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Andrew is an enthusiastic open source advocate, with a background in systems administration and enterprise architecture. He's been in the IT and open source field for 17+ years spending most of his time in the Telecommunication and Energy industries. Andrew holds a B.Sc in Computer Science and a Master's certificate in Systems Design and Project Leadership. Andrew works for Red Hat as a Senior Solutions Architect helping cover Western Canada.
Great article Chris, thanks for sharing. I'm bookmarking this for future use!
I really enjoyed this article. What a great perspective on a journey to automated tooling out of utility and usefulness. I think IT staff sometimes adopt technology because it's trendy, not because it's particularly useful to them at that point in time.
You also illustrate the value of iteration in adoption: "Okay, now that I've done 'x' with this tool, what else can it do?". ie, Build a meaningful and manageable foundation, then iterate as concepts sink in and results start to metastasize.
One of my favourite things about Ansible is that it's very curmudgeon friendly. For sysadmins who've been using shells and SSH effectively for years, I've found Ansible a vastly easier transition than its competitors.