IT Automation for DevOps: From A (Amazon Cloud) to Z(z/OS)

Speaker: Julie Norris

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

Using decades of first-hand automation experience, this presentation will address the growing challenges to maintaining security, efficiency, predictability and maintainability of operational processes throughout the development lifecycle. Having been an early adopter of the need for Development and Operations to more effectively communicate and collaborate when providing business solutions, we will share real examples of successes achieved when using a modern IT Automation solution. You will see advanced capabilities that are required to more efficiently and securely develop and manage enterprise workload processes, many which are not sufficient in the older legacy automation tools. This presentation will show you how you can use Automation from the design and development phases, automate the migration thru the lifecycle stages and securely implement into production operations, complete with real-time graphical reporting from a completely self-serviceable automation solution.  This automation can even be securely accessed from your end business users, using a secure web interface or accessible via customizable Web Services.

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Discussion with Lee Hambley

Speaker: Lee Hambley

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

A guided discussion about why we put up with so many hideously complex tools in our day to day lives. In a world where we are the ones wielding the power, why do we continue to lean on RRDTool, and Graphite, and Nagios, and Splunk, and why haven’t we come up with anything better than Chef or Puppet. Of course all these tools are widely used, and more or less widely accepted, limitations, warts and all. I’d like to explore some of the issues surrounding magic, and how probably fear of the unknown stops us reimplementing some of these things in more modern ways that better suit our clients and companys needs.


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Ansible Orchestration

Speaker: Jeff Gonzalez & Brandon Keown

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

Ansible is a radically simple IT orchestration engine that
makes your applications and systems easier to deploy.  Learn how we
leverage it to provision and deploy our software applications on
Amazon AWS.

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Demo of AppDynamics

Speaker: Spencer Grant

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

See AppDynamics in action! AppDynamics is application performance management software designed to help Dev and Ops troubleshoot problems in complex production apps. Improve reliability, speed up deployment cycles, and increase the quality of new products.

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Maestro, DevOps Orchestration Engine

Speaker: Etienne Pelletier

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

Maestro is a DevOps Orchestration engine for enterprise-class companies across a range of industries. A single interface optimizes task management for Continuous Delivery, Agile development, DevOps, and Cloud Federation. Today’s talk will include a product demonstration that will show you how it can help you integrate with your existing DevOps toolchain, and automate various development and operational processes.

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From localhost to production with Vagrant

Speaker: Jordan Ambra

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

Jordan Ambra is the devops engineer/sysadmin for 3S Mobile, a company that provides a mobile platform to manage farmers and their activities in developing countries. He lives in rural Pennsylvania with his lovely wife and 2 kids, and has been working independently from his home office for 5 years. His biggest passion? Learning new things and sharing what he knows with others. Unfortunately, he forgets to share sometimes. Oops.

Jordan is going to talk about Vagrant, which is the easiest way to get rid of Works On My Machine problems for your development team. In particular, he will show how to minimize the differences between how you develop and run code on localhost and production through the help of automation and integration of Vagrant with Chef and Puppet.

No previous knowledge of any of these systems is required.


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Exploring MongoDB, by 10gen

Speaker: Craig Wilson

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

MongoDB is a robust, simple, and free alternative to mainstream data stores.  Craig will walk through what MongoDB is and how it can fit into your environment, including how replica sets work with tips and tricks for maintenance and backups.  In addition, he’ll discuss schema design and how it differs from traditional approaches allowing freedom and flexibility.

Craig Wilson is a software engineer with 10gen, the MongoDB Company.  He lives in Dallas with his wife and 3 kids and loves taking them to the zoo and parks when he isn’t programming.  He has been an enterprise architect, consultant, and developer in a variety of industries ranging from insurance and finance to retail.  He got into MongoDB by looking for an open-source project to contribute to and began by contributing to the .NET driver for MongoDB.

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Windows Azure: The Microsoft Cloud Platform

Speaker: Casey Watson

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

Unless you’ve been developing under a rock for the last year you’ve no doubt heard the deafening buzz in the development community around “the cloud.” But what is it? How can you take full advantage of it? Where do you begin? The cloud is more than a clever marketing buzzword. Much more.

In this session, Casey begins by guiding the audience on a high-level tour of general cloud-related concepts then takes a deep dive into the two major cloud computing platforms, Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s AWS, through a series of interactive exercises. In this session you will learn the fundamental concepts of cloud computing including the range of execution models that each of these platforms support.

The session will conclude with an audience-driven discussion covering special architectural considerations that should be taken when designing software for the cloud. By the end of the session you should know all that you need to hit the ground running creating massively scalable applications on these incredibly powerful cloud platforms. If you’re curious about the cloud then you owe it to yourself to attend this session.



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DevOps Now: A Fourteen Year Study Of High Performing IT Organizations

Speaker: Gene Kim

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

Gene Kim will be presenting his findings from an ongoing study of how high-performing IT organizations simultaneously deliver stellar service levels and deliver fast flow of new features into the production environment.  To successfully deliver against what on the surface appear to be conflicting objectives, (i.e. preserving service levels while introducing significant amounts of change into production), requires creating a highly-coordinated collection of teams where Development, QA, IT Operations, as well as Product Management and Information Security genuinely work together to solve business objectives.

Gene will describe what successful transformations look like, and how those transformations were achieved from a software development and service operations perspective.  He will draw upon fourteen years of research of high-performing IT organizations, as well as work he’s done since 2008 to help some of the largest Internet companies increase feature flow and production stability through applications of DevOps principles.

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Sail or Fail? Navigating Test Automation Pitfalls

Speaker: Paul Grizzaffi

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 7pm – 8pm CST

Location: Paladin

Sailing the treacherous waters of test automation is challenging at best. From executives thinking “it’s going to fix all of our quality problems, right?” to team members saying “no, that’s YOUR job,” our automation initiatives face an uphill battle with a tendency to struggle… or at least to not achieve their full potential. Let’s shed some light on several of these challenges and pitfalls while discussing some of the approaches we can use to avoid a voyage on the SS Failboat.

Paul Grizzaffi is the QA Automation Architect and Manager for Online Technology at GameStop. His career has focused on the creation and deployment of automated test frameworks, tools, and platforms. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and is a Certified Scrum Master (CSA) from Scrum Alliance. Paul has created automation platforms and tool frameworks based on proprietary, open source, and vendor supplied tool chains in diverse product environments (telecom, stock trading, and online/digital retail). He looks forward to expanding his automation and QA knowledge for other product environments.

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