A Taste of Platform: 5 Sessions from a Thriving Community

by September 4, 2013

Starting Sunday, September 8th, Platform: the Cloud Foundry Conference welcomes a worldwide group of over 400 dedicated developers and operators to Santa Clara for the first conference around the open source Platform as a Service (PaaS). The conference features leaders, contributors, and users who will cover tech topics, provide roadmaps, and share case studies in an environment designed for interaction and discussion. There is also a dedicated un-conference where attendees attend discussion topics they voted on.
Besides hosts GE, IBM, and Pivotal, companies like VMware, AppFog/Savvis, NTT, Tier 3, ThingWorx, Wipro, Anchora, Rakuten, Cloud Elements, Intel, AnyNines, and others will also be speaking.

Facilitating Open Community: an Interview with Andrew Clay Shafer

by August 1, 2013

While planning the first Platform conference, I asked Andrew Shafer for advice and to facilitate an unconference. I first met him at OSCON 2010 and have enjoyed Andrew’s thought provoking perspective ever since. I sat down with Andrew to learn more about his experience with conferences, communities, open source, business and his plans for the Platform unconference.
Andrew, most people who are following the cloud computing and devops storyline for the past few years probably know who you are, but why don’t we start with an introduction.
Right, I’m Andrew Clay Shafer (@littleidea). A lot of people know me as a co-founder of Puppet Labs, and for evangelizing devops, but I worked for a couple of funded startups before that.