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Introducing Our Newest CDF Ambassador – Mitesh Soni

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Hey there! I am Mitesh, a new CD Foundation Ambassador from Mumbai in India. I am also DevOps Institute Ambassador, DevOps enthusiast and love this culture transformation initiative. 

I love to give technical training on Jenkins and Azure DevOps to beginners and share knowledge with the community. I like to walk in the Garden, love to click photographs, and enjoy cycling. I prefer to spend time in peaceful places. I prefer to be child-like and childish at times. The following photograph is proof of that. Even the person who was clicking it was embarrassed as people were watching my antics. 

I am Certified SAFe 5 DevOps Practitioner, Certified Jenkins Engineer (CJE), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), IBM Bluemix Certified Professional, IBM Urbancode Deploy Certified Professional, VCP410 – VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4, Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP), and Sun Certified Web Component Developer (SCWCD).

I’m happy to have this opportunity to work with the Continuous Delivery community. I love the podcast and blogs contributed by Continuous Delivery Foundation. I am excited to contribute blogs and in other ways to Continuous Delivery Foundation. 

I have authored books such as Agile, DevOps and Cloud Computing with Microsoft Azure and Hands-on Azure DevOps

I’m excited to be contributing to this community and meeting new people and learning new things. Find me on my Blog, LinkedIn here and Twitter here.

Introducing Our Newest CDF Ambassador – Romnick Acabado

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Hi CI/CD Fans,

I’m Romnick Acabado, a DevOps Leader and IT Manager from Lingaro Philippines. I use my strengths, passion, and purpose in exploring, learning, and sharing DevOps practices to improve the lives of the people who are involved within the flow of business ideas to the best quality of user experience.

In short, I would like to help to improve the lives of people all over the world through modern IT.

This year marks my tenth year in my IT professional career. Learning DevOps practices becomes my priority as we call our team a “DevOps Team.”

Everything starts with awareness, and you will only know your team’s position, validate your overall experience and challenges on something when you are exposed to the external community.

When I was studying, I was very active in joining student societies to give additional value to our community. I have never imagined that I could continue it in the corporate world because of my doubts.

Last 2019, I worked a lot on how I can improve my confidence, and I believe that the actions that I took helped me to believe in myself, leverage my strengths (analytical, responsibility, relater, communication & learning) and competencies while outworking my potentials. So in the latter part of 2019, I found the Ambassador Program of DevOps Institute, and I tried to sign-up. Forest Jing and Dheeraj Nayal were too accommodating to assist me in the process. I have been a fan of the learning model of 70-20-10, where 20% of learning a skill usually comes from your relationship and connections to experts, so I thought that it is about time not to limit my connections within my company. Luckily, I was selected, and I have successfully joined the program.

I have focused on improving myself and continuously be an asset wherever I am engaged, and I am happy that the DOI’s Chief Ambassador has recognized it:

As I continue to build my branding and represent our organization in DevOps, I have embraced my role as one of the leaders in the Philippines to support and promote the DevOps movement.

I created a website, where I share my exploration and DevOps journey. I also maintain a Facebook and Twitter account.

You can also join my Meetup group DevOps SKIL Up PH, where I want to build a community of DevOps practitioners and leaders in our country to help each other through upskilling.

I’m joining the CDF as an ambassador because I believe that DOI and what they advocate are intersecting. I even see my co-ambassadors in both communities. I am confident that through CDF, I will be able to learn more and share my knowledge about CI/CD tools, which are essential in the DevOps design.

I also see the alignment of my vision, mission, and my values about creativity, being solution-oriented and collaborative in these communities.

Being a life-long learner, I know that I will continue to learn with the experts in this community, and I will be able to give value as well through my time and expertise. It’s always fun to be surrounded by like-minded DevOps professionals.

For the past months, I was able to join the DevOps summit and panel discussion in our DevOps communities at the DevOps Summit in April 2020 and DevOps India Summit. I’ll also be speaking at the DevOps upcoming Virtual DevOps Summit on November 2-3.

You can connect to me through my LinkedIn account for future collaboration about DevOps, CI/CD, or analytics solutions.

Good luck to your DevOps journey and see you at future CDF events. It’s my pleasure to represent and be part of this great community! 😉

Introducing Our Newest CDF Ambassador – Steven Terrana

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Heyyo!

My name is Steven Terrana. It’s great to be here! I’m currently a DevSecOps & Platforms Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton.

My day to day largely consists of working with teams to implement large-scale CI/CD pipelines using Jenkins, implementing DevSecOps principles, and adopting all the buzzwords :).

Through experiencing all of the pains associated with the “large-scale” pipeline development, I developed the Jenkins Templating Engine: a Jenkins plugin that allows users to stop copying and pasting Jenkinsfiles by creating tool-agnostic, pipeline templates that can be shared across teams enabling organizational governance while optimizing for developer autonomy. If that sounds cool, you can check out the Jenkins Online Meetup.

You can probably find me somewhere in the Jenkins community. I help drive the Pipeline Authoring SIG and contribute to community plugins and pipeline documentation where I can.

I’m excited to be a part of an organization in CDF that’s helping to establish best practices, propel the adoption of continuous delivery tooling, and facilitate interoperability across emerging technologies to streamline software delivery.

Oh, yeah, and I have two cats and a turtle. Meet James Bond, GG, and Sheldon:

Follow me on Twitter @steven_terrana

Introducing Our Newest CDF Ambassador – Oscar Medina

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Oscar Medina, and I am thrilled to be part of this fantastic community. I have spent over 22 years in the technology industry, and have seen things come and go.

One thing that excites me these days (aside from the plethora of outdoor activities), is the paradigm shift I’ve seen throughout my career when it comes to systems architecture.  

Microservices and container orchestration is not going away as other things have. This is why I am committed to spreading the word and helping educate folks on what the Continuous Delivery Foundation is all about.

Over the past 4.5 years or so, I have spent a lot of time in the open-source world. I am currently a Developer Advocate for the Jenkins X project, which is also now under the CD Foundation umbrella along with other projects such as Spinnaker, Jenkins, Tekton, and Jenkins X, of course.

I look forward to meeting you at different organized events, virtual or hopefully in person in the future.

Standup Paddle Boarding on Lake Tahoe, California

My coding buddy, Ginger loves the outdoors too!

Cheers,
Oscar

Introducing our newest CDF Ambassador – Dheeraj Nayal

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Hello CDF Members,

This is Dheeraj Nayal located in India.

I am so excited to engage with all of you members associated with the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF) as a newly appointed CDF Ambassador. 

Let me introduce myself to you !

I am currently working full-time as the Global community Ambassador and Region Head of APJ & MEA region at DevOps Institute, which is the world’s fastest and largest growing DevOps professional’s association consisting of vibrant Humans of DevOps community located worldwide.

I hold expertise as an emerging best practices evangelist and in building massive global, social and online communities with the commitment to connect the Humans of DevOps and Modern IT to advance the Skills, Knowledge, Ideas & Learning (SKIL) with ease, sharing and extensive collaboration. I am a frequent Speaker at local and international conferences and also the Core organizer of Global SKILup Day and Chief Evangelist of Ambassador program by DevOps Institute. Some of my public presentations are also available on YouTube for reference.  I am passionate about engaging with various community members & leaders spanned across Industries and domains worldwide.

In 2019, I traversed across the world for various speaking and organizing engagements for the community & Partners with key regions like US, Europe and executed a Asia-Pacific roadshow spanning across India, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia & New Zealand. Some of the glimpses from last year engagements while you can find more on my LinkedIn updates.

I am so excited to associate with CDF as an Ambassador for a variety of reasons. The core values of CDF with an Open-governance and vendor neutral model and providing guidance and resources to foster collaboration and eventually empowering developers, teams to produce and release high quality software is an unprecedented and fantastic initiative.

Since, I have been part of the global communities across multiple domains and regions as a member, facilitator, committee members, organizer – I am enthusiastic to contribute and support the global community of CD Foundation. As a CDF Ambassador, I would like to amplify and resonate the core values of CD Foundation to reach wider audience and networks while building an inclusive community of developers, vendors, Industry Partners, members and end users facilitating sustainable projects that are part of the broad and growing continuous delivery ecosystem.

I would love to engage with each one of you actively across platforms either in your nearby locations or at an upcoming Conferences or meetups or Online summit where I am either participating, speaking or organizing. There is so much to look forward to and so much more to share, learn and advance together as the Humans of CD Foundations. You can find me in some of the upcoming conferences or meetups below which are confirmed and also can connect with me on LinkedIn or Twitter with below details.

Twitter : @HumanOfDevOps

LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/dheerajnayal/

Upcoming confirmed events in 2020 where you can find me: 

Welcome our first cohort of CDF Community Ambassadors!

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By Jacqueline Salinas, CDF Director of Ecosystem & Community Development

Dear CDF Members –

Please welcome the first cohort of CDF Community Ambassadors (CDF CA)! You might be wondering what exactly is a CDF Community Ambassador (CDF CA)? Well, a CA is a passionate volunteer, representative of CDF, and Meetup super host & organizer. The vision of the CA program is to help grow the network of passionate CI/CD communities and connect them through various efforts that the CD Foundation is launching in 2020. The CD Foundation sees these CA’s as the troops on the ground rallying the community together. They are stewards of CI/CD education & best practices for their local community, active open source project contributors, and leaders helping drive awareness of open source projects.

These 13 folks have stepped up and committed to helping grow awareness about the CD Foundation, as well as, help us deploy new Meetup user groups in new locations as an effort to drive more events globally. These CA’s will continue to deliver CI/CD education to their local community and most importantly help recruit new Meetup members. These volunteers are vital to the CI/CD community and to the CD Foundation! Help me give them a warm welcome to the CD Foundation community. To help you get to know our CDF Community Ambassadors better, look for their individual blogs coming in the next few weeks.

Discover your local CI/CD Meetup Group here.

Prefer a more active role? Learn more about what it takes to become a CDF Community Ambassador. Here’s more about what the role of the CDF Community Ambassador entails:

o   The Community Go-To Resource for People Interested in CDF

As a Community Ambassador, you will be an important resource to people interested in the CDF and its corresponding projects. We will provide you with training on how to best represent the CDF and provide discount codes for you to attend CDF-sponsored events.

o   Help Local Users Learn More About CDF

As a Community Ambassador, you will organize and host a local CDF Users Group meetup. The CDF will provide resources to help you set up your meetup and ongoing support such as swag credits and reimbursements for costs associated with running a community event.

o   Represent the Community Publicly

As a Community Ambassador, you will be a public-facing community representative. You can choose the way you are most comfortable representing CDF whether that’s through public speaking or written content such as blogs. We will work with you to find the best fit and provide you with resources to help you be successful as either a speaker, a writer, or both!

Apply here: https://forms.gle/Wo71QJMiBnoGfbLE7