PowerShell+DevOps Summit Reflections

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I’ve recently returned from Bellevue, WA and the 5th annual PowerShell+DevOps Summit.  Each year our event has grown and this year I think we’ve crossed over into being the PowerShell-related event you should attend. I spoke with many attendees who couldn’t stress enough how much they were getting out of the conference. For some, the conference paid for itself within the first 30 minutes.  A significant barometer for me is the number of attendees who either paid for the conference out of their own pocket or burned vacation days to attend. Hopefully their employers will recognize the value and offer some assistance next year. And even though we had some nasty hiccups between flights, family emergencies and flaky recording equipment, I can’t think of a single person I met that wasn’t coming back next year.

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One of the primary benefits of attending this event, is the opportunity to hear directly from the PowerShell product team at Microsoft, including Technical Fellow Jeffrey Snover.

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This is your chance to communicate directly with key members of the team to voice your concerns, praise or questions. You also get a rare glimpse into what the team is working on and where we’re going with all of this.

But more than anything, I have started to recognize attendees of this event as a tribe. Complete with respected elders.

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We are a passionate group bound together with a very strong common set if interests and goals. We may be split into different clans such as Chef-adherents, DSC fans and Linux devotees, but we all want each other to succeed and we have each other’s backs.April 10, 2017 at 0810PM

And of course the community “feasting” is legendary.

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I hope that next year you’ll consider joining the tribe. There isn’t much of an initiation ceremony other than getting involved and no tattoo is required!

Next year’s event runs April 9-12. Astute observers will recognize this as the same dates this year, but we are moving to a Monday-Thursday format. We plan on a slight increase in the number of available seats but you should expect that next year will also be a sell-out event. You should keep an eye on https://powershell.org/summit/ as well as the #PSHSummit tag on Twitter.

If you attended this year, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the event and its value to you.