Introduction to GitOps

Session Category Development & Performance Room 159 Audience All Attendees Time Slot Sat 9:45am to 10:30am (2/18/23)

Most organizations are facing ever-tightening budgets, while demands on Marketing and Communications (MarComm) increase at an even greater rate. Combine MarComm's need for agility and speed with IT's desire for long-term stability, and you end up with a recipe for frustration, in-fighting, and ultimately missed opportunities. How can institutions balance these competing demands, while also facing a budget shortage? Enter GitOps, an evolution of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and DevOps best practices.

In this session, we'll:

  • Explore the idea of GitOps, using Git as the single source of truth
  • Discuss the principles, processes, and practices of building a GitOps workflow
  • Explore if GitOps is right for your team (if your infrastructure is already in the cloud, then the answer is most likely "yes")
  • Demonstrate how GitOps can empower your MarComm developers to respond to requests faster, improve security and reliability, and ultimately do more with less.

To the selection committee:
GitOps provides numerous benefits to organizations including a better developer experience, faster deployments, standardization, consistency, reliability, improved security, and compliance. All things most organizations so desperately need. In talking with developers, they often describe the very challenges that GitOps solves. My hope with this presentation is to expose this concept to developers and administrators who may be unfamiliar with the concept.

Youtube Video
Slides PDF format: Introduction to GitOps.pdf (4.55 MB)

About the Speaker

Paul Gilzow

Developer Relations Engineer at

Columbia, MO

Developer Relations Engineer at Former Programmer/Analyst-Principal at the University of Missouri. Web application security and accessibility evangelist. Software instructor. Conference lecturer and presenter. Runs on passion and coffee. Outside of work, you'll find Gilzow mountain biking, snowboarding, enjoying live music with his kids, and dancing wherever the mood strikes.

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