The 2018 PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit takes place in Bellevue, Seattle in April 2018. Neil Fraser, Technical and DevOps Consultant at AgileCadence, has booked his spot and here he gives us the lowdown on the event…

It’s official, we’ve got our tickets and James (Owner and Founder of AgileCadence) and I will be winging our way to Seattle next year for the PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit.

For those of you who haven’t heard about it, this is THE event for PowerShell and DevOps professionals. Held over 4 days, it is a unique opportunity to engage, develop and learn from an international community of PowerShell enthusiasts and industry world leaders. We’ve been to a fair few conferences in our time but this one is less about sitting and listening and more about sharing challenges, figuring out solutions, and driving the industry forward. For anyone working with PowerShell, Desired State Configuration, and related technologies then this is the event of the year.

Our attendance at the Summit couldn’t come at a better time. PowerShell Version 6 is currently in Beta testing, and will see PowerShell move away from Windows to become a cross platform tool. We’ve got the perfect opportunity to take part in key conversations detailing the implications of this move.

The majority of speakers are now confirmed and it’s a pretty full line up, but there’s one man in particular I’m really hoping will make a guest appearance: Jeffery Snover, the creator of PowerShell and Chief Architect for the Azure Infrastructure and Management Team.  Jeffery Snover is the godfather of PowerShell and is a brilliant source for Microsoft’s plans for the future. It was watching the Jeffery Snover and Jason Helmick (another confirmed speaker) training videos on Microsoft Virtual Academy, that originally got me hooked on PowerShell and unlocked some of the true power of what the language is capable of.

Another highlight for me will be the Iron Scripter team coding contest. The next round is going to be held at the Summit and James and I are looking forward to joining a faction and getting on board. Looking at the website you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games affair but in reality it’s a serious competition for the world’s best coders.

With flights booked and our places bagged, the countdown is on.