DevOpsDays, the conference that brings development and operations together, is coming to Raleigh. Scheduled for Oct. 6-7 at the McKimmon Center, DevOpsDays Raleigh will be the first of its kind in the Triangle.
At the forefront of collaboration between developers, operations and individuals involved with technology, the first DevOpsDays was held in Ghent, Belgium in 2009. Since then DevOpsDays have occurred worldwide, from Amsterdam to Zurich and Tel Aviv to Cape Town.
Some of the IT industry’s elite will be presenting a broad range of technical topics. Here are some highlights of DevOpsDays Raleigh:
The event kicks off with a morning keynote speech from software developer Michael DeHaan. A graduate of North Carolina State University, DeHaan created Cobbler and the IT-automation system Ansible, which was acquired by Red Hat in 2015. His keynote is entitled “Speaking for the Dead: Is ‘Waterfall’ and ‘Monolithic’ Actually Good?” DeHaan will discuss the emerging trend of microservices and hyper-agile development methodologies with an eye on the potential DevOps lessons learned from the 1990s and early 2000s.
If you need advice on how to justify a DevOps investment at your organization, you will not want to miss Peter Lamar’s session entitled “The (Business) Case for DevOps.” Both a software engineer and product manager at Cisco, Lamar will discuss how to successfully propose an investment in DevOps practices even if to a skeptical executive audience. During the session, you will learn how to break down potential benefits into business outcomes and outline a simple business case.
If you’re no stranger to major service outages, incident calls and war rooms, you might want to check out Eric Sigler’s session, “Is there any strong objection? Or How to have a (relatively) stress free time during an outage.” An engineering manager for Silicon Valley-based PagerDuty, Sigler also led operations teams at Minted and the Missouri University of Science and Technology. In his session, he will discuss how to shorten the time it takes to get back to a working state when things are broken. He will also compare responses from other industries, and go through patterns and processes any team or company can use to respond to problems quicker and in a more visible way.
Day Two of the event kicks off with a morning keynote by Aaron Suggs, Kickstarter’s Operations Engineering Manager. His keynote is entitled “Context and Contingency: Patterns for Choosing Good Tools”, which will cover Kickstarter’s recent ELK Stack deployment for centralizing application logs. He will detail Kickstarter’s process for choosing tools for the project, which factors influenced their decisions, and he’ll also show how their implementation decisions impacted the processes and behaviors of his team.
If you need tips on how to garner support for your ideas while fostering trust amongst your team members, then don’t miss “Tools Aren’t Just About Tech” presented by Red Hat’s Rebecca Fernandez and Jen Krieger. Fernandez is the evangelist for the Open Decision Framework, a collection of Red Hat’s best practices for open, collaborative, and inclusive decision-making. Krieger is Chief Agile Architect at Red Hat and leads a department-wide DevOps movement, focusing on continuous integration of best practices. Their session will explore the Open Decision Framework, a decision-making resource built upon the foundational principles of open source including transparency, collaboration, community, rapid prototyping, and meritocracy.
If you need to learn more about integrating containers into a mature environment, then check out “Embracing the Container” presented by container and automation expert Chris Collins. A senior automation engineer and web architecture lead at Duke University’s Office of Information Technology, Collins will discuss new infrastructure and workflows, pitfalls, “ah-ha” moments, and re-considering the recent history of system administration practices.
My favorite DevOpsDays session title has got to be gamer and developer Maggie Gourlay’s “My Gaming Days Weren’t Wasted: How Gaming Trained Me for Testing in DevOps.” After years as a gamer and game tester, Gourlay began working as a QA engineer for a Boulder tech startup focused on DevOps. In her session, she will explain how she applied her game-testing experience to improve enterprise software applications.