2019 O'Reilly Software Architecture and Velocity Conferences Announce Keynote Speakers and Session Lineup
May 29, 2019

O’Reilly announced the lineup of speakers presenting at its upcoming Software Architecture Conference, taking place June 10-13, 2019 in San Jose, CA at the San Jose Convention Center.

This year’s event is designed to provide the necessary professional training that both established and aspiring software architects need to succeed. The event programing covers the full scope of a software architect's responsibilities, including leadership and business skills, with an emphasis on product management and domain-driven design. The event also provides a forum for networking and for learning how peers and other professionals have solved real-world problems.

Conference co-chairs, Chris Guzikowski, senior content director at O’Reilly, and Neal Ford, director and software architect at ThoughtWorks, have put together an event agenda that combines education on the latest tools, techniques and skills with first-person accounts from industry leaders.

Some of the keynote speakers at the event include:

- Michael Carducci, magician and CTO of Mago:Tech will give a talk on security and deception: lessons from a professional liar

- Object design pioneer Rebecca Wirfs-Brock of Wirfs-Brock Associates will share insight on how to cultivate your personal design heuristics

- Author and programmer Adam Tornhill of Empear will speak on prioritizing technical debt as if time and money mattered

- ThoughtWorks’ Rebecca Parsons, CTO, and Neal Ford, director and software architect, will present on coming from the trenches

- Michael Feathers, Director, R7K Research & Conveyance, and author of Working Effectively with Legacy Code, will also present a keynote

“Software architecture is a massive multidisciplinary subject — which includes many different roles and responsibilities. By its nature, it is challenging to teach because so much context is required for every subject — and teachings can quickly become obsolete,” said Chris Guzikowski, senior content director at O’Reilly and Software Architecture Conference co-chair. “This year’s event was designed with this fact in mind. We understand that no two jobs in this industry are the same — and have devised an agenda that can help those new to the industry as well as those who have already made a career in this space.”

At this year’s conference, O’Reilly will also share a report that takes a look at the proposals and presentations from this year’s Software Architecture Conference to see what industry trends and applications are at the forefront right now. The results of this analysis found, among other things, an increased interest in serverless, Kubernetes and AI/machine learning technologies. This interest shows the effect of organizations migrating to the cloud, the importance of distributed microservices and the increasing importance of data for monitoring and automation. To read the full report, click here.

O’Reilly will also host the co-located Velocity Conference at the San Jose Convention Center from June 10-13. The show will cover everything from Kubernetes and site reliability engineering to observability and performance, giving attendees a comprehensive understanding of applications, services and the rapidly changing cloud landscape.

Some of the keynote speakers at the event include:

- Yaniv Aknin, Platform Lead at Google Cloud, will give a talk on the secret sauce for a successful SRE organization

- Lena Hall, senior software engineer and developer advocate at Microsoft working on Azure, will take you on an adventure into the multifaceted universe of ever-changing distributed systems

- Dave Andrews, chief architect at Verizon Digital Media Services, will shed light on how the edge landscape is evolving

- Jessica Kerr, a developer at Atomist, who will discuss programming careers, how they are changing and how to grow as a programmer

“Cloud native infrastructure is being rapidly adopted — so it’s imperative that today’s developers are iin tune with the latest trends, changes and best practices within the engineering industry,” said Nikki McDonald, Content Director at O’Reilly and Velocity Conference co-chair. “Our new Cloud Infrastructure Adoption Report found that nearly 50 percent of survey respondents cited a lack of skills as the top challenge their organization faces in cloud adoption. For this year’s agenda, we wanted the adoption movement to take center stage, with a desire to be a source and learning experience for the industry while providing an event space for attendees to connect with peers to share insights and ideas.”

The Velocity report entitled, “How Companies Adopt and Apply Cloud Native Infrastructure” highlights the trend of organizations adopting and applying cloud native infrastructure, aligning with O’Reilly’s Next Architecture hypothesis of this movement, which says to embrace and employ a combination of cloud, containers, orchestration and microservices to keep up with customers’ expectations and needs. The report surveyed 590 practitioners, managers and CxOs from across the globe, and found that while nearly 70 percent of respondents said their organizations have adopted, or at least have begun to adopt, cloud native infrastructure, more than 30 percent of respondents still have not adopted any sort of cloud native infrastructure.

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