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Monday, October 29 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dragging Legacy IT into the Modern Age (By Any Means Necessary)

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Not all of us get to work at flashy startups or FAANGs where every application is containerized, every line of code is shuttled through a CI/CD pipeline, and all the compute servers are a gorgeously symmetrical spine-and-leaf utopia of anonymity. This BoF is for those of us that live in the real world, with applications that are hand-fed and meticulously maintained, developers that think RCS and .bak files are sufficient for revision control, and an IT culture that struggles to justify, much less fund, modern technologies and practices.

Some topics we will discuss:
  • Are on-prem datacenters going the way of the dinosaurs? Are the costs of using cloud services like AWS and GCE to replace traditional on-prem IT workloads really worth it? Does it require an “IT culture transformation” or can it be done efficiently without re-designing every app that the company runs?
  • What are the barriers you face that are preventing “Self-Service IT” from becoming a thing at your company? If you’ve solved this problem, how did you do it?
  • Are SaaS IT management products like ServiceNow universally terrible? Or are we just doing it wrong?
  • Are NFS homedirs and project workspaces actually making it harder to transform IT, by serving as an “enabler” of legacy workflows? Does NFSv4 help?
  • What pitfalls do we face, trying to introduce and encourage microservices, containers, and REST APIs to an IT culture that seems content to sit on its laurels?

Monday October 29, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Cumberland Room 3-4