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DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016 (DOES16): Day One


Day One Highlights

Today kicked off Day One of the third-annual DevOps Enterprise Summit San Francisco.

With nearly 1,300 attendees and 50-plus sponsors on hand, the conference has consistently grown to become the “go-to” event for enterprise IT professionals. The reason? There are many.

First, you can start with the quality and format of the speaker sessions. All sessions are delivered by enterprise IT leaders that are spearheading DevOps initiatives within their organizations.

Second, all of the presentations are experience reports. Speakers don’t aim to tell people what to do, but instead describe what and how they’ve advanced DevOps in their own, unique way.

The most popular sessions were standing room only and plenty of others at near capacity.

The day started with IT Revolution’s Gene Kim, outlining the background of where the industry stands today, and the incredible progress we have all collectively made in just a few short years. He shared the cold, hard facts of what is driving DevOps adoption in the enterprise including speed (from weeks or months to minutes), well-documented gains in productivity and output, and the fact that employees of Agile/DevOps organizations are twice as likely to remain with a company for the long-haul, thereby reducing turnover and increasing the ability to attract top talent.

Gene also laid out the three main drivers for DevOps adoption and maturity:

  1. The vital importance of DevOps to the strategic success of all types of organizations. DevOps has matured from a “nice to have” to a business cornerstone of competitive advantage and adapting to change.
  2. Business value. The proven, bottom-line benefits of DevOps for those high-performing companies is driving DevOps higher into the executive ranks of organizations. DevOps is now the driving innovation factor in enabling new business models that can make or break the survival or success of some of the most trusted brands in the world.
  3. More humane software delivery. Working smarter and more efficiently are at the core of gratitude and satisfaction. Connecting teams and streamlining processes have far-reaching benefits within any organization that is truly committed to excellence.

In addition to the start of a great conference, the social media buzz has been in high gear as DOES16 is trending locally on Twitter. Some of the best tweets from today’ session include:

Top Tweets & Quotes From The Day:

Photo Highlights from Day One

Don’t Forget. . . (Reminders For Tomorrow)

  • “Par-tey” Tonight!

Join us at City View Metreon from 6 to 8 p.m., just a few blocks from the conference hotel. The party will feature an array of current and retro arcade games. Wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will be served –courtesy of our friends from UpGuard!

  • Registration & Breakfast will be served

Starting at 7:30 in Yosemite (same as Day 1); lunch will be from 11:55 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.

  • Vote DevOps Happy Hour

Cast your vote for DevOps and join us at a special Election Night 2016 reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the DevOps Enterprise Summit Expo Hall!

  • Don’t forget the DevOps Handbook Author Signing!

Get your very own copy of the DevOps Handbook, courtesy of XebiaLabs, and meet authors Gene Kim, Jez Humble, & John Willis from 6 to 7 p.m. also in the Expo Hall.

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