Here’s my simple advice about Chef I wish I would have heard a year ago:
All of the stories about the unicorns, rainbows, and fairies that are doing absolutely amazing things with configuration automation are extremely inspirational. Read about them. Learn about them. Enjoy their talks. Enjoy their hipster vibe. Tell yourself that you are going to be cool like that one day.
And then forget everything they are talking about. Because what they are doing is likely too advanced for what you’re trying to do, because you’re not five years or more into your infrastructure automation initiative.