I am very glad to announce that one of the authors of “The DevOps Handbook” John Willis will be joining us aa as Keynote speaker at our first Australian DevOps Talks Conference in Melbourne (11-12 May) #DOTC.

John Willis is a popular blogger and a regular on the DevOps speaking circuit today. Willis is a technical evangelist for Docker and after an acquisition of his 6-month-old start-up SocketPlane; he is now Director of Ecosystem Development at Docker, Inc.

Why am I so excited by this speaker?

When we understand the chain of events in our life and their purpose, we can open new horizons and it can drive us to the next line of peaks.

In November 2016, I was invited for a second time by Google to visit Google Test Automation Conference in Sunnyvale (California). It was an awesome event and I really appreciate the work from Google and all involved in creating such a cool event for all of us.

Fast forward a couple of months and I received a Christmas gift from my friend that I met during my GTAC trip. It was "The DevOps Handbook" which John co-authored. My daily job is to help companies in digital transformations, build and create DevOps Practice. Today all of us understand that DevOps is a core enabler of digital transformation, but each transformation is unique and implementation of DevOps is not a template that can be easily applied to any organization and environment.

If your work is related to IT, if you are a technical guy or in a leadership role, if your business has IT department you have to understand DevOps culture, process, and tools for high-performance development and operations. Otherwise, the future will not be kind to you. "The DevOps Handbook" is a comprehensive guide for both leaders and practitioners on how to build a high-performing DevOps practice. It provides both practical and theoretical visions on DevOps practice from a technical perspective and distilled lessons from lean manufacturing.

This book's details many nuances that I have personally faced during transformation processes. In some cases, through trial and error, I’ve worked out how to deal with these issues and blockers but it was great to read that I am not alone in facing these issues. It was also great to read that similar approaches had been used by others and that the most important element of this approach was to understand the background of challenges and how to prevent them in the future.

“The DevOps Handbook” is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand and implement DevOps culture, process, and tools to create high-performance development and operations and I’m so excited to have John speaking at DevOps Talks

More about the speaker:

John Willis was the VP of Solutions at SocketPlane which was focused on SDN for containers and had been founded in fall 2014. Prior to founding SocketPlane, John was VP of customer enablement at Stateless Networks, and prior to that, he was chief DevOps evangelist at Dell, which he joined following the Enstratius acquisition in May 2013.

Prior to Socketplane and Enstratius John was the VP of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. He also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. John has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.

We are looking forward to welcoming John in Melbourne and seeing him at DevOps Talks Conference on 11-12 May.