DockerCon Europe 17 is already behind us, and I would like to share my path that lead me to attend it. The journey was by far not a straight line and it could even provide with some ideas on how to request your travel next year.
How it all started
It all starts with an anecdote that I was lucky enough to share with the ‘main victim’ during DockerCon:
Around 2 years ago, my Geek team decide to try learn Go(lang). The community was quite already in place and howtos, videos training and examples were already massively available.
Still, for whatever reason we ended downloading a
pirated copy of a certain Nigel Poulton Go course.
We simply became instant fans of both the person and the language. However, during his course he kept mentioning how Go was production ready because it already was the power behind Docker, this “new” container technology that was taking the world by storm.
As I always try to give back to Caesar when possible, I managed to have my company ordering me a 1 year Pluralsight license (sorry for the initial steal) and when I looked up on the training Mr Poulton created, there was already 3 of them about Docker (fun fact: the Docker Learning Path can be called the Nigel Path to Docker wisdom as only his courses are listed).
While I was seeing a lot of potential in Docker, being in a company that runs exclusively Microsoft technology and applications based, the sell was kinda difficult at first.
Hopefully for me, with Microsoft’s new direction and vision under Satya Nadella, the wait was not long and Microsoft embraced the Docker train instead of creating a similar (and compatible) technology.
I could then make a first presentation of this technology to my CIO and he simply was mind blown about this technology.
The next logic step was to know more about Docker in the industry (Pharmaceuticals if possible) and DockerCon seemed the right place to do so, as I knew there would be Customer success stories and certainly could learn about best practices for implementing it.
My CIO approved, however as I am part of the Business Applications team, he told me that I would get his sponsorship only if someone from the IT Operations would join me.
Side note: for the ones who attended Lee Namba‘s talk (MTA with Docker EE: From PoC to Production) my journey at that point was already in the pit. I didn’t even had the luxury to rejoice at the top of the initial curve.
After few discussions with the Head of Deployement, he appointed one of his direct reports to go with me and that’s how I finally ended in DockerCon.
There is still much to say, however I would prefer discuss it live around a good burger.
My final words/advice on this journey would be: your Docker journey can start in many ways, but it will (hopefully) always end in one of the greatest communities I’ve seen in a long time.
I have four words for you: Welcome to Docker(Con), Friend!