I was recently invited to speak at Puppet Camp Portland 2015- The event was extremely informative, and I had a chance to interact with a large group of Puppet Labs employees and customers. The event was held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in downtown Portland- I arrived around 8AM and was impressed with the aesthetics of the building-
After checking in, I visited the theatre space where the speakers would give their presentations, which happened to be a full IMAX theatre, complete with 4 story screen, dual 4K Christie projectors, and Dolby Atmos sound system. The screen was intimidatingly enormous, but after awhile I think all the presenters got used to it, and found it pretty beneficial to be able for the audience to be read small print and code on slides while projecting.
My presentation topic was Using Puppet with Self Service Provisioning – I went through my base material in about 30 minutes and had an extremely productive Q&A session for about another 15 minutes- I think it is clear that this is an extremely hot topic with respect to configuration management- provisioning a Virtual Machine in 30 minutes doesn’t do any good if there is a stack of software that has to be installed and configured by specialists that takes another 2 weeks.
My full slide deck and a video of the presentation is available on the Puppet Labs website: