Bio: Jez Humble is a Principal at ThoughtWorks Studios, and co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler's Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010). He has worked with a variety of platforms and technologies, consulting for non-profits, telecoms, financial services, and online retail companies. His focus is on helping organisations deliver valuable, high-quality software frequently and reliably through implementing effective engineering practices.
Bio: Chris Read currently works at DRW where he helps developers and operations deliver more value faster. He used to work for ThoughtWorks as a Principal Technical Consultant and Infrastructure Specialist. This basically meant he helped developers understand the environments they are developing for, and helped the client infrastructure people build better systems. His specialties are Unix (any flavor) and networking. He has done time as a Developer and as a Sys Admin, but now he is both...
Talk Abstract: Chris Read and Seth Thomson will focus on the cultural impact of changing your IT organization from one that tries to follow "best practice" to one that strives to provide the best value for your end users. They will discuss approaches that have resulted in stand up shouting matches as well as those that have gone well and left people wondering how they ever lived without them...>
Bio: John has worked in the IT management industry for 30 years. He began his professional career at Exxon as an IT infrastructure analyst. He is the founder of four successful startups over the past 20 years Willis is known internationally for his IT Management and Cloud blog. He also has two podcast series on clouds called ‚"Cloud Cafe‚ and Droplets". Willis is also the co-host of Redmonk’s IT Management Guys‚ podcast series.
Bio: Zack works in Groupon's ops tools, performance, scalability, monitoring, and security teams. A developer by trade, he has always been deeply involved in the operations side of the stack. He has built production management infrastructure from the ground up five times so far, and thanks to the smart people around him he thinks he finally got it right this time.
Talk Abstract: After surveying the available options, Groupon decided to take their own approach to host configuration management. What resulted is a system whose core values are consistency, flexibility, and above all else -- simplicity. Roller is a data driven platform controlling software, configuration, and users. Come learn just how clean and simple DevOps can be.
Roller is a project that is in the queue to be open sourced. At Groupon, we are dealing with DevOps issues at unprecedented level, especially for a Ruby on Rails codebase. The speed at which changes are happening means that our teams are constantly taxed and challenged to put sane infrastructure like Roller into place to keep the development moving forward.
Bio: As a Principal Engineer at Zenoss, Simon Jakesch has been instrumental with Zenoss' adoption in some of the largest datacenters and cloud providers. He now continues this work as a Community Manager to further make Zenoss one of the most widely used and powerful monitoring platforms worldwide.
Talk Abstract: I will take attendees through a Zenoss 101, starting from the very beginning to automatically adding/removing servers from the system.
Bio: R. Tyler Croy has been heavily involved in the Jenkins community for the better part of three years, focusing on testing and automation for large Python (Django) and Ruby (Rails) code bases. The majority of the time you can find Tyler writing Ruby, answering Git questions or managing the Jenkins project infrastructure.
Talk Abstract: Automate Everything. A hands-on session with one of the best automation tools out, Jenkins, to automate builds and testing all the way through to deployment to staging and production. Successfully shipping code in a highly automated fashion isn't just a matter of cron and rsync anymore, from building out pipelines for more immediate feedback, involving QA with certifying changes are ready to ship, and going 100% continuous with pre-tested commits with Gerrit and Jenkins.
Bio: Nicholas Leskiw is an Operations / Monitoring specialist currently working for Walgreens' eCommerce department and also a contributor to the Graphite project [http://launchpad.net/graphite]. He has had over 7 years of experience in Ops starting at Orbitz as an Intern, eventually becoming a Technical Lead in their Service Operations Center.
Talk Abstract: Hands On Graphite. We'll get Graphite installed on a UNIX system and write a few scripts to send data. An explanation of how the 3 parts of Graphite work together, how to tune your Carbon daemon and Webapp, and how to use the Composer and Dashboard will be given.
Bio: Hal Snyder has more than thirty years' experience in software engineering, including work in embedded systems, operating systems internals, and fault-tolerant networks. Hal's interests include configuration management, concurrency-oriented programming, and software toolchain development. Before joining Orbitz, Hal worked with Northwestern University's Department of Preventive Medicine developing applications for the web, smartphones, and wearable sensors in support of a clinical trial relating to mitigation of cardiometablic risk factors. Hal holds a M.D. from Northwestern and M.S. (ABD) from University of Chicago in Math (Algebraic Number Theory). He is the co-author of Internet RFC-3178 http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3178
Talk Abstract: Topic for the open session is, Effective CMDB Architecture and Practice. This is intended as a facilitated conversation, not a lecture from someone who claims to know all the answers
Bio: Matthew O'Keefe is an Architect on the Infrastructure team at Morningstar, working on Cloud Computing, open source Platform as a Service. and DevOps initiatives. With a background in software and a position on a centralized Operations team, he helps to bridge the gap between development and operations. Prior to joining Morningstar, he led Foundational Technologies and Operations Architecture teams at Orbitz, where he learned to apply the principles of DevOps. Matt is co-organizer of the Morningstar Tech Talks, Cassandra Chicago and DevOps Chicago meetup groups. He also contributes to DevOps.com.