IN-PERSON EVENT

Ansible Automates 2023 - Chicago

September 21, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CT | Convene - Chicago

OVERVIEW

Ansible® Automates 2023 is an in-person and live stream conference hosted by Red Hat. The right IT automation solution can unify teams and processes across an organization, ultimately transforming the way IT is delivered.

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 #AnsibleAutomates2023 to learn how to create an automation-first approach for your organization. 

Who should attend?

#AnsibleAutomates2023 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.

Agenda

SESSION TIME
Forrester Executive Breakfast
Managing diverse and large IT environments manually is time-consuming, prone to errors, and security risks as vulnerabilities can’t be addressed in a timely manner. Leverage automation tools, drive your enterprises with speed towards an efficient, effective, and secure IT organization.
 
In this live interactive session, our guest speaker, Naveen Chhabra, Principal Analyst, Forrester, talks about current market challenges, the state of infrastructure automation, and the criteria for The Forrester Wave™: Infrastructure Automation, Q1 2023
 
Join us for this interactive session where Kaete Piccirilli, Director of Product Marketing will lead a panel discussion including Josh Woods, Regional Manager, Solutions Engineering from Dynatrace around automation trends and how they impact customers.
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
General registration and breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Introduction and Kickoff
Jered Cortez
10:00 AM- 10:05 AM
Take your IT Automation to the next level
Kaete Piccirilli, Director of Product Marketing
 
Automation is always an area of interest because of the strong benefits it provides – from efficiency and ROI to the ability to ensure consistency and resilience across IT operations. In this session, IT leaders can learn how IT automation is advancing to truly transform IT operational processes. We will cover some of our latest developments, including AI-driven content creation with Project Lightspeed that is based on IBM Watson Code Assistant, and the ability to automatically respond to changing IT conditions with Event-Driven Ansible so teams free time for innovation and can act quickly and consistently. By using these tools for any IT use case, you can document your operation in an actionable way, as part of Ops-As-Code model.
 
This session is for anyone interested in understanding how to transform IT operations, especially those chartered with creating and implementing an automation strategy.
10:05 AM – 10:30 AM
Achieving Modern IT through a Culture of Change
Damien Eversmann, Chief Architect, Education, Red Hat
 
If there’s one thing that the pandemic taught us, it’s that we should not put off till tomorrow what can be done today.  Because for all we know, tomorrow might be postponed for a few years.  In the IT world, modernization is one of those initiatives that we often put off till the absolute last minute, often to catastrophic results.  Achieving a culture of Continuous Modernization is one way to avoid that catastrophe.  There are many paths to Continuous Modernization and many steps along the paths, but automation features prominently in all of them.  Adopting an Enterprise IT Automation posture can start you in your journey to a culture of Continuous Modernization.
10:30 AM – 10:55 AM
Generative AI: The Ansible Way
Xavier Lecauchois, Sr Director Ansible Lightspeed
 
The generative AI revolution didn’t catch Red Hat Ansible by surprise. Far from it. We’ve been preparing for this moment since 2021, partnering with IBM Research over the last few years to develop a generative AI solution that enhances the Ansible experience. And we’ve done it the Ansible way, with a tight focus on automation, and a commitment to delivering a solution that the Ansible community can trust.
 
In this session, we’ll provide an overview of our new generative AI offering Ansible Lightspeed, through the lens of how it has been developed, the questions it addresses, and how it is poised to reshape the Ansible creation experience. 
10:55 AM – 11:20 AM
Break 11:20 AM – 11:30 AM
Getting started with Event-Driven Ansible
Joe Pisciotta, Principal Product Manager
 
IT organizations are continually looking for ways to more efficiently deliver IT services to their businesses and automation has come in to fill a key need.  It can help teams automate the routine tasks so there is more time for innovation, ensure consistent change, and help ensure overall resilience. With Event-Driven Ansible, teams can now complete key tasks automatically, whether this is resetting a router in the middle of the night or automatically responding to conditions when they occur for speed and resilience.
 
Learn what event-driven automation is and how to get started.  We will share technical details and describe it flexible architecture, then explain briefly customer experiences. 
11:30 AM – 11:55 AM
Why cloud automation is important in a hybrid world
Matthew Packer, Principle Product Marketing Manager
 
Cloud environments add an additional layer of complexity to infrastructure, network, application, and user administration. Automation can unite hybrid cloud management under a single set of processes and policies to improve consistency, scalability, and speed. ​​Red Hat® Ansible® Automation Platform (AAP) can simplify how you provision, configure, and manage cloud infrastructure, streamlining and operationalizing activities across multiple platforms and services.
 
In this session we’ll discuss the trends driving hybrid cloud automation, how AAP can automate your hybrid environments, and how AAP is now available on AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud and what those offers entail.
11:55 AM – 12:15 PM
Lunch 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Red Hat Services - Engagement, Enablement and Use Cases
Garrett Nekic & Sean Cheema, Territory Services Managers, Red Hat
 
Garret and Sean will share some of the most memorable Ansible use cases they have recently implemented in the midwest region, including;
--A retail point of sale engagement where Ansible was used to provision applications using RHEL for Edge.
--A manufacturing example where we are using Ansible to provide pre-created playbooks to our client’s customer to update manufacturing control software.
--Additional automation journeys
Additionally, they will discuss automation challenges they are still seeing in the field and will provide direction on how to create a cohesive automation strategy across your organization.
1:15 PM - 1:40 PM
Configuration as Code for Ansible Automation Platform - Learn to trust the code and never need to touch the GUI again
Sean Sullivan, Consultant, Red Hat Consulting
 
Configuration as Code(CasC) is becoming the way to maintain all your infrastructure. This Presentation will provide an overview and demonstrate how to use CasC to maintain your deployment of AAP. It will cover the basics of Configuring your Automation controller, with validated content collections. The principles covered will help to prevent drift in configuration, allow changes to require approval before implementation, and help to maintain both a development and prod deployment.
1:40 PM – 2:05 PM
Creating an Automation Platform for IT Support
Nick Rubin, Enterprise Automation Specialist, Red Hat North America Public Sector
 
Many times, we talk about Automation benefits for proactive tasks such as deployment, patching and updating, configuration management, etc. With Event-Driven Ansible, we now have the capability to automate remediation tasks related to events that occur unexpectedly, which builds upon Ansible’s robust capabilities. Let's explore how you can use Ansible Automation Platform to integrate with SNOW and other ITSM tools to help IT support be more efficient in handling repetitive tasks that steal our time!
2:05 PM - 2:30 PM
Break 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Observability Automation: React Before the Humans Can
Ash Davis, Principal Solutions Specialist, Red Hat North America Technical Sales
 
Prior to today’s rich observability tools, we often found we didn’t know what we didn’t know about our environments. In many cases today, however, many find themselves inundated in data - effectively not knowing what they DO know. The reality is humans cannot respond in time to rapidly scaling observability data… but Ansible can. This talk will expand on why automating remediations is paramount to IT agility and will line out some places to get started, and what we have to look forward to in the future.
2:45 PM - 3:10 PM
Partner Panel - Q&A with Ahead, CDW, and F5
 
Nothing beats hearing how things work in the real world. This interactive panel will discuss how they see customers using automation to drive innovation, where they are getting value, expanding usage and best practices.
3:10 PM - 3:40 PM
Happy Hour
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

Location
Convene - Chicago
333 N Green St
Chicago, Illinois 60607

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.
Convene at 333 North Green Street is located between West Wayman Street and West Kinzie Street in the Fulton Market District near the following subway stations:
  • Halsted & Fulton Market
Nearby subway lines:
  • Morgan Station
  • Grand Station

Event time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CT

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