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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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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DevOps at GameStop

Joey Guerra – Dev
Jason Wainwright – SWAT (Ops)
Kijana Woodard – Dev
Michael Sanders – QA
Hampton Reese – Dev
Zach Burke – Dev

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

This month we will have a team from GameStop that has implemented DevOps practices in their business. Several speakers will present various perspectives and we will learn about their experiences and what has happened since these principles have been applied.

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