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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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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Speaker: Judd Maltin

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

Crowbar is an open-source software framework developed by Dell. With Crowbar, you can install cloud software across clusters and scale out systems quickly and automatically. Crowbar also provides capabilities for network monitoring and discovery, and gathering performance data, among other advantages. With Crowbar, you have a configurable, adjustable framework complete with many built-in features that can save time, streamline effort and potentially lower costs.

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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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CI for the Manual Build Guy

Speaker: Dennis Palmer

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

Does your software delivery process involve more than a single click? Do software packages that were compiled on a developer’s machine ever end up in production? Do you ever skip steps in the build-test-deploy-verify process because they take too long or you just forgot one time because there are a dozen manual steps to follow? Is it difficult for you to roll back to a previous version if you find a serious issue with the version that’s now in production?

Continuous Integration (CI) is a fancy term for an automated process to manage software building, testing and deployment. It’s quite ironic that people who write software all the time to solve other people’s problems fail to take the time to develop a few scripts to make their own lives easier.

I will share my recent experience implementing the TeamCity automated build server for a .NET project and some of the serendipitous benefits we noticed almost right away. (TeamCity is actually written in Java and supports building and deploying just about any type of software.) There were a number of small gotchas, but the payoff has been tremendous. I hope my experience will help and encourage you to add some automation into your life.

I’ll also be demoing TeamCity’s ability to host an internal NuGet (.NET’s package manager) feed, which makes reusing common code libraries across multiple projects a breeze.

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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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Agile Testing Tactics for WaterFail, FrAgile, ScrumBut, Kantban, and DevFlops

Speaker: Tim Lyon

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 7pm – 8pm CST

Location: Paladin

Agile development is being used more and more but the Quality Assurance personnel and management are playing catch-up to be able to work in a lean environment and still produce quality testing. Waterfail, FrAgile, ScrumBut, KantBan, and DevFlops are all various amalgamations of different methodologies trying to be shoe horned into existing development and delivery patterns that tend to fall short in quality assurance practices. No one practice fits all but there are various tactics that can be used to help address some of those concerns and better limit the delivery quality exposure – especially in tight turn around projects.



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