Pozvánka na konferenci Innovate Summit: Innovation Goes Social at SolarWinds Innovate Summit 2017

Sepsal Lee Calcote, Head of Technology Strategy ve společnosti SolarWinds, organizátor konference.
Pozvánka na konferenci Innovate Summit: Innovation Goes Social at SolarWinds Innovate Summit 2017

It’s no secret that innovation is the lifeblood of any software company. Disrupt or be disrupted, right? Whether incrementally or radically, companies need to innovate to survive and thrive. Across every industry, software is universally the most prominent tool used to innovate. How are companies creating a culture that fosters and nurtures innovation? Certainly, the answer includes harnessing the impact of critical individuals in their organizations, but these individuals don’t carry the innovation torch alone. Innovation doesn’t come from a single source; it is a social venture. Innovation springs from communities coming together to engage in dynamic discourse.

Technology communities further the advancement of knowledge through collaboration, cooperation, and competition. SolarWinds has a burgeoning, internal community brimming with innovative ideas and creative solutions, so many, in fact, that we’re hosting an inaugural developer’s conference. The SolarWinds Innovate Summit 2017 is hosted by engineers for engineers. The goal of the summit is to create a social environment where we can share ideas, problems, and solutions. SolarWinds hosts many user groups and user conferences that allow us to present best practices for using our products. The aim of the Innovate Summit, however, is to create a space where we can discuss how we build and deliver our products. It also provides an opportunity to have focused discussions on emerging technologies, encourage innovative thinking, and advance our community’s collective intelligence.

We recognize that specific individuals can have a huge impact on software innovation within their company (they do in SolarWinds). When it comes to creating and steering innovation, their productivity seems higher than average and their insights invaluable. Experts like these aren’t always easily accessible. We hope the Innovate Summit provides an opportunity for these people to get together to foster a community of innovation for those attending and presenting.

Software innovation is conducted in relation to social developments, especially infrastructure development, market dynamics, and technology trends. Engagement of and exchange with broader technology ecosystems is essential to the innovation process. Open source software development is the most prominently successful model, and something I’ve spoken about at the past two KubeCon® conferences (2016, 2017).

SolarWinds understands that most software innovation comes about in the open, not behind closed doors. For many projects, open mailing lists seem to be the only place where any significant discussion takes place. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, the specific tools used in these spaces have been augmented over the years in keeping with the manner in which they facilitate improved asynchronous collaboration. Some examples include IRC being complemented by Slack® and Gitter; mailing lists being complemented by gists and pull requests/issues; the way Google® Docs rooted their way into many prominent open source projects, etc.

Our model of innovation leverages these tools and our community’s collective intelligence. I lead technology strategy across the SolarWinds business, and wanted to share a visual of what our software innovation lifecycle looks like:

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You can see that community is a key ingredient to our process. What does your innovation process look like? I encourage you to join us at our inaugural event to discuss this and more. Our engineers and architects will share their deep knowledge of infrastructure and application monitoring, as well as reflections on forward-leaning technologies and what they mean to you. The SolarWinds Innovate Summit 2017 is being held in Brno, Czech Republic on December 14, 2017.

About Lee Calcote

Lee Calcote is an innovative thought leader who is passionate about developer platforms and management software for clouds, containers, and functions. Advanced and emerging technologies have been a consistent focus through Calcote’s tenure at SolarWinds, Seagate, Cisco and Pelco. An author, analyst, speaker, Docker Captain, and CNCF Ambassador, he is active in the tech community.

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