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KEYNOTE: Microsoft – Are We There Yet?


Emily Freeman
Microsoft, Principal Cloud Advocate


Emily Freeman is a technologist and a storyteller who helps engineering teams improve their velocity. As the author of DevOps for Dummies and 97 Things Every Cloud Engineer Should Know, she believes the biggest challenges facing developers aren’t technical, but human. Her mission in life is to transform technology organizations by creating company cultures in which diverse, collaborative teams can thrive. Emily is a principal cloud advocate at Microsoft and lives in Denver, Colorado.



When DevOps surfaced as a concept 10 years ago, the economy was struggling, the cloud was a toddler, servers lived in office closets, and deploys were a monthly — or quarterly — Saturday exercise. DevOps was a novel concept, focused on breaking down silos and reducing conflict between developers and operations folks. It was simple, yet difficult to understand and implement. A decade on, I find myself like a kid in the backseat asking, “Are we there yet?” And even if we were, how would we know? This talk explores the state of DevOps, cloud expansion, and what’s next for modern engineering organizations.