• CANCELLED DevOpsKC: Guest Speaker Abel Wang at HR Block

    H&R Block World Headquarters

    CANCELLED Unfortunately Abel has come down with a severe case of the flu and will not be able to join us tomorrow. We will work to reschedule his trip. We're really sorry. We know that people were excited to meet him. Abel Wang is a Senior Cloud Developer Advocate specializing in DevOps and Azure with a background in application development. Before joining Microsoft, Abel spent seven years as a Process Consultant and a Certified Scrum Master helping customers globally develop solutions using agile practices and Team Foundation Server. Prior to that, Abel founded and sold his own software company. When not working, Abel is either writing code (yes, that’s what he does for fun), playing his guitar or training for The Great Wall Marathon. We’ll have food and beer. (Food will be provided by Sogeti.) 5:30pm Arrival & Food 6:10pm Presentation by Abel 7:30pm Wrap-up & Networking H&R Block is located at 1301 Main Street, KCMO 64105. H&R Block Annex Parking Directions Garage entrance is located off 13th Street between Grand and Walnut. 13th Street is one-way westbound. Approach from Grand Street side only. Please take a ticket as you enter the garage. DevOps KC event coordinators will provide a validation ticket to you at the meeting. From inside the garage, take the stairs or elevator to the Walnut Street side. See map below. Entrance into the H&R Block building is from either Walnut Street and across the courtyard, or from 13th Street. Upon exiting the garage, put your ticket into the ticket machine, then put the validation ticket into the ticket machine, to zero out the fee and open the gate. This meetup will be recorded and uploaded to the DevOpsKC Youtube channel after the event. There will probably not be a livestream. For all DevOpsKC Meetups, we follow the DevOpsDays Code of Conduct: https://devopsdays.org/events/2019-kansas-city/conduct/

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  • AWS RE:Invent Keynote Watch Party

    DisruptOps

    Andy Jassey: Tuesday 11am-1pm CT Werner Vogels: Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm CT Parking: Street parking is available and there are usually spots north or 3rd on Wyandotte Street or west of Wyandotte on 3rd Street. Entry: Our door is on 3rd street, under the black Rivet Marketing awning. That door will be open, walk straight through and you'll see another glass door, that's our office complete with a brand new metallic DisruptOps sign on the back wall. There's a bell on the right if nobody is there. We can see the street from the conference room so we'll keep an eye out or DM ChrisC in Slack. https://reinvent.awsevents.com/learn/keynotes/ * Tuesday Dec 3rd 11am-1pm CT - Andy Jassy CEO - Insights on the latest from AWS * Thursday Dec 5th 10:30am-12:30pm - Dr. Werner Vogels CTO - technical underpinnings of AWS and architectural design investments 116 W 3rd St, Suite 102 Kansas City, MO 64105 NE corner of 3rd and Wyandotte Feel free to discuss here on Meetup.com or join the conversation on the DevOpsKC Slack: * http://slack.devopskc.com/ if you are not there yet, or * https://devopskc.slack.com/ if you are

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  • DevOpsDays Kansas City 2019 (SOLD OUT)

    Plexpod Westport Commons

    Please join us at the annual 2-day conference. There is no DevOpsKC meetup in October. Details: http://devopsdayskc.org Speakers: https://devopsdays.org/events/2019-kansas-city/speakers/ Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/devopsdays-kansas-city-2019-tickets-60433299626?aff=meetup 2018 recap video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YafLKZlFI-U

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  • Can it deploy? Tackling a Real-World Enterprise Platform with Octopus Deploy

    SUMMARY: Dozens of scheduled tasks, multiple databases, SOAP and REST services, hybrid UIs combining .NET webforms and node.js based technologies, SSRS reports, multitenancy, New Relic integration – as a company grows, so do its needs and so does the complexity of its software. Real-world deployment automation can often be much more complex than what you read about in an Octopus Deploy tutorial. At Moonshot Innovations, our largest client needed faster, more reliable deployments for its platform, which has grown to support their business for well over a decade. We were tasked with making that happen and lived to tell the tale. Can it deploy? Absolutely. Here’s how we did it. ---- 5:30pm Networking & Food 6pm Presentation starts 7pm Q&A, prizes, discussion 8pm End ---- BIO: Stephen Hardimon I am currently a senior software engineer at Moonshot Innovations, where my primary focus is leading the conversation around automated builds, multitenant deployments, and configuration management. My interest in devops is rooted in my belief that it is a culture, not so much a simple automated build here and a sprinkling of buzzwords there, but an actual, living culture. I believe a strong devops culture drives inter-team communication and guides companies towards discovering synergies that maximize the diverse talents most shops possess but never fully harness. A devops expert is a powerful force multiplier, capable of supercharging a team or even a whole company. I'm very interested in doing what I can to help the team win, and I love the idea of fostering a positive culture with healthy communication, so for me, devops is a natural fit. My 13 years of professional experience have informed my perspective on the myriad of ways businesses use technology to accomplish their missions. It's been a fun ride. I have worked extensively in all phases of the SDLC, from analysis and requirements gathering, to architecting and implementation, and of course deployment, configuration, and maintenance. The solutions I've been asked to build range from the primarily UI-based, to database-heavy reporting solutions. Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my boxer, Duchess, and my guitars, which are many in number and horribly played. Some say it's best if I stick to IT. BIO: Dylan Oswalt Dylan has over 9 years of experience in software development with extensive experience as both a backend .NET engineer as well as a frontend JavaScript framework engineer. He began his career as a web developer and evolved into positions including Associate of IT Consulting and Advanced Software Engineer for notable Kansas City companies. Working in both consulting and internal development environments, Dylan has a vast understanding of different projects and teams. In his role as Manager of Software Development at Moonshot, Dylan fosters an environment of teamwork and ensures that strategy is clearly defined while overseeing performance and maintaining morale. His strong communication and client service skills are a good balance to successfully complete complex software problems for clients. Dylan is a certified ScrumMaster and has a passion for process and DevOps. He is currently working on a team at Moonshot on a large overhaul of both the development process, as well as all DevOps related tasks such as version control, continuous integration, and continuous deployment. ---- A rep from Octopus Deploy will also be at the event and available to answer any questions. This meetup will be recorded and uploaded to the DevOpsKC Youtube channel after the event. There will probably not be a livestream. For all DevOpsKC Meetups, we follow the DevOpsDays Code of Conduct: https://devopsdays.org/events/2019-kansas-city/conduct/

  • DevOpsKC August: Feature Flags with Heidi Waterhouse from LaunchDarkly

    H&R Block World Headquarters

    Heidi is a developer advocate with LaunchDarkly. She delights in working at the intersection of usability, risk reduction, and cutting-edge technology. One of her favorite hobbies is talking to developers about things they already knew but had never thought of that way before. She sews all her conference dresses so that she's sure there is a pocket for the mic. https://heidiwaterhouse.com/ LaunchDarkly is a company that produces a SaaS-based feature flag management system helpful in the development, testing, and deployment of web-based software applications. It enables testing in production and the ability to carefully control the blast radius of new features. Come hear representatives discuss effective strategies for implementing feature flags and managing long term. We’ll have food and beer. (More details coming. Please comment with special requests.) 5:30pm Arrival & Food 6:30pm Presentation by Heidi 7:30pm Wrap-up & Networking H&R Block is located at 1301 Main Street, KCMO 64105. There is a parking garage located under the green oval glass building. It’s accessible from both Walnut and Main. When you get to the gate press the button and let the security person know you’re here for DevOpsKC. They’ll open the gate. Park in a visitor spot. Walk down until you see the elevator behind a glass door. Take it to the lobby. We’ll have signs to direct you to the Knowledge Center room where we’ll meet. This meetup will be recorded and uploaded to the DevOpsKC Youtube channel after the event. There will probably not be a livestream. For all DevOpsKC Meetups, we follow the DevOpsDays Code of Conduct: https://devopsdays.org/events/2019-kansas-city/conduct/

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  • DevOpsKC July: Identity as the Security Perimeter - Dimitri Stiliadis

    We'll be giving away some free devices, so make sure you're there early! The nature of application delivery now spans public and private clouds and edge computing, while the end clients accessing these applications are people and machines. Securing these diverse environments while maintaining productivity and minimizing errors is challenging, to say the least. The classic models of arranging everything inside a perimeter, whether this is a private DC or a virtual private cloud (VPC), and providing access over a VPN are falling apart under the weight of complexity and inadequacy. In this talk we will dive into an identity based model for providing access to users, whether it is to Web-type applications over REST APIs, or infrastructure itself through SSH and RDP. Starting from the principals of an OAUTH/OIDC infrastructure, we will discuss how the concepts can be extended to cover all forms of remote access without the overhead of VPNs and bastion hosts and while maintaining a zero trust security posture. Some of the use cases of this approach include: - Privileged access management (SSH or RDP access to VMs) - Authorization for web-services - User specific access to Cloud Provider resources (i.e. AWS S3 buckets) while maintaining audit trails. 5:30pm Networking & Food 6pm Presentation starts 7pm Q&A, discussion 8pm End (or sooner)

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  • DevOpsKC June Meetup: Eric Hendricks, Gitlab - Communication in an Open Company

    The Kansas City Public Library: Central Library

    Abstract: In the IT Industry, many incidents have been misunderstood or blown out of proportion due to poor handling of communications during and right after a crisis arises. The how, when, and how much communication can be the difference between a media frenzy and an outage that people work through and forget about. Ever since a database outage in January of 2017, companies and contributors have received timely and effective communication from Gitlab. Bio: Eric Hendricks, The IT Guy, is a Solutions Architect for Gitlab. He has spent much of the past 10 years as a Linux Systems Administrator. Nowadays, Eric is an open source warrior and co-host of the IT Guys’ podcast. Schedule: 5:30 - networking and food (details will be posted in comments) 6:00 - kickoff / announcements 6:10 - Eric Hendricks presents Communication in an Open Company 7:00 - ad-hoc open spaces / conversation 8:00 - fin PARKING will be in the paid garage garage directly West of the library. We will have the ability to validate your ticket. ROOM is the Vault on the lower level. CODE OF CONDUCT for DevOpsKC events: https://devopsdays.org/events/2019-kansas-city/conduct/ Food and Drink will be provided by Kairos Recruiting.