in-person Event

Ansible Automates Toronto

April 18, 2024 | 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM ET | Toronto, Ontario


Ansible® Automates is a full-day in-person conference with Ansible experts and industry thought leaders presenting trending automation topics that will help your organization deliver the right automation strategy and achieve success in the constantly evolving world. 
Red Hat® Ansible Automation Platform supports extensive possibilities and is designed with hybrid cloud infrastructure in mind. It is a flexible, scalable, and multifaceted automation solution that works across your enterprise, wherever your organization might be in its automation journey. 

Why attend?
Join #AnsibleAutomates2024 to learn how to create an automation-first approach for your organization. 
Who should attend?
#AnsibleAutomates2024 is for IT business leaders and their teams:
  • IT decision makers
  • IT operations leaders and managers
  • DevOps leads
  • Enterprise architects
  • IT Ops Directors, Vice Presidents
  • Chief information Officers
  • Security professionals, and anyone interested in IT automation.
This event is not meant to provide technical instruction and training on Ansible Automation Platform. For all technical training, please view our Red Hat Training courses or our Ansible technical workshops.


Registration & breakfast 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Introduction and housekeeping
Walter Bentley Event Emcee + Intel Speaker
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Keynote: Automation as the key to unlocking the potential of AI for Enterprise IT
Walter Bentley, Catalyst Strategy Director, Ansible BU

If you’re a leader in the technology industry, all you’ve heard in the past year is that AI is going to change everything. And that may well be true! But AI cannot - and will not - magically fix broken IT ops. Trying to incorporate AI into an enterprise stack that is siloed, poorly orchestrated, and lacks consistent governance is a recipe for disaster.

While the “AI revolution” gets all the buzz, there is another wave of transformation happening to help pave the way for successful enterprise-wide adoption of AI. We call it “mission-critical automation,” which is a strategic mindset shift focused on helping organizations establish a more reliable, consistent, and compliant IT ops foundation for sustainable success with AI.

In this session, we’ll share the Red Hat vision for mission-critical automation, highlight how some of our customers are putting it into action, and outline how automation can help your organization be better prepared for successful AI adoption with Ansible.

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Partner panel: Delivering on the full promise of IT automation 
Krishna Venkataraman, Technical Specialist, Microsoft 
Michael Kennedy, VP of Platform Engineering, Arctiq
Manav Gupta, VP & DE, CTO Technical Sales, Canada, IBM
Cory Vokey, Sr. Director Technology Sales - Canada, Red Hat
David Jones, RVP Solution Engineering,  Dynatrace
As the complexities of modern infrastructure, applications, security, and hybrid cloud environments continue to grow, IT organizations will require a comprehensive automation strategy. Join this session to gain insights from leading IT leaders at Microsoft, IBM, Dynatrace, and Arctiq on how they're expediting business outcomes and optimizing workloads to fulfill the potential of IT automation.
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Coffee break 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Self-healing Auto-remediation in Dynatrace Automation Workflows using Ansible
Rohan Shah, Sr. Manager, Site Reliability Engineering, Center of Excellence & Innovation, Bank of Montreal 
Leveraging Configuration as Code and Observability in an automated workflow to log and remediate unauthorized changes and configuration drift with Dynatrace and Ansible Automation Platform.
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Accelerating automation in your organization through Community of Practice
Piyush Patel, Sr. Manager - Automation Practice, Red Hat
Automation is no longer a nice to have, it has become a key component of any transformation or modernization effort. This is why Ansible is in the top quadrant by Gartner. To gain the real benefits of Ansible one has to see it as an automation framework rather than just another tool. The new architecture of Ansible automation platform was designed with these key factors; Velocity Collaboration and Enterprise grade. To mature and grow in this journey Red Hat promotes building a Community of Practice(CoP) around automation. Everyone has heard of the Center of Excellence where you have one team or group who are the experts. To be able to scale this needs to be transformed into a Community where everyone can come to contribute and collaborate. In this session, we will highlight how Red Hat can help you along this path and how to promote and build a CoP around Ansible Automation.
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Lunch 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
No more tickets: Observability and Event-Driven Automation 
Patrick Toal, Senior Specialist Solution Architect, Ansible, Red Hat
You will leave this session with inspiration to take your automation to the next level with Event-Driven Ansible.  You probably won't eliminate tickets, but you can reduce their number, reduce the MTTR, and reduce on-call hours.  The path to AIOps involves automating your operations.  You will hear about how you can integrate your observability and operations.  You will see a demo of Prometheus, Grafana, Loki, sending Alerts to Ansible EDA controller, and running playbooks to automatically remediate common issues, like disk full, certificate expiry, and more.
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Automation development practices: Linting and testing
Phil Avery, Principal Solution Architect, Ansible, Red Hat
Learn how to implement Ansible Linting to ensure good code as defined by your organization to your developers in both real time and when code gets pushed to source control. You will also learn how molecules can be used to not only ensure that the code is correct but run unit tests to confirm the playbooks and roles behave as needed. This is incredibly useful when doing life cycle management. 
2:00 PM – 2:35 PM
Coffee break
2:35 PM – 2:50 PM
Mission critical cloud automation 
Alex Laidlaw, Automation Specialist, Solutions Architect, Red Hat
Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform features, capabilities, and tooling come together to empower organizations to take on their biggest operational challenges with hybrid cloud automation. Many, now recognize that automation is a strategic imperative and critical to the success of IT and the business. We’ll introduce you to the latest innovations in Ansible Automation Platform, and we’ll discuss how we leverage generative AI for automation content with Ansible Lightspeed, and other capabilities like Event-Driven Ansible, automation content, and Ansible on Clouds.
2:50 PM – 3:35 PM
The business value of automation
Allen Oh, Business Value Senior Manager, Red Hat

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, organizations face the constant challenge of streamlining operations, enhancing efficiency, and staying competitive. The Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform emerges as a strategic enabler for organizations seeking to revolutionize their operations. From automating routine tasks to orchestrating complex workflows, Ansible Automation Platform provides a unified solution that simplifies management, fosters collaboration, and drives business growth.

Through an exploration of its key features and capabilities, attendees will gain insights into how this platform drives innovation, accelerates time-to-market, and maximizes resource utilization.Whether you're a CTO seeking to modernize IT infrastructure or a business leader striving for competitive advantage, this presentation illuminates the path to unlocking the full potential of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform in driving business success.

3:35 PM – 4:20 PM
Happy hour “networking reception” 4:20 PM - 5:30 PM

Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front St W
Toronto, Ontario M5J 1E3

Red Hat is committed to the health and safety of our customers, partners, and employees. All attendees will be expected to follow Red Hat and local guidelines regarding COVID-19. Please do not attend if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of a viral infection. Please note that all protocols are subject to change.

Time: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (GMT-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024

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