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OSMC 2022 | The Countdown is on!

Wohoo! 🥳  It’s just one more week until our long-awaited Open Source Monitoring Conference is going to start. Our team’s preparations are in full swing and we’re super excited and happy to finally meet the whole OSMC community here in Nuremberg.

Anticipation is half the pleasure – and that’s why I’d like to share my motivation with you to bring you in the right mood.

Let’s start with our traditional OSMC Countdown!

 

7 – Get your Ticket

First things first: For joining our conference you have to save your personal ticket. For all of you who haven’t done so yet, here’s a little reminder: Our ticket sale is still running. So, grab one of our very last tickets to be sold and you will be part of OSMC 2022 starting next week!

 

6 – Download the Conference App

As every year we highly recommend using our OSMC Conference App. It allows you to find all the relevant information and latest news, room scheduling, speakers etc. – compactly and easily in one place. You can also choose your favorite lectures and create your own individual OSMC program! What are you waiting for? Download our app for free!

 

5 – Get inspired

Get ready to gain valuable expert know-how about the latest open source monitoring solutions. Keep up with current trends and developments in this area and benefit by our speaker talks! You will go home with at least 3 inspiring ideas about how to improve the monitoring of your IT infrastructure.

 

4 – Open your Minds

OSMC stands out for its great community that has developed over the last 15 years. Look forward to getting in contact with lots of open minded people. Networking and socializing is the motto in our free spaces.

 

3 – Get surprised by our Specials

OSMC 2022 is full of surprises! As a change to our technical lecture program, we have prepared two outstanding surprises for during the breaks. We do not want to reveal too much about our specials but a few tips you get: fun is pre-programmed – it’s is adapted to human size – there will be no one who does not want to try it out.

 

2 – Work hard, Party harder

The OSMC evening event will take place at a great spot again: the KORN’S. All of our participants are invited to a relaxed and convivial conclusion of the first conference day. Take the opportunity to socialize in a casual setting. Enjoy a great dinner and drinks event! By the way, a surprise will also await you here!

 

1 – Pack your Bags and Off You Go!

The last step is the most important: We want you! So grab your bag, your ticket and lots of good mood and get on your way to Nuremberg. We wish all of you a safe and comfortable journey to OSMC 2022!

 

By the way: you’re invited to follow our Twitter and Instagram Account to get the latest news about what’s currently going on at the conference. So follow us and make sure not to miss any OSMC highlight!

 

Katja Kotschenreuther
Katja Kotschenreuther
Marketing Manager

Katja ist seit Oktober 2020 Teil des Marketing Teams. Als Online Marketing Managerin kümmert sie sich neben der Optimierung unserer Websites und Social Media Kampagnen hauptsächlich um die Bewerbung unserer Konferenzen und Trainings. In ihrer Freizeit ist sie immer auf der Suche nach neuen Geocaches, bereist gern die Welt, knuddelt alle Tierkinder, die ihr über den Weg laufen und stattet ihrer niederbayrischen Heimat Passau regelmäßig Besuche ab.

NETWAYS Web Services at OSMC 2022

A Highlight Coming Up

As 2022 is in its last quarter, this year’s event season is also slowly coming to an end. But there’s one last big highlight awaiting us all! After having been to OpenInfra Summit, KubeCon and stackconf (see the flashback below), NWS is now looking forward to attending OSMC as Silver Sponsor! The Open Source Monitoring Conference will take place in Nuremberg from November 14 – 16.

It was a blast at #stackconf – let’s wrap it up with a #team foto!

Lots of interesting connections, insightful talks from great speakers and the #OpenSource #Infrastructure community made this #conference one to remember! Thanks for the amazing time and until next year! pic.twitter.com/4wpe2H1ISY

— NETWAYS Web Services (@NetwaysCloud) July 20, 2022

 

Who is going?

All good things are three – and sometimes eleven! In addition to myself, Georg, Marc, Michael, Achim, Dominik, Justin, Martin and Jonas will be attending OSMC, plus Leonie and Stefan from the Sales Team. We’ll certainly have other team members keeping the business running smoothly and making sure, any open issues from our customers are being answered.

 

What can you expect?

I am excited to meet lots of interesting people and get into a chat with them, share experiences and opinions, etc. Of course, the OSMC program with the outstanding selection of speakers is also something we can all look forward to! My personal highlights this year will be Pascal Fries talking about „Monitoring multiple Kubernets Clusters with Thanos“ and George Hantzaras talking about „Scaling SLOs with Kubernetes and Cloud Native Observability“. What are yours?

On top of that, we’re planning a few cool things that you can definitely count on – make sure to stop by our booth!

Why should you attend?

What will your take aways and experiences be? Learn, which monitoring and observability solutions are available and how they can best be integrated with other tools.
Besides the main conference, there are also workshops about Kubernetes and more on November 14th. Other than that, the evening event is always a highligh and the perfect opportunity to round up the first conference day on November 15th with great food, drinks and a good time! Trust me: been there, done that 🙂
So, these should be enough reasons for you to be part of the extraordinary event, right? We sure hope to see you around!

Follow us on Twitter to get some first hand impressions of our experience at OSMC 2022!

 

Sebastian Saemann
Sebastian Saemann
Head of Managed Services

Sebastian kam von einem großen deutschen Hostingprovider zu NETWAYS, weil ihm dort zu langweilig war. Bei uns kann er sich nun besser verwirklichen, denn er leitet das Managed Services Team. Wenn er nicht gerade Cloud-Komponenten patched, versucht er mit seinem Motorrad einen neuen Rundenrekord aufzustellen.

OSMC 2022 | Last Tickets – Get yours now!

Time flies and in less than a month OSMC will finally take place! We’re super excited about this year’s edition of the event and already look forward to meeting you and the whole community again here in Nuremberg.

 

Last Call for Tickets!

For all of you who haven’t saved their ticket yet, here’s our last reminder:

Until October 31 it’s still possible to grab one of our last tickets for OSMC 2022.

Don’t hesitate anymore. Make sure to be part of the coolest and most inspiring Open Source Monitoring Event.

Save your seat!

 

You want even more?

In case you want to enjoy the full OSMC experience, I can highly recommend our beloved workshops. This year you have the opportunity to extend your knowledge on the following topics:

Kubernetes | Build your K8s knowledge cluster

Prometheus | Be ready to discover a new and very effective approach to monitoring

GitLab | Introduction into the Git and GitLab basics

Icinga Director | Introduction into Icinga Director and Director Branches

These courses will take place on the first conference day – on November 14. To provide a comprehensive training success, the number of participants is limited. So, use your chance and save a ticket for your favourite workshop!

 

Why OSMC? This is why!

OSMC differs from other IT conferences in many ways. Benefit by its great community that has developed over the last 15 years. Learn from other IT engineers and architects and get inspired by well-known expert speakers. The conference also provides lots of space for networking, socializing, and getting in contact with more than 300 like-minded international attendees.

 

Convinced? We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

Katja Kotschenreuther
Katja Kotschenreuther
Marketing Manager

Katja ist seit Oktober 2020 Teil des Marketing Teams. Als Online Marketing Managerin kümmert sie sich neben der Optimierung unserer Websites und Social Media Kampagnen hauptsächlich um die Bewerbung unserer Konferenzen und Trainings. In ihrer Freizeit ist sie immer auf der Suche nach neuen Geocaches, bereist gern die Welt, knuddelt alle Tierkinder, die ihr über den Weg laufen und stattet ihrer niederbayrischen Heimat Passau regelmäßig Besuche ab.

OSMC 2021 | Still directing the director… and more!

OSMC 2021 has brought many insights into latest monitoring trends and we’re still amazed about that great on-site event last autmn. We’re happy to had a big amount of international attendees, 28 top-level speakers and not to forget our much valued sponsors on bord – in short: we’re grateful for everyone who made OSMC 2021 a special and an exciting event once again!

For all of you who would like to listen to last year’s experts sessions as a follow-up, I’ve created this blog series. It reminds you bi-weekly of one of our OSMC lectures including its video recording.

Today it’s all about Daniel Uhlmann and Sebastian Gumprich with their talk Still directing the director… and more!“ Daniel and Sebastian tell you how they automated the monitoring of their services using their self-written Ansible collections.

Enjoy their lecture!

 

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OSMC 2022 is just around the corner! Get one of our last tickets for the event and join us from November 14-16.

We’re looking forward to meeting you all again this autumn in Nuremberg.

Stay tuned!

Katja Kotschenreuther
Katja Kotschenreuther
Marketing Manager

Katja ist seit Oktober 2020 Teil des Marketing Teams. Als Online Marketing Managerin kümmert sie sich neben der Optimierung unserer Websites und Social Media Kampagnen hauptsächlich um die Bewerbung unserer Konferenzen und Trainings. In ihrer Freizeit ist sie immer auf der Suche nach neuen Geocaches, bereist gern die Welt, knuddelt alle Tierkinder, die ihr über den Weg laufen und stattet ihrer niederbayrischen Heimat Passau regelmäßig Besuche ab.

stackconf 2022 | How to Be a Good Corporate Citizen in Open Source

Dr. Dawn Foster is a unix sysadmin for VMware, did her doctorate on linux kernel development and has been following her tech career for over twenty years! Her main focus is community and open source work. In her talk she enlightened us about how to be a Good Corporate Citizen. If you would prefer to watch a recording head on over to YouTube to listen to her talk – or if you prefer to read all about it, go ahead and read on!

This is what I’ve learned from Dawn in her talk „How to Be a Good Corporate Citizen in Open Source„:

Collaboration in OSS Projects: Individuals, Companies, Communities

Intro Slide with Pictures of Dr Foster

Open source communities have a variety of different people involved.

A project has developers, a release team, localisation and translation teams, marketing, community managers, tech writers, users and lots of other people involved. All of these people are working together as one community towards the goal of a good project.

 

Balance

This community that works on the project is what makes the decisions on where the project goes, an outside corporate entity can not force them to adapt changes they don’t want – or that go against the direction of the project. As a company, you need to align your needs with the needs of the project. This is important to understand when making contributions, so you don’t put your employees in a position where they have to either do harm to the project or their employment.

Contribution Strategy and Plans

Aligning Goals

The first and most important step is to make sure that your companies and the project’s goal are in alignment. If this is the case, it will be so much easier to justify putting resources and effort into the project. It also makes it easier to make the team that works on the project understand the importance of their work.

Finding and focusing on projects is an important point. Look at your operations team and what tools they use – those might be a great fit to support. Are there development or deployment tools that are open source and you could support? These questions can help you figure out what to support, in order to make a better point to your superiors to help support those projects.

Communication

Make sure that all of your teams that work on open source projects communicate with each other, to avoid having conflicts in public open source projects. If your vision is aligned, you will have a lot fewer issues. You can even help organise meetups, provide discussion channels and events to further help foster productive discourse.

Which Projects?

Slide "Which Projects?"

After you know which projects to support, you need people to contribute. Maybe you already have people that have contributed in the past. Keep in mind that contributing to open source projects needs a different skill set than working on internal projects – they need to for example be comfortable receiving and reacting to feedback in public.

Staffing

You can also hire people that are already contributing to those projects – but you might need to be careful with that, because you do not want to get the reputation to aggressively poach contributors from projects. It requires a bit of nuance to make it known that you are hiring for a project, without coming across too strong.

Guidelines

Having guidelines and best practices ready for people to engage in open source projects. Try to find a good balance between providing help and guidance and not being too overbearing or scaring your employees away from making contributions. Help engineers understand what they want to do and why.

Measure Success

You also want to make sure you can measure outcomes and results. How do you pull that kind of data? It really depends on what you want to achieve – examples would be: for the goal „improving performance“ check the softwares performance data. For the goal „gain influence“ check your employees in meaningful positions in the project. You might also want to overmeasure a little bit, to have some extra data at hand, in case your focus shifts in the future.

Making Contributions as a Good Corporate Citizen in OSS

Slide "Getting Started"Before hopping into a new project, you might want to look around a little and understand how the community works and feel around a little. Look at the documentation, especially at the contribution docs and the code of conduct. All projects work differently and understanding how things work to not violate any community norms.

Start with small contributions and work your way up, instead of just working on a big addition to the project and just dumping them unannounced.

 Learn from Feedback

When you start participating in a project you need to expect feedback. Sometimes feedback will be kind, sometimes it will be worded a bit more harshly. What you need to do is stay focused on what changes you need to make on your contribution, stay kind and maybe have someone proofread what you write to catch any unwanted harshness in how you write your answers. Try not getting defensive and iterate on what you mean.

Work with the Community

You might want to connect with people that worked on similar areas that you are touching on, and collaborate. Get in touch with the people who run a project and discuss strategies with them, to offer better help and be more productive in the process!

Break up your work into smaller contributions to make it easier for the maintainers to work with you and to iterate through the process.

Remember that you have a lot less control over other people working on the project, unlike in a company where you are able to escalate issues to managers. Meet people where they are and be kind!

Relationships

Having good relationships with people you collaborate with makes it a lot more easy and fun to work together. Conferences and meetups are very important to solve issues when you can talk about something in person. Knowing the human being behind the other side of your screen can make a big difference! When you need to do something new, or have questions – having someone you know that can put you in the right direction is an incredibly valuable thing to have.

Upstream your Patches

When you maintain your patches internally, every time the project has an update there is a risk that someone will forget to apply them, or has to fix places that were touched by the upstream and the patch. If you get your patches in the upstream repository you will not run into those issues and you might help other people with them as well!

Maintenance Expectations

If you are adding larger features to a project’s codebase, make sure that you can help with its maintenance and have someone constantly assigned to that task. If you make additions to a project and then bail on it, you create a big workload for the maintainers, which will make you and your organisation look bad and future contributions to this or other projects will be a lot less well received.

Open Source Your Software

If you are open sourcing your projects, don’t just dump dead projects onto the internet and hope someone is going to take over. This is at best naive, and will also make your company look bad. Take care of your software, just the same way you would under a proprietary licence!
Maintaining a project with the community involved is a lot of work, but it pays off in the long run. Tend to your pull requests and issues and you will reap the hard work others have put into it.

If you have read through this all, you’ll be happy to hear that there is more content like this on this blog – or if you also enjoy a video about it, check out our YouTube channel with lots of recordings from our conferences!

Take a look at our conference website to learn more about stackconf, check out the archives and register for our newsletter to stay tuned!

Feu Mourek
Feu Mourek
Developer Advocate

Feu verbrachte seine Kindheit im schönen Steigerwald, bevor es sich aufmachte die Welt zu Erkunden. Seit September 2016 unterstützt es Icinga zunächst als Developer und seit 2020 als Developer Advocate, und NETWAYS als Git und GitLab Trainer. Seine Freizeit verbringt es hauptsächlich damit Video-, und Pen and Paper Rollenspiele zu spielen, sich Häuser zu designen (die es sich nie leisten können wird) oder ganz lässig mit seinem Cabrio durch die Gegend zu düsen.