Config Management Camp

3 and 4 February 2014

Gent, Belgium

The Goat and Silo Problem

What can an old calculus problem teaching us about the culture often required for rolling out and maintaining configuration management/automation principles? In this talk I'll tell you. I'll talk about organizational Silos (hint maybe they aren't that bad), and the qualities needed in employees to be successful with DevOps, Configuration Management, and Cloud. I'll also talk about the actual calculus problem, and how solving the actual problem helps you with your Goats and Silos in your own organization. Don't will not actually be taking the limit of functions.

Although Michael's talk was not recorded, he gave a similar talk at DevOpsDays Amsterdam. A video of that talk is available on YouTube.

About Michael Ducy

Michael Ducy (@mfdii) currently works as an Enterprise Architect for Chef focused on designing and implementing automation solutions for customer's Cloud, IT Automation, and Continuous Delivery needs. Prior to Chef, Michael worked at CompuCom, helping with the architecture and design of CompuCom's Cloud portfolio. Michael has held other roles as a Cloud Architect, Performance and Capacity Planner, Linux Systems Engineer, Instructor of IT courses, and Private Consultant for companies such as enStratus, BMC Software, and Orbitz Worldwide. After graduating from the University of Missouri St. Louis with a degree in Computer Science, Michael completed his Masters degree in Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He also holds an MBA from The Ohio State University. After Devopsdays Amsterdam Michael is also known as the GoatFather.