7 DevOps Conferences of 2017

Here at ECS Digital, we are regulars on the DevOps event circuit. It’s great to get the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals to discuss shared experiences.

However, with the number of DevOps and IT conferences on the rise there’s no way someone (or companies) could attend all of them. And not only is it becoming more difficult to get your moneys’ worth of value from all of them, but with many of these events covering similar topics (sometimes even the same speakers), it seems some of us are getting conference fatigue (that feeling of discontent and weariness that comes from visiting too many conferences and from attending too many presentations during the same event without any real value return).

How are delegates supposed to know which events are the most valuable to attend?

Lucky for them, at ECS Digital, we’ve attended more than our fair share of events. We spent 2016 doing the rounds, so that in 2017, you don’t have to.

Here’s our top picks:

Cloud Expo, London

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The well-known Cloud Expo. This is one of our main events each year, and one we wouldn’t possibly miss out. Why? It’s only “Europe’s biggest, best attended and multi award-winning cloud and digital transformation show” – and rightly so!

After last years’ success and popularity, Cloud Expo have relaunched for 2017 with the tagline: “Technology Beyond your Imagination.”

It’s being held at the ExCel Centre, London, and attended by over 500 leading international technology exhibitors. With over 600 speakers taking to the stage this year, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

This event is best suited for IT professionals from enterprise, public sector, SMBs and service providers making both cloud investment and strategy decisions and developing and executing specific technology projects.

ECS Digital will hosting the first DevOps partner village this year, where we will be joined by our key partners: AutomicCloudbeesSplunkPuppet and Blackduck.  Come and say “hi”, we’d be more than happy to show you some of the transformations we’ve enabled for our customers.

DockerCon, Texas

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Another one of our partners who know how to run an event, is Docker.

DockerCon showcases year on year, all that is fresh and new in the world of Docker.

The three-day events provide talks by practitioners, hand-on labs, an expo hall full of Docker ecosystem innovators and great opportunities to share your experiences with other virtual container enthusiasts.

To make things better, Docker also provides world-renowned workshops (and a huge after party prepared by the Docker Inc. team!).

Whilst this event is aimed at people with some sort of experience or understanding of Docker, no matter your level of expertise or company size, you will meet, network and learn from other attendees making it well worth every penny.

Continuous Lifecycle, London

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The 2017 Continuous Lifecycle conference being held in May is special to us, here at ECS Digital. This is not only because our Managing Director, Andy Cureton, will be discussing his “10 Lessons Learned from Delivering DevOps Solutions to over 100 Global Customers,” but because the event aims to challenge conventional thinking amongst the crowd. Whether in in terms of code or culture, it tends to get the audience thinking hard, and on their feet.

The event welcomes anybody with an avid interest in Continuous Delivery, containerization and DevOps.

Automic World, Düsseldorf, Germany

30th – 31st May

Without wishing to sound biased, our partner, Automic, hold some of the best, most engaging and thought provoking conferences in Europe and America.

Automic World Europe gives attendees the chance to gain insight into the many possibilities granted by the Automic automation platform.

Aimed at anyone working in IT people, Automic organise presentations that run through key case studies and keynotes, as well as workshops and event networking. Some of the work their customers have done with the product suite really promotes the Automation aspect of DevOps. Last year one of the presentations demonstrated how the use of Amazon’s Alexa could schedule and deploy applications into Production!

You’ll see some of the top industry experts taking the stage to discuss their opinions on the new technologies, and there’s a huge amount of knowledge going around to pick up and share with others.

DevOps Enterprise Summit, London

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The DevOps Enterprise Summit (or DOES), is one of our favourites. With its “infectious energy and passion”, we would attend every year, in every available country (if we had the time!)

The goal of this 2-day conference is to give individuals the tools and practices they need to develop and deploy software faster at an enterprise organisation.

The event is targeted at IT leaders belonging to large, complex organisations, who have adopted, or plan to adopt DevOps principles and practices. Many of the talks last year revolved around how to start the journey and whats been done so far. We are very much looking forward to how some of these organisations have further transformed.

Along with a great line up of speakers (and giveaways), you’ll take home a lot of learnings for your own businesses.  We recommend this event to anyone working in IT leadership within Enterprises. The first line-up of speakers have been announced, this includes one of the biggest DevOps evangelists, Gene Kim. Also we have Jonathan Fletcher, CTO of Hiscox as well as Jonathan Smart, Head of Development Services at Barclays.

O’Reilly Velocity 2017, California

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The O’Reilly Velocity Conference is the place to be for web ops and systems engineering professionals.

With a focus on sharing stories, the event offers sessions and talks from several speakers, aimed at providing delegates with knowledge of the “best practices and lessons learned.” They achieve this by continually delivering a wide variety of presentations and topics available for all attendees.

This year’s event will focus on a diverse range of subjects, from automation to organisational optimisation.

This event is aimed at anyone interested in DevOps, Web/Application performance or generally anyone who wants to experience what they call “a conference done right”.

PuppetConf, San Francisco

10th – 12th October

download.pngLast years’ PuppetConf was a huge success. As well as unveiling features of the eagerly-anticipated Puppet Enterprise 2016.4, the event was full of surprises.

The annual PuppetConf is one of the largest DevOps automation conference in the United States. It provides over 80 sessions, 100 speakers, and 1,500+ attendees, so is no doubt a great source of DevOps information.

This year’s speaker line up includes both Jeffrey Snover, Technical Fellow at Microsoft, as well as Mike Wittig, who is the Senior Director of Infrastructure Engineering at Nike – it is set to be a great event.

Although we have to travel to San Diego from London (such a shame!), last year’s event was reasonably priced for such an inspirational three days. We will definitely attend the event this October. 

We believe that all DevOps and IT enthusiasts should try to attend at least one of these events a year. They are all equally amazing opportunities to learn, share experiences and meet like-minded individuals. The list is by no means the definitive list, there are many many more and these have been our top picks from last year.

If you have any questions about any of the events we’ll be attending this year, or would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch!


ECS Digital are leaders in Automation and Digital Transformation. We’ve been helping enterprises deliver software and software-related services faster and at lower cost through the adoption of DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices, since 2003.

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