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The best DevOps conferences of 2017

If you're an IT organization looking for DevOps expertise, you just can't buy a DevOps guide and follow a series of common, generic steps for its implementation. That's why attending DevOps conferences can be very valuable for CIOs, CTOs, IT chiefs, and development and ops managers who are trying to figure out the best way to introduce DevOps to their teams or just network with peers and experts.

Here is a comprehensive list of the top DevOps conferences and events that have proved useful to attendees in the past. These conferences have most often provided a mix of real-world case study testimonials, sessions by experts, hands-on workshops, and opportunities for ad hoc, informal conversations.

We have ranked them in four categories:

  • Events we consider must-attend
  • Others that are worth attending
  • Events that, within their broader scope, have strong DevOps/IT ops tracks and content
  • A final group of large, quasi-legendary conferences whose size and breadth make them interesting to DevOps and IT ops enthusiasts
Special coverageDevOps Enterprise Summit 2016 speakers and top takeaways

DevOps matters more than ever

Interest in DevOps and IT Ops continues on the upswing, as businesses look for ways to automate, streamline, sharpen, and accelerate their software development and delivery processes. Most CxOs by now understand that it’s essential for businesses to be able to create new apps and enhance existing software quickly and continuously in order to satisfy customers’ expectations and compete effectively against rivals.

But DevOps isn’t a detailed, systematic, and codified process. It’s more of a philosophy that frequently requires an IT work culture shift, so the way it’s adopted varies widely. At these conferences, you'll meet some of the "philosophers" as well as the key practitioners, all working to create a unified and collaborative relationship between the developers and the operations teams.

Must-attend DevOps conferences

This year's must-attend list of DevOps conferences is based primarily on the high interest we have observed among attendees, growing year-on-year. A notable category in this grouping are conferences based on technologies that help DevOps teams automate their essential processes.

DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES)

Twitter: @DOES_USA / #DOES17
Web: events.itrevolution.com/us
Date: Nov. 13-15
Location: San Francisco, California. (Conference also held in London.)
Cost: $1,225 (blind bird), $1,450 (early bird), and $1,800

DevOps Enterprise Summit is a conference for the leaders of large, complex organizations implementing DevOps principles and practices, according to the event's organizers. They say the event programming emphasizes both evolving technical and architectural practices and the methods needed to lead widespread change efforts in large organizations. The goal is to give leaders the tools and practices they need to develop and deploy software faster and to win in the marketplace.

Attendees can expect to see speakers from many large companies—IT pros from Target, Bose, HPE, and Disney have spoken at DOES in the past—as well as engage in ad hoc discussions and enjoy what some have described as a great community and learning environment. The big takeaway from DOES 2016: It marked putting to rest the question, "Yeah, but will it work in the enterprise?" Now it's about how DevOps can work for your company, writes J. Paul Reed.

Who should attend: Developers, operations specialists, CxOs, software architects, systems and network admins

DockerCon

Twitter: @DockerCon / #dockercon
Web: 2017.dockercon.com
Date: April 17-20
Location: Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas
Cost: Full conference pass, $1150

The interest in containers—and in Docker especially—has gone from 0 to 80 mph in less than two years, and this conference has become one of the hottest gatherings in the IT industry.

For 2017, the conference organizers are promising to offer a bigger and better program than previous years—one that reflects the diversity of the Docker ecosystem and community. This year's event, they say, will have sessions on use cases at large and innovative corporations, advanced technical talks and hands-on lab tutorials. Each day starts with a general session followed by breakout sessions. Among the speakers at this year's event will be Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker.

DockerCon has grown in popularity over the years. Last year, more than 4,000 people registered for the conference and there were another 500 on the waiting list. The gathering also attracted some 100 company sponsors, compared to 30 in 2014 when Docker debuted.

Who should attend: Developers, DevOps enthusiasts, IT executives.

Velocity Conference

Twitter: @velocityconf / @OReillyMedia / #velocityconf
Web: conferences.oreilly.com/velocity/vl-ca
Date: Training, June 19-20; tutorials and conference, June 20-22
Location: San Jose, California (Also to be held in New York, Amsterdam and Beijing
Cost: Not available

O'Reilly says it's taking Velocity in a new direction in 2017. Originally focused on web performance and operations, the conference will now encompass a distributed systems stack spanning the application layer all the way down to through compute, storage and networking to the data center—whether it's in the cloud or not.  Presentations at the 2017 conference will cover everything from automation, containerization, continuous delivery and DevOps to orchestration and scheduling, security and serverless computing.

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

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

Video of keynotes and other material is available online.

LISA

Twitter: @LISAConference / #LISA17
Web: usenix.org/conference/lisa17
Date: October 29-November 3, 2017
Location: Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California
Cost: Not available.

The LISA conference positions itself as a vendor-neutral meeting place for the systems administration community, with a heavy training focus. It's organized by Usenix, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, LISA (Large Installation Systems Administration) is focused on the design, building, and maintenance of critical systems.

Who should attend? IT Ops, systems admins, systems engineers, network engineers, software architects.

Video from Lisa16 is available online.

DevOps Days

Twitter: @devopsdays / #devopsdays
Web: devopsdays.org
Date: Varies
Location: Held throughout the year in multiple cities, mostly in the United States and Europe, sometimes in Asia, Africa, and Latin America
Cost: Varies

This conference series is run by volunteers whose target audience is front-line engineers and their managers. A global core team includes such DevOps luminaries as Patrick Debois and Damon Edwards, who assist local organizers with their events worldwide.

Portland's DevOpsDays speaker lineup included well-known figures such as Kelsey Hightower (Google Cloud), Jennifer Davis (co-author of Effective DevOps), and many practitioners from organizations large and small in the Portland area. Co-author of The Phoenix Project and the forthcoming The DevOps Handbook, Gene Kim was in attendance as well, engaging with attendees both in person and through the ongoing conversation on Twitter.

Who should attend: Developers, IT Ops practitioners and leaders.

Gartner IT Operations Strategies & Solutions Summit 2017

Twitter: @Gartner_Events / #GartnerITOM
Web: gartner.com/events/na/infrastructure-operations-management
Date:  May 8-10
Location: Orlando, Florida
Cost: Ranges from $2,600 (through March 10)  to $2,925. Public sector, $2,425

IT operations is a critical component of a healthy IT ecosystem, Gartner explains at the conference website. However, because of persistent and dynamic change, the efficacy of IT operations is increasingly being viewed through the lens of business outcomes. Amid such rapid change and external pressure, how can IT leaders be clear about where the value of IT operations resides? By rethinking traditional paradigms and saying no to “business as usual.”

The main tracks in this year's conference include emerging trends in IT operations, leadership and strategy, DevOps and Agile in IT operations, and cloud and virtualization. There are also a number of "spotlight tracks" that focus on security in IT operations, the digital workplace, bimodal IT and cost optimization.  Both the agenda and list of speakers for this year's conference have been posted online.

"Every year, we find it’s a great event which offers specialized learning tracks for IT Operations professionals,"  Kaitlin Olcott wrote of the 2016 event. "This year the focus was on a few consistent areas such as cloud and DevOps, but newer areas like bimodal and IoT were also big focal points for the conference."

"Perhaps most surprising of all was that both analysts and IT professionals had their eye on automation," she noted. "This came as quite a surprise for us considering in the past few years, automation has been a much less buzzed about topic at conferences. Most conferences focus on whatever the latest trend is—relegating automation and other less-buzzworthy topics to smaller rooms and fewer sessions."

Who should attend: IT ops management, IT infrastructure, QA, network services, cloud operations and IT service support

DevOps conferences worth attending

Some of our readers might describe many of the conferences in our second category as must-attend, especially those that appear to be growing in size each year. Generally, these are conferences that are smaller in attendance or targeted at specific industries. All conferences in this section are either directly aimed at DevOps practitioners or focus on technologies and concepts that are related to DevOps.

ChefConf

Twitter: @ChefConf / #ChefConfChefConf / #ChefConf
Web: chef.io/chefconf
Date: May 22-24
Location: Austin, Texas
Cost: $995 (through April 1), $1,295 thereafter

ChefCon's organizers focus on their event's location and the quality of the nearly 2000 passionate leaders, practitioners, and innovators from the DevOps community who attend the conference every year.

"ChefConf challenges the status quo," writes Nathen Harvey, vice president of community development at Chef. "It introduces new ways of thinking, problem-solving, and collaborating. The show pushes boundaries—personal, professional, and everything in between—inspiring attendees to take the road less traveled, while simultaneously opening up to people and possibilities previously not considered."

Who should attend: DevOps developers.

The agenda for this year's conference is available online.

PuppetConf

Twitter: @puppetconf / #puppetconf
Web: puppet.com/puppetconf
Date: October 10-12
Location: Hilton San Francisco Union, San Francisco, California
Cost: $657

PuppetConf is aimed at the community that's been created around the open source configuration management tool, Puppet. The conference includes more than 80 educational sessions. They cover a wide range of content for a variety of skill levels and focus on topics such as DevOps, cloud management, next­ generation infrastructure, application delivery, security and compliance, continuous delivery, and career and personal development.

A conference agenda won't be available until June but you can get a flavor for the event from last year's agenda. Some significant Puppet announcements were made at last year's conference. Puppet Enterprise 2016.4 was introduced, for example, as well as a new Puppet Docker image build and the vRealize plugin for Puppet Enterprise.

Who should attend: IT professionals charged with managing enterprise, architecture, web operations, and application development and deployment; technology evangelists and entrepreneurs who leverage cloud-based technology for agility and efficiency; and IT researchers investigating high-performance computing.

Jenkins World

Twitter: @jenkinsconf / @CloudBees / #jenkinsconf
Web: cloudbees.com/jenkinsworld
Date: August 28-29, training and workshops; August 30-31, conference
Location: Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, California
Cost: $250, expo floor only; $799, general registration; $719, federal and non-profits employees; $599, students. Early bird rates available

Jenkins World focuses on anything relevant to the open-source continuous delivery service Jenkins. To get a flavor of the conference, check out last year's agenda. The Blue Ocean user interface was announced at last year's show and it's been gaining popularity rapidly with more than 1,000 installations per month since its introduction, says the Jenkins Project.

Who should attend: DevOps thought leaders, continuous delivery practitioners and anyone in the Jenkins community.

SaltConf

Twitter: @SaltStackInc #SaltConf17
Web: saltconf.com
Date: Not available
Location: Not available
Cost: Not available

No details about the 2017 conference are available, but you can get a feel for the conference from last year's agenda.

Who should attend: SaltStack customers and users, core engineers, developers, and partners

ContainerSched 2017

Twitter: @skillsmatter /#containersched
Web: skillsmatter.com/conferences/
Location: CodeNode, London, United Kingdom
Cost: £295 (through Feb 20), £650 thereafter

ContainerSched will focus on the current interest around DevOps, microservices, containers and schedulers, say conference organizers. The aim is to explore the core technologies and associated areas of interest (such as networking, storage, security, scaling) via talks, discussions, and workshops.

Who should attend: Who should attend? Developers, DevOps enthusiasts, IT executives.

Microsoft Ignite

Twitter: @MS_Ignite / #MSIgnite
Web: ignite.microsoft.com
Date: September 25-29
Location: Orlando, Florida
Cost: Standard ticket price is $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 Microsoft and focuses on its products, it also draws more than 100 vendors that participate in the expo and as sessions speakers.

Who should attend: Microsoft developers

IT/Dev Connections

Twitter: @devconnections / #ITDevConnections
Web: devconnections.com
Date: October 23-26
Location: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, California
Cost: Early bird pricing through June 16, $1,299 and $2,099. Thereafter, $1,799 and $2,699.

This conference, aimed at developers and IT professionals of all stripes, 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, with an emphasis on Microsoft products like Azure, Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint, although other vendors are also discussed.

Who should attend: Developers, IT pros.

DevOps Docker Camp

Twitter: @Docker_Camp / #DockerCamp
Web: devops-training.de
Date: June 19-21
Location: Munich, Germany
Cost: Prices for three-day ticket ranges from  €1,099 to €1,299. One- and two-day tickets available ranging from €649 to €1,099.

The conference, held in German and designed for DevOps practitioners, systems administrators, and software and system architects, focuses on the basics of Docker and touches on infrastructures for micro services, app dev, container security, and best practices.

Who should attend: DevOps practitioners, systems administrators, and software and system architects.

DevOps Con

Twitter: @devops_con / #DevOpsCon
Web: devopsconference.de
Date: June 12-15
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cost: Pricing ranges from a one-day pass €449 (through March 2) to a four-day pass €1,949

This conference, held in German and English, includes an expo floor and addresses topics such as continuous delivery, microservices, Docker, cloud computing, container technology, lean business concepts, and shorter delivery cycles.

Workshops, keynotes and sessions have been posted online.  Those sessions include Application Load Testing with Open Source and the Cloud, Applying Behavioral Science and Instruments in DevOps Transformations, Empowering the People driving DevOps and Docker opens the Doors for IoT.

Who should attend: Software developers, architects, IT Ops, CxOs

Jax DevOps

Twitter: @jaxdevops / #jaxdevops
Web: devops.jaxlondon.com
Date: April 3-6
Location: Park Plaza Victoria, London, England
Cost: Prices range from €315 (through Feb. 23)  for a one-day power workshop, to €1,399 for four days of conferences and workshops

Described by its organizers as a “conference for continuous delivery, microservices, Docker, and clouds,” this conference focuses on accelerated delivery cycles and increased delivery quality.

Conference program has been posted online. Conference sessions include DevOps Kaizen: Empowering Teams to find and fix their own Problems; The Seven (More) Deadly Sins of Microservices; Security Professional’s Toolbox: Semi-automated Pentesting with Open-Source Tools; and Scaling Up DevOps in the Enterprise.

Who should attend: Developers involved with DevOps, continuous delivery, microservices, Docker, and cloud computing

DevOps & Microservices Summit

Twitter: @UNICOMSeminars / #unicomdevops
Web: devopssummit.com/devops-for-business-value
Date: April 27
Location: London, United Kingdom (Also offered in Brussels on May 10 and Dublin on May 24)
Cost: Pricing ranges from £750 plus VAT for vendors and consultants to £275 for end users

Organized by UNICOM Seminars, these conferences focus on how microservices and containers can be used refresh DevOps architecture so it can deliver on its speed of delivery promises. Topics to be covered in these conferences include: Changing culture to continuously deliver; Agility and speed of automation; Change with Containers / Dockers; Cloud and DevOps; Hybrid Clouds and Culture Clash; Test Automation; ChatOps & DevSecOps; Microservices Architecture – Core Concepts; Primary benefits, and drawbacks of the Microservices architecture style; and Techniques for transforming to a Microservices architecture.

Who should attend: Anyone in IT or other roles interested in the business value of DevOps.

Config Management Camp

Twitter: @cfgmgmtcamp / #cfgmgmtcamp
Web: cfgmgmtcamp.eu
Date: Feb. 6-7
Location: Gent, Belgium
Cost: Sold out

Config Management Camp is aimed at people interested in open-source configuration management, primarily open source developers, but also consultants, integrators, and industry analysts.

PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit

Twitter: @PSHSummit @PSHOrg
Web: powershell.org/wp/summit
Date: April 9-12
Location: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, Washington
Cost: $1200 for three days and $1,500 for four days

This conference is all about Microsoft’s PowerShell automation and configuration tool and features PowerShell product team members, Microsoft MVPs, engineers, developers, sys admins, PowerShell community members, and other experts doing a deep dive on this topic and on DevOps principles and practices. It’s organized by PowerShell.org, which is part of the DevOps Collective nonprofit corporation.

Who should attend: Microsoft developers, designers, engineers, sys admins

Fusion 17

Twitter: @itsmf_usa / @ThinkHDI / #SMFUSION
Web: servicemanagementfusion.com
Date: October 31-November 3
Location: Orlando, Florida
Cost: Conference passes range from free for expo only to $2,295 for an executive package; pre-conference workshops range from $1,695-$2,895. Discounts available for ITSMF/HDI members.

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 are tracks devoted to DevOps and agile topics.

Who should attend: Service delivery managers, senior-level VPs and directors, CIOs and CTOs.

Continuous Lifecycle London

Twitter: @ConLifecycleLon / #ConlifecycleLon
Web: continuouslifecycle.london
Date: May 17-19
Location: London, United Kingdom
Cost: Two-day conference, £664 plus £133 VAT; workshops on continuous delivery with Docker and theory, technology and practice of continuous delivery, £400 plus £80 VAT.

Conference organizers pledge a “holistic approach” to exploring continuous delivery and DevOps topics, addressing concepts, processes, and tools. It will also feature “real-world experts” sharing their practical experience.

Who should attend: Developers interested in continuous delivery techniques and tools

This year's sessions lineup is available online.

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 see “DevOps” in the conference titles here, we believe these gatherings will hold interest for many DevOps enthusiasts.

RSA Conference

Twitter: @rsaconference / #RSAC
Web: rsaconference.com/events/us17
Date: February 13-17
Location: Moscone Center, San Francisco, California
Cost: Ticket prices vary widely, starting at $100 for an early-bird expo pass to $2,695 for a full-conference pass bought on site.

One of the world’s largest security conferences, RSA celebrates its 26th anniversary in 2017. RSA became part of Dell Technologies in September but the acquisition isn't expected to affect this year's conference or any future shows.

"Like many other exhibitors, I spent hours chatting with potential customers and technology partners," Tom Skeen, an IT, risk and security adviser with Safe-T Data, wrote about RSA 2016.

"Just about everyone had a common theme or two," Skeen noted. "What is the best way to protect information, at a reasonable cost and with the most operational supportability? This makes complete sense given the continued challenges around advanced cybercrime and hyper-connectivity nowadays."

This is a very large event in terms of attendees, exhibitors, and sessions, which may signal robust growth in the IT security industry and just how dangerous the threat landscape has become.

Attendees should do their pre-conference homework and sketch out a gameplan, since this is a very large conference. In 2016 there were more than 40,000 attendees and almost 700 speakers.

Who should attend: Security professionals

Cloud Computing Expo

Twitter: @CloudExpo / @SYSCONmedia / #CloudExpo
Web: cloudcomputingexpo.com
Date/Location:
June 6-7, Javits Center in New York, New York
October 30-November 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 anywhere from $1,600 to $2,500.

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

Who should attend: Cloud app developers.

Agile Dev West and East

Twitter: @TechWell / #ADCEast / #ADCWest

Agile Dev West
Web: adcwest.techwell.com
Date: June 4-9
Location: Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: conference and training packages range from $3,495-$3,995; conference packages range from $595-$3,295

Agile Dev East
Web: adceast.techwell.com
Date: Nov. 5-10
Location: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida
Cost: Conference and training packages range from $3,495-$3,995; conference packages range from $595-$3,095

First held in 2007, Agile Dev focuses on the latest agile methods, tools, and principles via keynotes, case study sessions, technical sessions, tutorials, networking events, and conference classes. It has an expo floor.

The conference is aimed at both new and experienced agile practitioners. As noted on the Agile Dev website, “Whether you’re new to the agile process and need to get up to speed quickly, or you’re experienced and ready to take your team or organization to the next level, our hands-on, in-depth workshops have you covered. Plus, all Agile Dev Conferences are held in conjunction with Better Software Conferences and DevOps Conferences, allowing you to choose from three distinct programs.”

In other words, a ticket for Agile Dev East or West gives the attendee access to two other TechWell conferences happening there at the same time.

Who should attend: Software developers, product owners, scrum masters, QA professionals, and others interested in agile development techniques.

GlueCon

Twitter: @gluecon / @defrag / #gluecon
Web: gluecon.com
Date: May 21-26
Location: Omni Interlocken, Broomfield, Colorado
Cost: $795 for early-bird registration (end April 7)

The conference focuses on what the organizers consider 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 of all these areas.

Who should attend: Developers.

OSCON (O'Reilly Open Source Convention)

Twitter: @oscon / @OReillyMedia / #Oscon
Web: conferences.oreilly.com/oscon/open-source-us
Date: May 8-9, training and tutorials; May 10-11, conference
Location: Austin, Texas
Cost: From $1,545 to $2,695 (through March 16)

O'Reilly notes in its conference explainer that open source has moved from disruption to default. Its methods and culture commoditized the technologies that drove the Internet revolution and transformed the practice of software development. Collaborative and transparent, open source has become modus operandi, powering the next wave of innovation in cloud, data, and mobile technologies.

It adds that in the early days, OSCON was focused on changing mainstream business thinking and practices; today the event is about real-world practices and how to successfully implement open source in your workflow or projects.

Who should attend: Developers, programmers, software architects, designers, system administrators, entrepreneurs, CxOs.

A schedule of conference tutorials, keynotes, sessions and events is available online.

QCon

QCon London
Twitter: @QCon / @qconlondon / #qconlondon
Web: qconlondon.com
Date: Conference, March 6-8; Workshops, March 9-10
Location: Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom
Cost: pricing ranges from £475 for a one-day workshop to £1,650 for three-day conference pass

QCon New York
Twitter: @QCon / @QConNewYork / #qconnewyork
Web: qconnewyork.comDate: conference, June 26-28; workshops, 29-30
Date: Conference, June 26-28; Workshops 29-30
Location: Marriott Marquis, New York City
Cost: Pricing ranges from $795 for one-day workshop to $2,650 for three-day conference pass

QCon San Francisco
Twitter: @QCon / @QConSF / #qconsf
Web: qconsf.com
Date: Conference, November 13-15; Workshops, November 16-17
Location: Hyatt Regency, San Francisco
Cost: Not available

The sponsors of the QCon conferences say what distinguishes their events from others is their marriage of innovation with practical advice. Its workshops and conference sessions are conducted by engineers, practitioners and team leads and not evangelists, trainers/coaches and consultants.  Topics focus on innovators and early adopters in software companies, they maintain.

Who should attend: Technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, project managers.

GoTo Conference

Twitter: @GOTOcon / @GOTOchgo / #GOTOChgo
Web: gotochgo.com
Date: Conference, May 1-2; workshops, May 3-4
Location: Swissotel, Chicago, Illinois (Also held in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Berlin)
Cost: Pricing ranges from $750 for a one-day workshop and $1,195 for a two-day conference pass to $2,695 for all conference and workshop days

This is the fifth year for Chicago's GoTo Conference,  which the organizers say has been “created by developers, for developers." The emphasis is on what has recently become relevant and interesting for the software development community, organizers say. This highly technical conference offers informal and easy contact with experts in attendance, as well as with fellow software and technology professionals.

A  number of tracks will be offered at the event this year on topics such as microservices, security, deep learning analytics and DevOps. This year's lineup of speakers include Adrian Mouat, author of Using Docker; Brian Grant, technology lead at Morningstar; Brian Ray, cognitive computing team lead at Deloitte; Bridget Kromhout, co-host of the Arrested DevOps podcast; Chris Heilmann, senior program manager for developer experience and evangelism at Microsoft; and John Steven, CTO at Cigital.

Who should attend: Developers, , team leads, architects, and project managers.

Fluent

Twitter: @fluentconf / @OReillyMedia / #FluentConf
Web: conferences.oreilly.com/fluent/fl-ca
Date: June 19-20, training; June 20-22, tutorials and conferences
Location: San Jose, California
Cost: Not available

First held in 2012, Fluent aims to cover the “full scope of the Web platform,” according to its organizers. It focuses on practical training in JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, and associated technologies and frameworks, including WebGL, CSS3, mobile APIs, Node.js, AngularJS, and ECMAScript 6.

Keynote speeches at the conference last year touched on subjects such as making mobile apps as powerful as desktop apps, an introduction to the Seif project to transition the Web into an application delivery system, the two most important principles to being a better designer,  and using advanced browser features to build robust apps.

Who should attend: Web designers and developers, including mobile and web infrastructure teams, JavaScript developers, architects, UI/UX designers, and system developers.

Video of 2016 keynotes is available online

JavaOne

Twitter:@JavaOneConf / #JavaOne
Web: oracle.com/javaone
Date: October 1-5
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: Not available

First held in 1996 by Sun Microsystems, JavaOne, now organized by new Java owner Oracle, is billed as the largest conference for Java developers. Learning tracks included Java and security; Java, DevOps and the cloud, and Java and the IoT.

There was a lot of buzz t the 2016 event about  microservices. The idea behind that technology is to  break down large application into reusable but separate scalable services that are all interconnected through protocol but don’t share data. " If that sounds like magic, it kind of is," wrote Treehouse developer Craig Dennis.

Last year's conference was more subdued than those in past years,  Cameron McKenzie wrote for TechTarget. " I hate to say it, but the opening ceremonies of this year's JavaOne conference fell a little flat," he noted. "Not to take away from any of the people who presented, but there just didn't seem to be as much anticipation for what the overlords of the Java platform had in store for all the software developers in attendance."

JavaOne is held at the same time and place as Oracle’s big Open World conference, and attendees can get a pass for both conferences if they so wish.

Who should attend: Java developers.

Keynotes from the 2016 conference are available online.

Other conferences

Our final category includes conferences that are just too cool to overlook. So if you’re planning your conference travel and budget around DevOps shows, you might want to save a little room on your plate for one or more of the following important events.

CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

Twitter: @CES / #CES2018
Web: cesweb.org
Date: January 9-12, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: Not available

The legendary and massive consumer electronics conference and expo covers a wide range of topics, some of which might be of direct or tangential interest to those involved with mobile and IoT, such as security, digital entertainment, e-commerce, gaming, robotics, storage, education technology, mobile apps and networking.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in the latest and greatest consumer electronics.

SXSW (South By Southwest)

Twitter: @sxsw / #SXSW2017
Web: sxsw.com/schedule
Date: March 10-19
Location: Austin, Texas
Cost: There are a variety of ticket prices, ranging from $495 to $1,550

While music and film are key elements of SXSW, the event also has a strong technology component, with topics this year including startups, wearables, healthcare IT, virtual reality, IoT, smart cities, digital media, online marketing, software design and development, open source, mobile design, and user experience.

TechCrunch Disrupt

Twitter: @TechCrunch / #tcdisrupt

New York
Date: May 15-17
Location: New York, New York
Web: techcrunch.com/event-info/disrupt-ny-2017

San Francisco
Date: September 18-20, San Francisco, California
Web: techcrunch.com/event-info/disrupt-sf-2017

Cost: Extra early-bird ticket for full, three-day access is $1,995. Other packages for exhibitors and individuals available.

Disrupt is the conference for anyone involved with or interested in startups, entrepreneurs, venture capital, and emerging technologies. It features hackathons, provocative panel discussions, and A-list speakers. Many leading companies have used Disrupt as a springboard.

Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo

Twitter: @Gartner_SYM / #ITxpo #GartnerSYM
Web: gartner.com/events/na/orlando-symposium
Date: October 30-November 2
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Cost: Standard conference price is AU$4,350. Public-sector price is AU$3,575. Group discounts are available.

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

E3 Expo

Twitter: @E3 / #E32017
Web: e3expo.com
Date: June 13-15
Location: Los Angeles, California
Cost: Not available

A massive gaming show that covers mobile, video and computer games, and related products, it covers topics of interest to software developers, buyers and retailers, distributors, entertainment industry executives, venture capitalists, manufacturers, and resellers.

Highlights of 2016 conference are available online.

Interop Las Vegas

Twitter: @interop #Interop
Web: interop.com/lasvegas
Date: May 15-19
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: Ranges from $249 (before April 1) to $3,299

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.

We've done our best to compile this comprehensive list of the top software development conferences to attend in 2017, but this is a list in progress. Please let us know in the comments below if there are any other events or conferences you think we should add to our list.

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