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Meet RedMonk at the WebSphere Unconference for Developers
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Contributed by Kathleen Holm, WebSphere Marketing Manager
RedMonk believes that developers are the most important constituency in technology and James has agreed to kick off the WebSphere Unconference on April 14 with a lightning talk--The New Kingmakers—Developers in the Age of the Cloud and the App Store. Stephen O’Grady will talk about the future of Java in a break out session on The Rise and Fall and Rise of Java. And, in addition to interviewing Unconference participants, Michael Coté will talk about how new innovations in automation, Agile development and cloud computing are enabling the delivery of better, more functional software.
I asked James, Michael and Stephen a couple of questions about unconferences in general and the WebSphere Unconference in particular and here’s what they had to say.
James Governor: Straight talk, great coffee and super fast wifi.
Michael Coté: Content, conversations, and connections are what I find people like at unconferences. They want the chance to see people talk about topics that may not be "big enough" for an official track, and they enjoy "talks" being more open to discussions instead of just 10 minutes of Q&A at the end.
Meeting up with people who have similar interest is also rewarding, people often call this "HallwayCon" and the looser format of an unconference tends to enable more than prohibit simply hanging out with people to swap stories and knowledge. Also, an unconference gives attendees the chance to try to speak on any topic they want, in any state of polishedness - as opposed to a more formal conference session where the need to be more "professional" can cause some people who have valuable things to talk about to duck out from the process.
Stephen O’Grady: They get to talk about what they want to talk about, rather than what organizers think they want to talk about.
Kathleen: What makes an unconference successful?
James Governor: The people that go to it- the best ideas always emerge on the day. But good facilitation counts for a lot. Done right, an unconference can leave you feeling inspired for weeks afterwards.
Michael Coté: A handful of passionate speakers and attendees who
are interested in engaging with everyone instead of passively consuming
information. An unconference is really a chance for the "audience" to
create their dream conference, you can engineer the unconference into whatever
you want pretty easily: and once you understand that as an attendee, you have a
really good time. The success of the unconference is rated only by the answer
to one question, "are you happy you showed up today?"
Stephen O’Grady: Engagement and participation from a majority of the attendees.
Kathleen: Why are you jazzed about the WebSphere Unconference for Developers?
James Governor: As someone that has pushed as hard as I have to see IBM engage more deeply with developers I have to be pleased to see WebSphere doubling down on developers, rather than just purchasers. RedMonk is about practitioners – the makers and doers. They should be celebrated, because they do the real work. So yes it’s great to see WebSphere doubling down on devs, with a day for them.
Michael Coté: I can never get enough of talking with developers about the fun and challenging things they're working on in software. I haven't found that opportunity with people who work in the WebSphere world in awhile and I'm eager to speak with the "makers" (developers, operators, architects, etc.) that spend their time (in joy and frustration) with WebSphere tools day-to-day.
Stephen O’Grady: It's an opportunity to engage with another community of developers, which we always enjoy.
Kathleen: What are some conversations you would like to have with Unconference attendees?
James Governor: Talk about application development is changing, given the rise of web and cloud technologies. How do you see enterprises engaging with Agile development? is yours?
Michael Coté: I'd like to hear
what kinds of applications they're developing; what types of pressures they're
having to use cloud computing and how that effects their existing
architectures; what they think about the future of Java; how their using
Stephen O’Grady: Their biggest concerns and fears, what the important trends are within their organizations from an infrastructure perspective, etc.
Kathleen: What questions do you want answered?
James Governor: Does your employer appreciate the work you do? If not how can we help. What’s going on at your shop in and around DevOps and Big Data
Michael Coté: It's always nice to know where the coffee is and what the fast wifi password is ;)
Stephen O’Grady: In general, I'd just like to get a sense of how the WebSphere developer community sees itself.
Kathleen: What information do you want to share/present?
James Governor: Developers should be excited. The pendulum is swinging back… you are the new kingmakers, so what are you going to do about it?
Michael Coté: I've been studying the phenomena of dev/ops recently
which I tend to see as the extension of Agile development to include IT and
operations people I call it "The Developer Landgrab".
More importantly, I've noticed a handful of valuable, new practices that cloud-technologies are enabling for delivering better software and I'd
really like to see if they'll stick. Read The Useful Cloud
Stephen O’Grady: I'll be talking about the future of Java, obviously, but I'm also happy to talk open source, cloud, and developer frameworks.
Thank you James, Michael, and Stephen. We’re looking forward to seeing you on April 14. Don’t miss RedMonk at the WebSphere Unconference for Developers!
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