Attending any half decent trade show or conference used to be something of a grind. Register for the event, cough up a wedge of cash, negotiate travel and find a hotel. Hopefully after all that you’d walk away with something more valuable than a T-shirt or a hangover.
Times have changed. Now with virtual fodder you don’t have to forgo the delightful ambience of your office. Okay, you might not get a T-shirt, but since these events are free it’s gotta be worth it, right?
Well maybe, maybe not.
You still have to invest a chuck of your time and it’s often something of a punt that any of sessions will turn out good as they look of the glossy promos.
This rings especially true for DevOps events. The space is so hot that it seems every analyst, pundit, vendor, along with men and the dogs have something to say, snake-oil to peddle, or opinions to share.
So in all the noise, where can you find a good DevOps event?
Well, the 3rd Annual DevOps IDG Virtual Summit sponsored CA Technologies, taking place on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. ET should bubble up to the top of the must attend list.
And why? Well, it comes down to the event ticking three essential DevOps boxes – what, so what, now what.
For the event we’ve lined up leading experts who’ll share what tangible value can be gained from adopting DevOps practices. Rather than play out the tired and overplayed ‘what the heck is DevOps’ tune, we’ve focused this event on what DevOps actually delivers in terms on driving better business outcomes. This includes a session from CNN, where VP Vertical Product, John Hashimoto, will describe how by working with CA, they delivered customers a powerful, compelling, analytics-driven digital experience during last year’s presidential election.
As in previous virtual summits, all speakers will be talking about real-world challenges, opportunities and results. These sessions go beyond the DevOps hype; exploring culture and process issues and how they’ve taken DevOps concepts and automated for competitive advantage. Like for example, Matt McComas, VP of Business Platform Operations and his team at GM Financial, who’re automating thousands of deployments and have driven down the time it takes to process loans from two weeks to one day.
We want you to walk away from the event armed with useful strategies you can take back and apply in your own line of work. If you’re looking for a business case and ROI justification data-points, we have well known luminary and DevOps thought leader, Dr. Nicole Forsgren’s presenting – The Data on DevOps: "Making the Case for Awesome." Or if you’re part of a team looking to build a DevOps and Continuous Delivery pipeline, you can check out United Airlines’, Silvia Prickel – Managing Director, Enterprise Quality and Release Management, describing their journey to zero-touch automation, and how along the way they’ve seen a 20 percent jump in productivity and saved a massive 22,000 hours of manual testing time.
So there you have it. A short, sharp virtual DevOps event designed with your needs in mind.
Pete Waterhouse is a Senior Strategist at CA Technologies.