Those that know me, know I am always looking to learn new things and meet new people who share my passion for learning and sharing information in the tech world. In the past I have frequented several user groups, organized a SharePoint group, organized an Azure group. I co-chair and am organizing my 4th SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs and I co-chair and in the process of organizing my 3rd Cloud Saturday.
One of the biggest trends in the IT world has been the evolution of DevOps. There are a lot of thoughts around what DevOps is, but I kind of like Amazon’s definition:
DevOps is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes.
In an attempt to broaden my knowledge on DevOps and help to develop a DevOps community in the Chicago area, I have co-founded the “DevOps in the Burbs” user goup. We meet the first Thursday of the month and so far the first 2 meetings have been really enjoyable with a lot of good conversations. The group is founded on that thougth that:
Delivering high-quality, modern applications requires DevOps tools and processes. This users group is for people who want to learn and discuss the advances being made to the application life-cycle management offerings that enable development teams to be more productive. We will be talking about AWS, Azure, Docker, Chef, and all the other great platforms, tools, and approaches driving the DevOps movement.
Our next meeting is February 2nd, 2017, if you are in the Naperville area, stop by and see us.