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Top 19 DevOps Conferences of 2018

Stephen Watts
Laura Shiff
by Stephen Watts, Laura Shiff

Last updated: 5/23/2018

Whether you are looking to stay on top of emerging trends, hear from some of the top experts in the field, or network with other industry professionals, attending a DevOps conference is an excellent place to start. This list, freshly updated for 2018, will help you choose which conferences to put on your schedule.

Each year, there are numerous conferences aimed to share the latest frameworks, platforms, software developments, and IT technologies in the world of DevOps with companies and individuals. These typically include keynotes by leading experts, real-world case studies, hands-on workshops, and plenty of opportunities for informal conversations and discussions. From small, intimate meetings to large, global summits, there is sure to be an event that fits your need and your budget. However, sometimes finding these conferences proves to be an event by itself, using up valuable time and energy.

This list will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back and feel free to contact me if you would like to add a DevOps conference to the directory. To be considered, please email all details including the conference name, dates of the event, location, and a link to the event’s website to

Be sure to also check out our list of the top IT/Technology Conferences, Programming & Software Dev Conferences, & CyberSecurity Conferences.

Top DevOps Conferences for 2018

DevOps Days

Date: Varies
Location: Held throughout the year in multiple cities around the world
Cost: Varies

Some upcoming conferences include:

  • New York City, Jan 18-19
  • Charlotte, Feb 22-23
  • Los Angeles, March 9
  • Atlanta, April 17-18
  • Denver, April 17-18
  • Seattle, April 24-25
  • Jakarta, April 26-27
  • Zurich, May 2-3

DevOps Days is a global series of technical conferences that focuses on software development and IT infrastructure operations. The topics range from automation and testing, to security and organizational culture. Each conference is decentralized and organized by local teams of individuals and companies. While the speakers differ for each conference, they include top professionals in the software and IT arena as well as industry leaders and innovators. Past speakers include: Gene Kim, founder and CTO of Tripwire; Kelsey Hightower, Staff Developer Advocate at Google; and Damon Edwards, co-founder and chief product officer at RunDeck.

O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference

Date: February 26-28
Location: New York City, NY
Cost: $1,595- $2,345

The O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference covers the full scope of a software architect’s duties and is designed to provide a forum for networking with expert speakers, and real-world professionals to share insights and experiences. Sessions at the 2018 event will cover topics like continuous delivery, decentralized data management, risk reduction and harm mitigation, and microservices. Leaders of some of the DevOps sessions include: Paul Bakker, a senior software engineer on the edge developer experience team at Netflix; JP Morgenthal, CTO of application services at DXC; Suudhan Rangarajan, a senior software engineer on the Playback API team at Netflix; and Maria Gomez, a market tech principal at ThoughtWorks in Barcelona.

PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit

Date: April 9-12
Location: Bellevue, Washington
Cost: $260-$1,500

The PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit is an annual event featuring expert presenters and an opportunity for the entire PowerShell community to network and share ideas. It focuses on Microsoft’s PowerShell automation and configuration tool and provides attendees with an opportunity to engage with experts, product team members and like-minded peers. Speakers of the 2018 event include Don Jones, CEO of DevOps Collective; Jacob Morrison, Microsoft Engineer at Rackspace; Glenn Sarti, Senior Software Developer at Puppet; and Rob Pleau, Automation Engineer at FM Global.

DevOps Summit

Date: January 28
Location: Amsterdam
Cost: €275- €475

Organized by UNICOM Seminars, the DevOps Summit is a one day program that is designed to connect with a wide range of professionals and thought leaders. The conference focuses on microservices and containers, and how they can be utilized to refresh DevOps architecture. Other topics that will be covered are agility and speed of automation, ChatOps & DevSecOps, changing culture to continuously deliver, and Docker Swarm in production environment. Some of the top speakers of the 2018 event include: Peter Eeles, Worldwide Lead for DevOps Adoption at IBM; Christoph Hartmann, Lead Engineer at Chef; and Tony Grout, Transformation Futurist at Atlassian.

Gartner IT Operations Strategies & Solutions Summit 2018

Date: May 15-17
Location: Orlando, Florida
Cost: $2,725 (early bird), $3,075 (standard), $2,550 (public sector)

The Gartner IT Operations Strategies & Solutions Summit is designed for professionals in the IT field, in roles such as IT operations management, cloud operations, and IT service support. Attendees can learn how to better utilize and grow the IT department, and how to work efficiently in it despite times of disruption. Leading professionals in the IT market will share strategies for effectively linking business with IT and creating a solid relationship between the two. Tracks for the 2018 event include: Cloud & Automation, Optimize IT Operations, DevOps & Agile IT Operations, Emerging Trends in IT Operations, and Leadership & Strategies.

BMC is a Platinum Sponsor for ITOSS in 2018. Be sure to visit us at Booth 400 and come to our session on the future of IT service.
BMC speaker: Vidhya Srinivasan, AVP Solutions
Date: Wednesday May 16th
Time: 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Orange Ballroom E

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Continuous Lifecycle London

Date: May 15-18
Location: London, United Kingdom
Cost: £500-£900

Continuous Lifecycle London is a three-day conference that brings together the top leaders in DevOps, Containerization, Continuous Delivery and Agile. Attendees can learn the best ways to reorganize their software development and operations teams, gain insights into how ChatOps fits into existing organizations, as well as how to take containerization to the next level. The 2018 event will offer sessions in areas like: coding patterns of continuous delivery, infrastructure as code, compliance in devops and the public cloud, implementing microservices, and deploying kubernetes.


Date: May 22-25
Location: Chicago, Illinois

ChefConf allows attendees to have access to the top Chef experts and IT innovators from around the world while being able to take part in technical workshops, training, and two days’ worth of keynotes and sessions presented by Chef, its partners, Chef practitioners, IT executives, and DevOps leaders. Past speakers of the event include: Adam Jacob, CTO & Co-Founder of Chef; Carmen Krueger, SVP and General Manager, Cloud Operations at SAP NS2; Kelsey Hightower, Developer Advocate at Google; and John Gossman, Lead Architect at Microsoft Azure.

DevOps Con

Date: May 28-31
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cost: €404- €1079

DevOps Con is noted as “The Conference” for Continuous Delivery, Microservices, Docker, Clouds, and Lean Business. DevOps Con is held in both German and English, and includes an expo floor as well as more than 60 unique sessions and keynotes. It covers topics like microservices, Docker, cloud computing, continuous delivery, lean business concepts, container technology, and shorter delivery cycles. Past speakers of the event include: Pieter Buteneers from Playn, Melanie Patrick from Trivago, Marc Cohen from Google, and Mike McGarr from Netflix.

DevOps at Cloud Expo

Date: June 5-7
Location: New York City, NY
Cost: $995- $2,500

DevOps at Cloud Expo brings together and expands the DevOps community while providing a place for networking and learning. Some of the 2018 tracks include: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation; FinTech & Cloud Hot Topics; APIs, Cloud Security, & Mobility; DevOps, Containers, & Microservices; and Big Data & Analytics with topics ranging from blockchain and decentralization to continuous delivery and IoT. Past speakers include: Jason Bloomberg, President of Intellyx; Dion Hinchcliffe, Chief Strategy Officer at 7Summits; Peter Vanderminden, Principal Industry Analyst at Flatiron Strategies; and Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise.

Velocity Conference

Date: Training, June 11-12; tutorials and conference, June 12-14
Location: San Jose, California

The O’Reilly Velocity Conference is a four-day gathering that is designed to help system architects, application developers, performance engineers, and other IT professionals to stay current on the newest software and practices. It is also a rare opportunity to be able to meet face-to-face with a huge assortment of experts and industry leaders to learn about building, deploying, and running complex applications and systems. Some past speakers of the event include: Camille Fournier, former head of engineering at Rent the Runway and a previous vice president at Goldman Sachs; Kelsey Hightower, Staff Developer Advocate at Google; Aaron Blohowiak, senior software engineer on the Chaos and Traffic team at Netflix; and Brendan Burns, partner architect at Microsoft Azure.


Date: June 12-14
Location: San Francisco, California

DockerCon is a three-day conference that focuses on the next generation of distributed apps that are built with containers and provides numerous opportunities to learn how others are already using the Docker platform and containers. The conference features advanced technical talks, hands-on lab tutorials, as well as talks by leading practitioners and innovators. Among the speakers at last year’s event were Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker; Ben Golub, CEO of Docker; Laura Frank, Director of Software Development at Codeship; and Liz Rice, Technical Evangelist at Aqua Security.

DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) Las Vegas

Date: October 22-24
Location: Las Vegas
Cost: $1400+

DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) is a conference that is specifically designed for leaders of large and complex organizations. By sharing various methods needed to inspire change within these corporations, the event hopes to give leaders the tools and strategies they need in order to educate and train their team. These sessions can assist in sharing the technical and architectural practices needed to develop and deploy software more successfully and efficiently. Past speakers have included Sarah Chong from Unilever, Heather Mickman from Target, Jason Cox from Disney, and Darren Hague from SAP.

DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) London

Date: June 25-26
Location: London
Cost: £550-£750

BMC is a Platinum Sponsor of DOES London. Come visit us at Booth P43, and be sure to check out our session:

Speaker: Joe Goldberg, Innovation Evangelist, BMC Software
Date: Monday, June 25, 2018
Time: 1:55 pm – 2:25 pm
Room: Main Ballroom Floor, Breakout room TBD

Session Title: You wouldn’t drive kids to school in a golf cart. Why run business applications with a build tool?

Abstract: Back in the day – five to ten years ago – business applications were orchestrated with purpose built enterprise solutions owned and managed exclusively by IT Operations.
Along comes the concept of DevOps and the SDLC transitions to the fully automated delivery pipeline you know today where everything is expected to be embedded into the code.
Since developers know and love scripting, or cron or Jenkins or whatever automation tool they have access to, it became those tools they used to build their operational instrumentation and called it a day!
How would DevOps folks react if you suggested they should manage their delivery pipeline with cron? Yeah, that’s how everyone should react to managing payroll or inventory or payments or any sophisticated business service with Jenkins or Puppet or Chef or ANY tool not purpose built for such functionality.
Come to learn how PayPal, Amadeus and similar enterprises are orchestrating their critical business applications with a DevOps enabled, Jobs-as-Code approach.

Jenkins World

Date: September 16-17 (trainings), September 18-19 (conference)
Location: San Francisco, California

Jenkins World is known as one of the top events worldwide for everything Jenkins, a Java-based open-source automation server. The conference focuses on all things relevant to Jenkins, including community, Cloudbees, ecosystem, and DevOps. By bringing together some of the leading global experts and practitioners of Jenkins, this event guarantees attendees will be able to learn, explore, and network while helping to shape the next generation of development and DevOps solutions. Some speakers from the 2017 event included Brian Donaldson, Lead Data Engineer at Docker; Brock Beatty, Director of Software Engineering at Capital One; Ioannis Canellos, Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat; and Nikhil Dabhade, Cloud Solutions Engineer at Amazon Web Services.

Microsoft Ignite

Date: September 24-28
Location: Orlando, Florida
Cost: $2,220

The Microsoft Ignite conference is Microsoft’s annual meeting specifically designed for enterprise professionals, services, and products. It features more than 700 sessions and offers attendees priority access to technical training, new and innovative tools, and opportunities to network with peers and experts in the tech community. It covers topics such as architecture, deployment, development, operations and management, implementation and migration, security, access management and compliance, and usage and adoption. The keynote speaker of Microsoft Ignite 2017 was Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft and discussed emerging trends in the industry and shared strategies for how your organization can utilize them.


Date: October 9-11
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: $657

PuppetConf is an annual conference based on the open-source configuration management tool, Puppet. Featuring breakout sessions, networking, keynote speakers, and social functions all related to Puppet, PuppetConf includes presentations by more than 100 leaders in the industry and a chance to get hands-on training with Puppet Enterprise and other Puppet components. Past speakers have included Luke Kanies, Founder of Puppet; Sanjay Mirchandani, President and CEO of Puppet; Mike Wittig, Sr. Director of Infrastructure Engineering at Nike; Jeffrey Snover, Technical Fellow at Microsoft; and Cornelia Davis, Sr. Director of Technology at Pivotal.

IT/Dev Connections

Date: October 15-18
Location: Dallas, Texas

IT/Dev Connections is a conference aimed at developers and IT professionals that places an emphasis on technical information and practical solutions. It is a deep-dive event that focuses on various topics such as virtualization, DevOps, enterprise management and mobility, development platforms and tools, enterprise collaboration, and cloud and data center. It also explores Microsoft products such as Azure, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint. The conference features five main tracks: Cloud & Data Center, Data Platform & Business Intelligence, Enterprise Collaboration, Enterprise Management, Mobility, & Security, and Development & DevOps.


Date: October 28- November 2
Location: Nashville, Tennessee

LISA, or the Large Installation System Administration Conference, is an annual meeting place for vendors and the wider system administration community. Organized by Usenix, LISA is aimed at educating and training on the design, building, and maintenance of critical systems by and for systems engineers and operations professionals. Past speakers of the event include: John Roese, EVP & CTO of Cross Product Operations at Dell; Radia Perlman, EMC fellow; and Brendan Gregg, Senior Performance Architect at Netflix.

Visual Studio Live!

Date: Varies
Location: Varies
Cost: Varies

Some upcoming conferences include:

  • Las Vegas, Mar 11-16
  • Austin, Apr 30-May 4
  • Boston, Jun 10-14
  • Redmond, Aug 13-17
  • Chicago, Sept 17-20
  • San Diego, Oct 7-11
  • Orlando, Dec 2-7

Visual Studio Live! (VSLive!™) is celebrating 25 years as one of the most respected, longest-standing, independent developer conferences. VSLive! will highlight how far technology has come in 25 years, while looking toward the future with training on .NET, the Microsoft Platform and open source technologies in seven great cities across the US.

DevOps India Summit 2018

Date: September 1
Location: Bengaluru, India
Cost:4,999-11,999 INR

The first of its kind DevOps conference in India, DevOps India Summit 2018 will cover practical approaches to DevOps with a focus on culture and continuous delivery pipelines. Speakers include John Willis (author of “The DevOps Handbook”), Alan Shimel (Editor-in-chief of, Sanjeev Sharma (author of the DevOps Adoption Playbook), and many other thought leaders in the DevOps space.
No matter which of these top DevOps conference of 2018 you choose, you will be sure to meet with global experts and thought leaders, inspirational innovators, software developers, and like-minded peers. Whether you are looking for a small and more local conference, a large event across the country, or even an international gathering, you will be exposed to the latest research, practices, and strategies concerning DevOps and software that the industry has to offer. By attending one of these conferences, you are becoming part of one of the most passionate communities in the world.

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About the author

Stephen Watts

Stephen Watts

Stephen is based in Birmingham, AL and began working at BMC Software in 2012. Stephen holds a degree in Philosophy from Auburn University and is currently enrolled in the MS in Information Systems - Enterprise Technology Management program at University of Colorado Denver.

Stephen contributes to a variety of publications including, Search Engine Journal, ITSM.Tools, IT Chronicles, DZone, and CompTIA.

About the author

Laura Shiff

Laura Shiff

Laura Shiff is a researcher and technical writer based in the Twin Cities. She specializes in software, technology, and medicine. You can reach Laura at or her website at