A group of folks who are active in the emerging "devops" field are putting together DevOps Day, a free one-day conference on Friday 25 June 2010, in Mountain View, CA, hosted by LinkedIn:
DevOps Day is an open event for discussing all topics around improving the interaction between what is traditionally considered development activity and that which is traditionally considered operations activity.
DevOps Day US is a single-track conference organized around a series of panels where open discussion amongst all conference participants is encouraged.
This is a one-day "hmm, we're all facing similar issues; let's get together and talk about this" event being put together by practitioners, not a "conference" being sponsored by folks who are trying to sell you something. I expect it to be more like an extended user group meeting than anything else, and I'm looking forward to some very interesting discussions.
Planned discussions include:
- Your mileage may vary: Experiences and lessons learned facing DevOps problems in the IT trenches (even if they weren’t calling it DevOps!). The good, the bad, the surprises, and ideas for the future.
- Infrastructure as code: Automation is essential to DevOps. The infrastructure as code concept drives many of today’s cutting edge automaton techniques. What is it all about? Where are its limitations?
- Changing culture to enable DevOps: Changing tools is easy when compared to changing people and processes. How can we cultivate an organization’s culture to identify and solve DevOps problems?
- Does the Cloud needs DevOps? Does DevOps need the Cloud?: Examining the role that cloud technologies can play in solving DevOps problems and the role that DevOps solutions can play in getting the most out of cloud technologies.
- DevOps requires visibility: monitoring, testing, and performance: Examining the (often overlooked) role of monitoring and testing techniques in solving DevOps problems.
- DevOps outside of Web Operations: Much of the public discussion about DevOps focuses on Web Operations. This panel is about taking the lessons of DevOps to other types of IT.
- Making the business case: We know that solving DevOps problems improves your business operations and improves the bottom line, but how do you do you explain that to your CEO or CFO? How do you get the executives to buy in and invest in DevOps solutions?
Expected participants include Luke Kanies (creator of Puppet) and Adam Jacob (creator of Chef), as well as practitioners from organizations such as LinkedIn, Shopzilla, Etsy, Cisco, ITA Software, and Tripwire.
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All in all, it's a very interesting topic, and this looks like it will be a fascinating event. I'll be there, and I hope to see you there too!