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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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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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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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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Understanding DevOps – Business & IT

Speaker: Paul Peissner

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST

Location: AT&T Foundry

DevOps is grounded in the belief that IT operations and IT development (engineering and QA) can truly work as one IT resource to drive business agility. DevOps enables cross-functional IT teams to deliver projects faster and make service adjustments more frequently, at improved quality and reduced cost. This talk is designed for enterprise architects, IT development, IT operations and change management personnel interested in enhancing their collaborative landscape.

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echo “Hello World Update!”

Mid-Cities DevOps is going under some changes and to celebrate, we’re hosting a half-day conference! Say ‘Hello’ to the new “DevOps Live” — a group that knows no geographical bounds and hosts events live online. We shatter walls that divide Developers and IT Operations.