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Thursday, April 2 • 1:15pm - 1:55pm
Serve meals, not ingredients
Business systems are meals. Nodes are a key ingredient. Do you configure and deploy business systems into multiple environments, with all the implied complexity of managing necessary variations and eliminating unwanted inconsistencies? Do you currently create Visio diagrams to describe your business systems, but long for something more actionable? Or do you use an existing definition format that you wish you could move into Chef?

In this talk we will share techniques for template-driven deployment of topologies composed of Chef nodes, and describe the latest incarnation of these techniques, which is supported by the knife topo plugin and exchange format, as well as our Automate.Insights SaaS based offering. We will also describe our latest work to integrate with chef-provisioning, and how these techniques could be used to map from existing formats such as AWS CloudFormation.

With such techniques you will be able to accelerate unleashing the awesome power of Chef across your enterprise. 

Speakers
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Christine Draper

VP & Co-founder, ThirdWave Insights
Christine's varied career has one underlying theme: problem solving in complex real-world systems. For much of the last decade, her passion has been making it practical to compose and deploy solutions from combinations of software products. In the past, she has had a variety of roles including methods researcher, systems integrator, security consultant and software architect. She is happy to now be a 'dev who ops'.
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John Sweitzer

CTO, ThirdWave Insights LLC
John is an innovator and systematic thinker, who believes that the real business transformational impact of software is still to be realized. He has a long track record in bringing leading-edge thinking to enterprise systems management. Before founding ThirdWave Insights, John was an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect for Tivoli and for IBM's Autonomic Computing initiative. He has written two books and holds 20 patents.


Thursday April 2, 2015 1:15pm - 1:55pm
Grand E/F