DevOps Bootstrapped in both Minneapolis and Milwaukee

Dec 5th and 6th marked the inaugaral kick-off of the DevOps Minneapolis and Milwaukee groups. I was AMAZED at the attendance for these first events especially in Minneapolis. Roughly 40 folks registered and just under that number attended; While Milwaukee was lighter we had almost 10 attendees. Minneapolis had a very diverse group including folks from both start-ups and fortune 100 companies. Thanks to the hospitality of @OpenBookMN and @Bucketworks for providing the laid back yet professional venue.

DevOps Minneapolis

I wish I had time to snag some pictures in Minneapolis but there was some great conversations going on all night. The group agreed on the expected format I provided guidance on and we already had volunteers for the next few Meetups. We wrapped up the night at Grumpy’s Bar discussing our favorite technical topics as well as ways to leverage cloud platforms in the enterprise.

DevOps Milwaukee

Milwaukee was much more casual since the group was smaller and fortunately for me, the entire group was very curious on leveraging @opscode #opschef to automate their IT processes. Continuous Delivery is always a hot topic since getting apps out to production in a controlled manner seems to have high priority with companies these days. We wrapped up the night at @TransferMKE pizza where we had great food, beer and music.

Grabbing pizza at Transfer and listening to jazz.

I am totally stoked for next month and working to grow these groups, helping to drive the tech movement in the Midwest.

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