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The Puppet TAPP represents an evolution in how we collaborate with our technology partners to achieve useful integrations for our customers, furthering their DevOps and automation work. We're focused on driving the best possible integrations, and ensuring that those integrations are well-maintained and supported. We don’t just want to build something with you and consider our job done. We are looking to nurture long-term relationships that bring the power of automation deeper and wider into our shared ecosystems.

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It can be very difficult to comply with stringent security regulations — and very expensive when you fail. Hear software engineer Kathy Lee talk about how Puppet helped her agency go from 30% compliance to 98% compliance with government security requirements.

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Sometimes it can feel like the world of information technology is just moving too fast. No sooner do you get a handle on one kind of technology, when you begin to hear of another, better, faster, more powerful technology — and that if you don't get up to speed with it right now, you'll be left in the dust.

So how do you adopt new technologies like cluster schedulers like +Kubernetes, +Mesosphere Mesos, smaller operating systems such as +CoreOS, Atomic or Photon, and +Docker containers? After all, you aren't going to move entirely to a new technology; you'll still have legacy systems to manage.

The Puppet Podcast comes to the rescue with an episode about Project Blueshift, Puppet's name for projects around newer IT technologies. In this podcast, +Carl Caum +Gareth Rushgrove and +Kara Sowles discuss the why of new technologies, and how Puppet helps you adopt them and keep them predictable, secure and safe, using the same capabilities Puppet is known for, including abstraction, modeling and comprehensive visibility.

People adopt new technologies for new capabilities, speed and scale. Containers, for example, offer consistency from one environment to the next, helping to overcome the dreaded "well it worked on my laptop" when you deploy to production.

That's great, but for large companies with real risks — for example, a powerful need to guard transactions, customer credit card numbers, and other sensitive information — there's a real need to understand what's inside each container. Because, as Gareth says in this podcast, "ultimately, anything inside of it could be the reason why they're compromised, or the reason why something goes wrong. They know that's the problem they've been solving with configuration management tools, and they value that insight, that situational awareness of, 'I know everything about my infrastructure.'"

There's another value that Puppet brings to working with technology that raises the level of abstraction, like Kubernetes. Puppet does more than configure your infrastructure: It actually models your infrastructure. As Gareth points out, there are known good practices for refactoring Puppet code, "which is really refactoring your models like the way you think of the world." That comes in very useful when you're adopting new technologies: Puppet lets you evolve your model for your technology, and allows your model to include the succeeding generations of technologies you adopt.



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Puppet is everywhere, including OSiRIS (Open Source Research Infrastructure), a project funded by the +National Science Foundation to provide software-defined storage to academic research institutions. +Paul Anderson interviews +Benjeman Meekhof, who works with high-performance computing storage at the University of Michigan.

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Did you know that 75 percent of millenials say they'll say they'll consider leaving a job where they don’t see opportunities for professional development? (From +PwC research) Or that companies that encourage training:

*Have 218 percent higher income per employee than those with minimal comprehensive training
*Enjoy a 24 percent higher profit margin than those who spend less on training
*Generate a 6 percent higher return to shareholders if the training expenditure increases by $680 per employee.
(From the Association for Talent Development)

Read the rest of the post by +Stephanie Stouck.


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See how lean manufacturing practices in the auto industry can be applied to software production to reduce costs, gain agility and generate business value faster.

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We put each new version of Puppet through a rigorous testing process — plus, we continually receive feedback from our community of users, and use that feedback to refine our software. When you upgrade, you're ensuring you get the latest capabilities, along with continued support and access to security fixes. You save both time and money.

Choose either the long-term support (LTS) release track or the quarterly release track. Here's the difference:

Puppet Enterprise 2016.4 has been designated as our long-term supported release, meaning you can expect full support, security updates and bug fixes through October 2018. Upgrading to 2016.4 is best if you want continued security updates and full support without having to upgrade Puppet frequently.

Puppet Enterprise 2016.5 is part of our standard track of quarterly new releases. This version is the one to pick if you always want to take advantage of the latest new features and capabilities from Puppet as soon as they become available, and if you can commit to upgrading Puppet every quarter in order to remain fully supported.

Get links to more information in the linked blog post.


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In this new world, the CIO's role has changed dramatically, says Peter Richards, formerly the CIO and CTO at large banks like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and more. Rather than simply taking direction from business executives, the CIO should play as much a role in defining the direction of the business as any other C-level executive. "It's quite a change," Peter says. "Technology used to be an automator, a facilitator of process; now tech is a driver of business change."

That sounds like adding a lot more complexity and difficulty to a job that's already plenty difficult. Where Puppet helps, Peter says, is in making complexity by allowing you to describe even the most complex stack relatively easily. Instead of having to lay out dependencies and sequences for your application and the services and infrastructure that support it, Puppet abstracts all that, letting your team simply describe the desired state of the application and everything that supports it. This allows everyone on your team to think more strategically — exactly what you need to compete in today's fast-moving business environment.


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The Puppet Forge API includes a section that allows you to interact with the API and see real-time results. You can query the API for module releases based on criteria such as name, owner, date, Supported status, and more. There are also examples of querying the API by user and module.

The Forge API is used by such tools as r10k, the Puppet module tool and librarian-puppet to query and install modules. Take a look at the documentation and see what the Puppet Forge API can do for you.


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+Carl Caum writes: As IT organizations wrap their heads around DevOps, there’s one term they often find being used with "DevOps" — infrastructure as code. (Sometimes "infrastructure as code" even seems to be regarded as synonymous with "DevOps.") But what is infrastructure as code?

Infrastructure as code is the practice of treating infrastructure as if it were code — just like software, in fact. Treating infrastructure as if it were code lets you adopt powerful practices that have been used by software developers for years, and with great success — practices that include version control, peer review, automated testing, release tagging, release promotion, and continuous delivery.

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