Last week hundreds of community leaders, customers, and partners gathered in San Diego for the first stop of JFrog’s multi-city swampUp world tour!
It was my first in-person swampUP and I can’t tell you how invigorating it was to see everyone back together, in-person again. As I was walking the halls and sitting in on the keynote sessions, I felt like I was at a big reunion of old colleagues and friends who have not seen each other in years. This sense of community was not only heartwarming, but inspiring.
Following are the top 5 reasons that made swampUP San Diego stand out for me, which I hope helps encourage you to join us on the next stop of our city tour this Fall!
Attendees were no doubt inspired by the enthusiasm brought to the stage by our Co-Founders – Shlomi Ben Haim, CEO, and Yoav Landman, CTO– as well as Nati Davidi, SVP of JFrog Security, Amit Ezer, JFrog Connect Group Lead, and Stephen Chin, VP of Developer Relations. They each spotlighted different key industry trends and customer use cases, then introduced five exciting JFrog innovations including:
- New Support for Apple Swift in JFrog Artifactory: JFrog CTO, Yoav Landman, was joined on stage by Tomer Doron, Senior Engineering Manager of the Apple Swift core team, to detail the collaborative design journey between Apple, AWS, JFrog, and GitHub, to produce Swift 5.7. With Swift 5.7, developers can use JFrog Artifactory to quickly and securely resolve Swift dependencies instead of using Enterprise source control systems. Doing so helps improve productivity and security in building and deploying Swift based systems.
- New security features in JFrog Xray including contextual package security, malicious code detection, operational risk management, and improved SBOM capabilities to give customers greater peace of mind their software supply chains are secure.
- Extending our JFrog Platform to include devices at the edge with JFrog Connect:- a new solution designed to help developers update, manage, monitor, and secure remote Linux & IoT devices at scale using a consistent operational model and intuitive user interface across.
- Helping the developer community protect the open-source software supply chain with Project Pyrsia: an open-source community initiative that utilizes blockchain technology to secure software packages by helping developers establish provenance for their software components. Stephen Chin was joined by Justin Cormack, Docker CTO, to discuss how the increasing call-to-action for securing the software supply chain is spurring the next wave of growth and solidification of the container ecosystem.
2. COMMUNITY & CUSTOMER COLLABORATION
In addition to learning about JFrog’s new products and recent innovations, it was incredible to hear the experiences of other IT and DevOps leaders. I am grateful for all the keynote and breakout session speakers who shared their notable learnings and tested approaches with swampUP attendees. The energy, insights, and enthusiasm they each brought to the proceedings was infectious. For example, Bill Morton, Head of DevOps Platform and Software Business Operations at Broadcom, shared in detail what their environment looked like before JFrog and what they are able to do today as a result of having JFrog and it was captivating! We also heard riveting sessions by Capital One, Cisco, Volvo, Netflix, Tidelift, and more!
We were also lucky to be surrounded by several members of our partner ecosystem – including AWS, Microsoft, ServiceNow, and more. In fact, during a breakout session, we were joined by ServiceNow to reveal new integrations for JFrog Xray that provide IT leaders with real-time insights on security vulnerabilities and compliance issues so they can quickly engage necessary team members from across the organization for more immediate response and remediation.
While virtual events have their benefits, one thing they lack is the opportunity for in-person collisions and conversations with peers and DevOps leaders. At swampUP San Diego, attendees had the opportunity to interact with DevOps and security experts and partners in the exhibit hall, chat about experiences and best practices over lunch, as well as mix, mingle, and wet their whistle after a long day of sessions at our networking reception and gala dinner.
In addition to the breakout sessions and interactive demos, attendees were eager to either sharpen or extend their skills by attending one of many of our hands-on training sessions with our JFrog solution experts and Super Frogs. These half and full-day sessions offered real-world experimentation with the latest JFrog products, emerging technologies, best practices advice, plus tips and tricks for common use cases as taught by some of the brightest minds in the industry.
The competition and innovation was fierce in our annual Hackergarten where developers were challenged to create something that others could use with the free-tier versions of various software. Whether it be taking the free-tier and creating working software from it for another use, applying it to a new use case, experimenting with it to help improve existing documentation, and more.
A sincere Thank You to all who joined us in San Diego this year –your presence and passion was inspiring to be around! I may be biased, but I truly believe there’s no better way to get the insights you need to solidify and secure your software supply chain other than attending a swampUP 2022. Besides being engaging and a lot of fun, attending an in-person swampUP might result in an introduction to your next business partner, project collaborator, career mentor —or, at the very least, walk away feeling inspired!
For those who weren’t able to join us for swampUP San Diego last week, take a look at this video recap to get a sense of its motivating energy! Then be sure to sign-up for information about the next stop on our tour and I hope you’ll join us for the next swampUP this Fall in a city near you!
GET ON THE BUS! Join us at a swampUP City Tour stop near you this fall!