The Velocity Conference is returning to Santa Clara this May 27-29 and it got me thinking about what makes a conference great. I’ve had some memorable times at conferences - spending all night in Austin squashing critical issues so we could roll a beta release; an amazing after party on the USS Enterprise in New York; going all-in and losing spectacularly in poker at OSCON. But there’s a difference between memorable times at an event and a really great event.
I think the truly great conferences are ones that leave us with questions - questions that eventually cause us to see technology differently or alter the way we work.
We developed some new themes for this year’s Velocity Conference - End-to-end Optimization, IT as a Business Driver, Ubiquitous Delivery and Deliberately Unstable Systems - and they’ve already elicited questions that I believe will make Velocity a truly great conference.
One question we’ve seen is, “Where does performance fit in the new themes?” It’s easy to see how performance is a part of optimization, but also know that performance is a business driver (faster load times lead to higher revenue) and have seen how deliberately unstable systems like microservices can boost performance. It leads us to ask, “Is performance simply the speed of content delivery?”
We’d love to hear your questions. Take another look at our new themes (scroll to the middle of the linked page for details on our new themes), then share your questions by posting a comment below. On Tuesday, 1/27 we’ll randomly choose one post who will win a $50 O’Reilly gift card. So check back often to read other's posts and to see if you won.
Update 1/28: Congratulations to Shane Curcuru, the winner of the $50 gift card! His question about choices, even with containers and run-anywhere clouds, is a good one to ponder.
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