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The best cloud and IT Ops conferences of 2017

Cloud migration, orchestration and management, IaaS and PaaS pricing models, mobile app delivery, IoT system rollouts, big data analytics systems, regulatory compliance, systems performance, data security—these are some of the trends impacting IT infrastructure and cloud computing right now. A variety of IT pros must stay on top of such fast-changing technology developments to keep their organizations competitive and agile.

Here we offer a selection of conferences scheduled for 2017 that address these and other topics. They feature a variety of sessions, panels, tutorials, workshops, demos, and networking opportunities designed to help businesses with their cloud infrastructure strategies and implementations.

We have ranked them in three categories:

1.    Conferences we consider must-attend.

2.    Others that are worth attending.

3.    A third tier of events that, within their broader scope, have strong cloud and IT Ops content.

The Journey to Hybrid Cloud: A Design and Transformation Guide

 

It’s a hybrid world for cloud and IT ops pros

Enterprises must rise up to the expectations of both their employees and customers for increasingly ubiquitous mobile apps and web services, delivered seamlessly and updated constantly, while making sure that data is protected from malicious hackers. On the technology front, that often means devising a hybrid cloud strategy—running workloads on-premises, in private clouds, and in public clouds—as well as embarking on data center modernization. That includes the adoption of software-defined networking and storage, as well as of adoption ops management automation.

These tasks fall on the shoulders of cloud and IT ops teams. If you count yourself one of them, attendance at one or more conferences this year can bring you up to speed quickly, making you better able to leverage cloud benefits like faster deployment and reduced hardware costs.  

 

Must-attend conferences

What conferences made our A-list this year? Our top selections for cloud and infrastructure conferences is based on the comments we've read by attendees, including conference presenters and other SMEs. We also consider conference growth by attendance, year after year.

AWS re:Invent

Twitter: @AWSreInvent / @awscloud / #reInvent
Web: https://reinvent.awsevents.com
Date: Nov. 27 – Dec. 1
Location: Las Vegas
Cost: $1,299 (2016 prices)

Once synonymous with e-commerce, Amazon has become a major provider of platform and infrastructure cloud computing services (PaaS and IaaS) for enterprises, startups, and developers of all stripes via its Amazon Web Services division, competing with Google, IBM, Microsoft, and others. AWS re:Invent is the AWS annual user conference, featuring keynote speeches, training sessions, certification opportunities, technical sessions, an expo floor, and networking activities.

This year’s event will feature James Hamilton, Andy Jassy, and Werner Vogels, as well as introductory, advanced, and expert level sessions on a wide variety of subjects.

If you're a first-time attendee, read the FAQ before planning your trip, so you can make the best use of your time and ensure you hit the sessions and events you’re most interested in.

Writing for the Raygun blog, 2016 attendee Jesse James had this to say about reInvent: “AWS Re:Invent 2016 was a huge event and covered much more ground than any one developer could hope to take in over a week.”

He also reports that “AWS re:Invent 2016 continued to address the tremendous growth of attendees over previous years by increasing the number of sessions and adding additional venue locations. Even with those changes the conference was still packed to the brim with attendees clamouring to get access to standing-room-only sessions that had been booked solid week in advance. Despite the large amount of attendees and sessions, everyone was still overwhelming friendly, welcoming, and up for a quick chat about anything tech related.”

Who should attend? AWS customers, developers and engineers, system administrators, systems architects

 

Gartner Catalyst Conference

Twitter: @Gartner_Events / #GartnerCAT
Web: http://www.gartner.com/events/na/catalyst#
Date:  August 21-24
Location:  San Diego, California
Cost: Ranges from $3,100 (early bird) to $3,400, with a special $2,900 price for public sector attendees (eligibility to be verified).

Featuring more than 50 Gartner analysts, Catalyst promises a "deep dive” into the digital enterprise’s architectural requirements, touching on areas such as mobility strategy and execution, cloud architecture, data analytics, enterprise-scale security and identity, software-defined data centers (SDDC), DevOps, and digital productivity via mobile and cloud. Gartner has described Catalyst as “technically focused and committed to pragmatic, how-to content” so that attendees go back to their places of work “with a blueprint for project planning and execution.”

Here’s an extended quote from blogger Jason Dover, from Kemp.

“Yesterday was a great start to the conference with the tone being expertly set in the opening keynote by Kyle Hilgendorf, Kirk Knoernschild and Drue Reeves. The big theme is how to architect and leverage technology for on-demand digital business transformation. Because of that, the week is packed full of sessions on IoT, planning for the scale of billions of connected things, using cloud to help mitigate attacks against an expanding attack surface and of course, containers. Kyle, Kirk and Drue highlighted that with the new ways technology is being applied, there is an intrinsic need for capabilities to sense and adapt in real time based on individual events as well as near real time based on aggregate data.

“As an example, an autonomous car needs to brake in milliseconds without sending queries to a backend and waiting for a response as we’re familiar with in traditional system architecture. Aggregate data may include whether service inputs as well as telemetry from vehicles ahead in traffic that are engaging their traction control systems, indicating icy conditions and resulting in an action that has a meaningful positive impact in your vehicle. However, dealing with these type of workflows and the growing number of connected things at scale can be challenging with traditional infrastructure planning principles.” You can read more of his comments on the 2016 conference.

Writing in her blog for Capterra, Jennifer Champagne included Catalyst in the top nine must-attend events, and she described the the 2016 conference as follows: “If you want the lowdown on hot topics in tech like cloud computing, mobility, and IT management software, Gartner’s Catalyst Conference is for you. It not only teaches you about the potential of these technologies, but gives you practical advice and solutions for today’s IT professionals.”

The updated website for 2017 states: “Our 2017 agenda offers 8 in-depth tracks providing attendees a deep dive into a broad range of topics. From cloud computing, apps, mobility, data and analytics to security and identity, we have coverage for every technical professional.”

Who should attend? Technical professionals in roles including applications, business intelligence, infrastructure and operations, security and risk

 

Hadoop Summit/Dataworks Summit

Twitter: @DataWorksSummit / #DWS17
Web: https://dataworkssummit.com/munich-2017/
Date: April 5-6
Location: Munich, Germany
Cost: Ranges from early-bird Expo only €399 + VAT to all-access onsite €1000 + VAT

This year marks the tenth year of this conference, now renamed the “Dataworks Summit.” According to the Perficient blog post, “At the end of the last keynote at Hadoop Summit 2016, Herb Cunitz (President of Hortonworks) announced that … next year’s conference will be called Dataworks Summit. First question, will we still get the fun but mildly scary 3D elephant render?”

Good question. But the bigger question in the living room is “why should you attend?” Here are a few answers.

The official website claims “you will learn how data is transforming business and the underlying technologies that are driving that change.” Of course, they’ll say things like that. But what did last year’s attendees think?

Commenting on the 2016 event (Hadoop Summit), Becky Mendenhall notes in her blog: “This year was by far and away our best experience yet, and it wasn’t because of the food (sorry, San Jose Expo Center). Nope, the reason that we keep coming back is because it confirms in our minds the fact Hadoop is growing every year, not just in the number of people who are interested and/or talking about it, but actual production users. With each conference, more attendees pack the halls, and more sessions are added to the agenda. The topics get more technical, and the number of customers speaking about their specific use cases grows.”

Fernanda Tavares, director of software development at Syncsort, said that the 2016 event “was a great way to celebrate 10 years of Hadoop. There were over four thousand attendees, over 170 sessions and lots of new sponsors.” She noted that “announced the concept of Assemblies, which will allow customers and vendors to package end-user applications such as fraud detection using Docker, and deploy them through Ambari.” And she described some of the event’s loftier goals: “Microsoft talked about projects to improve children’s education in India by predicting school drop-outs. They also talked about solving world hunger by predicting the best time to sow crops, and crowd-sourcing the measurement of radiation levels. Arizona State University talked about improving breast cancer diagnosis.” 

Who should attend? IT pros working with Hadoop in areas like data analytics, security, app development, architects, storage managers

 

Strata+Hadoop World Conference

Twitter: @strataconf / @OReillyMedia / #StrataHadoop
Web: http://conferences.oreilly.com/strata/hadoop-big-data-ca
Dates: March 13-14 Training; March 14-16 Tutorials & Conference
Location: San Jose, California
Cost: Conference passes range from $2,395 to $1,595, depending on the type of ticket, while training passes are either $3, 495 or $2,145. A variety of discounts are available.

Note: There are three additional Strata+Hadoop conferences for 2017. See details for conferences in London, New York, and Singapore.

This conference is presented by O’Reilly Media and Cloudera, one of the biggest providers of data management software for Hadoop, the open source framework for storing and processing very large data sets in clusters. Organizers offer a mix of deep technical immersion and business use in verticals such as finance, media, retail, transportation, and government. It will feature almost 200 sessions, a “hallway track,” networking opportunities, and after-hours entertainment.

The 2016 event hosted more tha 7,000 people who heard keynote speakers, including White House chief data scientist DJ Patil, describe where they see machine learning, analytics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles and smart cities taking us in the near future.

Writing for Forbes, Bernard Marr described Patil’s talk, about how Big Data and analytics is helping to reduce the human toll of opioid abuse in the United States. “When the president first started in office there was about 10 [open] data sets put out there, now there are about 2,000”, he said. Whatever you think of Barack Obama’s presidency that is an impressive achievement, as it means that anyone from major corporations to armchair data scientists can now use data to develop new strategies and technologies to harness it.”

Commenting on the 2016 event, Rob Rosen calls Strata+Hadoop World “one of my favorite semi-annual Big Data events. I’ve attended Strata so many times that I’ve lost count, and there’s no better way to validate the transformational nature of Big Data than to witness how the emphasis of each conference has changed over the years.

“Five years ago, the bulk of the conference focused on ‘What is Hadoop,’ to help attendees understand the components of this disruptive new technology stack.  A few years later, ‘Developments in Big Data’ was the theme, a result of many different entities joining forces to tackle some of the biggest challenges surrounding the adoption of Hadoop and NoSQL technologies in the field.”

Who should attend? Business decision-makers, strategists, architects, developers, data scientists, data analysts, CxOs, VCs, entrepreneurs, product managers, marketing pros, researchers

 

Cloud Computing Expo

Twitter: @CloudExpo / @SYSCONmedia / #CloudExpo
Web: http://www.cloudcomputingexpo.com/
Dates / Location:
June 6-8, Javits Center, New York, New York
October 31-Nov 2, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California
Cost: Early bird prices rise gradually by month from late January to June. Gold, premium, and Expo Plus rates are available. For the complete breakdown of pricing options, see the registration page.

Announced with the phrase “The world of cloud computing all in one place!”, this event promises to explore the entire world of enterprise cloud computing—private, public, and hybrid scenarios. It will address the latest on topics including IoT, big data, containers, microservices, DevOps, and WebRTC via keynotes, general sessions, breakout sessions, panels, and an expo floor.

Lauren Cooke in Cloud Solutions News wrote about the 2016 event: “Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. The opportunity for professionals to meet and collaborate, to support and augment how their business can leverage cloud capabilities is imperative.”

The official website states: “With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to learn about the latest technology developments and solutions. Cloud Expo offers a vast selection technical and strategic Industry Keynotes, General Sessions, Breakout Sessions, and signature Power Panels. The exhibition floor features exhibitors offering specific solutions and comprehensive strategies. The floor also features a Demo Theater that give delegates the opportunity to get even closer to the technology they want to see and the people who offer it.”

 Who should attend? CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, directors of infrastructure, VPs of technology, IT directors and managers, network and storage managers, network engineers, enterprise architects, and communications and networking specialists

 

Worth attending

We know that some of the conferences in this second category may be for some of our readers “must attend” events, especially those that appear to be growing in size each year. Generally, these are conferences that are smaller in attendance, or they are targeted at specific industries.

Interop Las Vegas

Twitter: @interop / #InteropITX
Web: http://www.interop.com/lasvegas/
Date: May 15-19
Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: Ranges from $3,299 to $249, depending on levels of conference access you desire.

A venerable tech conference, Interop delves into topics like applications, cloud computing, collaboration, networking, IT leadership, security, software-defined networking, storage, virtualization and data center architecture, and mobility.

 

Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo

Twitter: @Gartner_Events / #ITxpo / #GartnerSYM
Web: http://www.gartner.com/events/na/orlando-symposium
Date: Oct. 1-5
Location: Orlando, Florida
Cost: Standard conference price is $5,750. Public-sector price is $4,200. Group discounts are available.

This is the mother of all Gartner conferences, aimed specifically at CIOs and technology executives in general, addressing topics—from an enterprise IT perspective—such as mobility, cybersecurity, cloud computing, application architecture, application development, IoT, and digital business.

 

Oracle OpenWorld

Twitter: @oracleopenworld
Web: https://www.oracle.com/openworld/index.html
Date: Oct.1-5       
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: Not available

Oracle’s biggest event of the year, OpenWorld draws tens of thousands of customers, partners, and Oracle executives from around the world eager to hear the latest about the company’s products, including its databases and business applications.

Who should attend? Oracle customers, partners, developers, IT Ops pros

 

Salesforce Dreamforce

Twitter: @salesforce / @Dreamforce / #dreamforce
Web: www.salesforce.com/form/dreamforce/prereg/
Date: Nov. 6-9LocationSan Francisco, California
Cost: 2016 prices were $1,199 for early registration. .

Sponsored by Salesforce, the 2016 conference featured more than 1,400 breakout sessions, along with more than 400 exhibitors at the expo floor, hands-on training sessions, networking opportunities and  “the biggest names in music” at the Dreamforce event.

Who should attend? Salesforce customers from companies of all sizes and industries

 

Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference

Twitter: @Gartner_Events / #GartnerDC
Web: http://www.gartner.com/events/na/data-center
Date: Dec. 4-7
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: In 2016, public-sector attendees paid $2,750; other attendees paid $2,950 for early bird pricing, or $3,150 thereafter.

Organizers aim to provide attendees with practical knowledge for modernizing their infrastructure and operations, touching on topics such as cloud computing, virtualization, automation, DevOps, software-defined systems, and mobile. 

Who should attend? IT pros involved with operations and facilities, servers, storage and backup/recovery, mobile, cloud and desktop virtualization, data center networking

 

Google Cloud Next

Twitter: @googlecloud / #GCPNext  
Web: https://cloudnext.withgoogle.com/
Date: March 8-10
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: Early bird pricing: $999; Full price starting Jan 17th: $1,499

Google Cloud Next focuses on Google’s IaaS and PaaS cloud computing services for businesses. Tracks include Infrastructure & Operations, App Development, and Data & Analytics. As would be expected, most speakers will be from Google, including Senior VP of Infrastructure Urs Holzle, but customers are also scheduled to speak, including execs from Dropbox, Land O’ Lakes, and Spotify.

Who should attend? IT Ops pros using Google Cloud Platform services

 

Red Hat Summit

Twitter: @RedHatSummit / #RHSummit
Web: http://www.redhat.com/en/summit
Date: May 2-4
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Cost:  Not available

The conference will focus on Red Hat's technology strategy and newest products, with participation from the company’s product and technology leaders. There will also be customer panel sessions, technical sessions, and hands-on labs. For 2017, Red Hat Summit focuses on “the individual.”

Who should attend? Sys admins, IT engineers, software architects, VPs of IT, CxOs

 

VMWorld 2016

Twitter: @VMworld / #VMWorld
Web: https://www.vmworld.com/en/us/index.html?
Date: Aug. 27-31
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: $1,795 full conference pass

VMWare’s annual gathering features more than 450 sessions, 250 partners, and almost 24,000 global attendees. The 2016 conference focused on the software defined data center, end-user computing, hybrid cloud, cloud-native applications, DevOps, and technology futures. According to their website, more information will become available when 2017 registration opens.

Who should attend?  Sys admins, IT engineers, software architects, VPs of IT, CxOs

 

451 Research’s Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit

Twitter: @451Research / #451HCTS
Web: http://www.451research-hcts.com/
Date: Sept. 18-20
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: Ranges from $1,295 to $2,295

The 451 Research summit’s theme for 2016 was “Business Disruption in the Age of Cloud.” The conference caters to “corporate leaders, industry visionaries, IT practitioners, and financial professionals as they learn, network and map out strategies for today's rapidly changing IT landscape.”

Who should attend? Service providers, hardware/software vendors, investors

 

Dell-EMC World 2017

Twitter: @DellEMCWorld / DellEMCWorld
Web: http://www.dellemcworld.com/index.htm
Date: May 8-11
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: Ranges from $2,195 by Feb. 28, to $2,395 onsite

This EMC event is described as “ the premier enterprise technology forum for IT practitioners and business decision makers. We invite you to come see how the Dell Technologies family of businesses will help you reinvent your business, maintain your competitive advantage, and enrich the lives of those you serve.”

Who should attend? IT pros and business managers, EMC customers and partners

 

Cisco Live

Twitter: @CiscoLive / #CLUS
Web: http://www.ciscolive.com/us/
Date: June 25-29
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: Ranges from $3195 (onsite) to $99

This event is Cisco’s annual user conference and, as such, is designed to inform attendees about the latest in the company’s products and technology strategies in areas such as networking, communication, security, and collaboration. The conference draws about 25,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors, and features about 600 sessions.

Who should attend? Cisco customers, both from IT and business areas

 

Cross-discipline conferences

Conferences in this category are targeted at specific industries or technologies—for example, security, cloud computing, and open source. Although you won’t necessarily see "cloud” or “IT ops” in the conference titles here, we believe these gatherings will hold interest for IT pros involved with infrastructure and operations.

Velocity

Twitter: @velocityconf / @OReillyMedia / #velocityconf
Web: 
http://conferences.oreilly.com/velocity/devops-web-performance-ca
http://velocityconf.com
Location:
San Jose, California, June 19-22
New York, New York, Oct. 1-4London, UK, Oct. 18-20
Cost: Not available

Called “a great show to learn about Web operations, performance, DevOps, and more,” O’Reilly’s Velocity conference showcases smart minds who are putting DevOps to work in a business-driven IT setting. Damon Edwards, founder and managing partner of DTO Solutions, described it in an interview as a “high-quality web operations and web performance conference” that is “very operations-centric.”

If you go, you can expect to experience a technical, performance-minded conference that is operations-centric and on which developers, Ops, and designers converge. 

Who should attend? Developers, operations specialists, IT Ops staff

 

O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference

Twitter: @OReillySACon / #OReillySACon)
Web: http://conferences.oreilly.com/software-architecture-ny
Dates: Training, April 2-3; Tutorials and conference, April 3-5
Location: Hilton Midtown, New York, New York
Cost: Conference: from $1,445 to $2,145; Training: from $2,595 to $3,545

The O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference is designed to bridge business and technology, aiming to show attendees tradeoffs, technology options, engineering best practices, and "leadership chops." Its goal is to balance the depth and breadth of its new technology content, and touches on topics including microservices, distributed systems, integration architecture, DevOps, business skills, security, optimization, and UX design.

Who should attend? Engineers, developers, tech leads, and managers

 

Google I/O

Twitter:@googledevs / #GoogleIO
Web: https://9to5google.com/2016/12/23/google-io-2017-moscone-center/
Date: Not available (see note below)
Location: Moscone Center, San Francisco, California
Cost: Not available

Google I/O, first held in 2008, has become one of the most important developer conferences in the world. Like Apple’s WWDC, Google I/O isn’t strictly about mobile, but the event is heavily focused on the Android OS and its ecosystem.

The conference also covers developer tools and APIs for other Google products, services, and platforms, including the enterprise Cloud Platform, consumer online services like Google Play, products for publishers and advertisers like AdSense and Analytics, consumer devices like the Cardboard virtual reality headset, and even some of the company’s “moonshot” projects.

The 9to5Google website states the following: “I/O is usually held in mid-to-late May, but in the past has been held as late as June. This year’s event lasted three days, while the pasttwo Moscone events have only been two days in length. General admission tickets usually cost $900, while a select number of academic ones are available for $300 with valid identification.”

Who should attend? Developers working with Android and with the growing variety of Google web services, mobile apps, and hardware

 

Microsoft Ignite

Twitter: @MS_Ignite / #MSIgnite
Web: http://www.ignite.microsoft.com/
Date: Sept. 25-29
Location: Orlando, Florida
Cost: Standard ticket price for the 2016 event was $2,220

Microsoft created Ignite in 2014 to consolidate several smaller conferences into a big one: Microsoft Management Summit, Microsoft Exchange Conference, SharePoint Conference, Lync Conference, Project Conference, and TechEd. It covers architecture, deployment, implementation and migration, development, operations and management, security, access management and compliance, and usage and adoption. Although it’s organized by and focuses on Microsoft and its products, it also draws more than 100 vendors who participate in the expo and as session speakers.

Who should attend? Microsoft developers

 

IT/Dev Connections

Twitter: @devconnections / #ITDevCon
Web: http://blog.devconnections.com/
Date: Oct. 23-26
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: Tickets for the 2016 event were $1,199 and $1,999

This conference is aimed at developers and IT professionals of all stripes, and focuses on topics like big data and BI, virtualization, DevOps, enterprise management and mobility, cloud and data center, development platforms and tools, and enterprise collaboration. Emphasis is on Microsoft products like Azure, Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint, although other vendors are also discussed.

Who should attend? Developers, IT pros

 

Fusion 17

Web: http://10times.com/its-m
Date: Feb. 19-22
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: Tickets range from $2,195 to $2,795, with discounts available.

This event covers IT service management topics, and specifically the benefits and challenges associated with using ITSM when implementing virtualization, cloud computing, mobility, security, SaaS, and other technologies in the enterprise. There is a key track devoted to DevOps and agile topics.

Who should attend? Developers involved with ITSM 

 

Cloud Computing Expo

Twitter: @CloudExpo / @SYSCONmedia / #CloudExpo
Web: http://www.cloudcomputingexpo.com/
Date/Location: June 6-8, Javits Center, New York, New York; Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California
Cost: Depending on when it’s bought, a Gold Pass, which gives attendees full access to the proceedings, costs between $995 (best early-bird discount) and $2,500 (onsite).

This conference explores “the entire world” of enterprise cloud computing—private, public, and hybrid scenarios.

Who should attend? Cloud app developers

 

GlueCon 2017

Twitter: @gluecon / #gluecon
Web: http://gluecon.com/
Date: May 24-25
Location: Omni Interlocken, Broomfield, Colorado
Cost: $795

The conference focuses on what it considers the most important trends in technology, including cloud computing, DevOps, mobile, APIs, and big data, all from the perspective of developers, which organizers view as being at the core and at the vanguard of all these areas.

Who should attend? Developers in general

 

Monitorama

Twitter: @Monitorama / #monitorama
Web: http://monitorama.com/ 
Date: May 22-24
Location: Portland, Oregon
Cost: $400

As its name implies, Monitorama focuses strictly on software monitoring. It’s narrow in scope by design, with a single track, so that attendees have a cohesive, unified experience, and don’t suffer from “choice overload,” as founder Jason Dixon explains in this blog post detailing the origins and development of the conference. A big effort is made to create an atmosphere of inclusiveness among attendees, all of whom Dixon hopes to make feel welcome. Some have called Monitorama “a great small conference.”

Who should attend? Developers, operations staff, testers, QA pros

Surge 17

 

Twitter: @surgecon / #surgecon
Web: http://surge.omniti.com/2016
Date: Sept. 21-22
Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
Cost: $750

Known as the “scalability and performance conference,” Surge is organized by OmniTi, a web app scalability and performance vendor, and features “practitioner-oriented sessions.” Their website calls this event “two days of mind blowing, practitioner-oriented sessions presented by some of the most established professionals in our field. Meet and network in the Omni Shoreham’s historical, intimate setting.”

Who should attend? IT Ops, infrastructure admins, developers, QA pros

 

Dynatrace’s Perform 17

Twitter: @Dynatrace / #dynatrace / #DynatracePerform 
Web: http://www.dynatrace.com/en/perform.html
Date: Feb. 6-9
Location: Las Vegas
Cost: Conference: $795; Hands-on Training Day: $700; Official conference hotel (Cosmopolitan) room rates: $278.88 per day.

Application performance management vendor Dynatrace organizes this conference, whose tracks in 2015 included “APM in Action,” “Customer Experience,” “Continuous Delivery,” and “Operational Excellence.”

 Who should attend? Developers, IT Ops, testers, QA pros

 

Agile Testing Days

Twitter: @AgileTD / #AgileTD
Web: www.agiletestingdays.com
Date: Nov. 13-17
Location: Potsdam, Germany
Cost: 2016 prices ranged from €700 to €2,700

Considered one of Europe’s main software testing events, Agile Testing Days is aimed at companies interested in gaining an edge through “early, rapid and iterative application releases.” Judging by reactions from past attendees, the conference offers a mix of fun interludes and serious sessions that make the experience both enjoyable and worthwhile.

NOTE: More details for the 2017 event are not yet available, but there is some information on the website noted above.

Who should attend? Anyone involved with software testing—test managers, designers, analysts, consultants, architects, quality directors—as well as software architects, application developers, IT managers, CIOs, CTOs, software engineers

 

STAR Software Testing Conferences

Twitter: @TechWell / #StarEast / #StarWest
Web: https://www.techwell.com/software-conferences/star-software-testing-conferences
Dates / Locations:

  • Star East: May 7-12, Rosen Center Hotel, Orlando, Florida
  • Star West: Oct. 1-6, Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California
  • Star Canada: Oct. 15-20, Hyatt Regency, Toronto, Canada

Cost: Prices are different for each of these three conferences; price ranges depend on packages and discounts for early-bird registration.

  • Star East: Ranges from $495 to $4,295
  • Star West: Ranges from $495 to $3,295
  • Star Canada: Ranges from $795 to $3,995

These conferences, organized by TechWell, are designed specifically for testing and QA pros, touching on topics such as test management and leadership, software testing techniques, mobile app testing, test automation, certifications, QA methodologies, tools, agile testing, performance testing, exploratory testing, DevOps and software testing, and QA tester careers.

Who should attend? Software and test managers, IT directors, QA managers and analysts, test practitioners and engineers, development managers, developers, CTOs

 

Google Test Automation Conference

Twitter: @googletesting / @googledevs / #GTAC2016
Web: https://developers.google.com/google-test-automation-conference/?hl=en
Dates: Not available
Location: London
Cost: Not available (past events have been free)

GTAC, first held in 2006, is hosted by Google, draws engineers from industry and academia. and focuses on the latest technologies and strategies in test automation and test engineering. Past conferences have featured speakers from (of course) Google but also from many other companies and universities, including Georgia Tech, Intel, LinkedIn, Lockheed Martin, MIT, Splunk, Twitter, and Uber.

Regarding the 2017 event, the website encourages you to “Subscribe to the Google Testing Blog to receive registration announcements and updates for GTAC 2017, which will be held in London.”

Who should attend? QA and test pros

 

Software Test Professionals Conference & Expo

Twitter: @SoftwareTestPro / #STPCon
Web: http://www.stpcon.com/
Date: March 14-17
Location: Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, Phoenix, Arizona
Cost: Ranges from $645 to $2,395

Organizers say that this conference, “designed by testers for testers,” is focused on testing management and strategy, to let attendees improve their techniques, get up to speed on the latest tools, discuss trends, improve processes, and better understand the testing industry.

Who should attend? QA and testing professionals

 

Did we miss any conferences or events?

Please let us know in the comments below if there are any other events or conferences you think we should add to our list.

The Journey to Hybrid Cloud: A Design and Transformation Guide

 

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