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APM User Conference’s Call for Presentations

Peco Karayanev September 14, 2018

APM User Conference - Call for Presentations

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! Registration and Call for Presentations (CFP) for our upcoming APM User Conference for the SteelCentral AppInternals and Aternity community is now open. The entire three-day event is completely free for our users and includes an optional full day of training. Seating is first come first served, so make sure you act soon.

The CFP submissions deadline is October 10

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Austin.

Register here >

Submitting a presentation proposal

As this is a conference for practitioners, by practitioners, there are lots of opportunities for you to showcase your expertise! Here are the three types of sessions you could lead:

  1. Ignite talk—Break the ice! Ignite talks are a fun, five-minute kickoff presentation on any topic of your choice. This is a perfect opportunity for you to share a story—or even practice your performance-related standup routine. Limited to exactly either 10 or 20 slides with auto-advance.
  2. User technical session—Take 30 to 45 minutes to share your expertise. “Hands on” and “how to” topics are encouraged.
  3. Open spaces—Pitch an impromptu topic and form a quick focus group on any topic that’s on your mind. This is a great opportunity to get together with other interested parties while at the conference. No advance submission required.

Remember, seating is limited but being a speaker guarantees your spot at the event!

You can download the submissions form here and email it to with your proposal no later than October 10.

A sample of what is coming

We’re thrilled to have Bob Quillin confirmed as one of our keynote speakers. Bob is currently Vice President of cloud developer relations at Oracle and was the co-founder and CEO of StackEngine prior to its acquisition by Oracle in 2015. His group develops container-based services designed to help developers and DevOps teams build, orchestrate, and scale enterprise-grade container apps. With previous executive leadership roles at CopperEgg, Hyper9, nLayers, EMC, and VMware, Bob has focused his career on applying automation to simplify complex IT and developer challenges.

Inaccurate diagnosis: Avoiding the common pitfalls with Riverbed Principal Scientist, Jon Hodgson
In the past, application issues went undetected or unresolved because of a lack of monitoring data. Now we have more metrics than we know what to do with, yet we’re still blind to certain problems or are unable to solve them. The challenge for troubleshooters today is ensuring that they use the right data in the right way for the right purpose—failure to do so can lead to false positives, false negatives or completely incorrect interpretation of the application’s behavior. This session will discuss the common pitfalls in performance analysis workflows, the reasons behind them and how to avoid them.

DevOps and observability: A panel discussion with industry experts
Observability is essential for bringing development and operations teams together. This will be an industry expert panel featuring DevOps Foundations Masters, James Wicket (Head of Research at Signal Sciences), Ernest Mueller (Director of Engineering Operations at Alienvault, recently acquired by AT&T) and Karthik Gaekwad (Principal at Oracle Cloud). The panel will explore challenges and successful strategies for monitoring done the DevOps way for the cloud native world.

Connect, share, learn

We want to encourage our user community to participate and share their experience and knowledge in performance engineering. If you feel passionate about a topic don’t hesitate to participate in the CFP—you will find many kindred spirits who will appreciate your expertise!

Just to get the creative energy and ideas started here are a few sample submission topics to consider:
  • Monitoring containers in OpenShift or Pivotal
  • Instrumenting .NET core and Node.js
  • Automating deployments with Azure and AWS
  • Best practices in monitoring user experience for SaaS-based applications and Office 365
  • Integrating ServiceDesk/HelpDesk workflows into DevOps
  • Diagnosing problems with the database/message queue
  • Tips and tricks with advanced analytics

Important dates

September 13: Registration and CFP opens
October 10: CFP deadline
November 7: Optional training day
November 8-9: APM User Conference

Night out in Austin: The Domain and TopGolf

Our venue is located across from the Domain, Austin’s second downtown with lots of bar, restaurant and shopping options in an outdoor park-like setting.

To sweeten the deal, we’ve even booked a fun evening for you at TopGolf, a unique sports entertainment complex with a high-tech golf game you’ll want to try.

We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

Register today >

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