Obsidian to speak at ChefConf 2019

Obsidian Systems says the fact that Karl Fischer, its DevOps Team Lead, has been invited to speak at the prestigious ChefConf 2019 to take place in Seattle from May 20 to 23, is a testament to the work it has done in the local open source community.

For the past eight years, ChefConf has been the most significant gathering for the DevOps community to learn, share, and network the strategies, tactics, and insights for transformational application delivery in companies today.

Fischer’s talk is titled ‘We came for the tech and stayed for the community’ where he will discuss how open standards has evolved to become a business imperative for digital organisations today.

“We are excited that Karl will not only represent Obsidian on such an international stage, but the country as well. The Chef environment has been one of the secrets behind our success and having such a platform to share best practices with our peers in other countries is invaluable,” says Muggie van Staden, MD of Obsidian Systems.

For Fischer, this is a journey that began in 1999 when he turned 18 and discovered open source.

“Even after all these years, open source is still my passion. As an organisation, Obsidian has enabled me to live, breathe, and do everything on open source. It has been using open standards since it launched more than two decades ago. However, we needed to move into a new era for shipping features to our customers and a way of testing functionality on different platforms, always ensuring compliance. This is where Chef made our dreams a reality. Not only is the technology great, but the community surrounding it is one of its best features,” says Fischer.

He joins other international speakers that include Adam Jacob co-founder of Chef; Jennifer Davis from Microsoft; Nathan Harvey from Google, and John Willis from Botchagalupe Technologies for the three-day event that includes a variety of sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities.

For more information about ChefConf, visit https://chefconf.chef.io/.