Get ready for the best FutureStack ever, on Tuesday, September 11, at the Park Central Hotel in downtown San Francisco.

futurestack18 san franciscoWhy is FutureStack18 going to be New Relic’s best event ever? Because it’s a unique opportunity to take advantage of top-notch educational, informative, and highly relevant content for modern software teams. Because it’s your chance to discover practical knowledge designed to help you move to distributed systems and containers, leverage cloud services, and successfully complete critical cultural transitions. Because it’s going to be one of those rare occasions at which software engineers, operations professionals, DevOps practitioners, and other technology leaders can engage with a ton of smart, change-oriented, like-minded peers in one place. And because there’s nothing better than learning and sharing with dedicated professionals passionate about leveraging modern tools and best practices to create great software as quickly and reliably as possible.

Registration for FutureStack18 San Francisco is FREE this year, but space is limited, so reserve your place today!

Great keynote speakers and customers presentations

Here’s what’s on tap: After pre-conference training hosted by New Relic University before the event (sold out—stay tuned for more locations at upcoming events!), FutureStack18 will kick off with a keynote from New Relic founder and CEO Lew Cirne. Lew will share his insights on building The Platform for Modern Teams: an open, extensible platform that is built to drive collaboration and visibility across complex systems. The keynote will also include the candid observations and analysis of James Governor, the colorful co-founder of the developer-focused analyst firm Redmonk. Governor will talk about the rise of modern software engineering practices, testing, and deployment in a multi-cloud, multi-platform, and hybrid world. He’ll look at how leading organizations are retooling for adaptability and disposability, with radically different postures to reward, risk, and technical debt.


But the high point of any FutureStack is practical, real-world insights and advice from other New Relic customers facing the same challenges and opportunities. You learn about how they’re changing their organizations through a mix of culture and technology—using containers, cloud services, distributed architectures, on-call, CI/CD processes, and much more. FutureStack18 San Francisco will feature talks and presentations from dozens of New Relic customers, partners, engineers, product managers, and executives as well as thought leaders from across the software and observability fields. Here’s an idea of what to expect:

futurestack18 speakers

From left to right: IBM’s Craig Cook, Cerner’s Damon Herbst and Chad Hays, Credit Karma’s Mason Jones, and GE Digital’s Jonathan Love.

  • IBM DevOps coach Craig Cook will lead a presentation on How New Relic Helps IBM Run a Multi-Geography Website and Commerce Platform, discussing the internal challenges the IBM Digital Business Group faced in adopting New Relic and the steps they took to drive observability across their systems.
  • Healthcare-IT leader Cerner is sending two experts—Damon Herbst, Senior Director and Senior Principal Engineer, Distinguished Engineer, and Chad Hays, Associate Principal Engineer—to share their experiences about site reliability engineering in a talk called SRE at Scale: Just What the Doctor Ordered. They’ll discuss how Cerner put real-time insights at the forefront of its software development efforts. They will also share how they rolled out New Relic across Cerner’s 5,000+ software developer community, and show off some of their favorite service level indicators (SLIs) and dashboards.
  • Mason Jones, Senior Staff Infrastructure Engineer at Credit Karma, will speak on Microservices Architecture in the Real World. Over the past two years, Credit Karma has gone from 0 to almost 100 microservices, supporting more than 300 engineers serving more than 80 million members. Based on that real-world experience, Mason will share solutions, pitfalls, and practical examples around routing (how does service A find and call service B?); management (how do you handle hundreds of containers?); observability (how do you know what’s going on out there?); and experience (how do your developers deal with these services?).
  • From GE Digital, Senior Site Reliability Engineer Jonathan Love will join New Relic Director of Solutions Strategy Ravi Tharisayi to reveal the Secrets of High-Performing Modern Software Teams, or why DevOps Without Measurement Is a Fail. Put simply, measurement is the critical component missing from too many DevOps initiatives—this session will help make sure that doesn’t happen to your organization.

It’s all part of multiple deeply technical tracks focusing on Secrets of High-Performing Modern Software Teams and Cloud, Distributed Systems, and Modern Technologies, led by customers, industry leaders, and New Relic experts. Learn about everything from managing containerized environments to the finer points of empowering team autonomy and reliability through trust, measurement, code reviews, and sustainable on-call practices. (There will also be an executive roundtable and a special Partner Forum.) 

Once the day’s formal presentations are done, join us at nearby Spin for drinks, nibbles, networking, and—if you like—a spirited round of ping-pong. (The best part? You don’t even have to pick the balls up off the floor!)

Watch the FutureStack18 video

This is only a sampling of what’s in store for FutureStack18 San Francisco attendees. To learn more about the latest developments, stay tuned to the New Relic blog and Twitter hashtag #FutureStack, and watch the video below:

FutureStack around the world

Can’t make it to San Francisco in September? Don’t worry, this year we’re also staging FutureStack at Kings Place in London on October 2, 2018 and at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney, Australia, on October 17, 2018.

But wait, there’s even more! Our FutureStack Roadshows will bring great FutureStack content as well as New Relic University training courses to cities around the world. In North America, dates include:

  • New York City (October 30, 2018)
  • Toronto (January 8, 2019)
  • Boston (January 10)
  • Dallas (January 29)
  • Atlanta (January 30)
  • Washington, D.C. (February 7)

We’ll also be in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle in early in 2019.

In Europe, we’ll be visiting:

  • Paris (October 18)
  • Stockholm (October 24)
  • Amsterdam (October 30)

More cities—including locations in Asia and the Pacific region—will be named soon. For more information and to find a stop in a city near you, check the latest FutureStack Roadshow lineup here!

Melton Littlepage is senior vice president of marketing at New Relic. View posts by .

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