January 24, 2013
The West-coast LOPSA conference that everyone raves about is CascadiaIT, put on largely by the Seattle Area System Administrator Guild (or SASAG). This is its third year, and it's got a great looking line-up of tutorials:
- Root Cause Analysis
- PowerShell Fundamentals
- Building Your PowerShell Toolkit
- An Introduction to Puppet
- An Introduction to Chef for Sysadmins
- Build A Sysadmin Sandbox
- Navigating the Business World for Sysadmins
- IPv6: An Introduction
- The Compassionate Geek: Mastering Customer Service for IT Professionals
- Over the Edge System Administration
(both beginner and intermediate classes)
I can't go, but I would LOVE to go and attend both of the Root Cause Analysis classes. I've never seen that particular class offered anywhere else, but it sounds great. I'd probably signup just for that one, if I could make it. You should go, then come back and tell me about it.
You can get all kinds of information about the classes on the tutorials page (and what a great looking site they have this year, too. Very nice!).
I would be remiss if I failed to mention that the conference keynote is by David Blank-Edelman, author of perl and sysadmin books, my current boss, and an all-around great guy. I wish I could go watch him speak, but I'll be home minding the ranch.
The prices for this year's conference look really good. They've got a lot of available options, depending on how much of the conference you want to take part in. There's a PDF price sheet that spells everything out, but basically, if you want to be able to see everything and do everything, the Golden Pass is $500 if you get it before February 28th. Registration isn't open yet, so talk to your boss now to make sure it's on their mind.
Also something to keep in mind is that CascadiaIT is actively looking for conference sponsors. If your company is looking for a good place to get in touch with system administrators at a good price, check out the price sheet.