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September Guest Blog: DevOpsDays Raleigh Returns for Fourth Year at McKimmon Center October 1-2, 2019

What is DevOps? Is it as simple as software developers (Dev) and IT operations teams (Ops) working together? What type of challenges do they face? How can they proactively work together to innovate or improve products and delivery methods? Can they continuously improve their pipeline efficiency? Are there specific tools or methodologies and how and why do you use them? 

If you’re not sure about these questions, you’re not alone. DevOpsDays Raleigh is a volunteer-based conference bringing Dev and Ops together. Not only is it educational, DevOpsDays creates an atmosphere of acceptance, inclusivity and fun. Now in its fourth year, the Raleigh organizing team chose the theme “Expanding DevOps” because the people affected by DevOps are rapidly growing to organizational areas outside of just IT. 

While professionals in software development, programming, engineering and other highly technical positions may already be proponents and practitioners of DevOps, others may just be getting into a true transformation. Either way, DevOpsDays Raleigh has a variety of presenters that will inform and teach attendees how they can improve their current environment for innovation, testing and delivery. Presentations and workshops are accessible to both novices in any type of organization, but also deliver value to seasoned engineers. 

The program of speakers showcases 18 keynotes, 11 ignite talks and four workshops. Presentations feature topics from Splunk’s Josh Atwell’s keynote “How to Be A Failure,” addressing how to make failure a positive part of our professional and organizational development, to RSA Archer’s Dan Barker’s workshop “Getting Started with AI for Free,” detailing open source tools commonly used in data science. Ignites – auto-forwarding PowerPoint lightning talks – are also a fan favorite during this two-day event. This year’s Ignites feature presenters from companies such as LexisNexis, IBM, Datadog, Nokia, AppDynamics and more. 

DevOpsDays is a conference by the technology community, for the technology community. Whether a seasoned professional, new to the industry or a student who wants to learn more about what their future could look like, DevOpsDays Raleigh is inclusive of all levels who want to learn from each other. This year the conference organizers expect up to 500 attendees. Each attendee has the opportunity to network, learn, propose their own discussions and visit with our industry-leading sponsors who graciously support the event (and also give away amazing prizes). Attendees also receive great meals for breakfast and lunch, and are invited to an opening night happy hour and a closing night reception.  

As a partner of NC Tech, DevOpsDays Raleigh offers a discount from both early bird ($125 ending September 13) and the regular-priced tickets ($150 ending when sold out). Enter promotional code DODR2019-NCTech when registering to get $10 off tickets. 

DevOpsDays Raleigh returns October 1-2, 2019, to the The McKimmon Conference and Training Center of North Carolina State University at 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC  27606. To learn more about DevOpsDays Raleigh and DevOpsDays around the globe, please visit


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