[trip] CfgMgmtCamp 2016 report

Hi all, apolgies for the delay in finishing these emails :wink:

(This is the second entry of my coverage of the recent conference season.
See [1] for the FOSDEM coverage)

So immediately after FOSDEM we had CfgMgmtCamp in Ghent (1-2nd Feb) and as
ever, the event was fantastic. I split my time between the small stand we
had in the foyer, and the running the dedicated Foreman track in one of the
lecture theatres.

The track was just as epic as ever - over 200 people (one third of
attendees) expressed interest in our track, and the room was packed, right
up to the very last talk at 17:00. It was great to see the enthusiasm of
the attendees for all things Foreman. You can see talk topics at [2] if you
want to know what you missed. Sadly we didn't manage to get them recorded
though - it's on my notes for things to fix for the future.

The stand was always busy whenever I was there - just like FOSDEM we had a
mix of new users and old friends. Understandably (given the devops focus of
the event), there we less people who didn't know of Foreman at all, but
still plenty of opportunity to cover features or plugins that people
weren't aware of.

Of particular interest to me was the keynote demo of Ubuntu's MaaS and Juju
systems to provison a cluster-in-a-box at the front of the room. It
occurred to me that we have the exact same capabilities using Foreman
Discovery[3] and Deployments[4], but not so many people are familiar with
Deployments. Multi-host orchestration came up many times over the FOSDEM
and CfgMgmt days, so this is a story we need to tell, and it's something
I'm putting on my todo list to promote better.

There was also some discussion of getting Foreman represented in other
events - as a result of this, people are starting to come forward with
talks they're doing at other conferences, and even some event organisers
looking for Foreman speakers. This is great to see, and if you fall into
either of those categories, please do get in touch with me!

To sum up then, CfgMgmt remains our biggest conference, and it was great to
be involved again. It gets bigger every year, and I'm sure 2017 will be
epic once we get there :wink:

Please do feel free to add your own CfgMgmt thoughts to this thread - I've
love to know what you would change about how we ran our part of the


··· -- Greg IRC: gwmngilfen

[1] https://groups.google.com/d/topic/foreman-users/AbbzdHBixzk/discussion
[2] http://cfgmgmtcamp.eu/schedule/index.html#foreman
[3] Foreman :: Plugin Manuals
[4] https://github.com/theforeman/foreman_deployments