We invite you to join us May 16 – 19 at OSCON 2016 in Austin, where the tagline reads: “Making open work.” That’s been the spirit of OSCON from the beginning of the conference nine years ago, and it remains so today.

Organizers and attendees alike share the understanding that, in the words on the OSCON organization, “Once considered a radical upstart, open source has moved from disruption to default, transforming the practice of software development. Collaborative and transparent, open source has become modus operandi, powering the current state of innovation in technology from the cloud and data to AI, connected devices, and beyond.”At OSCON you’ll experience all of that and more.

While most, if not all, organizations today recognize the importance of open source technologies, not just a few are still waiting for the many talented open source community members to work their magic to deliver easy-to-install and easy-to-use technologies. At OSCON, attendees will be a part of delivering that latest information in the open and collaborative fashion that is OSCON.

As one of the co-sponsors of Open Container Day at OSCON, Dell is a part of the growing focus area of container-based solutions for infrastructure, cloud-native computing, continuous delivery, DevOps, microservices, and a space where industry experts agree “this industry segment is going in 2016 and beyond.” Open Container Day runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and is open to all OSCON attendees with a badge, including Expo Plus pass holders.

During Open Container Day, we encourage you to join Dell Software Development Senior Engineer Jose De La Rosa for a 2:30 – 3 p.m. presentation, in which he will discuss responses to the often-asked query around how to containerize legacy applications. De La Rosa outlines his discussion to say: “Docker containers are targeted at microservices: lean, modularized, single-process applications that are easy to quickly deploy. However, older, bloated multiprocess (aka legacy) applications can also take advantage of containers.” Join De La Rosa as he shares his hands-on experiences with containerizing legacy applications.

The Expo Hall at OSCON is not-to-be-missed. Bringing the interest, information, fun and the focus to all that is open source, Dell representatives will be on hand to explain how we deliver “future-ready” solutions for cloud, big data, the Internet of Things and developer systems. Author Guy Harrison will sign his new book, Next Generation Databases, at the Dell booth on Wednesday and Thursday. The book is for enterprise architects, database administrators and developers who need to understand the latest developments in database technologies. It will help readers to choose the correct database technology at a time when concepts such as Big Data, NoSQL and NewSQL are making what used to be an easy choice into a complex decision with significant implications. We are also planning a little Star Wars fun, and look forward to seeing you at Booth 407.

The chance to network is one of the key advantages to attending OSCON. With that thought in mind, Dell invites attendees to register to join us for a happy hour on Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cedar Door, one of the interesting and “Austin weird” local pubs. Find more information at Booth 407.

Finally, Dell’s Barton George will deliver a presentation that talks to the power of open source, the power of innovation and the amazing power of the collaboration, the intelligence and the cooperation that is the open source community. George will share the Project Sputnik story, a compelling crowd-sourcing of a developer laptop. Hear more Thursday from 11:05 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., in Meeting Room 16B.

It’s exciting to be a part of another OSCON conference and we look forward to seeing you there!