• What a global pandemic can tell you about better DevOps practices - Jeremy Meiss

    For the Month of May we will again be virtual. Please RSVP to get the Zoom link.

    We will have a presentation from our guest speaker, Jeremy Meiss Director of DevRel and Community at Circle CI.


    In the data of 900k devs, 25K orgs, & 30m builds/mo, we have some interesting insights into better DevOps practices. In this session, we will seek to uncover what this unique dataset can tell us about high-performing engineering teams, and what trends stand out through the aggregated platform usage.

    For us at CircleCI, data from 900k+ devs, 25K orgs, and 30m+ builds/mo provided us some interesting insights into better DevOps practices. In this session, we will seek to uncover what this unique dataset can tell us about high-performing engineering teams, and what trends stand out through the aggregated platform usage.

  • Derris Boomer - 5-Tech Trends for Start-ups & Fortune 500 Companies

    ABSTRACT: Technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) and Big Data. Talk will review hot jobs and skills to acquire. Lastly, talk will cover how start-ups and corporate workers can use these technologies.

    BIOGRAPHY: Derris Boomer has worked for Fortune 500 companies since he was 16. Each has taught him perseverance, leadership and a drive for success. His tenure at companies such as IBM, Tiffany & Company, Polo Ralph Lauren and Accenture has afforded 20+ years of corporate experience. He has traveled the globe implementing technology systems in Europe, North America and Asia.

    Derris is founder and CEO of Boomer Technology Group, which specializes in technology planning, process improvement and software implementations. Derris has an undergraduate degree in Management Science fromKean University. His motto is “Have laptop will travel!” He has certifications in Workday and Kronos Workforce Management software. He has written business and technology articles for J.D. Edwards User Group, Smart Enterprise Magazine and N.J. Tech Weekly. Mr. Boomer has taught college courses as an adjunct professor at two community colleges.

    He has extensive experience in Retail, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Government and Higher Education. He embraces 3 principles to success; Business Process + People + Technology = Custom Solutions


  • Kat Cosgrove - DevOps Patterns and Antipatterns for Continuous Software Updates

    DevOps Patterns and Antipatterns for Continuous Software Updates

    So, you want to update the software for your user, be it the nodes in your K8s cluster, a browser on the user's desktop, an app in the user's smartphone, or even a user's car. What can possibly go wrong?

    In this talk, we'll analyze real-world software update failures and how multiple DevOps patterns that fit various scenarios could have saved the developers. Manually ensuring that everything works before sending an update and expecting the user to do acceptance tests before they update is most definitely not on the list of such patterns.

    Join us for some awesome and scary continuous update horror stories and some obvious (and some not so obvious) proven ideas for improvement and best practices you can start following tomorrow.

    Kat Cosgrove (https://twitter.com/Dixie3Flatline) - Developer Advocate at JFrog

    Kat Cosgrove is a Developer Advocate at JFrog, and an actual cyborg. Her professional background has run the gamut from bartender, to video store clerk, to teacher, to software developer. She credits this wide-ranging experience for her success as a speaker, developer, and advocate. Her specialty is approachable 101-level content for junior developers or anyone else who considers themselves a newbie, with a particular focus on DevOps.

    When she's not building demos or at a conference, she spends her time playing video games, watching horror movies, and reading science fiction. She lives in Seattle with her cat, Espresso, who is the real brains behind the operation and actually ghostwriting all of her tweets.

  • Hiring/Being Hired in the time of Covid - Panel

    Online event

    We will be having a virtual event on Wednesday February 17th from 4-6:00 with a panel of technologists. You will need to RSVP to see the Zoom link. This will not be recorded and is meant to be a community discussion.

    Panel Topics:
    In today's technology world there is likely more changing of jobs than a generation ago. With everything going on in the world, the landscape for hiring and being hired has changed. We are gathering a group of people that have recently been through this to discuss what the experience now looks like.

    Panel Participants:

    DaShaun is a Partner Solution Architect for Redis Labs, hired during the pandemic. A husband, father of four, volunteer and struggling athlete. Deliberately practicing to build better software, faster. Generalist. Computer Science. MBA. Continuously learning. Believes that every rep counts. Doesn't have anything figured out. Still trying to prove to himself that the sacrifices that his parents made for him, were worth it. Trying to get a little better every day. You can find him at https://twitter.com/dashaun

    Brian Stevens currently works a Senior Infrastructure Engineer at BlockFi, a crypto-currency financial services firm, where he was interviewed and hired completely remotely. He can be found on online as othatbrian.

    Jason Wadsworth, Senior Software Architect at DisruptOps. Hired during the pandemic and also was involved in the hiring of others during the pandemic. You can find him at: https://linkedIn.com/in/jasonwadsworth. https://twitter.com/quizout and https://cloud913.com

    Chip Warden works at Bardavon Health Innovations as a Software Engineer and was hired during the pandemic.

    Russ Starr works at Google as a Customer Engineer and he was hired during the pandemic. He's a native to Kansas City and has been immersed in IT for nearly 20 years; 13 of which were at Cerner. You can find him on slack, linkedin, etc. https://russstarr.github.io/ and @Russ_Starr for social.

    Jamie O’Roark is the Client Success Manager, PivIT, A division of the Pinnacle Groups. (www.PivITgrps.com) We have hired Business Analyst, Database Administrator, Developers, Help Desk Specialist, Project Managers, System Administrators as well as some unique roles in the Audio Visual space. Jamie has 20 years’ experience in staffing, recruiting, sale and client services, Jamie listens carefully to understand needs, such as culture and budget, then partners up to help tackle specific business challenges.

  • Kickstart Your Cloud Journey with Certifications - Guest Speaker Abhishek Maurya

    We will be having a virtual event on Wednesday December 16th from 6-7:30 with Abhishek Maurya. You will need to RSVP to see the Zoom link.


    Are you confused about which Cloud computing certification to pursue? attend this talk to know about which certification is right for student developers and how to kickstart your journey of Cloud Computing.

    Those who want to start their journey with AWS Cloud are totally confused about which certification to pursue. I would be love to talk about my journey of getting certified and how I am helping others to choose the right certification. and lastly how to kickstart our career with cloud computing.

    Abhishek is passionate about Technology and currently enjoying his Private tutoring on AWS Cloud Computing and DevOps nowadays. Professionally, he is working with Whizlabs as a Cloud Products Associate where his work involves working with AWS and Python. For more details, please visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/abhitnc/

  • Building and Leading Remote Teams, Guest Speaker: Amber Vanderburg

    We will be having a virtual event on Wednesday November 17th from 5-7 with Amber Vanderburg. You will need to RSVP to see the Zoom link.


    The world of work is constantly changing as we create new products, provide excellent service, and collaborate on new ventures. I'll give you tools to overcome remote team challenges from confronting communication frustrations, setting expectations, and strategically building/equipping the right-fit remote team.
    You will be able to walk away with practical tools, tips, and tricks that you can implement within your team to help perform with more clarity and direction, more straightforward communication and expectations, and better performance individually and as a team. This high energy chat will give you insights from a little bit of theory and case studies, a load of practical application, and lots of laughter. You will be able to walk away with the knowledge of how to:
    * Be strategic in building a team that can thrive in a remote environment
    * Equip and prepare your team with the tools that they need to be more successful working remotely
    * Aid in the logistical challenges of a remote team
    * Aid in the relational challenges of a remote team
    * How to best engage and motive a remote team


    At age 18, Amber Vanderburg founded non profit Tours of Tulsa that hosted more than 1,000 college students from 75 different countries in the first three years of operation. During this time, Amber earned her BA in Organizational Communications from Oral Roberts University and MA in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Oklahoma - Tulsa. She was also a Tulsa 40 Under 40 businesswoman in HR in corporate America and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. As a student, Amber was involved as a Division I track and field athlete, OU-Tulsa Student Government Association President, SHRM Chapter President, and Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature Associate Justice.

    Post graduation, Amber traded the office for a muddy field and shiny heels for a pair of dirty cleats to become the only female, only American, only Christian, and only blonde Academy football coach for the Adidas Gameday Academy/Paris Saint Germain Academy to coach the first generation of athletes in Bangalore, India on both an elite and grassroots level.

    Amber worked with an international team of coaches through PSG and Adidas Gameday to transform the organizational design and culture to cultivate a more high performing team. Initiatives and results included heightened retention of players and coaches through better engagement and performance, improved coaches education and curriculum design, implemented communication and knowledge management systems, and strategic recruitment and onboarding.

    Today, Amber continues to work as a consultant with Paradigm Shift in Leadership, HR, and OD. She is an international speaker that works tirelessly in improving organizational culture and team dynamics is a variety of industries including; healthcare, O&G, globalizing sport, and higher education. She is also the founder of international student-athlete consultancy group, Player Pathwayz which equips athletes with opportunities for success post-high school.

  • DevOps - Philosophy vs Practice (virtual event) with PJ Hagerty

    We will be having a virtual event on Wednesday October 21st from 5-7 with PJ Hagerty. Connection details to follow. We will send a link closer to the event.

    Many of our conversations on DevOps revolve around tools and practices - but very few address the where the two meet.

    We can talk about monitoring, analytics, alerting, on-call and the philosophies surrounding them, but how do we bring the two worlds together?

    This talk will focus on successful setups and all the parts and tools that go into it. How do we make sure we have everything we need for our organization. We’ll also discuss how to get the buy-in needed from your team to make it work.