There are 2,032 miles (3,270 kilometers) between Las Vegas, where we held the IBM Pulse conference in March, and Orlando, Florida, where IBM's Innovate
conference will take place between the 5th and 9th of June.
Some might say that this distance is indicative of the gap between development (the focus of Innovate) and operations (the focus of Pulse), but we are encouraging operations professionals to attend Innovate this year.
Why? Why would an operations person want to attend a developers' conference?
Why? Because things are changing. Vegas and Orlando are (hopefully!) going to stay right where they are, but development and operations are coming together. Agile has made development more responsive to business needs, and automation and cloud is making operations faster and more flexible. The bottleneck is now the hand-off between development and operations, which continues to be a fragile, often manual, process.
Better collaboration between development and operations is the key to removing this bottleneck and getting the most benefit out of both Agile and cloud. At Innovate we're dedicating a track to this collaboration and hope that we can get both developers and operations specialists to attend.
As we did at Pulse, our intention is not only to share experiences, best practices, IBM solutions and customer stories about bring development and operations together, but to encourage a dialog between these two previously-divided organizations. We hope that this will be a dialog that attendees can then take home to their respective organizations and start to discuss development-operations collaboration there.
Hope to see you in Florida.