Pittsburgh’s first DevOpDays Conference lands in Oakland next weekend. So what’s this global event all about?

With a world dependent on IT, how can the brains behind the the latest technologies keep pace with “the cloud” to raise the bar and improve people’s lives? Tech leaders throughout the world have responded with “DevOps,” an international movement that encourages increased collaboration between software developers (dev) and IT operations professionals (ops).

As Andrew Clay Shafer, co-founder of Puppet Labs and DevOpsDays Pittsburgh organizer, explains, the term arose from the first event held in Ghent Belgium in 2009. The overall goal is to improve collaboration and communication between these working professionals.

More than 300 people from Pittsburgh and beyond are expected to attend the weekend event at Pitt’s William Pitt Union May 29-30. Among the sponsors is IBM, ModCloth, ShowClix and Pivotal. IT consultant and author Kevin Behr and Google Pittsburgh’s Director of Site Reliability Todd Underwood will speak.

In addition, “open space” forums will cultivate organic conversations on IT topics and the devops culture.

“System administrators and developers can hone their craft,” says Clay Shafer. “Technical managers and executives will gain exposure to how the best organizations in the world deliver IT services.

“If we all better ourselves as individuals, that should be good for everyone, but this is also about connecting to a global community of practice,” he adds.

Registration includes two days of cutting-edge presentation and open space forums as well as meals and coffee. To register, visit the Devopsdays or follow DevOpsDays Pittsburgh on Twitter at the handle @devopsdayspgh.

Deb Smit

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