Topic and Speaker Line-Up for June 14-15, 2016, Salt Lake City DevOps Days Event Unveiled

Topic and Speaker Line-Up for June 14-15, 2016, Salt Lake City DevOps Days Event Unveiled

Silicon Slopes, UT, May 9, 2016 – Organizers of SLC DevOps Days, the only event of its kind in Utah, today announced the line-up of speakers and topics to be presented in its inaugural year, themed “Unlocking the Puzzle: What is DevOps, Why Now, Why Me?”

DevOps, touted as  “Agile 3.0,” introduces exciting and significant changes to all tech workers. To support the budding SLC DevOps community, DevOps practitioners, both local and national, will speak to cultural, leadership and tooling shifts. Along with speakers, the vendor supported event offers product demos and networking with local professionals at various stages in the DevOps journey.

Topics and speakers for the June 14th event (in no particular order):

Welcoming Jennifer Davis, Co-author of Effective DevOps, Chef Software Engineer and founder of Coffeeops as Keynote

In her role at Chef, Jennifer develops Chef cookbooks to simplify building and managing infrastructure. She has experienced devops transformations, and will speak to what it means from all sides; tech culture, monitoring, and automation.

What does DevOps Mean to an AdTech Company – Mason Leung

How can we refresh our infrastructure and continue to serve millions of ad requests without interruption?  DevOps has been coined a movement, a culture change, to something money can’t buy.  What does it mean to an AdTech company?

Getting along with your DB Ops team – Nick Demaster

Often times, when we talk about DevOps, the database operations get grouped together with “Ops”.  This can lead to a lot of misunderstanding in the future with teams who adopt certain practices that, while allowing fast iterations, may not be the best for DB ops – and when a DBA comes into your organization, may cause friction between Dev and Ops.
Continuous Integration May Have Negative Effects – Yegor Bugayenko

CI is a well-known and popular methodology, which is supposed to help software projects to stabilize their source code and make the entire development more predictable and surprise-free. Even though all this sounds very good in theory, the practice is different.

Watch Everything, Watch Anything: Anomaly Detection – Nathaniel Cook
At any DevOps shop you quickly realize that you can’t watch everything even if you put it on big screens throughout the office where everyone can see. You need something to watch the data for you and to tell you what is important and what is not.

Stop Running with Sharp Metrics – Julia Wester

Julia Wester will share examples of good and bad techniques for using data when coaching teams.  Come, listen and learn how to avoid the pitfalls of managing by numbers, including how to identify and avoid vanity metrics, how to choose metrics that drive desired behaviors, and ways to visualize balanced team metrics that enable continuous improvement.

Security Automation in a DevOps World – Alan Robertson

Cybersecurity is in the news almost every day. It’s not just getting the attention of the technical folks in the trenches, it’s getting attention in the boardroom. It’s also an area that the DevOps culture hasn’t spent as much attention on as we have on testing and deployment automation. How to make things better and keep them there – showing you how to get started in 15 minutes.

Servant Leadership is Dead – Allia DeAngelis

When projects transitioned from Waterfall to Agile, a cultural shift ensued. To meet the demands of iterative development, managers espoused Servant Leadership and Scrum Masters were born. Though there has been lots of pizza buying since then, old school leadership styles have covertly persisted. DevOps and its rapid time to market, once again asks leadership and management to evolve with it-if it isn’t Servant Leadership, then what is it?

If you don’t see your name up there but have something to say: CALL FOR Ignites IS NOW OPEN

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Event Details:

  • Dates: June 14-15
  • Location: Church and State, SLC, UT
  • Register soon at the $99.00 early bird pricing
  • Follow us online at @devopsdaysslc  #SLCDevOpsDays
  • A few Limited Additional sponsorships are available at:

Support these sponsors and partners who make SLC DevOps Days 2016 possible!

Evening Networking Party

New Relic

Black Diamond Sponsors

Optum Technologies

Thought Works
Xebia Labs

Blue Square Sponsors

CA Technologies
Health Catalyst
Morpheus Data

Green Circle Sponsors


About DevOps

(a clipped compound of “development” and “operations“) is a culture, movement or practice that emphasizes the collaboration and communication of both software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes.[1][2] It aims at establishing a culture and environment where building, testing, and releasing software, can happen rapidly, frequently, and more reliably.DevOps promotes a set of processes and methods for thinking about communication and collaboration between development, QA, and IT operations.

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