity Conference
Jenkins World bills itself as the premier event for everything Jenkins. Jenkins is a Java-based open-source automation server. At the first Jenkins conference in 2011, a few hundred users attended. For the 2016 conference, more than 1,300 people traveled from around the globe to attend. The conference has included keynote presentations from Jenkins founder, Kohsuke Kawaguchi, more than 50 sessions on topics such as Dockerizing Jenkins, an Ask the Experts session, and the Jenkins Open-Source Hub. The conference is scheduled for August 30 – 31, 2017 in San Francisco, CA.
Booked for September 25 – 29, 2017, in Orlando, FL, the Microsoft Ignite conference features interactive digital labs, deep dives, more than 700 sessions, 300 industry partners, and a plethora of strategies, roadmaps and leadership training. The Ignite conference is Microsoft’s annual meeting for enterprise professionals, services, and products. Discussions include cloud infrastructure, big data, the Internet of Things, mobile technology, unified communications, and productivity. Sessions in the past have included securing digital transformation, deploying Windows 10 for enterprise companies, and utilizing Office 365 to encourage IT transformation in the enterprise.
Scheduled for October 10 – 12, 2017, in San Francisco, CA, the PuppetConf features breakout sessions, networking, and social events all related to the Puppet infrastructure management tool. The breakout sessions feature presentations by more than 100 leaders in the industry. PuppetConf offers sessions for users of all experience levels with the Puppet software. Sessions cover topics such as next-generation infrastructure, compliance and security, continuous delivery, cloud management, DevOps, and career development. In addition to the main conference event, you can attend training courses and a one-day Puppet Contributor Summit. You can also get hands-on training with Puppet Enterprise and other Puppet components.
The schedule starts on Sunday, October 8, with Puppet-led training that continues both Monday and Tuesday, October 9 and 10. On Tuesday, the Puppet Contributor Summit takes place as well as the welcome reception and exhibit hall for the main conference. Free certification testing also takes place on Tuesday for those interested. Wednesday kicks off with the main keynotes, social activities, exhibit hall, and track sessions. Thursday, October 12, features more keynotes and valuable track sessions. The training classes give you a chance to learn the latest from high-profile thought leaders and experts and network with your peers in the Puppet community. The Contributor Summit is designed for new and current contributors offering modules and projects related to Puppet. The summit is ideal for you if you have contributed code, are a community member working on similar opportunities, are very knowledgeable about Puppet and can answer community questions, or are simply a long-time contributor looking to offer more.
The IT/Dev Connections conference will take place in San Francisco, CA, on October 23 – 27, 2017. The 2016 conference included five technical tracks: Data Platform and Business Intelligence, Enterprise Management Mobility and Security, Enterprise Collaboration, Cloud and Data Center, and Development and DevOps. Speakers included Dan Clark from QuadroTech, Tim Ford from SQL Cruise and Joseph Guadagno from Quicken Loans. Past conference attendees have commented they appreciate the emphasis on technical information and practical solutions over slick marketing. Others said the size of the event makes it easy for attendees to interact with speakers without being overcrowded.
Boston, MA, was the site for the 2016 LISA16 Conference. Running December 4 – 9, it allowed operations and system engineering professionals to share ideas and knowledge about building and maintaining interconnected systems. The annual meeting is for system administrators who are adapting to changes in traditional IT operations, focusing on culture, engineering, and architecture. Speakers at the 2016 event included John Roese of Dell talking about the evolution of people and technology, and Radia Perlman, also of Dell, speaking on modern cryptography. It was co-located with SESA ’16, a summit for system administration educators. Activities included co-located events and the famous Birds of a Feather sessions. The LISA17 Conference is scheduled for October 29 – November 3, 2017 in San Francisco, CA.