I want to take a moment to introduce myself, as I am the new organizer of the Triangle DevOps group. James sent out a call for someone to take over and I was the lucky person (or sap, take your pick) who answered.
My name is Mark Mzyk. I know some of you, some of you I don't know. Currently I am a developer for Opscode, makers of Chef, which I'm sure you know is one of the main tools in the DevOp space.
While I work for Opscode, my intent is for this group to be open and receptive to all tools (DevOps or not) that might help all of us do our jobs better. That includes Puppet, Chef's main competitor.
Going forward I'd like to get the group on a regular cadence with monthly meetings being held. With that in mind, I'd like to ask what day and time people would prefer for meetings. Once I get some feedback, I'll try to pick a day/time that works for the most people.
Given that I'd like to establish regular meetings, Triangle DevOps is going to need a meeting space to call home. If anyone knows of a good venue or someone I should talk to, let me know. Ideally it would be located somewhere near food and/or bars, so people would have someplace to continue the conversation after the meetup if they wanted to.
The other thing the meetup needs to be successful is talks. If you'd like to give one let me know. I'm open to a wide diversity of talks. If you can convince me how it relates to development or operations I'm willing to consider it. There are only so many talks to be had on the best Chef and/or Puppet deployment (although we'll certainly have some talks like that as well). Do you have a unique situation and/or problem that applies to your company? You're probably not the only one - develop a talk about it and present it to the group. Do you think everyone should be using Clojure instead of Bash for ops work? Tells us why. Think Amazon AWS blows and everyone should avoid it? We'd love to hear why.
That should give you some idea of the types of talks and ideas I'm open to. If want to tell us the latest and greatest on Chef or Puppet, that's great too. Give me your feedback and we'll look to spread the devops knowledge far and while.
Finally, I want to give thanks to James for starting this group and getting it established. It takes work to get a group going and James put in that work. If we were all in a room, I'd suggest we give James a round of applause. We'll just have to postpone that for our first meeting with me at the helm. Thanks James!
Here's to many more meetings ahead.
- Mark Mzyk