What's New at DevOps Enterprise Summit 2015
September 28, 2015

Gene Kim
Co-Author of The Phoenix Project

DevOps Enterprise Summit 2015 builds on the most important questions that emerged from the 2014 conference. It will bring back more of attendees’ favorite presenters, tell new chapters in stories of transformation and acceleration, and introduce an exciting new set of top experts, case studies, and practitioner-led research.

We are really excited about the programming we have planned for DevOps Enterprise Summit 2015.

DevOps Enterprise 2015
October 19–21, 2015
San Francisco, CA

At last year’s event, we established that many large organizations were already on the path to adopting DevOps practices.

After the event, we wanted to know what the biggest roadblocks were to those efforts. Our speakers had shared their struggles from the stage. In the post-conference survey, attendees told us their biggest challenge as they returned back to their companies.

These important questions came up again and again ...

1. How do we adopt DevOps practices in legacy environments?

2. How do we successfully lead large transformations in technology organizations?

3. What are the best approaches for organizational design, roles and responsibilities?

4. How do we integrate security and compliance into our DevOps efforts?

5. What metrics work best for improving performance in DevOps initiatives?

To help the DevOps Enterprise community overcome these obstacles, this year we have gathered the top experts, case studies, and practitioner-led research to answer these five important questions, because we believe the answers to these questions will accelerate the adoption and success of DevOps initiatives in enterprise organizations around the world.

For the tough challenge of legacy environments, you’ll hear experience reports from century-old companies Sherwin-Williams and Western Union on how they have accelerated their DevOps practice and IBM’s Rosalind Radcliffe will talk about how to create test automation in mainframe applications.

For leading large scale transformations, MIT’s Dr. Steven Spear will discuss the cultures and management methods in high-velocity organizations such as Toyota, Alcoa, and the U.S. Naval Reactor program, and Paula Thrasher will talk her work mobilizing IT transformations in the face of extreme bureaucracies in more thanover 16 different federal government agencies.

For enabling organizational design, Ralph Loura, CIO for HP’s Enterprise Group, will talk about nurturing DevOps capabilities and spreading those practices through a mammoth technology organization, and Jason Cox, Director of Systems Engineering for The Walt Disney Company will share how he organizes, staffs and funds embedded Operations engineer across the Disney enterprise.

For security and compliance best practices, Both Ed Bellis, former CISO of Orbitz, and Bill Shinn, principal solutions architect at Amazon Web Services, will talk about how to overcome security and compliance objections, and integrate those practices into publicly traded companies, and some of the most regulated and security-stringent organizations around.

For using better metrics, Julia Wester of LeanKit and Troy Magennis of Focused Objectives will talk about the theory and practice of making team data visible in ways that lead to improvement action and how to avoid the pitfalls and traps of managing by numbers.

We are also bringing back several speakers from last year to hear the next step in their DevOps journey—Target’s Heather Mickman and Ross Clanton on how APIs enable their developer productivity and how to spread DevOps practice into the whole organization. Nordstrom’s Courtney Kissler will talk about their company wide goal of reducing lead time by 20%.

AND you’ll hear about the answers to other burning questions like:

How can DevOps and ITIL work in harmony?

If you left enterprise IT for Netflix, what lessons would you share with your former colleagues?

What is the US Patent and Trade Office doing to learn and teach DevOps inside their organization?

The real purpose of the DevOps Enterprise Summit is to create a community of practice and to create a place where practitioners can share what they have learn.

I hope you will join us for another year of this amazing event.

Gene Kim is co-author of "The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win", Founder of IT Revolution Press, and Host of DevOps Enterprise Summit 2015.

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