I can’t put a dollar value on this feature, but it will ultimately determine if the product is relevant in the market or not,
Chef prides itself in creating software that’s a joy to use for it’s users,
and happy users turn into Customers, happy customers turn into a in-the-trenches salesforce, I want to tell my customers why Chef is amazing and usually I have to compare it to other apps (Ansible), without inventory support it makes it a hard discussion.
Puppet Bolt has a inventory file
Salt (salt-ssh) goes one step further … where you can give it a sshconfig or Ansible inventory file
If you have a universal inventory it can be reused for InSpec, chef-run and maybe remote deploys for Habitat.
Chef Inc you are our only hope™