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Build Your Software Roadmap with QCon Plus; Kristen O’Leary Shares Top Topics

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During a recent interview, Kristen O'Leary, senior developer relations engineer at Google and QCon Plus November 2021 Committee Member, shared with us the tracks she is most looking forward to at the event this November 1-12. 

I've done every type of role you can imagine, from an attendee all the way to the program committee. I've gotten a chance to attend QCon, I've spoken at QCon, I've been a track host, and now this year is my first year on the program committee so I've seen it all. It's one of my favorite conferences.

I am a little biased because I am working with the track hosts on these tracks but I feel my favorite track this year is the cloud operating model, which will be a track all about the cloud, and then JVM innovations. When I was a track host a few years ago, I was the host for a similar Java track so I'm really excited to help with this track again and see how it goes. And I'm looking forward to hearing from all of our speakers.

Kristen O'Leary, Senior Developer Relations Engineer @Google & QCon Plus November 2021 Committee Member

Kristen’s Top Track Picks for QCon Plus 

The Cloud Operating Model

Whether you’re cloud-native, hybrid, or considering a move, successfully running web-scale workloads on the cloud requires the application of well-tested operational strategies to maximize success. As with any large infrastructure footprint, you must balance the often competing demands of:

  • Security, compliance, and recoverability
  • Availability and performance (QoS)
  • Developer productivity / rate of innovation
  • Infrastructure efficiency / spend

If leveraged effectively, cloud capabilities provide significant benefits versus a compromise for a majority of the above categories. Although running large workloads on-prem versus a public cloud have similar underlying fundamentals, the cloud poses unique challenges which must be addressed. Come hear from web-scale cloud infrastructure practitioners on a variety of possible topics to help accelerate your own journey on the cloud and avoid key pitfalls along the way.

The Cloud Operating Model track is hosted by Coburn Watson, head of infrastructure, systems reliability engineering at Pinterest, and confirmed speakers include:

  • Tejas Chopra, senior software engineer data storage platform team at Netflix
  • Molly Junck, TPM lead for the InfraGov and cloud vendor management at Pinterest

Modern JVM Innovations

Java Virtual Machine (JVM) futures, JIT directions, and improvements to the runtimes stack are the themes of this year’s JVM track. Come listen to practitioners telling the journey of JVM and the runtime ecosystem. We will have industry leaders talk about expanding JVM/JIT to the cloud.

The Modern JVM Innovations track is hosted by Monica Beckwith, Java Champion, First Lego League Coach, JVM Performance at Microsoft, who has been recruiting speakers including:

  • Gil Tene, CTO at AzulSystems
  • Juan Fumero, lead architect of the tornado VM project & research associate at the University of Manchester
  • Chris Seaton, researcher (Senior Staff Engineer) @Shopify

Each QCon track follows a similar format to help you get new perspectives and answers to your questions:

  • Three technical deep-dives with domain experts
  • Live speaker Q&As after the talk
  • Interactive panel discussions between world-class software practitioners
  • Async conversations and questions in the QCon Plus Slack channels

Find out more and book your spot at QCon Plus November 2021.

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