On the Fourth Day of SLC DevOps Days, Evolution Gave to Me
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Whether you are new graduate, an experienced Developer, SysAdmin, SRE, or manager, DevOps Days provides an economical and effective opportunity to improve your team’s knowledge of solving complex development, testing, and operational tasks.

At DevOps Days you learn how successful IT organizations are leveraging today’s technology to bring maximum value to their customers while providing operational efficiencies and cost savings to their organizations.

Technology is rapidly changing and for individuals and companies to stay competitive they must understand the opportunities and constraints in their development pipeline. DevOps Days brings together people, processes, and technologies to enable continuous delivery of value to their end users.

Here are five reasons you should attend SLC DevOps Days:

  1. Meet experts and influencers face to face. Online videos and courses cannot replace the benefit of meeting others that have actually solved the problems you are working on.
  2. Learn new tools and ideas to solve your organizations development, testing, and operational problems.
  3. Come with a particular problem you are trying to solve in your organization. For example, “How do we move our monolithic application to microservices?” or “We want to move to the cloud. What is the best strategy to move from our data center?
  4. Find new opportunities by networking with others. DevOps Days give you chance to see other opportunities in our local area for your organization and for yourself. Managing your career and staying updated on latest technology trends makes you more valuable to your company and your career.
  5. “Sharpen the saw” - the 7th Habit of Stephen Covey’s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Getting out of the building and looking at a problem from different perspective can lead to excellent results.

John Esser, Chief Executive Officer, Vercity Solutions

This workshop is geared towards senior technical leaders (executives, directors or key influencers/change agents).

Senior leaders embarking on DevOps initiatives often struggle to determine where to start, what to do, and how to approach their DevOps journey. The advantages of DevOps are well-documented, but it is estimated that over the next 5 years, 75% of DevOps initiatives will fail to fully meet the expectations of the business and stakeholders. In this presentation/workshop, we will talk about the practical steps and actions specifically around culture, practices, and technology that a leader can take to maximize the probability of a successful DevOps transformation. We will talk about viewing DevOps holistically through the six core disciplines along with an approach to the DevOps toolchain. Attendees will be given a succinct, but practical guide, “Navigating Your DevOps Journey.”

DevOps + IOT + Security: No Secrets!

Diana Rodriguez, Chief DevOps Architect, Voicethread

When it comes to the DevOps approach, we are not talking about the latest diet or fad or fashion. The DevOps culture explained in a simple way and its approach in the world of IOT and how does it benefit the process, improving pipelines and improving the quality of our releases device, code and infrastructure wise. What about security? What is the state? Did we know that the majority of IOT developers don’t trust the same systems/devices/firmware they are releasing?, are we shipping to production based on pressure and/or the whims of a non-understanding market? What is it there to do to make sure we release quality over quantity?. How does this all relate?. I will share the secrets and not so secret information and leave you with it… you decide your course of action!!

DevOps Theory vs. Practice: A song of Ice and Tire Fire

Baruch Sadogursky, Head of Developer Relations, JFrog

In many DevOps talks, you see a speaker from a renowned tech company stand up and describe a perfect utopia of an environment. You look at the perfect environment and dedicated hordes of senior engineers they describe, and you despair of ever getting to that point. Your environment looks nothing like that.

Surprise– their environment doesn’t really look like that either! In this talk, a speaker from an unnamed tech unicorn describes their amazing environment– and then what they just said gets translated from “thought leader” into plain English for you by an official translator. Stop feeling sad– everything is secretly terrible!

Creating Capacity to Make Tomorrow Better Than Today

Damon Edward, Co-Founder, Rundeck

Wouldn’t everyone doing operations work love more time to focus on exciting projects? Build out new platforms, improve performance, contribute to open source projects, pay down tech debt, level-up their automation — all things that add value to your company and advance your career.

But instead, we find ourselves buried in interruptions and repetitive work. Imagine the things you could do, if you just had the time to get to it.

Then along comes a new way of working and a new role called Site Reliability Engineering (SRE). But SRE almost seems too good to be true!

People are doing what systems administrators used to do, but are spending more than 50% of their time doing engineering work that adds enduring value to their company. How can less than half of these SREs’ time be wasted on the interruptions, repetitive work, and drudgery that seem to consume so much of our time? And how do they do this with the same or less headcount?

This talk will first take a close look at what SRE is, what SRE isn’t, and how SRE is the next chapter in the DevOps journey. We will break down the principles behind the SRE movement and highlight where SRE departs from the current conventional wisdom of Operations and Systems Administration work. You’ll learn about key concepts like Toil, SLOs, Error Budgets, and Shared Responsibility Models.

Next, we’ll look at how to move to an SRE style of working. We’ll look at how traditional operations beliefs and practices can leave organizational scar tissue that is difficult to overcome. We’ll examine examples of how silos, excessive toil, reliance on queues, and incorrectly applied governance models undermine the adoption of SRE principles and practices in the enterprise. We’ll also look at the individual skills and mindset changes that you’ll need to adopt an SRE way of working.

You’ll leave this talk with an appreciation for how SRE can create the capacity you need to make tomorrow better than today.

May 14th and 15th, Noahs Event Center

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