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Top 18 DevOps Conferences of 2019

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Stephen Watts
Laura Shiff
by Stephen Watts, Laura Shiff
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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 2019, 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 blogs@bmc.com.

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

Top DevOps Conferences of 2019

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 24-25
  • Charlotte, Feb 7-8
  • Los Angeles, March 8
  • Vancouver, March 29-30
  • Seattle, April 23-24
  • Austin, May 2-3
  • Des Moines, May 2-3
  • Nashville, May 9-10
  • Salt Lake City, May 14-15

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 4-6
Location: New York City, NY
Cost: $1,495- $2,195

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 2019 event will cover topics like: Application architecture, Cloud native, Containers & Containers Orchestration, DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Distributed systems, Enterprise architecture, Fundamentals, Microservices, Security, and Serverless.

Visual Studio Live!

Date: Varies
Location: Varies
Cost: Varies

Some upcoming conferences include:

  • Las Vegas, March 3-8
  • New Orleans, April 22-26
  • Boston, June 9-13
  • Redmond, August 12-16
  • San Diego, September 29- October 3
  • Chicago, October 6-10
  • Orlando, November 17-22

Visual Studio Live! (VSLive!™) is celebrating over 25 years as one of the most respected, longest-standing, independent developer conferences.

Google Cloud Next

Date: April 9-11
Location: San Francisco
Cost: $999-2000

Google Cloud Next is the hottest event of the year for Google Cloud Platform developers, and users of the Google ecosystem. Google hosted more than 23,000 people in 2018, and 2019 is sure to be just as large. Learn more in our Complete Guide to Google Cloud Next.

PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit

Date: April 29- May 2
Location: Bellevue, Washington
Cost: $1,585

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 2019 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.

DockerCon

Date: April 29- May 2
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 of past events include: 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.

Continuous Lifecycle London

Date: May 14-16
Location: London, United Kingdom
Cost: £600

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 2019 event will offer sessions in areas like: Continuous Delivery/Integration best practices; Containerisation and Container management with Docker, Kubernetes and other tools from the associated ecosystem; Implementing DevOps methods; Agile Application Lifecycle Management tools, including version control, Continuous Integration, ticketing, and bug tracking; Build management; Code review; Testing; Deployment and monitoring.

ChefConf

Date: May 20-24
Location: Seattle
Cost:

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: June 11-14
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cost: €413- €1979

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 24-26
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: June 10-13
Location: San Jose, California
Cost:

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.

DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) Las Vegas

Date: Oct 28-30
Location: Las Vegas
Cost: $1400+

DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) London

Date: June 25-27
Location: London
Cost: £550-£750

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.

Jenkins World

Date: August 12-15
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost:

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 2018 event included: Sacha Labourey, CEO and Co-Founder CloudBees; Kohsuke Kawaguchi, Chief Technology Officer, Creator of Jenkins; Christina Noren, Chief Product Officer, CloudBees; and Justin Graham, Senior Manager, Market Strategy and Ecosystem Development Amazon Web Services.

DevOps Summit

Date: Fall 2019
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.

LISA

Date: Oct 28-30
Location: Portland, Oregon

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.

Microsoft Ignite

Date: November 4-8
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 2018 was Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, who was joined by SAP CEO Bill McDermott and Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu Narayen.

AWS re:Invent

Date: December 2-6
Location: Las Vegas

One of the most exciting conferences of the year, AWS re:Invent is a must-attend for many IT professionals. Amazon is apt to make many announcements at this conference. Check out our Complete Guide to AWS re:Invent for more information.

Summary

No matter which of these top DevOps conference of 2019 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 CIO.com, Search Engine Journal, ITSM.Tools, IT Chronicles, DZone, and CompTIA.

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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 LauraShiffCopywriting@gmail.com or her website at https://www.laurashiff.com