Here’s why we should welcome our robot overlords

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Richard Hulskes, co-founder of Wevolver, an online platform for collaborative hardware development

When Richard Hulskes (@Rieshuls), co-founder of Wevolver, was a kid, he spent endless hours building rockets and robots―often unsuccessfully. Today, he prints them.

Richard says hardware development is radically changing―in part because the open source mindset is moving to hardware. Wevolver users are building drones that explore the deep ocean, creating low-cost prosthetics, and even sending satellites into space.

But Richard’s favorite project on the Wevolver platform could benefit thousands of children.

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Lessons using Ansible at J. Crew

Ansible, Ansible, Ansible. Oscar González, principal engineer at Sawyer Effect, gave a unique presentation today about J.Crew’s use of DevOps and Ansible Tower by Red Hat. As you may know, Red Hat acquired Ansible earlier this year and the addition has been phenomenal. Ansible gives your business simple, agentless automation technology.

“I’m a developer. I’m sorry.”

In 2015, Sawyer Effect was brought out to J. Crew to help improve their deployment process. They had a problem: A deployment would take 4-5 hours and had to be done overnight. What’s more, the entire process was like having a Rube Goldberg machine–lots of small moving parts which would, at some point, fail. The worst part of all of this was the toll it was taking on the teams. The human price was steep. Oscar likened this to Sisyphus–doing something over and over, learning nothing, not progressing, and keeping innovation from ever happening.

Something had to be done.

I’ll cut to the chase. J. Crew used Ansible, a DevOps approach, and their current tools and infrastructure to completely revolutionize their deployments. Oscar broke this down into 10 lessons.

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DevNation: Lessons from astronauts for developers

DevNation main hallway

Sam Atkinson proposes that most—maybe even all—developers love space. Even those who don’t probably love Chris Hadfield, the guitar-strumming astronaut who covered David Bowie’s Space Oddity from the International Space Station. These 2 topics are closely related, obviously, but not-so-obviously, they’re both highly relevant to developers who want better and safer development practices and processes. Here are a few highlights from Atkinson’s fast-paced, clever talk about applying lessons from the history of space exploration to modern development practices.

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Red Hat Mobile: A walkthrough of the platform

DevNation is off to a great start and if you missed Cian Clarke’s overview of Red Hat Mobile Application Platform, I feel bad for you, son. And if you like live demos and real-world examples from your presenters, I feel extra bad. Cian broke his talk down to 3 slides and 40+ minutes of demos. We’ll get to that later, but let’s get some general info out of the way first.

What’s a mobile application platform?

For those that haven’t spent much time with mobile app platforms, Cian made it easy to see the power of being able to iterate fast, push updates, and track the progress of your mobile apps. Red Hat Mobile Application Platform gives you all of that and more.

Why a do I need a platform?

A mobile app platform is important if you’re dealing with multiple apps, multiple mobile form factors (tablets, phones, watches, etc), multiple back-end systems, developers, versions, etc. Basically, if you’re an enterprise working in mobile at all, a platform can help you manage everything–across multiple teams–from a central tool.

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Continuous IT optimization evolves purposeful business modernization at Red Hat Summit

Landscape highway

“Your company has to change and adapt or it will go out of business”. So reads the abstract for the session by Christian Posta on SOA to microservices—continuous modernization with microservices and containers .  Fact is there are many “good-old” logos that have been impacted by change.  Remember Blockbuster? Kodak? Borders? As Charlie Feld asserted during his keynote about the enterprises of today at the Evanta CIO Summit in Chicago last year, “If you don’t like change, you will hate extinction!”.  Posta’s session at the Red Hat summit is particularly interesting because it highlights the continuous evolution of legacy architectures while purposefully modernizing the business to leverage state-of-the-art technological and architectural paradigms. “Just uber-jar everything” is a gross misnomer when evolving from SOA to the reality of microservices.  No matter where you are on your enterprise transformation journey, please join me in this tour of the sessions on the Modernization and IT optimization track.

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Performance analysis and tuning of Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Speed matters

In the demanding world of today’s IT environments, users expect rapid responses to requests and greater utilization of their computing platforms. In order to meet these requirements, Red Hat’s Performance Engineering Team devotes itself to analyzing these technology concerns, building automated optimization tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and creating useful tuning guides to help users customize configurations for their varied workloads.

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Innovation in the large enterprise: Using Openstack, OpenShift, and automation to empower teams

Innovation, culture, lean, agile, and DevOps. These terms are currently being thrown around in the IT industry as the apex of success. Master these, and your organization will be blessed with an eternity of deployment good fortune and increased efficiency. What does it really take for an organization to be considered agile and innovative in 2015?

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Puppet Enterprise and Red Hat Satellite 6

At Red Hat we call it the Open Source Way. When we talk about open source, we’re talking about a proven way of collaborating to create technology. The freedom to see the code, to learn from it, to ask questions and offer improvements: This is the open source way.

That’s just what we saw today between the Puppet Enterprise teams and Red Hat Satellite Product teams. Carl Caum and Tim Zonca of Puppet Labs, along with Richard Jerrido and Christopher Wells of Red Hat, described their offerings and briefly demonstrated how they are collaborating on interoperability in order to bring the best experience they can to customers.

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