DevOps World 2020 took place this past Sep 22, 2020 – Sep 24, 2020, and was virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That did not stop the team at Cloudbees from delivering on what was indeed a great conference.
The Cloudbees team went above and beyond in delivering a quality event that felt like a conference even though we were not physically there.
In May, [Cloudbee’s made the decision] that it was not going to be possible to have an in-person event given the world’s current pandemic.
Scheduling took place for the CFP and the plans were made.
The key theme of the conference was:
- Everything automated
- Everything connected
- Everything resilient
CloudBees’ SVP Shawn Ahmed talked about how resiliency at speed is about configuring security in as well. About finding that amazing harmony between flexibility and automation to create flexible automation.
He said “In this world full of automation, those virtual robots that follow the CI/CD process you’ve defined as code are the only ones that can push assets in production with all the necessary security gates and policies built right in. No configuration change will ever happen just for that one release. It’s either something you bake in or it’s just for that one release. All production assets become versioned and reproducible via automated process, so no change under the radar. Everything is on the table. Fully auditable and traceable.”
That really stuck with me.
In my session titled, “Spinnaker: A Deep Dive and Jenkins on Kubernetes – The Butler Starts Orchestrating” I covered the spinnaker deep dive into the technology stack as well as the use of Jenkins and Kubernetes with Spinnaker.
In my keynote, I talked about my open-source journey from a boy in a group home being mentored by a NASA rocket scientist, to working at such amazing places as Yahoo! and Symantec, to mentoring and giving back to open-source.
It was really well received and I am getting many emails from people all over the planet who want to get started in open-source! That is the power of open-source.
I also learned that I won the most valuable Jenkins advocate award. This award recognizes the individual who helped advocate for Jenkins through the organization of a local Jenkins Area Meetup(s) and Jenkins-related events.
The world has changed for CICD and it is going to continue to evolve, we just have to keep up with the ever-changing landscape.
Here are some pictures from the event