ChefConf Online Recording Sessions: Integrations, DevOps, and Cool Stuff Week

We’re down to the final week of the month of ChefConf live recording sessions! It’s a challenge to figure out exactly what to call the track that isn’t explicitly focused on a Chef product, but the gist is that we want to bring you some sessions on stuff that is freaking cool.

Building software tools is interesting in that once you release a tool, there’s no telling what uses folks might find for it, how they’ll expand it, or how they’ll use it in conjunction with other things. So that’s what this week is all about!

Check out the full list of sessions at and don’t forget to sign up for ChefConf, where you’ll have access to all the sessions on demand after our keynotes on June 2!

Tuesday, May 26, 11am PDT / 2pm EDT

Do you need to orchestrate the connectivity and relationships among services managed by your Chef Infra configurations? Sean Carolan of HashiCorp will present Easy Multi-Node Configuration with Chef and Consul:

One of the questions Chef users often ask is “How can I orchestrate Chef runs across multiple nodes, where node A depends on something that happens on node B.” The standard solution has been to store the data temporarily on the Chef server where the dependent nodes can reach it.

Instead of a kludgy workaround that passes state data between machines, what if you had an always on, always up-to-date service catalog showing the IP address, port and health of every service on your network. You can even store arbitrary data in Consul for Chef to consume during runs.

Take the hassle out of multi-node configuration management with Consul and Chef.

Sign up here.  

Tuesday, May 26, 3pm PDT / 6pm EDT

ChefConf 2019 keynote presenter Nell Shamrell-Harrington will present It’s Only the Hard Parts Now: Harnessing Community to Thrive in a World of Complexity:

We used to operate in a world of complicated technical systems – systems which, even if they were difficult to understand, were knowable. Over the past decade, however, we have transitioned from complicated systems to complex systems. A complex system and the way it integrates and interacts with other complex systems is not fully knowable by any one person, one company, or even one industry. The only way to operate within a world of complex systems is through cultivating a community of varying experiences, knowledge, and observations. Come to this talk to hear stories from technical communities – including the Rust Community, The Covid-19 Cyber Threat Intelligence League, and the U.S. Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary – and how they work together to fulfill their missions not in spite of complex systems but through those systems. Learn how you can take lessons from these communities and apply them to your own.

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Wednesday, May 27, 11am PDT / 2pm EDT

If you haven’t seen any of Shuttle Ops announcements about their new platform, you won’t want to miss this presentation from CEO Damith Karunaratne: Code, Low-Code, No-Code: The DevOps Implications.

The move towards digital transformation and faster software delivery has many DevOps teams contemplating the role of code, low-code and no-code solutions. The success of building and scaling application automation practices remains a challenge for most companies, due to complexity and a lack of access to skilled DevOps engineers. Growing economic pressures have many technology leaders evaluating how to incorporate innovative solutions that enable teams with limited experience, to orchestrate the end-to-end DevOps toolchain, while retaining the depth of functionality required to be successful.

Join us as we demonstrate when and how to combine these strategies, so you can:

  • Integrate the Coded Enterprise with a no-code platform
  • Leverage existing Chef investments
  • Scale and easily move applications to the cloud

Reserve your backstage pass here.  

Thursday, May 28, 8am PDT / 11am EDT

Does integrating your Chef Infra data with ServiceNow sound like a winning combination for your organization? Join Brittany Woods of CARFAX for Use Data, You Must: Leveraging Chef Data in ServiceNow

As we have automated our processes, it has become more important than ever to maintain visibility into our systems. As part of that, harnessing the power of our data is on the forefront of all of our minds. Chef is a treasure trove of data. In contrast, ServiceNow acts as a pane of glass for incidents and events among your ecosystem. ServiceNow, in many cases, also houses change data and asset data about your ecosystem.

How can you marry the two? By integrating Chef with ServiceNow in different ways you can improve your visibility into your systems, improve ecosystem health, improve the accuracy of your asset data, and improve incident tracking and response.

Join me as we discuss the many different ways you can integrate these two systems effectively to get the most out of your data, the benefit that will provide you, and why you would want to do this in the first place.

Sign up here.

Thursday, May 28, 12pm PDT / 3pm EDT

Join long time Chef community members TapHere! for Using Chef Effortless to Build DevOps Teams. VP of Engineering Chris Todd and Director of Partner Solutions Keith Walters will present:

In this talk we’ll share our experiences in how we use Chef’s Effortless Infrastructure as a reference implementation to teach and expose newer engineers the core patterns of DevOps to be able recognize when to apply those patterns and strengthen their ability to adapt when faced with problems they haven’t seen before.

Sign up for here.  

See You on June 2!

We hope you got to see your favorites live, but they’ll all be up and ready for you to rewatch on June 2. Thanks to all of our speakers who brought their expertise to ChefConf Online this year, and thanks to all of you for participating in the recording sessions and asking great questions. 

Don’t forget to sign up to watch the keynote streams, the breakouts, and all the other super fun stuff we have planned for this unique ChefConf!

Mandi Walls

Mandi is Technical Community Manager for Chef. She can be found online @LNXCHK.