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Tuesday, July 12

1:00pm CDT

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.

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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

2:00pm CDT

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.

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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 CDT
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CDT

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.

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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... Read More →

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

3:00pm CDT

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.

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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... Read More →

Tuesday July 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm CDT
JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
Wednesday, July 13

1:00pm CDT

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.

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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... Read More →

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

2:00pm CDT

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.

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Phil Dibowitz

Production Engineer, Facebook

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

3:00pm CDT

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.

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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... Read More →

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