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Monday, July 11
 

7:00am

Registration
Monday July 11, 2016 7:00am - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

8:00am

Coffee/Continental Breakfast
Monday July 11, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Workshop: Building Cookbooks with DSC Resources
Are you building cookbooks for Windows Server? Wondering where Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) fits? Join me as we explore how to build Chef cookbooks that include DSC resources, and learn how to test them, troubleshoot them, and ensure their quality. We'll build a cookbook from scratch, using both in-box and community DSC resources, as well as Chef resources. We'll use a test-driven approach to ensure that our cookbook does what we expect it to do and make sure the DSC Local Configuration Manager is configured so that it does not interfere with our efforts to configure a server.

This workshop comes with an additional $225 cost to your ChefConf registration. You must be also be registered for ChefConf 2016 to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Murawski

Steve Murawski

Prinicipal Engineer, Chef
Steven is a Principal Engineer on the Community Engineering team at Chef and Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management. Steven has in depth experience with PowerShell Desired State Configuration, having been among the first to adopt the technology, and is an experienced Windows Server administrator.


Monday July 11, 2016 9:00am - 12:30pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Workshop: Achieving Regulatory Compliance with Chef Compliance!
Security breaches are commonplace, and in response, the demands of regulatory bodies (e.g., CIS, NIST, SOX) are becoming more and more rigorous. Staying ahead of this trend and successfully managing the compliance of your infrastructure, despite its increasing complexity, is crucial. This workshop, through discussion and hands-on activities, will teach you to use Chef Compliance to identify and remediate gaps in established security policies. You'll also learn how to ensure that your infrastructure's compliance is maintained on an ongoing basis. In this full-day workshop, you will:

• Install and configure a Chef Compliance server
• Learn and use InSpec to create and modify Chef Compliance policies
• Scan infrastructure to detect violations of compliance policies
• Correct compliance violations through the use of Chef recipes

This workshop comes with an additional $450 cost to your ChefConf registration. You must be also be registered for ChefConf 2016 to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Eichenbaum

Larry Eichenbaum

Solutions Engineer, Chef


Monday July 11, 2016 9:00am - 5:15pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Workshop: Advanced Dungeons and Testing Dragons
~~WAITLISTED~~

Your knowledge of test-driven development has allowed you to defeat the simple cookbooks that live within your organization. Before you now stands a multi-platform cookbook that wields custom resources and helper methods, and that exploits search.

This adventure will test your mettle as we delve through these dark corners of cookbook development. You will strengthen your powers in RSpec, learn the wild secrets of the Ruby language, and begin the treacherous climb to Test Kitchen and ChefSpec mastery. Through carefully crafted exercises you will gain the skills necessary to accomplish the unthinkable and test such a cookbook.

This workshop comes with an additional $450 cost to your ChefConf registration. You must be also be registered for ChefConf 2016 to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Franklin Webber

Franklin Webber

Technical Training Team Lead, Chef
College dropout, turned instructor who found software development because everything else in his life was going too well. Forged by the fires of tech support, quality assurance and software development, he now brings technology to the hungry, sullied masses with raw energy, immeasurable empathy and a strong injection of humor.


Monday July 11, 2016 9:00am - 5:15pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Workshop: AWS Technical Essentials
AWS Technical Essentials introduces you to AWS products, services, and common solutions. It provides you with fundamentals to become more proficient in identifying AWS services so that you can make informed decisions about IT solutions based on your business requirements and get started working on AWS.

This workshop teaches you how to:
  • Understand basic data center design concepts.
  • Recognize terminology and concepts as they relate to the AWS platform and navigate the AWS Management Console.
  • Understand the foundational infrastructure services, including Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Auto Scaling, and Elastic Load Balancing (ELB).
  • Understand the security measures AWS provides and key concepts of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM).
  • Understand AWS database services, including Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS).
  • Understand AWS management tools, including Amazon CloudWatch and AWS Trusted Advisor.
  • This workshop is intended for:
  • Individuals responsible for articulating the technical benefits of AWS services to customers
  • Individuals interested in learning how to get started with using AWS
  • SysOps administrators, Solution Architects and developers interested in using AWS services


This workshop comes with an additional $450 cost to your ChefConf registration. You must be also be registered for ChefConf 2016 to participate.


Speakers
avatar for Eli Schilling

Eli Schilling

Training Manager, AWS
Eli currently manages a team of world-class technical trainers for Amazon Web Services; a role that he stepped into recently after 14 months of delivering technical training himself.  His background includes IT Process and Systems Engineering with recent attention focused on evangelizing the value of adopting DevOps methodologies.  Eli has a passion for education; rarely passing up an opportunity to learn something new or share his... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2016 9:00am - 5:15pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Workshop: Azure Chef Training
Join us for a hands-on coding session aimed at technical practitioners who want to do more on the Azure platform with Chef. The workshop provides an introduction to Chef with a focus on Azure integration. We'll address topics such as how to use Chef itself, how to manage Azure infrastructure within the Chef framework, and basic deployment scenarios. We'll put what we've learned into practice by writing and deploying recipes that describe system configuration policies, and by using Chef provisioning to spin up new instances and create a full-stack application topology that includes additional Azure services. The session will include insights from both Chef and Microsoft employees. By the end of the day, you'll be ready to get up and running with Chef on Azure.

This workshop comes with an additional $450 cost to your ChefConf registration. You must be also be registered for ChefConf 2016 to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Elon Bar-Evan

Elon Bar-Evan

VP Strategic Partnerships / Co-Founder, TechnoTrainer
Elon's fast-growing company, TechnoTrainer.com, is Chef's Primary Global Training partner, fueling the love of Chef for people on every continent except Antarctica (we're still trying to convince the penguins to give up CFEngine).  Having taught enterprise software in over 40-countries, Elon and the TechnoTrainer team believe that to know a technology like Chef is to love a technology like Chef, and so they work tirelessly to make sure... Read More →
avatar for Fabian Met

Fabian Met

Technical Instructor, TechnoTrainer
Always getting the discarded hardware of relatives and taking it apart to figure out what made it tick, Fabian has been into technology ever since he was a child. | | When he got the opportunity in his career to become a linux engineer he took the chance with both hands and never looked back. | | Since then he has been introduced to configuration management and has started playing around with all the different flavors available. | | Coming... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2016 9:00am - 5:15pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Workshop: Chef Essentials
Chef Essentials is a comprehensive introduction to Chef architecture, as well as the Chef Development Kit (ChefDK) and its associated tools. At the end of this class, you will understand how to use Chef resources to create recipes and cookbooks, and how to use templates to automate your infrastructure's configuration, deployment, and management.

This workshop comes with an additional $450 cost to your ChefConf registration. You must be also be registered for ChefConf 2016 to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Beck

Robin Beck

Lead Instructor, TechnoTrainer
Robin has been tinkering and hacking ever since he took apart a Roland electronic keyboard as a child, much to the detest of his parents. This lead him to experiment with building, maintaining and repairing consumer electronics throughout his youth, until pursuing bachelor degrees in Physics and Astronomy. This wet his appetite for computational computing and planetary modeling using Perl and IDL, eventually leading to an interest in web... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2016 9:00am - 5:15pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Workshop: Crafting Reusable Cookbooks
~~WAITLISTED~~

Are you trying to build cookbooks within your organization but are unclear about how to get your coworkers involved? Maybe you've learned the Chef primitives and architecture but you're not sure how to distill that knowledge into patterns that others can follow? In this collaborative workshop, we will spend the day working together to craft a community cookbook from scratch using both Chef and community resources. In the process, we'll learn some key patterns of DevOps practices.
You'll also learn about:
* Application deployment planning.
* Introducing repeatable, testable change.
* Measuring impact and quality.

This workshop comes with an additional $450 cost to your ChefConf registration. You must be also be registered for ChefConf 2016 to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Henry

Ian Henry

Success Engineer, Chef
Ian is a customer facing engineer for Chef and supports multiple community meetups in the greater Cincinnati area and has been known to frequently drop into community meetups he comes across during his regular travels. In his role at Chef, Ian helps customers design and deploy systems that sanely leverage Chef and follow infrastructure-as-code paradigms, develops automation and tooling, and occasionally gets to hack on some internal and community... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2016 9:00am - 5:15pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Workshop: Full Stack Continuous Delivery with Chef Delivery
The ability to deploy at velocity is becoming increasingly important to enterprises. Chef Delivery provides a prescriptive model for achieving velocity across your entire stack, safely. Come learn how to use Chef Delivery so that you can maintain quality while quickly shipping features and bug fixes. In this class, you will:

- Install and configure a Chef Delivery server and build nodes
- Import and configure infrastructure cookbooks
- Import an application and write a build cookbook

You will leave this workshop able to deliver one of your applications with Chef Delivery.

This workshop comes with an additional $450 cost to your ChefConf registration. You must be also be registered for ChefConf 2016 to participate.

Speakers
avatar for John Byrne

John Byrne

Customer Architect, Chef
John Byrne has been a career geek for fifteen years and counting. He has held various technology-related roles including, systems engineer, architect, and consultant. After experiencing the high of his first chef-client run nearly five years ago, he made it his life’s work to automate all the things. | | John currently serves as a Customer Architect on the Success Engineering Team at Chef. In his role, John works with Chef’s... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2016 9:00am - 5:15pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Workshop: New Rules for DevOps Radicals
DevOps is a union of culture, process, and tools. This workshop focuses on developing the coaching competencies required to facilitate cultural and process changes in your organization. "New Rules for DevOps Radicals" is a one-day bootcamp for managers, Scrum masters, product owners, and operations and development leads who want to build on their teams' experience with Agile and move to the continuous delivery of high-quality software.
In the workshop we will learn to implement the ideas that empower teams to deploy at velocity. Silos beget supervision, supervision begets process. Your organization's structure is the product of its communication history (Conway’s Law). Learning is your only competitive advantage. (Stop anticipating the outcome, seek validation instead.)

This workshop comes with an additional $450 cost to your ChefConf registration. You must be also be registered for ChefConf 2016 to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Hackert

Jeff Hackert

VP of Engineering, Soylent
| | Jeff has been hooking things up to the internet since the early 90’s. He’s spent time as an engineer, software developer, people manager, and coach for companies that have defined the markets in which they compete. In his role at Chef, Jeff builds training and coaching around facilitation, Lean, Agile, and DevOps principles and practices, feedback and communication, and career development. He's a frequent conference speaker... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2016 9:00am - 5:15pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Workshop: Operating the Chef Server at Scale
This dive deep into how the Chef Server works is designed for dedicated Chef Server operators; enabling you to plan for large scale deployments and be prepared to troubleshoot like a pro when things go awry. This is not a hands-on workshop, but instead will focus on making sure you have the information you need to be successful.

Specific topics for this session include:
How does the Chef Server work:
- a journey through the Chef server (learn the components and how they fit together)
- how it’s packaged (Omnibus, the “reconfigure” cookbook)
Planning a Significant Chef Server deployment:
- Topologies and their implications
- Essential team skills
- Monitoring and Metrics
Running Chef Server at Scale
- Advanced Monitoring and Tuning
- Operations Patterns
- Postmortems


This workshop comes with an additional $450 cost to your ChefConf registration. You must be also be registered for ChefConf 2016 to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Irving Popovetsky

Irving Popovetsky

Principal Customer Architect, Chef
Irving leads the Customer Engineering team at Chef and was Chef's first Customer Success Engineer. He has 18 years of experience building, scaling, operating and troubleshooting large-scale Enterprise, Web and HPC systems. He has been deeply involved in the design, planning and troubleshooting of Chef largest customer customer's Chef Server clusters.


Monday July 11, 2016 9:00am - 5:15pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

10:00am

Chef Community Summit
The Chef Community Summit is a one-day, facilitated Open Space event that's highly interactive and energetic. The Summit will be hosted by Nathen Harvey, VP of Community Development, with content driven by the attendees. This is an intimate setting where you can engage personally with an active, caring, wickedly smart, and fast growing community of Chef engineers, contributors, and users. We all want to help you and others learn, problem solve, and succeed with Chef.

This special ChefConf event comes with an additional cost of $150 to attend. You must be also be registered for ChefConf 2016 to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Nathen Harvey

Nathen Harvey

VP Community Development, Chef
As the the VP of Community Development at Chef, Nathen helps the community whip up an awesome ecosystem built around the Chef framework. Nathen also spends much of his time helping people learn about the practices, processes, and technologies that support DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Web-scale IT. Prior to joining CHEF, Nathen spent a number of years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2016 10:00am - 5:15pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Lunch
Monday July 11, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

1:45pm

Workshop: Tactical Troubleshooting for Windows Server
Have you ever been confounded by how WinRM works? Can't figure out what that cryptic error message means? Baffled by parsing on the PowerShell command line? Join Steven Murawski and learn how to troubleshoot Windows Server related issues, identify workflow constraints, and build up your suite of troubleshooting tools. We'll start with the 10 most common Windows Server issues (as guestimated by Steve) and learn how to troubleshoot them. We'll then open up the floor to cover attendees' questions. Finally, we'll work through troubleshooting issues with some servers that we've thoughtfully misconfigured for your learning enjoyment.

This workshop comes with an additional $225 cost to your ChefConf registration. You must be also be registered for ChefConf 2016 to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Murawski

Steve Murawski

Prinicipal Engineer, Chef
Steven is a Principal Engineer on the Community Engineering team at Chef and Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management. Steven has in depth experience with PowerShell Desired State Configuration, having been among the first to adopt the technology, and is an experienced Windows Server administrator.


Monday July 11, 2016 1:45pm - 5:15pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

5:30pm

Austin on Tap - Welcome Reception
Come taste what the local beer scene has to offer while connecting with Chef community members and Chef partners.

Monday July 11, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
 
Tuesday, July 12
 

7:00am

Registration
Tuesday July 12, 2016 7:00am - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

8:00am

Coffee/Continental Breakfast
Tuesday July 12, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Keynote and Main Stage Speakers
Speakers
avatar for Justin  Arbuckle

Justin Arbuckle

VP of Transformation, Chef
Justin Arbuckle brings more than 20 years of experience in transforming enterprise IT for speed, scale and consistency to Chef. He is a passionate proponent of the value of architectural thinking to driving significant business value. | | Prior to Chef, Justin most recently served as Chief Architect for GE Capital, where he built the first global IT architecture function at GE Capital, led one of the company’s largest technology... Read More →
avatar for Barry  Crist

Barry Crist

CEO, Chef
Barry Crist has more than 20 years of experience in driving enterprise customer success and adoption with both open source and DevOps software solutions. Prior to joining Chef, he was an Executive-in-Residence at Ignition Partners, a Chef investor. He was previously CEO of Likewise, a company with a strong open source to enterprise go-to-market model that had wide industry reach including OEM agreements with VMware, Dell, HP, Riverbed, and EMC... Read More →
avatar for Nathen Harvey

Nathen Harvey

VP Community Development, Chef
As the the VP of Community Development at Chef, Nathen helps the community whip up an awesome ecosystem built around the Chef framework. Nathen also spends much of his time helping people learn about the practices, processes, and technologies that support DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Web-scale IT. Prior to joining CHEF, Nathen spent a number of years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a... Read More →
avatar for Dawie Olivier

Dawie Olivier

CIO, WestPac NZC
Dawie Olivier has had a dynamic career in the IT industry, leading many different teams in the design and implementation of strategies and solutions of strategic importance for a number of large corporations. Most recently, as Executive Head of Group Technology Build for the Standard Bank Group based in Johannesburg, Dawie lead a team tasked with the technical delivery of all new technology capabilities. | | Dawie was appointed to the... Read More →
avatar for Veresh Sita

Veresh Sita

CIO, Alaska Air
As CIO, Sita oversees the Information Technology Services (ITS) organization, staffed by over 300 IT professionals responsible for investing in the airline’s infrastructure, enterprise systems, and technical innovation. | | Since joining Alaska in 2014, Sita has spearheaded the deployment of over 10,000 mobile devices across the company’s frontline operations. He built a long-term roadmap that will modernize the company’s... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Trombetta

Rachel Trombetta

Director Service Operations, GE Digital
Rachel’s career has spanned 25 years of transforming military command and control, commercial, and industrial market segments. | | Rachel began her career at GE as a Network Security Architect for GE Transportation (GET). During her three years in this role she architected and deployed GE’s first commercial application in a cloud environment. In 2009, Rachel was the solutions architect delivering GET’s first commercial software... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

12:00pm

Lunch
Tuesday July 12, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

12:00pm

Community Room
Tuesday July 12, 2016 12:00pm - 5:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Session: Balancing Velocity and Compliance - Bringing DevOps into Government
At SAP NS2, our business is focused on delivering a full suite of applications, analytics, database, cybersecurity, and cloud software solutions. with specialized levels of security and support for our U.S. national security and critical infrastructure customers. We have the same needs for development velocity as many other organizations but we must operate under stringent compliance and security protocols that present barriers to collaboration and fast, small batch releases. Our presentation will examine how you can balance velocity and compliance in regulated environments, and will take what we’ve learned from working with the government and show you how to apply those lessons to a range of industries with their own security and compliance considerations. A few topics we will cover: -How do you apply DevOps to enterprise software? -Compliance and security at speed and scale -Continuous monitoring is continuous delivery -How do I ensure auditability of my infrastructure -Chef Delivery and its vital role with compliance -Chef provisioning and our ability to adapt to customer needs quickly and reliably. -Auto scaling powered by slapchop Attendees will learn how we: -Leveraged Chef to enforce compliance -Leveraged Delivery for Change Control -Enabled auditing powered by Chef data.

Speakers
avatar for Roberto Ortiz

Roberto Ortiz

Sr. Cloud DevOps Engineer, SAP NS2
I love working with Chef software, it makes my day, I have been working for the majority of my career within the public sector, local, state and federal governments. Systems Administrator by trade, I have learned the value of automation for Windows and Linux Distros and understand it as an indispensable piece to any infrastructure. | | Currently working with SAP National Security Services, Inc. (SAP NS2 TM) helping to fulfill our mission... Read More →
avatar for Cheerag Patel

Cheerag Patel

DevOps Manager, SAP NS2
I am the DevOps manager at SAP NS2. My experience in the enterprise has provided valuable knowledge regarding cloud, both with AWS and with private data centers. I have been working with Chef over the past few years in both the public and commercial spaces.
avatar for JP Robinson

JP Robinson

Senior Automation Engineer, SAP NS2
At SAP NS2 I’ve helped to build out and automate our cloud offerings and define our development lifecycle. In my previous positions I’ve worked on architecture and operations, slowly transitioning to a devops focus. Before joining NS2, I worked in SAP’s Mobile Services division, designing and building a private cloud solution.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 1:00pm - 1:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Session: Canary In the Coal Mine: Initiating Organizational Change Through Rapid Prototyping Pressure
John Kerry and Michael Hedgpeth worked within their large organization to use Chef to eliminate change-related outages for one of their most strategically important teams. Learn how they approached cultural differences within the organization, what PCI-related challenges they faced, and how they balanced their short-term and long-term objectives within the organization.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hedgepeth

Michael Hedgepeth

Senior Software Architect, NCR
Michael Hedgpeth has been automating all the things for over a decade at NCR and is recently leading the chef implementation for NCR’s Hospitality Division. Over the years he has developed a passion for test-driven development, Kanban, good design, organizational effectiveness, Texas BBQ and mountain biking.
avatar for John Kerry

John Kerry

Dev Lead, DevOPs, NCR
John Kerry is a plant biologist turned software developer turned devops pioneer and a statistician at heart. He's a vocal advocate for continuous integration and delivery and spends most of his time dreaming up ways to make the lives of the developers on his team easier and automating all the things.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 1:00pm - 1:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Session: Cheffing SharePoint
Not every engineer has the opportunity to work with bespoke software. When you find yourself working with a technology like a complex packaged software, implementing the practices of configuration management and continuous delivery can be daunting. Join Naomi Reeves from Target as she tells the journey of implementing configuration management for SharePoint and the lessons learned along the way. You?ll learn how we combined technologies like Chef, PowerShell DSC, and SharePoint to improve our product, but also how we approached the problems and constraints of a complex packaged software. Not working with SharePoint? That?s just fine. The lessons learned from this journey are broad and applicable to other technologies. Even the unsexy technologies deserve a champion.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Reeves

Naomi Reeves

Sr. Engineer, Target
Naomi Reeves is an infrastructure engineer at Target who got her start in technology as the geek in the business unit, trying to automate all the painful processes and acting as the liaison to IT. After joining a more traditional IT team, she’s been focused on the operational aspects of Target’s SharePoint infrastructure. She lives in Minneapolis with her Siberian Husky, and in her spare time can be found knitting or hacking her... Read More →
avatar for Ron Tatro

Ron Tatro

Principal Engineer, Target
Ron grew up on a potato farm in north-central Wisconsin, has spent the last fifteen years in various IT roles: Developer, Admin, Architect & Engineer primarily around the SharePoint and dependent technology stacks at scale. A servant leader to a global and talented engineering team. Lives in Minnesota with wife and three kids and enjoys spending time with family, being a den leader, fishing and camping.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 1:00pm - 1:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Session: Cooking with AWS
Looking for some ways to spice up your Chef usage on AWS? In this session we'll show you how to leverage services like AWS Lambda, AWS Key Management Service (KMS), Amazon CloudWatch Events, and Amazon EC2 Run Command with Chef. We'll introduce the AWS services and demo how they can be used to better manage your Chef nodes. Gannett, a leading media company and publisher of USA Today, will also join us to talk about how they build, test, and deliver over 400 cookbooks on AWS. They'll talk tools and process for building AMI's and managing 1,000 Jenkins jobs to continuously deliver their Chef environment.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Campbell

Josh Campbell

Partner Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
I’m a Solutions Architect for Amazon Web Services who works with AWS Partners in the DevOps segment. I traded hot, humid summers in southwest Florida where I grew up for cold, snowy winters in Chicago where I live now. Over the years I’ve worn many hats, held many titles, and drank many Manhattan’s to forget the bad things. I’ll be hanging out at the AWS booth throughout the conference so stop by and say hello!
avatar for Franklin Hanson

Franklin Hanson

Senior Manager PaaS Delivery, Gannett
Franklin Hanson is a Platform as a Service engineer focused on creating a Gannett wide cloud platform. The platform is built on a foundation of cloud technologies and evangelizing devops practices for its internal customers. Franklin is a strong advocate for getting comfortable being uncomfortable and embracing change. | | https://twitter.com/franklinhanson1 | | www.usatoday.com


Tuesday July 12, 2016 1:00pm - 1:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Session: Don't Mind the Gap: How to Deploy Chef in Offline or 'Airgapped' Network
In high security environments, we are often behind proxies, firewalls or obnoxious corporate policies that disallow access to Github or RubyGems. What gives?! In this session, I will show exactly what it takes to set up your Chef environment in the offline world. I'll demonstrate how to download Chef packages, how to stand up the various Chef servers (Delivery, Insights, Compliance, Chef, Supermarket) and, most importantly, how to bootstrap systems in a way that they won't talk to the Internet. Topics will include (but not limited to): Gem, Artifact and Yum repositories; Chef package management; Provisioning/bootstrapping new systems; and Test-Kitchen. While this could all be done manually, that takes a lot of effort and isn't repeatable. So I'll be using Chef and other open source tools to accomplish this. All code will be open-sourced.

Speakers
avatar for Galen Emery

Galen Emery

Solutions Architect, Chef
I am Galen. A self-taught geek from the Pacific NW. My professional life has been built upon automating everything I can. Currently, I am the Federal Solutions Architect for Chef. I am responsible for helping the federal government, DoD and associated integrators move into the DevOps space. I currently live in Arlington, VA and am originally from Seattle, WA with a stint in Bozeman, MT. I have extensive experience in Windows, cloud migrations... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 1:00pm - 1:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Session: Habitat 101: An Introduction to Habitat
Habitat is an open-source framework that gives modern application teams an application-centric automation platform. Build, deploy, and manage modern and legacy applications with Habitat.

In this talk we will explore:
  • Introduction to Habitat
  • The problems Habitat solves
  • Getting started with Habitat Plans
  • Using Habitat in your Chef workflow

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Timberman

Joshua Timberman

Code Cleric, Chef
Joshua Timberman is a Code Cleric at Chef. He works on improving internal technical processes, fuels of the love of Chef, is a current member of the CBGB, and works on the Habitat core team. He occasionally overhears funny things.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 1:00pm - 1:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Session: How to Drive a Delivery Truck with Insurance in Africa
The journey of how Standard Bank implemented continuous delivery in a highly regulated industry using Chef, Chef Delivery and a host of other tools.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Breyer-Menke

Stephen Breyer-Menke

Automationeer, Standard Bank
One of the noisy guys from the first floor, knows all the things about python and Chef.
avatar for Marcus Talken

Marcus Talken

Automationeer, Standard Bank
Ex-designer that went from writing MS Word documents to Cooking with Chef. Proof that anyone can learn to use Chef.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 1:00pm - 1:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Session: A Year After My First ChefConf: Lessons, Shortcuts and Hilarious Bloopers
Part of the "Welcome to Chef" track, this talk is intended for beginning Chef users. A year ago, I was new to Chef, so I came to ChefConf to learn. Now I'm sharing my current strategies, best practices, sketchy hacks and a blooper reel. I'll also lay out my current challenges and answer questions. There will be code, oh yes, there will be code. Topics discussed will include: - Embracing the suck: Why modern tech means always learning new stuff - How being wrong on github made me smarter - Chef-driven monitoring with iCinga, Nagios, and NRPE - How spider-web code can burn you, and how to stop it - Cookbook version control - Data, the "other" D-bag - Reduce, reuse and recycle your infra code - Literally, breaking literally every single server, recently. How I got there, how I fixed it - Useful tools or some hammers are better than others, but ya still gotta watch your fingers - The next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Medeiros

Matt Medeiros

Senior Systems Engineer, Samsung Electronics America
Matt Medeiros has been working in the New York tech world for over a decade, mostly in startups, but also at larger companies. His DevOps journey includes racking and stacking, cloud migrations, supporting massive code bases, and managing globally distributed teams. He does all the acronyms: AWS, CPAN, SDLC, PEBKAC. His favorite command is xargs and he's bad at twitter.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 2:00pm - 2:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Session: Chef Automate [Visibility] Q&A Panel
Join the Chef Automate Product Manager, UX lead and Engineering lead to discuss the visibility features of Chef Automate related to the state of your nodes and the health of your infrastructure. The team will be happy to answer any questions about the product, and will describe the path that they took to conceive of, and create the product as well as its intended use. The Chef Compliance lead will also be on-hand as the group moves to discuss our future roadmap and the direction of Chef Automate.

Speakers
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Mark Dennard

Chef Automate UX Lead, Chef
UX Lead for Chef Automate's visibility features.
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Tasha Drew

Chef Automate Product Manager, Chef
Tasha runs product management for the visibility capabilities of Chef Automate.
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Tom Duffield

Chef Automate Engineering Lead, Chef
Tom is engineering lead for Chef Automate's visibility features.
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Christoph Hartmann

Lead Engineer, Chef
Christoph is a lead engineer at Chef, developer, and founder who spent the last decade building complex software and infrastructure systems. He was responsible for automation at the innovation laboratory at Deutsche Telekom and created effective solutions managing the future their core networks. He is the co-founder of InSpec, Chef Compliance, and the dev-sec.io project.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 2:00pm - 2:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Session: DevOps in the Intelligence Community
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has adopted open source software development and cloud computing as technology initiatives that are very important to furthering its strategic objectives. This represents a huge cultural shift from the way its software development is currently done. Part of this effort involves an adoption of DevOps and automated provisioning of infrastructure. MITRE participated in a pathfinder effort to migrate legacy applications to a cloud architecture provisioned by Chef. I'll discuss the challenges of regularly merging that open source code back into various closed, disconnected networks.

Speakers
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Michael Kristan

Lead Software Systems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation
Michael Kristan is a Software Systems Engineer at MITRE’s Center for National Security. Michael currently serves as a thought leader in cloud computing and DevOps. He regularly consults on a variety of projects and provides guidance, support, and systems engineering expertise as people explore and transform their IT and software development efforts to ones that leverage continuous delivery and elastic compute environments. He has been... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 2:00pm - 2:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Session: Habitat 201: Habitat in the Ecosystem
Habitat is an open-source framework that gives modern application teams an application-centric automation platform. Build, deploy, and manage modern and legacy applications with Habitat. Habitat plays well with many container technologies such as Docker, rkt, Mesosphere, and Kubernetes. This talk will explore some of the ways Habitat fits into the broader ecosystem.

Speakers
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George Miranda

Product Marketing Manager, Chef
George is a career-long believer of using automation and a wearer of many hats at Chef. He is recovering from production ops PTSD and still twitches when dashboards turn red. He now spends his days figuring out ways to help others avoid the same fate by talking about Chef, DevOps, and more. He enjoys his time living in the Pacific Northwest, small batch artisanal whiskey, and writing conference biographies no one reads.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 2:00pm - 2:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Session: Integrating all your tools with Chef – and how we did it at HPE
Have you integrated Chef with all the tools in your IT environment? Or putting it a different way… have you integrated your device managers, automated your firmware upgrades, and simplified the provisioning of your bare metal servers and storage with Chef? At Hewlett Packard Enterprise we have a wide array of different products; each with their own unique configurations. We were able to simplify and automate the use of our products by integrating them with Chef in the form of resources and drivers. In this session, we will be looking at how we were able to achieve this and how you too can integrate your tools with Chef!

Speakers
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Bikramjeet Bajwa

Data Center Infrastructure Automation Engineer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Bik is a Systems Software Engineer on the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Center Infrastructure Automation Team. He is an avid user of Chef and will be demonstrating how his team was able to create integrations between their HPE Technologies and Chef. Bik is passionate about creating high quality technological solutions, providing an enriching experience to HPE clients, and schooling interns in basketball. | | https://twitter.com/bik_bajwa
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Vivek Bhatia

Data Center Infrastructure Automation Engineer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Vivek is a Senior Systems Software Engineer on the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Center Infrastructure Automation Team. He comes with 10+ years of Infrastructure Management experience, now busy transforming Infrastructure operations using Chef and creating integrations between their HPE Technologies and Chef. Vivek is passionate about DevOps and how he can help HPE customers move into DevOps culture, innovating and leading new solutions.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 2:00pm - 2:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Session: Introducing Delivery in Enterprises - Lessons, Techniques, Tips and Tricks
Cædman has been working closely with Chef to introduce continuous delivery into an enterprise ecosystem. The company is using Chef Delivery within an existing Chef infrastructure, and has many of the normal issues that people run into : workflow changes, high-security requirements, and resistance to change. This talk will cover the journey from a bare, mostly sort-of CI, shop running a single Jenkins master to a company that has services running on Chef Delivery, and being continuously delivered. We will cover "Barriers to Adoption", "Solving the Soft Problems", "Delivery Truck? Oh Fudge", "The Road to Deployment Is Paved with Good Intentions" and other topics. At the end of this talk, you will be able to navigate the minefield of moving an organization from a traditional set of models to a more complete continuous delivery model. not just from a theoretical standpoint, but by seeing examples of what went well and what went badly.

Speakers
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Caedman Oakley

DevOps Evangelist, DAQRI
I roll my sleeves up and get things done. I’m a collaboration conjurer, in that I revel in solving the soft problems in the tech space. I use DevOps culture to light the dark corners of software delivery, using collaboration to generate cross-functional productivity. My passion is unblocking and motivating teams to develop new and stable products, on-time and on-budget. I've been in this industry for over 20 years including roles in QA, Dev... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 2:00pm - 2:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Session: SAP’s IT Journey into DevOps
SAP IT story into DevOps using Chef as our main automation tool in order to achieve large scale configuration management and policy enforcement on servers and user desktops, collaboration with development teams, providing automated CI processes.

Speakers
avatar for Martin Schygulla

Martin Schygulla

DevOps CoE Manager, SAP AG
SAP DevOps COE managers...managing and running the traditional IT transformation into DevOps concept within SAP organization.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 2:00pm - 2:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Session: Writing Composable Community Cookbooks using Chef Custom Resources
Writing cookbooks that can be easily consumed by varying users is a daunting task. How can you write robust cookbooks that cover all configuration scenarios without a level of complexity that would make users want to run and hide? Could it be that easy to consume and robust cookbooks are actually those that lack recipes and attributes altogether? This talk will compare and contrast monolithic cookbook design with that of composable cookbooks. The talk will show the pitfalls of a recipe / attribute driven monolithic cookbook through the lens of Chef?s own Tomcat cookbook. We?ll walk through the redesign and rewrite of the Tomcat cookbook to show how composable design and Chef 12.5+ Custom Resources can create robust and reusable cookbooks.

Speakers
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Tim Smith

Community Engineer, Chef
After he grew tired of commuting to work every day wearing a parka while doing desktop support in Antarctica Tim jumped into web operations. Since then he's worked to ensure your web analytics are always accurate, your streaming TV shows never buffer, and your rent checks are always on time. He now works for Chef on the Community Team improving community cookbooks.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 2:00pm - 2:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Session: Behind Closed Doors: Managing Passwords in a Dangerous World
Secrets come in many forms: passwords, keys, and tokens. They’re all crucial to the operation of an application, but each is dangerous in its own way. In the past, many of us have pasted those secrets into a text file and moved on, but in a world of config automation and ephemeral microservices, these patterns are is much too risky. New tools, products, and libraries are being released all the time to try to cope with this massive rise in threats, both new and old-but-ignored. This talk will cover the major types of secrets in a normal web application, how to model their security properties, what tools are best for each situation, and how to use them with major web frameworks and other systems.

Speakers
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Noah Kantrowitz

Lead Rascal, Noah Kantrowitz
Noah Kantrowitz is a web developer turned infrastructure automation enthusiast, and all around engineering rabble-rouser. By day he builds tools and teaches, and by night he works with the Python Software Foundation infrastructure team. He is an active member of the Chef community, and enjoys merge commits, cat pictures, and beards.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Session: Breaking Technology Silos with Chef
Chef is an amazing tool but to really unlock its potential you need to look at how it integrates with the rest of your technology. This presentation is the story of how the NFL used Chef to transform its siloed infrastructure and practices into something more agile, automated, and reliable. This presentation will talk about the last 2 years of Chef at the NFL, including how we integrated it with our virtualization infrastructure, load balancers, storage, and application performance monitoring. We'll talk about some things that Chef taught us about infrastructure as code that we were able to apply to other areas, and things we learned to make our cookbooks easier to manage across groups.

Speakers
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Sean Walberg

Lord High Fixer, National Football League
Sean Walberg is a DevOps practitioner with the National Football League's digital media division, which encompasses all of the league’s websites and streaming. Over the past two-plus years he's used Chef to help automate website operations and reduce downtime. He is the current maintainer of the knife-vsphere plugin and the creator of an F5 plugin. He's also written 3 books, including a recently released LPIC-1 certification guide. Sean lives... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Session: Building modern cloud applications on Azure – what it means for your DevOps practice
There’s a lot going on in the cloud, much of it driven by open source, the community, and born in the cloud companies. Fueled by desire to be fast to market and to realize the economics of Cloud adoption, DevOps practices are becoming more and more commonplace across companies of all sizes to accommodate modern cloud application (microservices) needs. As these organizations invest in their people and processes to enable modern DevOps and look at the cloud to deliver business value, a thorough and innovative open source strategy has become a key factor in evaluating the platforms out there. Microsoft is building an open cloud in Azure, where more than 1 in 4 virtual machines run Linux. A wide array of partners like Chef are bringing DevOps practices to life in the cloud where we work with partners like Docker and Mesosphere to build solutions that help customers deliver real value in exploring industry trends, such as Azure Container Service. In this session, we’ll share why we are betting on open source in the cloud, how we enable, integrate, release and contribute to it and why it’s important for your DevOps practices, wherever you are in your journey.

Speakers
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Boris Scholl

Principal Program Manager, Azure Team, Microsoft
Boris Scholl is a Principal Program Manager on the Microsoft Azure Compute team focusing on microservices platforms and container integration as well as the OSS developer and DevOps story for Azure Compute. He previously led the Visual Studio Cloud Tools team’s work on architectural and implementation patterns for large-scale distributed Cloud applications, IaaS developer tooling, cloud environment provisioning, and the ALM lifecycle... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Session: Delivery Dependency Support (or How Your Project Is Not an Island)
Want to get a handle on dependency support and safe promotion, what does that mean anyhow and how can they help? You've come to the right place. This talk will dive into the philosophy of dependencies, how to use 'em and a bit about how the sausage is made.

Speakers
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Jess Mink

Software Engineer, Chef
Jess Mink is a software engineer at Chef. Her previous experiences include everything from Amazon to five person startups. When not spelunking into the intricacies of Erlang or pondering the most effective team dynamics, she's generally in the woods searching for lost people.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Session: Enterprise Chef: Bringing Technology and Teams Together
Generating excitement and interest around a DevOps transformation can be difficult in any organization. When you are trying to do it across ten, the complexities are at an all-new level. One method to bring people together is to rally them behind a central cause and tool. We chose automation and Chef as that starting point. Like any complex and highly effective tool, Chef can only prove its value through training, proper use, collaboration and support. With these things, Chef is a powerful weapon for configuration management and consistency. Our approach focuses not only on how to wield the weapon, but how to do so with finesse. Pauly will speak to the cultural movement within Hearst, and how Chef is bringing teams together and removing reliance on the “caped hero”. Sharing a common goal, language and approach not only brings the team's closer, it makes accomplishing goals smoother. He will showcase the challenges and show how we overcame them so that the position of the team is now one of cultural and automation enablement rather than another step/bottleneck on the continuum. Aaron will share our journey from classic data center to the AWS cloud with multiple business units, including Fitch. He will discuss techniques used to mentor rather than just train people in the Chef approach. He’ll show how to overcome the challenges and roadblocks associated with migrating a complex application to the cloud using a tool like Chef, along with CloudFormation templates, and Chef deployment mechanisms.

Speakers
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Aaron Blythe

Senior Automation Engineer, Hearst Corporation
Aaron is a huge Chef advocate, an active community member and previous ChefConf speaker who also runs the DevOps Kansas City MeetUp Group. He and co-presenter Pauly Comtois will bring light and solutions to problems other organizations are sure to be facing.
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Pauly Comtois

VP DevOps/Sr. Automation Engineer, Hearst Corporation
Pauly is a former Chef employee and has spent the last 20 years building, developing and leading high performing Support, IT, Operations and Development teams in rapidly growing organizations. Pauly and Aaron Blythe will bring light and solutions to problems other organizations are sure to be facing.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Session: Habitat 301: Building Habitats
A year ago I finished building a large distributed system to support an online game. We used a the most advanced tooling and patterns known at that time but we still didn't exactly get what we needed. [new paragraph] Habitat needed a similar large, distributed system of it's own: Builder. Builder is the first production application built with Habitat in mind.

I will explore the development process of Builder, lessons learned along the way, and show you how Habitat helped us build and deploy a scalable, distributed hosted service.

Speakers
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Jamie Winsor

Sr. Software Development Engineer, Chef
Jamie has been involved in the Chef community since 2009 and is the author of popular open source projects such as Berkshelf, Ridley, and more recently, Habitat. Jamie is a full-time software engineer working at Chef leveraging his earlier work on developing patterns and processes to promote automation that lives with application code, making him a perfect fit for building and improving Habitat everyday.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Session: Save Your Crash Dummies! A Test-driven Infrastructure Solution
With infrastructure and application automation we have gained the tools to change systems in the blink of an eye. However, with increasing size, complexity, and time, these components will inevitably challenge your expectations. This uncertainty will ultimately slow you down. This talk will introduce the workflow to gain back trust. We will cover the foundation of effective infrastructure tests and failure domains for isolation. Moreover, we will look into the management of divergent environments, from legacy systems to modern clouds. This talk will combine Delivery, InSpec, and Test-Kitchen in intensely mixed deployments.

Speakers
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Christoph Hartmann

Lead Engineer, Chef
Christoph is a lead engineer at Chef, developer, and founder who spent the last decade building complex software and infrastructure systems. He was responsible for automation at the innovation laboratory at Deutsche Telekom and created effective solutions managing the future their core networks. He is the co-founder of InSpec, Chef Compliance, and the dev-sec.io project.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

4:30pm

South by ChefConf - Happy Hour
South by ChefConf Happy Hour is bringing together local inspired food, music and Chef family members.

Our gathering aspires to fuse the core tenets of the Chef community with the authentic cultural attributes of Austin.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 4:30pm - 7:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
 
Wednesday, July 13
 

7:00am

Registration
Wednesday July 13, 2016 7:00am - 2:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

8:00am

Coffee/Continental Breakfast
Wednesday July 13, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Keynote and Main Stage Speakers
Speakers
avatar for Ken Cheney

Ken Cheney

VP of Business Development, Chef
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Nathen Harvey

VP Community Development, Chef
As the the VP of Community Development at Chef, Nathen helps the community whip up an awesome ecosystem built around the Chef framework. Nathen also spends much of his time helping people learn about the practices, processes, and technologies that support DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Web-scale IT. Prior to joining CHEF, Nathen spent a number of years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a... Read More →
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Adam Jacob

CTO, Co-Founder, Chef
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... Read More →
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Brandon Jung

Head of Americas, Cloud Partner Business, Google
Brandon currently serves as the lead for Google’s cloud partner business in the Americas.  He has built the ecosystem that includes technology companies as diverse as Intel, Docker, Cloudera, Chef and Tableau. He brought together system integrators with deep cloud expertise like Cloud Technology Partners and CI&T, as well as sophisticated global providers like Accenture and McKinsey. He leads the recruitment, development, and hands... Read More →
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Mark Kirby

SVP & CTO of Information Technology, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
Mark’s team provides IT services in support of Liberty Mutual Insurance. They work to transform IT’s effectiveness through an agile mindset and by helping themselves and their company become a cloud native enterprise. | | Before joining Liberty Mutual in 2009, Mark was the Vice President of IT Delivery for Capgemini US, focused on Telecommunications. In this role, he was responsible for the delivery of large scale enterprise systems... Read More →
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Corey Sanders

Director of Program Management, Microsoft Azure
Corey Sanders has been a member of the Azure team for 6 years and Microsoft for 11 years. Corey is currently the Director of Program Manager responsible for the engineering and business of compute in the Azure team. This includes Windows VMs, Linux VMs, Batch Computing, and the compute technology supporting large Microsoft services like Bing and O365. Corey created and delivered the initial IaaS release on Azure.   Prior to Azure, Corey... Read More →
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Nicholas Weaver

Director, SDI, Intel
| Nicholas Weaver is a Director at Intel Corporation leading efforts in Emerging Technology, Orchestration, and Scheduling for the Datacenter Solutions Group. Previously he was the lead automation architect at VMware’s vCloud Air. His passion is in finding the next evolution of the datacenter through intelligent automation. He spends his spare time smoking meats, flying his drones, and wandering the wilderness of Oregon with his... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

12:00pm

Lunch
Wednesday July 13, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

12:00pm

Community Room
Wednesday July 13, 2016 12:00pm - 5:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Session: Build Cookbooks and the Service Delivery Canvas
So you have Chef Delivery, now what? This talk is a practical introduction to build cookbooks and how to figure out what should run in each stage. Have you ever found yourself wondering: "What is a build cookbook?" "Where should I put performance tests?" "How does this work with Docker?" If you have, this talk is for you. Come join us as we plan out a few projects in Delivery. We will start by using the Service Delivery Canvas, a tool for thinking about where things go in the pipeline, to layout our project. From there, we will take what we learned from the canvas and walk through building out a few applications, including examples from Chef's own infrastructure. We will also demonstrate multiple language runtimes and methodologies. Come be part of delivering all the things!

Speakers
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Christopher Webber

Engineering Manager, Chef
Christopher Webber is an Engineering Manager for the Corporate Infrastructure and Applications Team at Chef. Chris and his team are some of the earliest users of Delivery and are responsible for systematically moving much of Chef’s internal infrastructure, like docs.chef.io and www.chef.io, to Delivery. Chris is an organizer of LA DevOps and DevOps Day LA at the Southern California Linux Expo.


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

1:00pm

Session: Chef & Compliance: DevOps Gateway for the Health Care Enterprise
As the technical arm of United Health Group, Optum operates as a large health care enterprise with a significant focus on security and compliance. With other industries being so nimble at adopting DevOps practices, our industry has been slower to see successful transformations. There are layers of regulatory requirements in the health care industry, as well as an absolute expectation of data privacy and security. The health care enterprise focus on risk management instead of velocity has been a consistent barrier to change. One heavy contributor has been the misconception of DevOps and automated pipelines being in opposition to risk mitigation and adherence to regulatory compliance. Follow our journey as we have used some of the recent Chef feature growth in the compliance space to leap forward in getting our organization to reach for fast feedback loops, and a cultural transformation toward continuous delivery.

Speakers
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Odie Routh

Foundation Engineer, Optum Inc
Odie is a member of a Lean Engineering team at Optum, a health care technology company. He works remotely from Vermont, and focuses on promoting DevOps practices by collaborating across as many departments and disciplines throughout the enterprise as he can. He has worked with Chef for several years, and finds the Chef community to be one of the most significant professional motivators of his career.


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

1:00pm

Session: Chef and DevOps for Pointy-Hairs
Whether you're a pointy-haired boss or just a technical individual looking to explain Chef and the DevOps movement to the people who hold the purse strings, this session is for you. We'll discuss DevOps, configuration management, and Chef in high-level business terms, and how such low-level topics directly correlate to business value. I want to arm you with the basics of selling your boss on something, not only as it relates to Chef, but to be used as a skill in general.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Blessing

Victoria Blessing

Operations Engineer, Texas A&M University
She’s a chef in the kitchen at home and, because of Chef, she gets to have a kitchen in the office too. Victoria is an Operations Engineer for the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, managing the college’s Unix web infrastructure since 2014. All Linux nodes are Chef-managed. She has served in various IT roles for over 5 years, and earned her degree from Texas A&M in 2014. She loves that the ever-changing world of technology... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Session: Chef Journey on Google Cloud
Learn how customers are using chef and chef delivery to run, deploy, and manage workloads across Google Cloud on PaaS, IaaS and container environments.

Speakers
avatar for Nelson Araujo

Nelson Araujo

Senior Software Engineer, Google
Nelson is a member of Senior staff at Google. With 20 years of experience in software development, he currently responsible for overseeing the architecture and implementation of software at Google with current emphasis on cloud solutions. Focused most of his career in software development for networking, virtualization and security. Formerly CISSP has a great deal of experience with Computer Security, Risk Assessment and Mitigation and... Read More →
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JJ Asghar

Senior Partner Engineer, Chef
JJ is a Sr. Partner Engineer at Chef, he was also the PTL for the Openstack-Chef project, and helped bootstrap the OSOps project in OpenStack. He lives in Austin, Texas and still is itching for Google Fiber. | | He enjoys a good strong stout, hoppy IPA, and some Dwarf Fortress or Factorio. | | He's a member of the Church of Emacs, and usually chooses Ubuntu over CentOS. | | He's a father and husband, if he's not trying to automate his job away... Read More →
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Brandon Jung

Head of Americas, Cloud Partner Business, Google
Brandon currently serves as the lead for Google’s cloud partner business in the Americas.  He has built the ecosystem that includes technology companies as diverse as Intel, Docker, Cloudera, Chef and Tableau. He brought together system integrators with deep cloud expertise like Cloud Technology Partners and CI&T, as well as sophisticated global providers like Accenture and McKinsey. He leads the recruitment, development, and hands... Read More →
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Michael Norring

CEO, Cascadeo
Michael Norring is the CEO of Cascadeo a Cloud DevOps Engineering and Managed Services company. He has more than 20 years of experience building complex enterprise architectures and holds several technology patents. Prior to Cascadeo, Michael served as the CEO of SynerG Software, an enterprise software company focused on federating micro services into a unified business application. Before SynerG, Michael was the VP of SOA at Attachmate and... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Session: Habitat Internals: Contributing to Core Habitat
Are you interested in contributing to core Habitat, including the Rust code? Do you want to learn more about Habitat's internals, including the gossip system, the build system, and the supervisor? Join Habitat core engineer Fletcher Nichol (of Test Kitchen fame!) in a freestyle deep-dive through the Habitat code base, with some pointers on where you can start submitting your first PR to the project. BYOAG (Bring Your Own Animated GIFs).

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

1:00pm

Session: Introducing Chef to an Enterprise and Creating Awesome Chefs
At Capital One, we want our cloud-enabled infrastructure to be an incubator for innovation and an accelerator for bringing more capabilities to our customers. We embraced the principles of Automation, Agile, DevOps, DevOpsSecurity, and Open Source with a robust automation framework to reach our goals. Chef combines innovation, speed, collaboration, and safety all into one DevOps platform. We introduced Chef to our DevOps engineers and quickly built a strong user community through sharing code and discussion forums like office hours and an internal Stack Exchange. Our Chefs didn't need to keep a personal knife because our Jenkins did all the work. We built a flexible Jenkins pipeline to deliver cookbook-enabled integration with automated application builds and provisioning. Implementing Chef Analytics provided more insight into the actions of the nodes and fed all of this data into Splunk for better visualization. A highly available Chef server and a private Supermarket provided our DevOps engineers with everything needed to manage their infrastructure and share their automation. This enabled fast and flexible IT as well as continuous delivery of applications and infrastructure. In this talk, we will share some details about our journey from sous chefs to master chefs. We hope you can leverage our experience on your own master chef journey.

Speakers
avatar for Surya T. Avirneni

Surya T. Avirneni

Senior Software Engineer, Capital One
Surya is on the Tools Engineering team at Capital One, primarily responsible for managing Chef & other shared continuous delivery tools and works closely with application teams helping them in their Cloud/DevOps automation. | | Surya has been with Capital One for about two years and holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science & Engineering. He has over 8 years of IT experience in various technology roles.
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Ishu Gupta

Cloud engineer, Capital One
Ishu has been a developer , operations engineer and ultimately a devops engineer in his past 9 years as an IT professional . He is an avid user of Chef who has been working with a wide range of developers in CapitalOne to enable them in getting their applications on Cloud. As part of this effort he has helped teams embracing Chef in their delivary pipelines to speed up their devops Journey.
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Ali Ravji

Lead Software Engineer - Cloud Migration, Capital One
Ali Ravji has bachelors in computer science and in information systems. He has over 17 years of IT experience in various technology roles (Operations, Engineer, software development and Architect) in the manufacturing, technology and financial services industries. | | Ali has been with Capital One for seven years and over the last two years, has served as Product Owner for Chef, and additionally working closely with other DevOps tools. He is... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Session: It's Time for Us to Move: The Story of Migrating Hosted Chef to AWS
Hosted Chef is one of the biggest Chef installations there is, with tens of thousands of organizations managing hundreds of thousands of Chef clients. By 2015, Hosted Chef had been growing exponentially for several years, and it was quickly outgrowing its home. It was time for a change, and so last October we migrated Hosted Chef from its original data center into AWS. As if the migration of a large production service wasn't enough, we were using an aging code base with practices and procedures that were years old, with references to CouchDB and workarounds from Chef 0.9! It was time to modernize all of our cookbooks, start using modern features, and generally rewrite everything at the same time. This talk is the story of that migration, the decisions we made, the challenges we faced, and the spectacular results. I'll cover what worked and what didn't go so well, and along the way I'll share some critical insights that will be useful to anyone running a large Chef installation in a cloud environment such as AWS.

Speakers
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Mark Harrison

Senior Systems Administrator, Chef
Mark Harrison is a Systems Administrator on the CHEF operations team, where he is responsible for the care and feeding of Hosted Chef as well as maintaining several of CHEF's internal systems. Before coming to CHEF, Mark led the operations team at OmniTI, helping clients scale their web architectures and supporting some of the largest infrastructures in the world.


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

1:00pm

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

2:00pm

Session: Adding Windows to Your Kitchen
In "Adding Windows to Your Kitchen", Trevor "The Chef Prince" Hess from 10th Magnitude and Levi Geinert from the Target DevOps Dojo will discuss common practices and challenges in the process of converging Windows. You’ll learn how you can use your existing Chef knowledge to build out integrations so your Windows machines can have the same level of testing/coverage as your Linux machines! Attendees will learn how 10th Magnitude and Target approached: -Kitchen Setup, Image Requirements, and Reboots -WinRM challenges (it's getting better!) -WSUS limits & Workarounds (Chef solo schedules task) -Using Rake tasks to manage multiple converges -Leverage DSC to make your life easier -Pester for testing -Tying into existing source control & CI tools -Utilizing add-ons like Jenkins, TeamCity, TFS, Git, NANO, containers, and more! In addition to the spoken presentation, "Adding Windows to Your Kitchen" will include a 5 minute episode of the "popular", (and completely made-up) renovation series: 127.0.0.1 Improvement (read as: Localhost Improvement) The video will introduce the higher-level concepts of the presentation in a similar way to last year’s "Chef Prince of Azure" music video. Think equal parts "Tool Time" from Home Improvement and This Old House.

Speakers
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Levi Geinert

Principal Engineer, Target Corporation
Levi Geinert is a Principal Engineer in Engineering Practices at Target Corporation. He has worked to develop and mature DevOps practices and with a special focus on Windows automation
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Trevor Hess

Principal Consultant, 10th Magnitude
Trevor Hess is a Principal Consultant at 10th Magnitude and a co-host of the Arrested DevOps Podcast. Trevor is a regular speaker at events across the country like ChefConf and DevOps Days Chicago, as well as local meetups. He proudly holds the title "Chef Prince of Azure," and loves automating infrastructure with PowerShell and Chef. Trevor also enjoys building continuous delivery pipelines and continuous deployment models. Between exceedingly... Read More →


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

2:00pm

Session: DevOps for Networks, NetDevOps, NetOps or Whatever: Get Your Network Cooking with Chef
The cloud players get it (often with custom automation by a huge development team), and the people that do everything on AWS don't care. But what about the rest of us who manage real networks everyday? What does DevOps mean to us? Is it just the latest fad? Where do I start? Come see why there's never been a better time to start taking advantage of DevOps practices and tooling to make it easier to run your network.

Speakers
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Jere Julian

Extensibility Engineer, Arista Networks
Jere Julian brings over 25 years worth of experience in network, server, and storage administration as well as systems automation. He’s worked with government, enterprise, financial, higher-education, cloud, and service provider customers. His current role as an Advanced Services / Extensibility Engineer with EOS+ Consulting Services at Arista Networks provides real-world experience in educating a variety of customers and deploying... Read More →


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

2:00pm

Session: From Code to Community: Contributing to the Chef and Microsoft Ecosystem
In technology, the only thing you can be certain of is change. It’s now 18 months since our first pull request to get Chef Provisioning working with Azure and we’ve seen a lot of change since that day. In this talk we’ll reflect on how we’ve watched the Microsoft, Chef and DevOps communities grow, and how the values of open-source and sharing have made this possible.

We’ll share stories of our successes, frustrations and lessons learnt - including why you should never write a technical book, how much coffee is required to work for 24 hours straight, and featuring some live demos of the tools we’ve helped to build.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Foxwell

Hannah Foxwell

Co-Founder, Pendrica
While culture and sharing are at the heart of DevOps, Infrastructure Automation is the technical backbone. That’s one of the reasons why Hannah co-founded Pendrica, a UK consultancy specialising in Platform Automation with Chef and Microsoft. | | Hannah’s background managing large scale engineering projects naturally led to a keen interest in Agile, Continuous Delivery and the DevOps movement as a way of building collaborative... Read More →
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Stuart Preston

Technical Director and Co-Founder, Pendrica
Stuart Preston is the Technical Director and co-founder of Pendrica, a Chef partner based in the United Kingdom. Over the last 2 decades he has specialised in delivering Infrastructure, Platform Architecture and Application Lifecycle Management consultancy at scale. | | Stuart is a keen supporter of Chef and Microsoft Azure via his open-source contributions and he has also written a book “Using Chef with Microsoft Azure” (see... Read More →


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

2:00pm

Session: Habitat Community
The launch of Habitat as already seen a lot of awesome community involvement.  Join us for this discussion about how we can grow and improve the community.  We are looking forward to your ideas and suggestions!

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

2:00pm

Session: How We Adapted our DevOps Pipeline for Chef Delivery
This session provides a look into Chef Delivery and how the pipeline is used and adapted across development teams. The shape of your delivery pipeline is critical as it controls your DevOps workflow. In this session we will demonstrate how Booz Allen leverages Chef Delivery and our lessons learned in capturing, developing, and deploying software for a federal government agency that drove us to adopt Chef Delivery. We will also discuss various Microservices design and deployment strategies that can be applied using Chef Delivery which will provide the pros and cons serving as a reference point for your current and future efforts. This enables organizations to have multiple feature teams working on different aspects of applications while ensuring confidence that changes deployed are controlled, tested, compliant, and expected.

Speakers
avatar for Wyatt Chaffee

Wyatt Chaffee

Chief Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Wyatt Chaffee is a Chief Technologist in the Digital group of the Strategic Innovation Group (SIG) at Booz Allen Hamilton. Wyatt’s focus area is in solution architecture, platforms and implementation of cloud-based solutions for several of our federal clients and the development of the firms modern software development and Microservice capabilities.
avatar for Jimmy Pham

Jimmy Pham

Chief Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Jimmy is a Chief Technologist in the Strategic Innovation Group (SIG) at Booz Allen Hamilton. As part of the SIG, Jimmy is focused on driving innovative capabilities with modern software development including DevOps and other practices. Prior to joining Booz Allen , Jimmy was with Akamai helping major federal agencies with web performance and cloud security.


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

2:00pm

Session: Inside the New Chef Server HA
Chef HA has historically been a source of pain; fragile, difficult to use, hard to administer, and not friendly to virtualized environments. We're trying to fix that. In this talk we'll walk through the new Chef HA system, how it works, and how to manage it.

Speakers
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Mark Anderson

Software Engineer, Chef
Mark Anderson and Marc Paradise have collectively been working on Chef Server for over 10 years.
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Marc Paradise

Prinicpal Engineer, Chef
Mark Anderson and Marc Paradise have collectively been working on Chef Server for over 10 years.


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

2:00pm

Session: The Softer Side Of DevOps
Previously I've spoken extensively at ChefConf about the technical aspect of devops. How to implement the technologies, controls, tools, code, etc. But over the past few years people have asked more and more about the social aspect. How did we get countless teams across a large company to do this? How do you get buy-in? How do you sell it? How do you handle the teams who you don't think can cut it? What about the teams that are stuck in the past? How do you build or transform your team/teams/department/company? Getting one team to do it is easy - but it doesn't get you where you want to go. You have to get everyone in. That's what this talk will focus on: the soft-skills side of devops. AUDIENCE:From executive to developer to sysadmin... this is everyone's jobs and this aims to speaks to the broader audience.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Dibowitz

Phil Dibowitz

Production Engineer, Facebook


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

3:00pm

Session: Chef Automate [Workflow] Q&A Panel
Come meet the product engineering team behind Chef Automate's workflow capabilities. We'll be happy to answer your questions about the product, our future roadmap, and how a shared workflow can help your teams collaborate.

Speakers
avatar for Vicki Ebberts

Vicki Ebberts

Senior UX Designer, Chef
Vicki Ebberts is a senior UX designer on the product team at Chef. Prior to joining Chef, she spent a few years in corporate branding and web design, followed by nearly a decade in the videogame industry, designing delightful user experiences for games at studios like ArenaNet, Z2 (now King), and Undead Labs. Vicki loves being able to bring her unique design perspective to the products at Chef!
avatar for Oliver Ferrigni

Oliver Ferrigni

Engineering Manager for Chef Automate, Chef
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Megan Gleason

Product Manager, Chef
Megan Gleason is a product manager at Chef working with the Chef Automate team. She lives in Seattle and can usually be found at Chef HQ. Beyond her passion for helping the world continuously deliver everything, Megan is obsessed with marine science and with visiting as many countries as she can.


Wednesday July 13, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Session: Compliance Slowing You Down? How to Achieve Compliance at DevOps Speed!
This session is a call to action for organizations to embrace Infrastructure as Code to achieve compliance and vulnerability remediation without slowing down the DevOps process. As an industry, we are now capturing most commercial and government compliance frameworks as standardized Chef cookbooks. This not only enables an organization to quickly roll out server compliance to meet various regulations (CIS, PCI, NIST) but also enables the rapid testing of server configurations. In this session I will demonstrate how Booz Allen has used Chef Compliance and Chef Delivery to enable quick response to remediating vulnerabilities, testing the compliance checks, and delivering those changes quickly. I will also present a call to action for our DevOps practitioners to embrace govready.org, open sourced compliance cookbooks and to participate in the compliance community to enable organizations of all sizes to take advantage of Infrastructure as Code and improve the compliance posture of the IT industry.

Speakers
avatar for Nirmal Mehta

Nirmal Mehta

Chief Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding
Mr. Mehta is a Chief Technologist in the Strategic Innovations Group at Booz Allen Hamilton specializing in research, implementation and integration of emerging technologies to Booz Allen’s client base. He leads the firms efforts in containerization and distributed application architectures, and thought leader for DevOps practices. He is passionate about Open Source, Containerization, Cloud Automation, DevOps and new ways of delivering IT... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Session: Enterprise Open Source How-To
You know your company must move beyond merely using open source software to contributing to compete with more nimble companies. How many great technical hires have you lost because your company frowns on open source contributions? How can you convince the boss, and Legal, that you can allow open source contributions within reasonable guardrails? Four years ago, Nordstrom first allowed open source contributions. Since then we've picked up quite a few dos and don'ts. Nordstrom engineers have contributed to Chef, React.js, Kubernetes, Docker, and many other projects. In this talk, Nordstrom's Chef engineers will walk through the benefits of using and contributing to open source, and which guidelines can limit your risk. We'll cover which license we use for projects we maintain, and why we chose it. Finally, we'll cover Contributor License Agreements. You'll leave this talk with practical advice on how and why you should allow open source contributions within the guardrails that'll make your boss, and Legal, happy.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Ireton

Doug Ireton

Sr. Engineer, 1Strategy
Doug Ireton has worked at enterprise companies for most of his career. At Nordstrom, Doug held the informal title of “Open Source Czar” where he helped evangelize, drive, and manage open source guidelines. Doug worked through many political and legal challenges to help teams contribute back to open source projects critical to the business.


Wednesday July 13, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Session: Tuning and Monitoring your Chef Infrastructure
Are you responsible for keeping your Chef server running and making sure all the things are successful on your nodes? Let's talk about how you can use standard, open-source tools to tune your Chef server and keep an automated, watchful eye on it. We'll take a look at basic tuning of your Chef server's configuration for various services that Chef configures and uses, such as Solr and Postgresql. We'll explore technologies available in your Chef server that can help you monitor your Chef server’s health, and what you should monitor beyond what Chef provides. We'll also look at some cool ways to use Grafana to visualize all that data so you can understand your Chef server’s health at a glance.

Speakers
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Andrew DuFour

Customer Engineer, Chef
Hey, I'm Andrew! I've been a sysadmin, systems engineer, and system developer for the better part of 10 years in government, telecom and various private industries. Now, I'm a Customer Engineer at Chef, Inc., and as part of that job I frequently see what happens when customers are not tuning and monitoring their Chef server infrastructure properly.


Wednesday July 13, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Session: What I Learned From Four Years of Science-ing the Crap Out of DevOps
Four years, 20,000 DevOps professionals, and some science... What did we find? Well, the headline is that IT *does* matter if you do it right. With a mix of technology, processes, and a great culture, IT contributes to organizations' profitability, productivity, and market share. We also found that using continuous delivery and lean management practices not only makes IT better -- giving you throughput and stability without tradeoffs -- but it also makes your work feel better -- making your organizational culture better and decreasing burnout. Nicole will share these findings as well as tips and tricks to help make your own DevOps transformation awesome.

Speakers
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Nicole Forsgren

Director, Org. Performance & Analytics, Chef
Dr. Nicole Forsgren is an IT impacts expert who shows leaders how to unlock the potential of technological change in their organizations. Best known for her work with tech professionals and as the lead investigator on the State of DevOps study, she is a consultant, expert, and researcher in knowledge management, IT adoption and impacts, and DevOps. She is the Director of Organizational Performance and Analytics at Chef and an Academic Partner... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Session: Writing DSC Resources and Using Them in Chef for Windows
Windows management is all about taking advantage of the rich API surface that features and products have to offer. This API surface includes cmdlets, WMI, etc. PowerShell is the platform of choice on Windows that binds together these various API surfaces and brings out the best management experience. Therefore it is a natural and obvious choice to expose declarative configuration in Windows using PowerShell Desired State Configuration. DSC is a platform that allows any management solution to consume its artifacts and Chef on Windows provides an awesome integration. Chef can consume any DSC resource and the resources get executed in the context of the DSC agent process providing the best possible use of the API surface as well as desired performance characteristics. In this session, you will learn about writing DSC resources and how to consume them using Chef for Windows

Speakers
avatar for Narayanan Lakshmanan

Narayanan Lakshmanan

Prin. Software Engineering Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Narayanan (Nana) Lakshmanan is the Principal Software Engineering Manager for PowerShell Desired State Configuration. Nana is an established technical leader with over 15 years of experience in developing high performance, scalable platforms and protocols, highly concurrent and multi-tenant systems, developer/IT Pro experience and other fundamental building blocks for the Cloud. He has been in the PowerShell team since its initial days and was... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

4:30pm

Awesome Chef Awards and Closing Ceremony
Join ChefConf Emcee and VP of Community Development as he announces the recipients of the Awesome Chef Awards and shares insights from the week and closing commentary.

Wednesday July 13, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

8:00pm

Community Party
Up-and coming Texas rock bands Otis the Destroyer and Purple will command the stage at the infamous Empire Control Room & Garage. DJs, tasty local food and beverages, and the obligatory games will round out night. It’s the perfect and epic close to ChefConf 2016.

Wednesday July 13, 2016 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Empire Control Room 606 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
 
Thursday, July 14
 

9:00am

Hack Day
Thursday July 14, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701