This week I attended the first WinOps conference in London, a conference dedicated to the people, tools and practices it takes to “do DevOps” on Windows. The day was well organised, well executed and well attended which was impressive as a new event. Below I share some of my thoughts about the conference and the future of the #WinOps community.

A different DevOps community…

This was not a conference attended by start-up hipster techies, it was a conference for battle scarred enterprise IT folk. A conference for those wrestling with DevOps in a world of legacy systems and enterprise licensing agreements. This is a world I know all too well and it’s great to find an event where we can join forces without being “the uncool kids”.

Wise words, no demos required…

Although I know there were a few demonstrations in the workshop area, the main conference sessions and panels were free from demos. For me this is exactly how it should be. Instead we had an engaging and entertaining keynote from Stephen Thair, an interesting and insightful tour of JustEat’s technical wizardry by Peter Mounce and a high energy, original talk about situational awareness from John Rakowski of AppDynamics. Based on the number of questions and participation from the crowd I believe all speakers were well received and it was good to see that many of the talking points and questions were OS agnostic (a common theme throughout the day).

To those who missed it…

As a new event I guess WinOps was not the top priority for a number of people. There were a couple of absentees in the scheduled speakers and I am not sure the organiser providing the keynote was by design. However, I don’t think this impacted the day significantly. If anything it demonstrates the quality and strength of the support around the event that no one was particularly missed. I don’t believe this will be a problem next year.

So in summary…

WinOps 2015 was a very strong start and I’m looking forward to seeing this community grow. Sure, we are not the cool kids, but with DevOps and Craft Beer in common I think we’ll get by just fine.

#HumanOps champion, #HugOps evangelist and recovering #DevOps consultant. Product Manager at @ServerDensity and #DevOpsDays London Organiser

#HumanOps champion, #HugOps evangelist and recovering #DevOps consultant. Product Manager at @ServerDensity and #DevOpsDays London Organiser