The schedule for 2014 has been published and OMG it looks like an entirely new conference. By "new" I mean "new material"... I don't see slots filled with the traditional topics that used to get repeated each year. By "new" I also mean that all the sessions are heavily focused on forward-thinking technologies instead of legacy systems. This conference looks like the place to go if you want to move your career forward.
LISA also has a new byline: LISA: Where systems engineering and operations professionals share real-world knowledge about designing, building, and maintaining the critical systems of our interconnected world.
The conference website is here: https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa14
I already have approval from my boss to attend. I can't wait!
Disclaimer: I helped recruit for the tutorials, but credit goes to the tutorial coordinator and Usenix staff who did much more work than I did.