It’s true what they say about time flying really quickly. It seemed like only yesterday that we got together for the inaugural DevOpsDays Singapore 2015 and now here we were at DevOpsDays Singapore 2016.
The venue is still the same: the easily accessible Raffles City Convention Centre. We did notice a significant drop in the number of sponsors this year though: Not sure if it was due to a back-to-back event –Agile Singapore 2016 took place just before DevOpsDays – or due to the event being held on a weekend. Nevertheless, the turnout for participants appeared to be about the same as last year.
It was heart-warming to see familiar faces amongst the crowd and encouraging to see several new faces too. There was also a good number of overseas participants who flew in especially for the event from neighbouring countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
This year, we decided to team up with our strategic partner, Puppet to co-sponsor the event as Gold sponsors.
We shared a stand and portrayed ourselves as a team – which worked really well as we had numerous engaging conversations with participants who were not only interested in tooling but also wanted to find out more about how digital transformation consultancies can add value to their organizations.
Below is a photo taken of our team. As you can see, we also had a lot of fun giving away freebies like stress balls, USB sticks, pens & stickers.
(L-R: Jason, KH, Brett, Karl, Steven)
DevOpsDays Singapore: Day 1
This year, DevOpsDays Singapore took on a slightly different format.
The first day covered the usual 30-minutes speeches, 5-minutes ignite talks and open space discussions. We were honoured to have our DevOps Practice Lead, Jason Man, fly all the way from London to present a 30-minutes speech, entitled “I want DevOps, but how do I justify it?”.
Several attendees visited our stand during the break to have further conversations with Jason about his speech. One of them even invited Jason to present at an event in his home country, which was awesome!
We ended the first day in style with a round of drinks and networking at Bobby’s @ CHIJMES.
DevOpsDays Singapore: Day 2
Our second day consisted of hands-on workshops covering topics like Creating a CD Pipeline, Ansible and Hashicorp that ran in parallel for the first half of the day.
It was energizing to watch participants at the workshops leave with smiles on their faces, as if they’d learned something very useful.
It’s been interesting to see how topics presented and discussed at the event have slowly moved away from the traditional “What is DevOps?” to “How to justify it, go about doing it and gain value from it” as people have become more aware of what DevOps is.
We’re seeing a lot of value in the communication of success/failure stories, and passing on lessons from those who had been there, done that.
It seems more organizations are planning to make the leap to embrace DevOps as part of their Digital Transformation initiative, and we expect to see more advanced talks on this topic next year.
We’re already looking forward to it!
If you’re interested in how DevOps fits into Digital Transformation, why not take a look at Jason’s new blog: “How does DevOps enable Digital Transformation?“.