The vision behind ZCOE

This year’s ZendCon & OpenEnterprise conference is shaping up to be the most comprehensive and exciting one to date. As the domain of open source in the enterprise continues to proliferate and improve, with new advancements in machine learning, big data analytics, and user experience, we felt the need to grow the conference with it, and I think we’ve done just that.

We’re hearing from people who live on the bleeding edge of this fluid landscape. Cory Doctorow, who enthusiastically contemplates the intermingling of technology with our lives and its growing impact on security and privacy, will remind us all of the criticality of making ethical decisions. Monty Widenius, the apotheosized creator of the MariaDB database, will lend us his thoughts on the importance of open source in the enterprise. And our beloved Zeev Suraski will introduce us to the future of web development.

And that’s just the beginning.

This year, we’re hearing from industry experts across all fields of technology and seeing how free software continues to dominate the enterprise. We’ll have sessions on blockchain, and learn how creative minds have flexed this powerful technology to expand its use cases beyond just financial transactions. We’ll see real-world examples of the migration to serverless architecture, and how design patterns such as these allow software solutions to keep pace with the evolution of modern hardware and the Internet of Things.

Application security will continue to be a focus, with deeper tracks detailing the modern threat landscape and how we can adapt our thinking to this new world of Twitter bots and machine-driven social media echo chambers. You’ll educate yourself on emerging technologies such as MongoDB, Kafka, and Elasticsearch, and focus your understanding of leading technologies like ActiveMQ and Camel.

The meteoric rise of astronomically powerful orchestration frameworks like Kubernetes and Ansible will be demystified. We’ll show how real enterprises use these new patterns to create solutions that meet the compute demands of a fully connected planet. We’ll explore the practical realities of these patterns, and familiarize ourselves with new means of testing and ensuring quality so that our code can deploy rapidly and flourish.

We’ll do all of this amidst a dynamic group of like-minded peers, friends, and colleagues. We’ll be reminded that the real strength of software communities arises from diverse, globally dispersed people working together to achieve common goals.

And hopefully, you’ll get insight into a vision that I now hold closer to my heart than ever before. When we encourage and stimulate the adoption of free software in large enterprises, we shed light on these talented communities. When enterprises fully absorb and understand these technologies, they position themselves to sponsor these projects and participate in their evolution. And when we do this at scale, we increase the technological, social, and humanitarian advancement of our species as a whole.

This is no longer an intangible dream, a far-fetched collective moonshot of a group of visionaries. Today, in 2018, this is an ideal we are achieving together. It is happening, and it is happening at an astonishing pace. I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with this reality, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing you all in October.