Saturday, June 28, 2014

What is DevOps Days Brisbane 2014?

I'm one of the organisers for an awesome conference coming up next month July 25-26.  It's called DevOps Days Brisbane 2014.  If you've never heard of "DevOps Days", it's an international grassroots conference run for the benefit of the IT community in cities all over the world.  For the Australian branch, formerly known as "DevOps Downunder", this is the first year it has been held in Brisbane.

We're really keen to get as many people along as we can and help put Brisbane on the international map.  We're not-for-profit - run solely for the benefit of the community so tickets are really affordable at $185 (+fees) each for a 2-day conference in the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre with full food & beverage + reception drinks - crazy!  It's held over a Friday & Saturday so you or your employees need take only one day off work.

The program has just been announced with great local, national, international speakers from companies such as Chef, ThoughtWorks, RedHat, IOOF, REA & Wotif Group (including me - my first devops days talk!).  And the keynote address will be delivered by none other than world-renowned human factors and safety expert Sidney Dekker.

The format for both days is a mix of great presentations in the mornings and collaborative tech talk and problem solving in the afternoons:

  • In the mornings we have high quality single-track presentations and rapid-fire ignite talks with well respected international speakers as well as national and local thought leaders.
  • In the afternoons we have multi-tracked "openspaces" - where the content is driven by attendees for attendees - we provide advice for each other's technical and cultural problems, talk about the latest technology, and help each other think outside the square to where we want to be as an industry. It's a great format where attendees can not only receive advice from thought-leaders and peers but also bring the benefits of their perspectives to the wider community in an interactive manner.

DevOps Days conferences are inspiring, challenging, thought-provoking, and lots of fun.  Attendees walk away with new friends and a sense of camaraderie.  As well as new perspectives, not just on the latest technology, but importantly also on culture and how to collaborate, communicate and empathise with other disciplines within their own company.   DevOps is essentially an extension of Agile - bringing all the goodness of fast feedback loops (with added emphasis on collaboration and automation) to the "last mile" of deployment to production. It's not only open to developers and operations, we find that managers, architects, testers and BAs all get value out of it and contribute too.

Website with registration and full program details is here:

And there's still a chance to sponsor the event and get your logo alongside great international companies like PuppetLabs and AppDynamics.  Gold sponsors get 4 free tickets and Silver sponsors get 2 free tickets to send their employees or mates along.

I'm happy to come and talk in person with teams, groups, individuals around Brisbane and answer questions anyone may have.  Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you help us put Brisbane on the map!

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