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Wednesday, July 13 • 1:00pm - 1:40pm
Session: We Can All Have Nice Things: Patterns for Brownfield Automation
Are you from a large and old IT organization? Do you support legacy applications that were lovingly built by hand in the distant past? Do you want to automate all of the things but feel it’s just not possible because you’re faced with a mountain of technical debt? Or do you think automation is too hard because you simply can’t rebuild your servers because you either don’t know how or because no one will give you new servers? Do you want to have nice things? It’s hard to know where to start a brownfield automation project and how to keep it going once it’s started. Adobe IT Web Platform Services had this problem and still has this problem. We used to build and deploy everything by hand. We had excessive configuration drift. We didn’t exactly know how to rebuild our servers. We would fat finger deployments and cause service outages. We had 19 different environments, all different, and all updates were pushed out by hand. We have a lot of technical debt. We’re better because we’ve tried to automate. We’re not yet completely automated. We don’t do CI or CD. We don’t even do automated tests. But we’re using Chef and our lives are better because of it. We’ve eliminated configuration drift. We’ve made rollout and rollback easier. And yes, we have nice things.

Speakers
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Jeremy Lieb

Senior Web Technologist, Adobe Systems
Jeremy has spent 16 years in IT Web Operations at large technology companies supporting both internal application and external customer-facing web sites and services. That’s a nice way of saying he’s tried to modernize and support old infrastructure and applications; he knows how the sausage is made. In his spare time, he likes to cook and he’d rather be making sausage you can actually eat.


Wednesday July 13, 2016 1:00pm - 1:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701