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SLC DevOps Days 2017: DevOps Panel Discussion Announced & Workshops Added!

DevOps is more than just tools and a pipelines. DevOps is breaking down the silos between culturally different groups: Development, Operations and QA. But where to get started?

While the tools and pipeline have proven more linear and easier to implement, uniting these three groups to implement a culture of shared responsibility between them has been proven that it’s difficult to. Frankly, most organizations either shy away from or skip the cultural shift, essentially returning to siloed business as usual.

DevOps is about rebuilding the trust between Dev, Ops and QA while simultaneously allowing them to move quickly, in concert, to mounting business pressures. Increasing the collaboration between these groups helps build the trust that is so prevalent in high performing organizations.

So how do you do this? Come talk with our panel experts and discuss with them how they have implemented the DevOps Culture in each of their respective organizations.

Panelist Includes:

  • Gwen Dobson – Director of IT Operations & Quality at Waterford Institute
  • Corban Raun – Senior Systems Administrator at Instructure
  • Wes Novack – Systems Engineer at Pluralsight
  • John Esser – Head of IT and Data Center Operations at AdvancedMD.
  • Mike A. Davis – Director Engineering at EMC

You have the opportunity to walk away with three things:

  1. Connections within our local and national community, all facing the same challenges you are,
  2. Inspiration that, yes, it really can be done (even security and database as well as mission critical),
  3. Know how

This year, we are pleased to to now offer you workshops (Know How). This year’s workshops include:

Continuous Compliance with InSpec

InSpec is an open-source testing framework for infrastructure with a human-readable language for specifying compliance, security, and other policy requirements. Easily integrate automated tests that check for adherence to policy into any stage of your deployment pipeline.

Beginning Metrics Collection with InfluxDB and Grafana

In this workshop, attendees will set-up a small time series database, configure it to collect metrics, and create sample dashboards.  This workshop is meant for beginners who want to learn the basics of metrics collection and analysis.  Attendees should bring a workstation running docker if they would like to follow along during the course.  Experience with docker is not required but will be helpful.  A wifi capable device will be necessary to follow along.  All code will be shared after the conference for further study.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW. Seats have begun to sell quickly

 


Salt Lake City DevOps Days Announces Keynote Lineup Line-Up

SLC DevOps Days is bringing local and national speakers to the SLC DevOps community to discuss collaboration, tooling and cultural changes/opportunities. DevOps Days lets people share their expertise, make connections, train one another and talk about lessons learned.

2017 is our second year and it’s bigger and better than ever. We will be hosting the event at Noah’s Event Venue where we can host up to 500 DevOps Practitioners. Developers, SysOp, DevOps, SRE’s, Scrum Master’s and more are all invited to attend our 2017 conference.

2017 Keynotes:

Elizabeth K. JosephElizabeth Joseph:

Elizabeth K. Joseph is a Developer Advocate at Mesosphere focused on DC/OS and Apache Mesos and runs OpenSourceInfra.org. Previously, she worked for a decade as a Linux Systems Administrator, spending the past four years working HPE on the OpenStack Infrastructure team. She is the author of Common OpenStack Deployments (2016) The Official Ubuntu Book, 8th (2014) and 9th (2016) editions.

Gwen DobsonGwen Dobson:

With 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Gwen’s driving force is in collaboratively creating elegant solutions to the most complex problems. She has had the honor of leading small start ups and large corporations in building high performing solution testing and delivery teams from the ground up and providing high quality enterprise solutions for retail, financial and edtech industries. Human focused and technology driven, Gwen’s core belief is that the best solutions come from highly competent and innovative teams with an unwavering commitment to excellence. Gwen’s life long passion for technology began at the early age of five in the boiler room of her elementary school in Boulder, CO where she learned to program in Logo on an early model Macintosh. She’s been tinkering with tech every since.

Ross ClantonRoss Clanton:

Ross has led multiple technology transformation and innovation initiatives across Verizon and Target. He is also an active collaborator in growing and strengthening the Enterprise DevOps community through his work with the DevOps Enterprise Forum, his podcast – The Goat Farm, and involvement in DevOps events nationally.

Ross has had proven success establishing transformation strategy, driving culture change, scaling technology practices/skills through Dojo’s, and driving platform strategies (Cloud, DevOps, API’s) to improve technical excellence in some of the largest technology organizations in the world. His passion for DevOps stems not only from the fact that it improves business outcomes, but that it can also improve engagement and overall happiness of people working in technology.

About Salt Lake City DevOps Days

Salt Lake City DevOps Days will be held May 16-17, 2017 at Noah’s Event Venue in South Jordan, UT. The purpose of this innovative conference is to pull people from around the nation and locally to come help prepare and educate the tech community. In addition to speakers there will be vendors on site to introduce your Development and Operations team to new toolsets. The cost is low: $199.00.

https://www.slcdevopsdays.org/register/


DevOps Days Open Spaces

Salt Lake City DevOps Days Announces Speaker Line-Up

DevOps Days Open Spaces

Salt Lake City, UT – March  16, 2017 – Salt Lake City DevOps Days,  

Press Release: Salt Lake City DevOps Days Announces Speaker Line-Up.

SLC DevOps Days is bringing local and national speakers to the SLC DevOps community to discuss collaboration, tooling and cultural changes/opportunities. DevOps Days lets people share their expertise, make connections, train one another and talk about lessons learned.

2017 is our second year and it’s bigger and better than ever. We will be hosting the event at Noah’s Event Venue where we can host up to 500 devops Practitioners. Developers, SysOp, DevOps, SRE’s, Scrum Master’s and more are all invited to attend our 2017 conference.

Theme for 2017:

Humans and Tooling: Building reliability into your DevOps team

Definition of reliability

1:  the quality or state of being reliable

2:  the extent to which an experiment, test, or measuring procedure yields the same results on repeated trials

Simple Definition of reliable

: able to be trusted to do or provide what is needed : able to be relied on

: able to be believed : likely to be true or correct

The following speakers have been confirmed for Salt Lake City DevOps Days 2017.

About Salt Lake City DevOps Days

DevOps Days SLC will be held May 16-17, 2017 at Noah’s Event Venue in South Jordan, UT. The purpose of this innovative conference is to pull people from around the nation and locally to come help prepare and educate the tech community. In addition to speakers there will be vendors on site to introduce your Development and Operations team to new toolsets. The cost is low: $199.00.

https://www.slcdevopsdays.org/register/

 


Early Bird Tickets are on Sale!

The key to following the continuous delivery path is to continually question your own assumptions about what’s possible.” – Jeff Sussna

SALT LAKE CITY DEVOPS DAYS

RETURNING TO THE SILICON SLOPES, BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER

May 16th & 17th 2017 at Noah’s Event Venue, right in the heart of Utah’s Tech Community. This next generation, internationally developed two-day technology event includes conference talks in the morning, openspaces each afternoon, an ongoing hackathon, hands-on exchanges, and an evening social gathering the first night.

Tickets are available immediately and already selling quickly. Tickets are currently available for the  low price of $149 for the first 100 people to register and $199 for the remaining, until sold out.

Attendance recommended for: Developer’s, Operation Engineers, System Administrators, Security Engineers, Project Managers, Scrum Masters-and anyone who is interested in containerization, micro-services, a continuous delivery pipeline, DevOps leadership and the associated cultural changes.

DevOps is referred to as Agile 3.0, the next generation of practices driven by recent market, technology and process changes. It includes “a cross-disciplinary community of practice dedicated to the study of building, evolving and operating rapidly-changing resilient systems at scale.” — Jez Humble of Chef.

You choose! Participate as an attendee, speaker, a volunteer:

Just getting started, or anxious to learn more, we would love to have everyone attend the SLC DevOps Days. We are a 501(c) non-profit entity. Which means-your tickets are tax deductible!!!! Seating is limited and can be purchased here: slcdevopsdays.org.

Are you a DevOps Ninja? Propose a talk or panel for our morning conference.  There are a total of 12 slots for talks, 6 each day, 45 minutes per talk.  Speakers should expect around 400 people in the auditorium during these periods.

Do you have an interesting idea that you would like to share? Propose an Ignite talk for Ignite sessions.  Creativity loves constraints and Ignite sessions are constrained. You get a 5-minute slot in which you present your content and discuss your slides, which change every 15 seconds (20 slides total-sounds fun right!).  Ignite talks follow regular, full-length talks in the same large auditorium.

Curios to hear how your peers handle specific challenges, or interested in having a deeper dive on one of our sponsors technologies? Attend an openspace session; even without a prepared presentation we encourage discussions and interaction by having people propose a session on the fly during the openspace portion of the conference.  Check the open space format for more information

Some suggestions to get you thinking but not limited to:

  • Developing Tools for Operations teams
  • The Future of Configuration Management
  • Other development methods besides Agile
  • Testing and monitoring converging
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Microservice Trends
  • Challenges that DevOps teams face.
  • DevOps and Security
  • Adopting Continues Delivery
  • Automating the Mundane

Want to make a panel, speaker or ignite session proposal for Salt Lake City DevOps Days:

Please visit our Call for Papers site.

Want to help Sponsor SLCDevOpsDays:

Please visit our sponsor site to learn more.

Want to Volunteer with SLCDevOpsDays:

Volunteers get a unique t-shirt, entrance to the event and a special after party to network with other volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please send an email to our organizers.


2017 SLC DevOps Days Subject Matter Survey

Please take 5 minutes of your time to fill out this survey so we can guild our 2017 conference in the direction your taking DevOps.

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2017 SLC DevOps Days Call for Speaker Proposals

Did  you get a chance to attend our inaugural 2016 DevOps Days Event held here in beautiful Salt Lake City? If not, we understand, you maxed the location capacity of 250 attendees, which meant a LOT of you were left out (75 + waitlisted, a bunch of “please just let me in,” and only 5 no shows).

We heard your request for this year’s capacity-bigger. Good thing cuz, in our sophomore year, Salt Lake DevOps Days 2017 is set to have over 400+ attendees. Yup, 400+.

We KNOW you honed your DevOps Fu during 2016. And SLC DOD knows you have pipelines to brag about and collaboration stories to tell. Highlighting the knowledge here in the Silicon Slopes blended with national talents, we are back at it again: bigger, better, less yap-more actionable, more informative than the usual “Days” events.

Sign up to:

 

  • Come fill openspaces with your unique DevOps pipeline buildout (why you architected it how you did, lessons learned, reccos you have),
  • be one of 12 speakers, and 12 Ignite presenters,
  • participate in (#maybe) a hack-a-thon and,
  • explore the 25 DevOps tool sponsors

To submit your talk, please visit today: https://www.papercall.io/slc-dev-ops-days

DOD SLC’s Why:

Traditionally in the software product development cycle, those responsible to get the product out to customers work separately from the development teams. These groups use different tools, have separate budgets, are at time shared resources with other parts of the organization and have their own unique cadences. They don’t typically understand each other’s processes, pain points and timing. This causes discord and mistakes when trying to take things to market in a high velocity manner.

The DevOps movement has formed to promote working together  upfront, automating the repetitive tasks, being  blameless in retrospective and driving understanding into what it means to be dev or ops. It means that how they have worked in the past changes but relieves the animosity along the way, with the benefit of getting items to the customer faster with higher quality.

We are bringing local and national speakers to the SLC community to discuss collaboration, tooling and cultural changes/opportunities. Let people share expertise, make connections, train one another and talk about lessons learned. A very open source discourse.

 

Salt Lake City DevOps Days Theme for 2017:

Humans and Tooling: Building reliability into your DevOps team

Definition of reliability

1:  the quality or state of being reliable

2:  the extent to which an experiment, test, or measuring procedure yields the same results on repeated trials

Simple Definition of reliable

: able to be trusted to do or provide what is needed : able to be relied on

: able to be believed : likely to be true or correct

The beauty of a Continuous Delivery pipeline and all of its components is knowing your monitoring and feedback loops are consistent. Implementing a good setup and proper maintenance you can consider them reliable, but machines are the easy part. Tools are always easy, humans are complex and it is the human which works with other teams, to collaborate, gather and validate the requirements for the pipeline. To create a welcoming culture and successful CD pipeline, a new team formation is essential. Thus DevOps was born to bring together groups previously pitted against each other via conflicting bonus plans, timelines, and business drivers. SLC DOD 2017 is all about this: you can’t create reliable feedback tools without recovering the human trust. How do we tool up and trust rapidly to prove we can rely on both.

To submit your talk, please visit today: https://www.papercall.io/slc-dev-ops-days


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Additional Speaker Line-Up for Salt Lake City DevOps Days

Additional Speaker Line-Up for June 14-15, 2016, Salt Lake City DevOps Days Event Unveiled – Adam Jacob, Co-Founder and Creator of Chef and John Esser, Director of IT for AdvancedMD

adam jacobSilicon Slopes, UT, May 17, 2016 – Organizers of SLC DevOps Days, the only event of its kind in Utah, today announced additional  speakers and topics to be presented in its inaugural year, themed “Unlocking the Puzzle: What is DevOps, Why Now, Why Me?”

DevOps, touted as  “Agile 3.0,” introduces exciting and significant changes to all tech workers. To support the budding SLC DevOps community, DevOps practitioners, both local and national, will speak to cultural, leadership and tooling shifts. Along with speakers, the vendor supported event offers product demos and networking with local professionals at various stages in the DevOps journey.

Adam Jacob CTO & Co-Founder of Chef speaking on The Evolution of Automation

Adam will talk about the fundamentals of automation, what we’ve learned over multiple generations of tooling and research, and discuss the path forward.

Chief Technical Officer Adam Jacob is a co-founder of Chef and the creator of Chef. Prior to Chef, he founded HJK Solutions, an automated infrastructure consultancy. During two years at HJK, he built new infrastructures for 15 different startups. Including his time at HJK, Adam has 13 years of experience as a systems administrator, systems architect, and tools developer. He has been responsible for large production infrastructures, internal corporate automation, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts.

Esser-007John Esser will speak on Challenges of DevOps Adoption
While the DevOps movement and practices are certainly making waves how widespread is its adoption and how successful is it really?  Research and a copious amount of anecdotal experience point to the high benefits that can be derived from DevOps, but many technology executives are still unsure about what DevOps is let alone how they might successfully adopt it in their organizations.  Hindering adoption are continued myths, misconceptions, and dysfunctional practices.  In this presentation, I will relate my own experiences from participating in two DevOps transformations in addition to my observations doing ad hoc DevOps consulting and attempt to offer some practical advice and approaches you can use in your own DevOps transformation.

If you don’t see your name up there but have something to say: CALL FOR Ignites IS NOW OPEN

Apply here: https://slcdevopsdays.org/speaker-proposals/ Only 4 slots left!

 

Event Details:

  • Dates: June 14-15
  • Location: Church and State, SLC, UT
  • Register soon at the $99.00 early bird pricing https://slcdevopsdays.org/register/
  • Follow us online at @devopsdaysslc  #SLC #DevOpsDays
  • A few Limited Additional sponsorships are available at:https://slcdevopsdays.org/our-sponsors/

 

Support these sponsors and partners who make SLC DevOps Days 2016 possible!

 

Evening Networking Party

New Relic

 

Black Diamond Sponsors

Chef
Optum Technologies
Pivitol

Github
Raindance
SaltStack
Thought Works
Xebia Labs

 

Blue Square Sponsors

CA Technologies
Health Catalyst
Morpheus Data
VictorOps
VMWare

 

Green Circle Sponsors

CenturyLink

 

About DevOps

(a clipped compound of “development” and “operations“) is a culture, movement or practice that emphasizes the collaboration and communication of both software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes.[1][2] It aims at establishing a culture and environment where building, testing, and releasing software, can happen rapidly, frequently, and more reliably.DevOps promotes a set of processes and methods for thinking about communication and collaboration between development, QA, and IT operations.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DevOps

 


SLC DevOps Days

Open Call for Ignite Proposals

OPEN CALL FOR IGNITE PROPOSALSslc-devopsdays-background

ig·nite

verb: ignite; 3rd person present: ignites; past tense: ignited; past participle: ignited; gerund or present participle: igniting

 

  • catch fire or cause to catch fire.
  • arouse or inflame (an emotion or situation).

 

 

Catch the Silicon Slopes on DevOps fire, propose an  Ignite:

Local Experiences-Speak-Share-Inspire

What is an Ignite talk? A 5 minute slot with slides changing every 15 seconds (20 slides total) which are also presented to all attendees in one room.

We have heard many of you speak and know you have good stuff to share. Our community wants to hear from you. If you are picked for one of our eight ignite slots, you’ll receive a complimentary pass to SLC DevOps Days.

Email: proposals-saltlakecity-2016@devopsdays.o­­rg

Event Details:

  • Dates: June 14-15
  • Location: Church and State, SLC, UT
  • Register soon at the $99.00 early bird pricing https://slcdevopsdays.org/register/
  • Follow us online at @devopsdaysslc  #SLCDevOpsDays

A few Limited Additional sponsorships are available at:https://slcdevopsdays.org/our-sponsors/

Early Bird tickets are $99.

https://www.slcdevopsdays.org/register/


Topic and Speaker Line-Up for June 14-15, 2016, Salt Lake City DevOps Days Event Unveiled

Silicon Slopes, UT, May 9, 2016 – Organizers of SLC DevOps Days, the only event of its kind in Utah, today announced the line-up of speakers and topics to be presented in its inaugural year, themed “Unlocking the Puzzle: What is DevOps, Why Now, Why Me?”

DevOps, touted as  “Agile 3.0,” introduces exciting and significant changes to all tech workers. To support the budding SLC DevOps community, DevOps practitioners, both local and national, will speak to cultural, leadership and tooling shifts. Along with speakers, the vendor supported event offers product demos and networking with local professionals at various stages in the DevOps journey.

Topics and speakers for the June 14th event (in no particular order):

Welcoming Jennifer Davis, Co-author of Effective DevOps, Chef Software Engineer and founder of Coffeeops as Keynote

In her role at Chef, Jennifer develops Chef cookbooks to simplify building and managing infrastructure. She has experienced devops transformations, and will speak to what it means from all sides; tech culture, monitoring, and automation.

What does DevOps Mean to an AdTech Company – Mason Leung

How can we refresh our infrastructure and continue to serve millions of ad requests without interruption?  DevOps has been coined a movement, a culture change, to something money can’t buy.  What does it mean to an AdTech company?

Getting along with your DB Ops team – Nick Demaster

Often times, when we talk about DevOps, the database operations get grouped together with “Ops”.  This can lead to a lot of misunderstanding in the future with teams who adopt certain practices that, while allowing fast iterations, may not be the best for DB ops – and when a DBA comes into your organization, may cause friction between Dev and Ops.
Continuous Integration May Have Negative Effects – Yegor Bugayenko

CI is a well-known and popular methodology, which is supposed to help software projects to stabilize their source code and make the entire development more predictable and surprise-free. Even though all this sounds very good in theory, the practice is different.

Watch Everything, Watch Anything: Anomaly Detection – Nathaniel Cook
At any DevOps shop you quickly realize that you can’t watch everything even if you put it on big screens throughout the office where everyone can see. You need something to watch the data for you and to tell you what is important and what is not.

Stop Running with Sharp Metrics – Julia Wester

Julia Wester will share examples of good and bad techniques for using data when coaching teams.  Come, listen and learn how to avoid the pitfalls of managing by numbers, including how to identify and avoid vanity metrics, how to choose metrics that drive desired behaviors, and ways to visualize balanced team metrics that enable continuous improvement.

Security Automation in a DevOps World – Alan Robertson

Cybersecurity is in the news almost every day. It’s not just getting the attention of the technical folks in the trenches, it’s getting attention in the boardroom. It’s also an area that the DevOps culture hasn’t spent as much attention on as we have on testing and deployment automation. How to make things better and keep them there – showing you how to get started in 15 minutes.

Servant Leadership is Dead – Allia DeAngelis

When projects transitioned from Waterfall to Agile, a cultural shift ensued. To meet the demands of iterative development, managers espoused Servant Leadership and Scrum Masters were born. Though there has been lots of pizza buying since then, old school leadership styles have covertly persisted. DevOps and its rapid time to market, once again asks leadership and management to evolve with it-if it isn’t Servant Leadership, then what is it?

If you don’t see your name up there but have something to say: CALL FOR Ignites IS NOW OPEN

Apply here: https://slcdevopsdays.org/speaker-proposals/

Event Details:

  • Dates: June 14-15
  • Location: Church and State, SLC, UT
  • Register soon at the $99.00 early bird pricing https://slcdevopsdays.org/register/
  • Follow us online at @devopsdaysslc  #SLCDevOpsDays
  • A few Limited Additional sponsorships are available at:https://slcdevopsdays.org/our-sponsors/

Support these sponsors and partners who make SLC DevOps Days 2016 possible!

Evening Networking Party

New Relic

Black Diamond Sponsors

Chef
Optum Technologies
Pivitol

Github
Raindance
SaltStack
Thought Works
Xebia Labs

Blue Square Sponsors

CA Technologies
Health Catalyst
Morpheus Data
VictorOps
VMWare

Green Circle Sponsors

CenturyLink

About DevOps

(a clipped compound of “development” and “operations“) is a culture, movement or practice that emphasizes the collaboration and communication of both software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes.[1][2] It aims at establishing a culture and environment where building, testing, and releasing software, can happen rapidly, frequently, and more reliably.DevOps promotes a set of processes and methods for thinking about communication and collaboration between development, QA, and IT operations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DevOps


2016 Speaker Proposal: The Platform Business: How Cloud Foundry Facilitates Cloud Native Transformation by David Gardner

Presenter:

David Gardner, Product Owner for AppFog

Abstract:

In this presentation, David will examine the characteristics of the cloud native businesses that disrupting incumbent businesses, transforming our economy, and reshaping our communications, marketing and transactions. He will share ideas businesses can use to adopt and create their own a culture of innovation. The presentation will examine why Platform-as-a-Service is relevant to any company that creates consumer experiences, and how an “opinionated architecture” like Cloud Foundry can contribute to business transformation. He will also showcase examples of how Cloud Foundry facilitates cloud native application lifecycle management.

For attendees interested in digging deeper into Cloud Foundry and experiencing platform-driven, cloud native deployment, David will be conducting a 1-hour workshop 2 weeks after this presentation on common workloads and deployment patterns. Attendees will receive a promo code for a Free AppFog Trial account.


Bio:

DavidGardnerDavid Gardner is the Product Owner for AppFog, CenturyLink’s Platform-as-a-Service powered by Cloud Foundry. He has a BS in Computer Science from BYU, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Before CenturyLink, he worked in Product at Adobe, Webtrends, and Endurance International Group. In addition, as an Accenture Consultant, he helped build web solutions for Technology and Financial Services clients. He enjoys helping companies embrace the future and modern development methods.


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