The Jenkins Community and DevOps professionals around the world are excited for Jenkins World, coming up in just a month, Aug. 28-31 in San Francisco. CloudBees, the hub of enterprise Jenkins and DevOps, is the lead organizer and premier sponsor of the event. We sat down with CloudBees CEO Sacha Labourey to discuss everything Jenkins World.
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Q: How has Jenkins World evolved since its inception?
A: It’s been quite the journey since the beginning of Jenkins World. The very first Jenkins World was back in 2011. We had 200 people attending and we were extremely proud of that. The Jenkins project was still new, as it had just changed its name in 2011, so we were excited to see the community already coming together. Fast forward to 2017 and we’re expecting about 2,000 attendees at this year’s event. We’ve grown 10x since the first show and even from last year to this year we’re expecting almost 50 percent more attendees. It’s been great watching the conference mature and grow over the years. 2017 will be our best show yet!
Q: What’s new at Jenkins World this year?
A: This year we’re expanding everything, covering a wide range of topics including DevOps culture, process design, automated testing, performance measurement, security, leadership and more. We’ve added a welcome reception and evening event in the expo hall so attendees have more opportunities to network and learn from each other.
Additionally, we’ll be kicking off the first-ever annual Jenkins World Awards. These awards recognize the achievements of CD innovators and Jenkins contributors from around the world. There are two award tracks: Jenkins Community Awards and CloudBees Innovation Awards. Winners in each track will be featured at Jenkins World.
Q: What can attendees expect from the keynotes?
A: We have a great lineup of keynotes this year, including myself! My keynote will be a state of the union that looks at what’s happened in the last year, what worked, what didn’t work and what we’ve learned from it. Stemming from that I’ll also offer a vision for the future. This will be actionable, and practical—something we can truly act on. I’m excited to say that there will be some significant announcements throughout the week as well.
Kohsuke Kawaguchi will also be keynoting. His keynote is always excellent. He’ll offer a state of the union from the Jenkins community angle. He’ll go over the evolution of the Jenkins project and run through the latest numbers. It’s such a pleasure to watch him on stage each year; his talks are always exciting.
We’re also thrilled that Jez Humble will be keynoting this year. He literally wrote the book on DevOps, so if you’re looking to learn about DevOps, he’s the man you want to hear. He’ll be discussing the DevOps market, challenges, opportunities, the evolving requirements and needs of DevOps professionals and more.
Q: What advice do you have for first-time attendees?
A: My advice is: Take advantage of the trainings, workshops and certification opportunities. Last year, workshops and training were a huge success, so we’re offering even more this year. It’s a great way to further your career. It’s very hands-on and provides an opportunity to show tangible results of how the conference helps you improve your skills and ultimately helps your career.
Also, make sure to network with fellow professionals. It’s the perfect time to find out how others are approaching their projects, what challenges they faced and how they’ve overcome them. It’s such a great community of professionals to learn from.
Q: Are there any sessions you recommend?
A: I’d certainly recommend checking out some of the specialized vertical sessions. For example, we’ll have a number of sessions that focus on the financial services industry with speakers from Capital One, PayPal and more.
We’ll also have some great DevSecOps presentations. It’s a very hot topic and is increasingly important in DevOps. I’d highly recommend attendees get to at least one of these sessions.
Finally, there will be several sessions focused on testing—which often adds the most friction to delivery pipelines. These sessions will prove really helpful for attendees looking to enhance their testing processes.
There you have it! This year’s show is bound to be bigger and better than ever before. Register now with your 20 percent off code: JWDEVOPSCUST.