Last month I had the privilege to attend the DEV Intersection conference in Orlando, FL. Being a infrastructure engineer I stuck to the IT Transformation track which was stocked with great speakers and sessions. The general focus of the sessions and keynotes was utilizing Microsoft (and others’) technologies to move towards devops oriented processes. I was additionally grateful for the workshops focusing on leveraging Visual Studio Team Services with Visual Studio Code to write PowerShell infrastructure as code taught by Jeffrey Snover, Don Jones, and Michael Greene. They convinced me to finally switch to using Code as my PowerShell editor.
Another highlight of the conference was Jeffrey Snover’s keynote on the impending release of Azure Stack. He presented the value proposition of businesses and service providers being able to provide a subset of Azure services in places where the Azure public cloud doesn’t yet make sense. I really think this is more game changing then most people realize and will put Microsoft in a unique position to help businesses transition to the “cloud” both in architecture and destination.
For years I have been listening to podcasts, reading blogs, and watching training videos, and it was a real treat to finally meet some of these people in person, shake their hand, and thank them for their influence on my career.
I would definitely go to the DEV Intersection conference again (if/when it comes back to the south east). The next conference is October 31-November 2, 2017 in Las Vegas.