Where is DevOps Heading?

Speaker: J. Paul Reed

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 6:00pm – 9:00pm CST

Location: Heartland Payment Systems

J Paul Reed will be speaking on where is DevOps heading after the basics of CI and CD for high performing organizations. He has spoke about DevOps all over the world and is a very entertaining speaker. You will not want to miss this.

We are also going to give you a chance to tell us what you want out of this meet up in 2016 and meet some really awesome like minded practitioners.

We encourage you to invite everyone who wants to learn about DevOps or join our Dallas community. Everyone will need to RSVP so we can make sure we have enough food, prizes and fun.

Cloud and Application Development

Speaker: Phil Jackson & Harold Hannon

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

The world of cloud and application development is not just for the hardened developer these days.

Phil Jackson, Lead Developer Advocate for SoftLayer, and Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, will pull back the curtain of the architecture of a fun demo application purpose-built for the cloud.
They will focus on demonstrating how they leveraged compute, storage, messaging, and other cloud elements to lower the effort and difficulty of putting together a useful application. This will be an active demonstration and review of simple command-line tools and resources, so don’t be afraid if you are not a seasoned developer.

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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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Riverbed APM

Speakers: Brian Howard and Branden Roberts

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting, Inc

What is APM? Riverbed will be covering this topic and providing an introduction/live demo of the Riverbed APM solution.

Brian Howard is the Director of APM Enablement for Riverbed Performance Management and has been helping customers increase business success through adoption of Network, Web, and Application Performance Monitoring solutions for the past 15 years. He has a degree in Business Management from LeTourneau University and resides in the DFW area with his wife and two children.

Branden Roberts is a currently a Systems Engineer, specializing in Application Performance Management for Riverbed Technologies. Previously, Branden worked at both OPNET Technologies and IBM Corporation and was involved in both senior development and technical support roles. Branden has over 8 years of troubleshooting complex, multi-tier application issues using a variety of tools across various disciplines (network, application, server, virtualization, etc.). Branden resides in Austin, TX and supports some of Riverbed’s largest and most strategic accounts throughout the Central US. He has a Bachelor’s in Information Security from Texas State University.

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The Case for DevOps

Speaker: John Jelinek

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting, Inc

What is DevOps and why should you care about it? Businesses want to be high performing, but the statistics show a bleak reality. How can you and your organization go from monthly or yearly pushes to a state of continuous innovation? We’ll be going back to basics this month to cover all of these questions and more.

John Jelinek is a Developer Evangelist for TradeStation Technologies, Inc. He helps software engineers build new innovations on the Web with the TradeStation WebAPI, a real-time source for financial market data. He lives in North Dallas with his wife and two daughters. John is also the co-founder of DevOps Live, a meetup group focused on bringing down silos between developers, IT operations, QA, and the business.

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Frontend Workflows with Grunt and Lineman

Speaker: David Mosher

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

Location: Paladin Consulting, Inc

Grunt, the JavaScript Task Runner, is a tool that allows developers to build task-based workflows using JavaScript and Node.JS. Lineman is an abstraction that sits on top of Grunt with the goal of providing a set of sensible defaults that cover most developer needs in the context of creating rich-client web applications with JavaScript MV* frameworks like Backbone, Angular, and Ember. In this session you will learn how to build your own workflow using Grunt basics, and how Lineman produces developer happiness by building assets, mocking servers, and running tests on every file change.

David Mosher is a Front-End Engineer living in Ottawa, Canada who is passionate about open-source contribution and front-end craftsmanship; he works with Shopify, building rich-client web applications using Batman, Angular, Ruby, and Lineman.

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The DevOps Dilemma

Speaker: Paul Peissner

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013 1:05pm – 1:45pm CST

Location: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

What’s driving your DevOps visions? Are you Syncing (isolated) Silos (optimizing IT), or are you Sinking (traditional IT) Silos (enabling new channels of innovation)? Join us as we explore Enterprise standards with start-up-like “Process Variations” that address compliance and security while allowing teams to adapt and experiment with Open Source, viral tools, distributed teams, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, and other business benefiting modern innovations. Why should Executives, Line of Business Owners, Project leaders and contributing Engineers embrace a holistic DevOps approach (scaling across all IT disciplines and over each maturity stage)?

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Taming Pythons with Twitter Commons

Speaker: Selvin George

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:20pm – 1:00pm CST

Location: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

At Twitter we write a lot of our automation and tools in python. Our python apps bundle-in all their dependencies and are self-contained PEXs (python executables) built using our bottom-up build tool called “pants”. We’ll have a gentle introduction to developing python apps using twitter/commons (open-sourced) and examine deployment and debugging.

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Speaker: Stefan Negrea

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013 10:30am – 11:10am CST

Location: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provides tremendous agility and flexibility for application developers. OpenShift is an application platform where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications. OpenShift takes care of all the infrastructure, middleware, and management and allows developers to focus on what they do best: designing and coding applications. In this session, Stefan will introduce and showcase Openshift Online, the EC2-based online offering. The session will also feature upstream community project OpenShift Origin, the corresponding commercial offering OpenShift Enterprise, along with ways for developers and IT departments to integrate OpenShift in their infrastructure.

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