Obsidian to speak at ChefConf 2019

Johannesburg, 07 May 2019
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Karl Fischer, its DevOps Team Lead.
Karl Fischer, its DevOps Team Lead.

Obsidian Systems says the fact that Karl Fischer, its DevOps Team Lead, has been invited to speak at the prestigious ChefConf 2019, to take place in Seattle from 20 to 23 May, is a testament to the work it has done in the local open source community.

For the past eight years, ChefConf has been the most significant gathering for the DevOps community to learn, share and network the strategies, tactics and insights for transformational application delivery in companies today.

Fischer's talk: "We came for the tech and stayed for the community", will see him discuss how open standards have evolved to become a business imperative for digital organisations today.

"We are excited that Karl will not only represent Obsidian on such an international stage, but the country as well. The Chef environment has been one of the secrets behind our success, and having such a platform to share best practices with our peers in other countries is invaluable," says Muggie van Staden, MD of Obsidian Systems.

For Fischer, this is a journey that began in 1999, when he turned 18 and discovered open source.

"Even after all these years, open source is still my passion. As an organisation, Obsidian has enabled me to live, breathe and do everything on open source. It has been using open standards since it launched more than two decades ago. However, we needed to move into a new era for shipping features to our customers and a way of testing functionality on different platforms, always ensuring compliance. This is where Chef made our dreams a reality. Not only is the technology great, but the community surrounding it is one of its best features," says Fischer.

He joins other international speakers that include Adam Jacob, co-founder of Chef; Jennifer Davis from Microsoft; Nathan Harvey from Google; and John Willis from Botchagalupe Technologies for the three-day event that includes a variety of sessions, workshops and networking opportunities.

For more information about ChefConf, visit

Obsidian Systems

Obsidian Systems is an established supplier of open source software solutions. The company was started in 1995 as a services provider targeting businesses and organisations looking to integrate and leverage off Linux infrastructure. Obsidian Systems has since expanded its knowledge base by acquiring 25% of both Autumn Leaf and GuruHut. The expansion of skills is now a formidable team, with Java expertise aligning its enterprise-ready open solutions for retail, supporting technology and consulting services across infrastructure, big data, agile and bimodal IT strategies for your business.

Obsidian Systems strives to bring three legs to the South African market: the first being vendor-certified products, the second being local skills providing consulting, development and support, and the third being vendor-certified training and certification.

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