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DevOpsDays Madrid 2023: A successful event for the DevOps community

On October 6, the 2023 edition of DevOpsDays Madrid, an intense event dedicated to DevOps culture that had the participation of more than 300 people, including technology professionals, students and DevOps enthusiasts. It is also the first year that we sponsor this event since Panel Sistemas.

Below, we share our learnings with you.

Event objectives

DevOpsDays are a series of global technical events driven by local communities. Based on the notable efforts of its volunteers, the reason for DevOpsDays is to provide value to each attendee, giving them the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the latest trends in DevOps.
  • Share ideas and experiences.
  • Build relationships with other industry professionals.

Have they succeeded?

Event schedule

To manage the event program, the organization relied on the platform Koliseum, a very interesting solution and you can consult it in this websites. In a very summary way, I would say that it included a fresh combination of talks, workshops and open spaces.

A successful combination because the talks addressed a wide range of topics related to DevOps, such as automation, security (DevSecOps), organizational culture and innovation. The workshops provided attendees with the opportunity to learn new skills and technologies, while the open spaces (Open Space sessions) allowed us to exchange ideas and experiences… without filter 😉.

Apart from the two plenary sessions (opening and closing), we are talking about a party with 4 parallel sessions in 6 shifts, that is, a very large event in which many sticks were played.

Some of the topics that stood out to us from the event were:

The importance of automation for improving productivity and reliability

In the talk «Automation for DevOps», they spoke to us in particular about how automation helps organizations improve the productivity, reliability and security of their systems. I dare say that it almost fell short, I consider this to be a determining aspect in the medium term.

An example: the use of tools continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) to automate the process of building, testing, and deploying code. Reliability is increased by detecting and correcting errors more quickly and efficiently. Additionally, this frees developers to focus on creating new features and improvements, rather than wasting effort on tedious manual tasks. It is a classic, but unfortunately, it is still an aspiration in many companies.

Here are a series of outstanding technologies that we can rely on:

  • CI/CD tools: Jenkins, GitLab CI/CD, Azure Pipelines
  • Test automation tools: Selenium, Cypress, Appium
  • Configuration management tools: Ansible, Puppet, Chef
  • Monitoring and alerting tools: Prometheus, Grafana, ELK Stack

The importance of ensuring processes by automating them

Process automation, as a fundamental tool in DevOps, frees developers to focus on more strategic tasks. Is software security something strategic? By integrating automated steps we will improve software security by identifying and correcting security vulnerabilities before they are exploited by attackers. The massive adoption of infrastructure as code maximizes the potential benefit of these strategies.

As for pointing out some of the sessions that we enjoyed, we are left with these:

The Complexity Trap: Reevaluating our incentives

The closing session of Edu Ferro (@eferro) explained how our current incentives can lead us astray and how we can realign them to prioritize eliminating the unnecessary, promoting cleaner, more efficient and effective systems. A deep reflection that we believe will enter the exam.

DevSecOps: how to make secure software without dying of boredom

Gisela Torres' session (@returngis) was very instructive in highlighting the broad possibilities for integrating security from the beginning in software development and infrastructure as code. The range of possibilities is very wide, Gisela labels it as “Agobio++” and we believe that the path to advance is called #Evolttrue.  

Serverless @ 30k feet

Ryanair's Adrian Pozueco's session was amazing. A brilliant tour of the various AWS Serverless use cases they have and, especially, how they are capable of changing the architecture of their solutions to optimize operating costs. Yes, you read it right.

Visualizing Transformation: 5 Ways to Make Work More Visible

Dominica DeGrandis (@dominicad- PDF) offers its help to organizations to make work visible and improve workflow. Obsessed with actionable metrics and influencing change, Dominica advises her clients on flow metrics, value stream management, and how to effect change.

Conclusions

The event was a resounding success, both in terms of participation and content. Attendees were able to learn from the world's best DevOps professionals and share their own experiences and knowledge.

From here we want to thank the resources for organizers of the DevOps Days Madrid Community and to all sponsors this year.

In fact, they are already planning the 2024 edition. So if you are interested in DevOps, we recommend that you participate in the next event :)

Miguel Ángel Nicolaus

Miguel Ángel Nicolaus

Miguel Ángel is CIO, Director of Innovation and co-founder of Panel Sistemas. Follow @ mnicolao11 on Twitter, or visit their profile at Analysis. You can also contact him via e-mail at this address.

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