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Top DevOps Conferences of 2020

Laura Shiff
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Laura Shiff
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Every year, numerous DevOps conferences share the latest frameworks, platforms, software developments, and IT technologies. Conferences typically include a variety of keynote speeches by DevOps leaders, real-world case studies, hands-on workshops, and opportunities for informal conversations and discussions. From small, intimate meetings to large, global summits, there is sure to be an event that fits your needs and your budget.

As in previous years, we’ve put together a complete guide on DevOps conferences in 2020 that will help you choose which events to attend. Whether you are looking to stay on top of emerging trends, hear from top experts in the field, or network with other industry professionals, there’s a DevOps conference for you.

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Be sure to check out our other conference round-ups, including Top IT/Tech Conferences, Programming & Software Dev Conferences, and CyberSecurity Conferences.

Top DevOps Conferences of 2020

Microsoft Ignite

Dates & Locations:

  • February 6-7, 2020: Washington, DC
  • April 15-16, 2020: Chicago, IL

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.

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.

O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference

Date: February 23-26, 2020
Location: New York City
Cost: $1,495- $2,195

The O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference offers essential training to help you stay current with the latest trends in technologies, frameworks, and techniques in software architecture. It is designed to provide a forum for networking with expert speakers and real-world professionals to share insights and experiences, even if “architect” isn’t in your job title.

The speakers at the conference are some of the biggest thought-leaders in the industry and are people who work with the same technologies you use within your company. Sessions at the 2019 event covered topics like: Application architecture, Cloud native, Containers & Containers Orchestration, DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Distributed systems, Enterprise architecture, Fundamentals, Microservices, Security, and Serverless.

DevOps Days

Dates & Locations:

  • Feb 27-28: Charlotte, NC
  • Apr 14-15: Houston, TX
  • Apr 14-15: Seattle, WA
  • Apr 21-22: Atlanta, GA
  • Apr 26-28: Denver, CO
  • May 15: Boise, ID
  • Jun 2-3: Salt Lake City, UT

Cost: Varies

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.

Visual Studio Live!

Dates & Locations:

  • March 1-6: Las Vegas, NV
  • March 30-April 3: Austin, TX
  • May 17-21: Nashville, TN
  • August 3-7: Redmond, WA
  • September 27-October 1: San Diego, CA

Cost: Varies

Visual Studio Live! is celebrating over 25 years as one of the most respected, longest-running, independent developer conferences in the country. With keynotes, workshops, hands-on labs, fast focus sessions, and more than 50 breakout sessions, this conference covers a wide variety of development technologies for everyone. From security, databases, and the latest web technologies, to microservices and DevOps, Visual Studio Live! presents on all the topics you need to grow your teams and software solutions.

2020 track topics on offer include:

  • AI, Data, and Machine Learning
  • Cloud, Containers, and Microservices
  • Delivery and Deployment
  • Developing New Experiences
  • DevOps in the Spotlight
  • Full Stack Web Development
  • .NET Core and More

DevOps Talks Conferences

Dates & Locations:

  • March 19-20: Melbourne, AU
  • March 24-25: Auckland, NZ
  • August 18-19: Singapore
  • August 24-25: Sydney, AU

Cost: Varies

DevOps Talks Conferences attract leaders and engineers who are practicing DevOps in startups and leading-edge enterprise companies. World-class speakers from cutting-edge IT startups and enterprises such as CHEF, Google Cloud, New Relic, Scalur, JFrog, Rancher Labs, Microsoft Azure, present about DevOps, Cyber Security, Containers, Cloud, Serverless, SRE, Blockchain, ChatOps and the most advanced High Tech subjects and new technologies.

In 2019, DevOps Talks Conferences accommodated more than 1,000 attendees from nearly 200 companies around the world world during the conferences, workshops, and related events and the group plans to double these numbers in 2020.

PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit

Date: April 27-30, 2020
Location: Bellevue, WA
Cost: $1,750

The PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit is the annual gathering of PowerShell + DevOps professionals and enthusiasts, featuring expert presenters and an opportunity for the entire PowerShell community to network and share ideas. If you’re working with PowerShell, Desired State Configuration, and related technologies, and especially if you’re moving your organization toward a DevOps footing, then this is the 400+ level event you will want to attend.

Speakers of the 2019 event included 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.

Continuous Lifecycle London

Date: May 13-15, 2020
Location: London, UK
Cost: £500 + £100.00 VAT (Early bird pricing)

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, and how to take containerization to the next level.

The 2019 event offered sessions in areas such as:

  • Continuous Delivery/Integration best practices
  • Containerization 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: June 1-4, 2020
Location: Seattle, WA
Cost: $995

For the last eight years, ChefConf has been the gathering for the DevOps community to learn, share, and network. 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 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.

Agile + DevOps West

Date: June 7-12, 2020
Location: Las Vegas, NV

Agile + DevOps West brings together practitioners seeking to accelerate the delivery of reliable, secure software applications. With industry experts providing insights on how to leverage agile and DevOps concepts into your organization, this event can help you learn how to improve deployment frequency and time to market, reduce lead time, and more successfully deliver stable new features.

Some sessions and topics include:

  • Agile and DevOps Leadership
  • Agile Engineering Practices
  • Agile Testing and Automation
  • Building Agile and DevOps Cultures
  • Continuous Integration
  • Continuous Delivery/Deployment
  • DevSecOps
  • Scaling Agile and DevOps Capabilities
  • Digital Transformation
  • Agile and DevOps Certification Training

DockerCon

Date: June 15-18, 2020
Location: Austin, TX
Cost: $1,395

DockerCon is a three-day conference that focuses on the next generation of distributed apps that are built with containers, providing numerous opportunities to learn how others are already using the Docker platform and containers. The conference features advanced technical talks, hands-on lab tutorials, and talks by leading practitioners and breakout sessions like:

  • Building your Development Pipeline
  • Container Security: Theory and Practice at Netflix
  • Dockerfile Best Practice
  • Practical Istio
  • Containerized Databases for Enterprise Applications

Among past speakers: 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.

Jenkins World

Date: September 21-24, 2020
Location: Las Vegas, NV

Jenkins World is 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.

Speakers from past events include: 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.

LISA (Large Installation System Administration Conference)

Date: December 6-11, 2020
Location: Boston, MA

LISA 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.

In its 34th year, the 2020 conference will cover areas like technical issues, technical excellence and innovation, technical issues, most advanced information on the developments of all aspects of computing systems and other topics. 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.

No matter which top DevOps conferences of 2020 you choose, you will hear from global experts and thought leaders, inspirational innovators, software developers, and like-minded peers. By attending one of these conferences, you’ll learn about the latest research, practices, and strategies concerning DevOps and software that the industry has to offer.

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