IBM PREVAIL Conference: October 19–21, 2021

Robert Barron
IBM Cloud
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3 min readJul 6, 2021


We are proud to announce PREVAIL 2021 — an IBM technical conference.

PREVAIL is a unique follow-the-sun virtual event devoted to IT resilience, performance, security, quality testing and Site Reliability Engineering.

Resilience is a more vital topic than ever as the challenges presented by COVID-19 have pushed many organizations beyond normal concerns around DevOps, cloud adoption or Agile methodologies. Cloud-based services are in high demand and expected to be fast, secure and always-on.

To address these issues, the IBM Academy of Technology is sponsoring PREVAIL — an IBM technical conference hosted by technical people for a technical audience. It is a safe space for technical people to talk about technical topics.

Keynote speakers

While the conference timetable is still being planned (and by submitting a session you can affect it), I’d like to present some of our initial keynote speakers:

  • IBM Fellow Rashik Parmer: “Responsible Computing”
  • Microsoft Azure MVP Tiago Costa: “Azure Well-Architected Framework for Performance and Availability”
  • Berkley Professor Edward Lee: “Determinism in Modeling Distributed Software”
  • IBM Fellow Nataraj Nagaratnam: “Zero Trust Security”
  • Red Hat Cloud Security Specialist Zak Berrie: “Tackling security in the world of containers, cloud, and DevSecOps”

Register for the event

Please register here for PREVAIL 2021.

Replays of the excellent keynotes, breakout sessions, panels, workshops and posters from subject matter experts delivered on last year’s conference are still available. Check out replays of last year’s sessions here.

Submit papers

We would also like to invite you to submit papers for this year’s IBM PREVAIL 2021 event.

Speakers are welcome from within IBM, Kyndryl, IBM subsidiaries and IBM Business Partners, from Academia and also from any other organization or individual who is passionate about non-functional requirements.

As a speaker, you are invited to present a talk that covers technical aspects of any technology, method or service that is important to you and is relevant to one of the PREVAIL tracks.

The papers we are inviting you to submit are around designing, building and managing solutions that are fast, always-on and secure, using modern ways of working, technologies and compute paradigms.

The major themes are we interested in are the following:

  • Availability
  • Performance
  • Security
  • Site Reliability Engineering
  • Quality Testing

Examples of topics in these themes can include, but are not limited to:

  • Agile methods
  • Continuous integration
  • DevOps pipelines
  • Internet of Things
  • Microservices
  • Container technology
  • Cloud or hybrid cloud platforms
  • Chaos engineering

Please submit your papers here for PREVAIL 2021.

We are looking forward to seeing you — either as an attendant or a speaker.

Register today for PREVAIL 2021 on October 19–21, 2021.

Originally published at on July 6, 2021.



Robert Barron
IBM Cloud

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