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The the first ever OpenNMS Users Conference Americas, OUCA 2012, will be held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.

Come and meet Ulf - the traveling OpenNMS kiwi

The OUCA will take place concurrently with our seventh annual Dev Jam conference, which many of the primary OpenNMS developers will be attending.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012 through Thursday, June 28, 2012.


Tuesday Boot Camp

Tuesday will start with a one day in-depth boot camp on OpenNMS covering the four main areas of OpenNMS: Event Management, Provisoning, Service Assurance and Data Collection. This is a great way to get up to speed quickly with the software, or to pick up some pointers if you are already experienced with it.

Students will be encouraged to bring a laptop in order to perform some exercises during the class. We will supply a virtual image that will run on most operating systems.

Wednesday Conference Day

Wednesday will be a typical conference day with two tracks covering using OpenNMS in real world situations. It will start off with a common track discussion OpenNMS futures and some of the exciting work being done on the project. For this first ever conference, the focus will be on the community and how to build on this great project to make it the de facto standard for network manageent.

Planned Talks

Keynote: OpenNMS Futures by Matt Brozowski

Matt is the chief architect of OpenNMS and this presentation will highlight some of the new features currently under development, from a new user interface, topology discovery and the distribution of collected data as we make our slow and careful way toward OpenNMS 2.0.

Project Management of OpenNMS Installations by Alex Finger.

This presentation will focus on the best practices for deploying OpenNMS in a large scale environment. The necessity of good project management techniques can not be overstated in order to create a successful solution. Alex was responsible for one of the largest deployments of OpenNMS when we worked at Swisscom Hospitality Services.

Instrumenting Java Applications Using JMX by Markus Neumann

Java Management Extensions (JMX) provide a powerful way to expose application performance data. This presentation will discuss code changes needed to implement JMX in a Java application, as well as how to configure OpenNMS to collect this data. Markus will introduce a number of new tools created to make this process easier.

Integration of Puppet with OpenNMS by Jeff Gehlbach and Ronny Trommer

The addition of configuration management functions provided by Puppet into the OpenNMS platform is a great way move closer toward bringing IT management under one "pane of glass". This talk was given to a packed room at FOSDEM this year, and it is a great way to both extend OpenNMS functionality as well as to demostrate the numerous integration points the platform provides.

Using OpenNMS with NagViz by Michael Batz

NagViz was designed as a network visualization platform for Nagios, but with a few changes it can be used with OpenNMS. This presentation will show how NagViz can be integrated with OpenNMS to provide geographical and logical views of the network and to reflect the status of network elements.

Selling Open Source and OpenNMS in Your Organization by Tarus Balog

Despite the success of open source software, many organizations are still hesitant to adopt it for a variety of reasons. This session will present some ideas on selling open source in general and OpenNMS specifically in your organization. It will focus on the benefits of open source software in terms to which management can relate, focusing on improving the big three of time to deploy, quality of results and cost of ownership.

Getting Started with OpenNMS Development by Ben Reed

This presentation will cover getting started with the OpenNMS code. It will include using git to check out the source, managing branches, creating your own feature branches and how to contribute code back to the project. There will also be a short discussion on creating junit tests as well as using the Jira issue tracking system.

Thursday Barcamp

Thursday will be an "unconference" Barcamp. On this day the attendees set the agenda. Considering that this conference is being held in conjunction with the seventh annual Dev-Jam developers conference, the goal is to bring together the people who use OpenNMS with those who make it.

Call for Papers

We want this conference to have something for everyone. The first day will bring people new to OpenNMS quickly up to speed on its features, and even experienced users will probably pick up a skill or two. The last day's barcamp will bring together the people who make OpenNMS with the people who use it.

The middle day is all about the users. Tell us your story. Put together a presentation on how you use OpenNNS, and if your paper is accepted we'll waive the conference fee, including lodging. If you like OpenNMS or believe you are using it in cool or unusual ways, send an e-mail to cfp at opennms.org.

Papers are due by June 10th and we'll let you know by June 13th.

Current Speakers

We have just a few speakers on your conference. If you have interesting topics, use cases or really nice technical solutions around OpenNMS do not hesitate for a call for paper. We would be happy to put you on the list of smart and good looking speakers.

Here are the current speakers in alphabetical order:

Tarus Balog

Tarus Balog

Tarus Balog has been a maintainer of the OpenNMS project since 2002. He is currently the CEO of The OpenNMS Group, Inc., the commercial company behind the project.

Michael Batz

Michael Batz

Michael Batz is working at NETHINKS GmbH as OpenNMS Consultant. He studied applied informatics at Hochschule Fulda University of Applied Sciences with focus on telecommunications.

Alexander Finger

Alex Finger

Alexander Finger is member of the OGP, the Order of the green Polo, IT professional and PMI certified project management professional. He is responsible for much of the design and testing of many of the carrier grade features of OpenNMS. Last but not least Alexander Finger worked with Ronny Trommer and Klaus Thielking-Riechert on the German-language book OpenNMS: Netzwerkmanagement mit freier Software.

Jeffrey Gehlbach

Jeff Gehlbach

Jeffrey has a diverse background in IP network engineering, UNIX and Linux systems administration, systems and network management, and free software. He's lucky enough to work as Principal Consultant for The OpenNMS Group, and has been a member of the Order of the Green Polo since 2006.

Markus Neumann

Markus Neumann

Markus Neumann is one of the OpenNMS committer since DevJam 2011. He is currently developing for the OpenNMS Group Inc. For the Google Summer of Code he is one of the OpenNMS mentors and is working on an active science transfer.

Ronny Trommer

Ronny Trommer

Ronny Trommer is working over 8 years in IT services and uses OpenNMS since 2004. He is a contract lecturer at University of Applied Sciences in Fulda for computer communication and distributed systems. He wrote a German OpenNMS book with his two friends Alexander Finger and Klaus Thielking-Riechert and is a member of the OGP since 2010.


The conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the University of Minnesota campus.

For those wishing to stay close to the action (which we obviously highly suggest and encourage), we have reserved a number of single-person dormitory rooms in Yudof Hall. The rooms have a bathroom shared with one other room (which will be another OUCA attendee).

Useful resources:

Building information:

220 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Emergency number 
+1 612 625 8786


If you wish to attend, the cost for the conference will be US$300. This includes lunch for three days.


Registration is now open.


We are offering sponsorships of OUCA/Dev-Jam for US$2000. The money goes to offset the costs associated with holding the conference.

Sponsorship gets your company logo and a link prominently displayed in the footer of every page on the OpenNMS wiki (with over 70,000 unique visitors a month), as well as inclusion on materials (handouts and banners) during the conference. The link will remain for about one year, until the start of the next conference.

Please contact the organizers if you are interested in sponsorship.