Top 17 DevOps Conferences of 2017

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The interest in DevOps continues to grow exponentially each year in the IT and tech world. Businesses have quickly come to realize the importance of creating new apps as well as enhancing their existing software, and they continue to look for the most talented developers with the highest knowledge of the topic to assist them with streamlining, sharpening, and evolving their software development process. But DevOps isn’t a simple concept that can be implemented overnight; it is a philosophy that requires an entire culture shift in the way processes are managed.

One of the best ways to cultivate this shift is to share the newest information regarding DevOps with CEOs, IT chiefs, development managers and ops managers. Through networking with experts and learning about the top trends from leading professionals, many companies have found easier ways of introducing DevOps to their teams and eventually transitioning to this mindset.

Each year, there are numerous conferences aimed at sharing the latest frameworks, platforms, software developments, and IT technologies in the world of DevOps. These typically include real-world case studies; hands-on workshops; sessions led by subject experts; and plenty of opportunities for informal conversations and discussions.

Due to the cost as well as the limited availability of each conference, it is vital that you do your research and choose the one(s) that will be the most beneficial to yourself as well as your company. We have found the top DevOps conferences for 2017 and have the information you need to know to help make those decisions – including dates, costs, location, and summaries.

Without further ado….

Top 17 DevOps Conferences for 2017

DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES)

Date: June 5-6
Location: London, UK

Date: November 13-15
Location: San Francisco, California

Cost: $1,225 (blind bird), $1,450 (early bird), and $1,800

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 to educate and train their team. These sessions can assist in the technical and architectural practices needed to develop and deploy software more successfully and efficiently.

Over 500 unique organizations are represented among the attendees, with close to 2,000 people attending the conference in the last two years alone. You can expect to have plenty of networking opportunities, as well as hear from top professionals in the field. Past speakers have included Sarah Chong from Unilever, Heather Mickman from Target, Jason Cox from Disney, and Darren Hague from SAP.

While the 2017 DOES schedule has yet to be released, the 2016 schedule can give you an idea of the agenda as well as what you can expect from attending. All of the speakers’ slide decks and recorded sessions are released to the public after the conference, so you can soak in all of the knowledge and experiences available.

Who should attend: Developers, operations specialists, CXOs, software architects, systems and network admins

DockerCon

Date: April 17-20
Location: Austin, Texas
Cost: $1,150

The interest in containers, specifically Docker, is another trend that’s gaining popularity in the last few years. 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. With over 4,000 people registering for the conference in 2016, DockerCon has quickly become one of the most buzzed about gatherings in the IT world.

The conference features advanced technical talks, hands-on lab tutorials, as well as talks by leading practitioners and innovators. Among the speakers at this year’s event will be 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. The 2017 agenda is currently live and features all of the main talks as well as the breakout sessions.

Who should attend: Developers, DevOps enthusiasts, IT executives

Velocity Conference

Date: Training, June 19-20; tutorials and conference, June 20-22
Location: San Jose, California

Date: Training, Oct 1-2; tutorials and conference, Oct 2-4
Location: New York City, New York

Date: Training, Oct 17-18; tutorials and conference, Oct 18-20
Location: London, UK

Cost: Ranges from $2,095- $3,495 depending on the package

The O’Reilly Velocity Conference is a four-day gathering 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. Attendees can collaborate with peers and exchange ideas and lessons for handling modern systems.

Some of this year’s keynote speakers for the San Jose 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.

Presentations and sessions at the 2017 conference will cover topics ranging from containers, DevOps, and the cloud to performance, distributed systems, and more. There are also immersive training courses and tutorials throughout the conference, as well as a large Exhibit Hall which features dozens of the latest technology and gadgets. The entire San Jose schedule can be viewed here.

Who should attend: Developers, operations specialists, IT Ops staff

DevOps Days

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

Some upcoming conferences include:

  • Tokyo, April 25
  • Seattle, April 26-27
  • Zurich, May 3-4
  • Austin, May 4-5
  • Stockholm May 8-9
  • Salt Lake City, May 16-17

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. These teams are guided by the DevOps Days global team in order to ensure authenticity and integrity within the conferences. As a result of this, every conference will have its own unique topics, speakers, discussions, and sessions. All of the conferences, however, offer insights into the ever-evolving world of software development, processes, and all things DevOps.

While the speakers differ for each conference, they include top professionals in the software and IT arena as well as industry leaders and innovators. Some of the speakers for the upcoming DevOps Days in Austin are Patrick Debois, the founder of DevOps Days; 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.

Who should attend: Developers, IT Ops practitioners and leaders

Gartner IT Operations Strategies & Solutions Summit 2017

Date: May 8-10
Location: Orlando, Florida
Cost: Ranges from $2,600 to $2,925

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. They will also evaluate new emerging trends and discuss ways of how to successfully incorporate them.

The 2017 agenda reveals that there will be a wide range of hot topics covered at this year’s conference, including:

  • Cloud and DevOps security alignment
  • Talent management
  • Automation
  • DevOps strategies
  • Scaling
  • IT operations
  • The Internet of Things
  • Process strategies

On top of these, the conference tracks for 2017 include Emerging Trends in IT Operations, Leadership & Strategy, DevOps & Agile in IT Operations, Optimize IT Operations, and Cloud & Virtualization. There are also some spotlight tracks to be noted, which cover security in IT operations, the digital workplace, cost optimization within the company, and bimodal IT.

Who should attend: IT Ops management, IT infrastructure, QA, network services, cloud operations and IT service support

LISA

Date: October 29-November 3
Location: Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California
Cost: Not yet available

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.

The LISA17 program is set to address the differences, as well as the overlap, between traditional and modern engineering and IT operations by revolving around three main ideas: architecture, culture, and engineering. By sharing ideas and knowledge about building and mounting these complex and interconnected systems, system administrators should be able to adapt better to changes within IT operations.

While the 2017 schedule and speakers’ list is currently unavailable, speakers at the 2016 conference included John Roese, EVP & CTO of Cross Product Operations at Dell; Radia Perlman, EMC fellow; and Brendan Gregg, Senior Performance Architect at Netflix. A few of the topics that were covered in the 2016 talks included:

  • Culture
  • Monitoring & Metrics
  • SRE & Software Engineering
  • Systems & Network Engineering

Who should attend: IT Ops, systems admins, systems engineers, network engineers, software architects

ChefConf

Date: May 22-24
Location: Austin, Texas
Cost: $1,295

ChefConf is the annual get-together for the local and global Chef community, a popular infrastructure management and configuration tool. This conference 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.

At ChefConf, one can expect to hear transformation stories from top executives about the challenges they overcame in order to become a high-velocity business as well as learn new skills in hands-on, interactive sessions. It is an excellent opportunity to learn how to implement the processes of DevOps principles and share methods of success for moving from a traditional model to a modern system that embraces communication, cooperation, and speed.

The 2017 ChefConf schedule is now available—displaying various sessions, workshops, trainings, and speakers. A few of the speakers at this year’s ChefConf are:

  • Adam Jacob, CTO & Co-Founder of Chef
  • Carmen Krueger, SVP and General Manager, Cloud Operations at SAP NS2
  • Kelsey Hightower, Developer Advocate at Google
  • John Gossman, Lead Architect at Microsoft Azure

The conference is also known as a huge celebration in Austin, where attendees can enjoy local music, food, and sights.

Who should attend: DevOps developers

PuppetConf

Date: October 10-12
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: $757

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.

The conference includes training classes, which provide the opportunity to network and learn from the strongest experts in the Puppet community, the Contributor Summit, which offers modules and projects related to the tool, and informal discussion periods where common questions can be answered.

The conference agenda for 2017 will not be released until June, but the 2016 agenda showcases some of the typical sessions, workshops, and conferences one can expect to see at the 2017 PuppetConf. A few of the tracks that were covered in 2016 were Culture, Inside Puppet, Case Studies, Puppet Applied, and Modern Infrastructure.

Some of the many speakers at the 2016 PuppetConf 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.

Who should attend: IT professionals charged with managing enterprise, architecture, web operations, and application development and deployment; technology evangelists and entrepreneurs who leverage cloud-based technology for agility and efficiency; and IT researchers investigating high-performance computing

Jenkins World

Date: August 28-29, training and workshops; August 30-31, conference
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: $250, expo floor only; $799, general registration; $719, federal and non-profits employees; $599, students

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.

The full 2017 agenda features sessions that include culture, process design, automated testing, performance measurement, and security, to name a few. Jenkins World 2017 will bring together close to 2,000 innovators, thought leaders, IT professionals, DevOps practitioners, and Jenkins experts from all over the world. There are multiple welcome sessions and networking opportunities so attendees can grow their business and bring it to the next level.

Who should attend: DevOps thought leaders, continuous delivery practitioners and anyone in the Jenkins community

Microsoft Ignite

Date: September 25-29
Location: Orlando, Florida
Cost: $2,220

The Microsoft Ignite conference is Microsoft’s annual meeting specifically designed for enterprise professionals, services, and products. Microsoft Ignite was created a few years ago as a result of multiple smaller conferences being consolidated: Microsoft Management Summit, Microsoft Exchange Conference, SharePoint Conference, Lync Conference, Project Conference, and TechEd.

The conference 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 has been announced as Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft. He will discuss emerging trends in the industry and share strategies for how your organization can utilize them. The rest of the agenda for this year’s Microsoft Ignite is not yet available, but there are over 700 hours of past sessions posted showcasing keynote presentations, overviews, and deep dives.

Who should attend: Microsoft developers

ContainerSched 2017

Date: September 28-29
Location: London, United Kingdom
Cost: £395

ContainerSched 2017 is a two-day conference that focuses on containers and schedulers, as well as DevOps, cloud, DataOps, ChatOps and SecOps practices, technologies, and methods. The conference also aims to explore such important areas as networking, storage, and security from the top DevOps experts around the world.

The agenda for ContainerSched 2017 shows that some of the main speakers include David Pollak, Jessica Kerr, and Russ Miles. David Pollak is the founder of Lift, and will discuss both the technology and processes involved around moving apps to the cloud using Funcatron.

Keynote speaker Jessica Kerr is an expert at writing Scala and functional programming. She has over 10 years’ experience in Enterprise Java and will share her expertise on all things Scala. The other keynote speaker for 2017 is Russ Miles, whose experience ranges in areas from Financial Services and Publishing, to Insurance and Search. He comes with 18 years working in consultancy, coaching, and training and will share his ideas on removing unnecessary processes and ensuring developer skills and practices are their most efficient.

Who should attend: Developers, DevOps enthusiasts, IT executives

IT/Dev Connections

Date: October 23-26
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: $1,299 for standard and $2,099 for all-access through June 16, then $1,799 and $2,699

IT/Dev Connections 2017 is a conference aimed at developers and IT professionals that places an emphasis on technical information and practical solutions versus marketing and sales-pitches. 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.

  1. Cloud & Data Center – Provides expertise on how to deliver hybrid, private, and public cloud services to your organization
  2. Data Platform & Business Intelligence – Delivers deep-technical knowledge regarding the latest technologies on strategy, customer service, and business value
  3. Enterprise Collaboration – Shares strategies for successfully implementing, managing, and servicing Office 365 and related cloud services
  4. Enterprise Management, Mobility, & Security – Provides technical knowledge for improving service levels for management, mobility, and security while also supplying real-world scenarios and for development
  5. Development & DevOps – Designed to deliver the highest quality of training concerning the most current developer technologies and real-world code examples

There are also two other tracks available in the IT/Dev Connections 2017 conference, Community and Professional. These entail time to network and interact with like-minded peers as well as how to improve through tips, tricks, and techniques for how to speak to top business leaders.

The 2017 schedule and the list of highly-acclaimed speakers are now available online. There is also more detailed information regarding the tracks as well as the general sessions.

Who should attend: Developers, IT professionals

DevOps Con

Date: June 12-15
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cost: Pricing ranges from a one-day pass at €599 to a four-day pass at €1,949

DevOps Con is noted as The Conference for a 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 45 unique sessions and keynotes. The main conference is held on June 13-14, with power workshops being held on June 12 & 15. It will cover topics like microservices, Docker, cloud computing, continuous delivery, lean business concepts, container technology, and shorter delivery cycles.

The DevOps Conference provides solutions to modern business culture challenges through hands-on workshops, sessions and keynotes. Some of the 2017 speakers include Pieter Buteneers from Playn, Melanie Patrick from Trivago, Marc Cohen from Google, and Mike McGarr from Netflix.

The four days are made up of the main conference, power workshops, keynotes and the expo. The main conference allows attendees to create their own program from the various tracks, depending on their interests and needs. The power workshops are available for those looking to deepen their knowledge in the different topics that are offered, all presented by field experts. The keynotes are presented by known pioneers in the software industry, sharing some of the most important trends and visions in software development. Finally, the accompanying expo features displays from innovative companies and their products.

Who should attend: Software developers, architects, IT Ops, CxOs

DevOps & Microservices Summit

Date: April 27
Location: London, United Kingdom
Cost: £750 plus VAT for vendors and consultants, £275 for end users

Organized by UNICOM Seminars, the DevOps & Microservices 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.

Some topics that are to be covered in the conference are:

  • Changing Culture to Continuously Deliver
  • Agility and Speed of Automation
  • Change with Containers / Dockers
  • Cloud and DevOps
  • Hybrid Clouds and Culture Clash
  • Test Automation
  • ChatOps & DevSecOps
  • Microservices Architecture

Expert practitioners will present at the conference and provide the best strategies for implementation and building your business case. There are also various workshops available for a deeper dive into topics such as high performance and agile testing. The 2017 program is available online.

Who should attend: DevOps professionals, managers & executives, business leaders, architects, and anyone else interested in DevOps

PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit

Date: April 9-12
Location: Bellevue, Washington
Cost: $1200 for three days and $1,500 for four days

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.

The 2017 schedule is posted online, and includes sessions from Anthony Nocentino, Enterprise Architect; Ashley McGlone, Microsoft; Chris Hunt, Windows Platform Engineer @ Ticketmaster; and Don Jones, President & CEO of PowerShell.org. All sessions are recorded and posted online after the event.

Who should attend: Microsoft developers, designers, engineers, system admins

Fusion 17

Date: October 31-November 3
Location: Orlando, Florida
Cost: $1,899 to $2,295

Fusion is an annual conference for IT service management professionals. It is a comprehensive event where professionals can learn and network with peers as well as the very top experts in the service management industry.

The conference features over 100 different sessions as well as four keynotes that are guaranteed to be world-class presentations. The Fusion 2017 program and agenda won’t be available until June, but schedules from previous years can provide a look into what to expect.
Some of the topics that have been previously covered include scaling agile, microservices, service management, and security.

The 2016 Fusion tracks included:

  • DevOps and Agile
  • The Futurist
  • The Generalist
  • Improving Service Management
  • People, Culture, and Value
  • Security, Risk, and Vulnerability
  • The Specialist
  • The Strategist

Who should attend: Service delivery managers, senior-level VPs and directors, CIOs and CTOs

Continuous Lifecycle London

Date: May 17-19
Location: London, United Kingdom
Cost: Two-day conference, £664 plus £133 VAT

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 bring containerization to the next level.

The topics that will be covered at the 2017 conference are:

  • Continuous Delivery Best Practices
  • Containerization with Docker
  • Implementing DevOps Methods
  • Agile Application Lifecycle Management Tools
  • Build Management
  • Code Review
  • Deployment and Monitoring
  • Microservices
  • Lean Agile

Continuous Lifecycle London prides itself on its holistic approach to exploring all of these various topics, by addressing the concepts, approaches, and practices as well as featuring real-world scenarios from experienced experts.

Who should attend: Developers interested in continuous delivery techniques and tools

No matter which of these top DevOps conferences 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, more local conference; or 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 taking part in one of the most passionate communities in the world.

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