Speed, speed, speed. It’s probably the hottest topic in every R&D and operation team involved in web or mobile application. It’s the #1 principle for a successful web app, as stated by Fred Wilson during his talk at the annual future of web apps in 2010. There is not one day I don’t see a new best practice, a new service, a new initiative toward better web performance. At stake are millions of dollars of lost revenue due to slow performance or unreliability and everyone wants a piece of that pie. The whole space can be quite overwhelming for customers as it is very dynamic and decision toward the best web performance strategy can be a bit daunting.
Last year, I’ve watched the talk Fred Wilson gave at the annual Future of Web Apps Miami conference in February 2010. I’ve stumbled upon it today and treated myself with another watch. This is so inspiring to me that I thought I would share it here. If you have 30 minutes during the day, treat yourself with a really great piece!
I probably read too much behind Google’s latest annoucement about its Page Speed Service but still, I have to ask myself some questions. As I said yesterday, I do think Google Page Speed Service is a threat to all the consultants out there who are doing Web Performance Optimization. They mostly target SMBs and they’re going to struggle to compete with Google. It is also definitely a threat to the smaller web acceleration players such as Yotta, Torbit, CloudFlare or Blaze. Same goes for Aptimize who has just been acquired by Riverbed.
Yes, the rumors are true. We’re expanding our performance engineering organization in Europe as a lot of companies need help to get their web and mobile applications ready for the traffic!
The team you’ll join is probably the best team of performance engineers I’ve had the opportunity to work with in my career. It’s not often you work with people who have tested some of the largest website on the planet (Netflix, Intuit, Gilt Groupe) with volume you can only dream about (from 1000 virtual users up to the million with myspace), finding problems all across the application ecosystem (code, infrastructure, network, external third-parties etc.)
The great thing about working in a startup is the fact that everyday is different. One day you could run some large scale test for a customer. The next day you’re working on pre-sales activities, discussing performance testing with a CTO or other performance engineers. You can be involved with the engineering group to help define the SOASTA CloudTest roadmap. You can have an opportunity to run a webinar for the whole world! If you’re looking to learn and grow your career, this is definitely the PLACE TO BE!
But they’re not only all about technical skills! As previously mentioned, they have to interact regularly with customers and partners for demos, training or presentation of results, so they have to adapt their communication. We’re getting new customers every day so they have to manage their workload, deal with changing priorities etc. This is very fast-paced environment and this is why it is so AWESOME!
I think you get the point: We’re looking for the BEST PERFORMANCE ENGINEERS IN EUROPE! We’re primarily looking for someone UK based, but we’re open to other location as well.
Do you think you have what it takes? Let’s have a chat! Drop me a note with your resume at fberinger[at]soasta[dot]com
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This is where you want to start: Download CloudTest Lite
Before talking about why I’m so excited today, let me tell you a story. 18 months ago, as I was investigating SOASTA CloudTest for my own Software Testing organization, I had a chance to get a demo from Dan Bartow and a chat with Tom Lounibos about the product. Slavy Slavov who was heading our team in Sofia, Bulgaria was also part of the call. We were litteraly blown away by what we were seeing! My organization was using HP Loadrunner at the time (and you should know what I think about LoadRunner …) and CloudTest seemed way ahead of the competition: Leveraging public and private clouds, real-time analytics, a very innovative visual approach to test creation and execution etc. Slavy and myself were sold on first sight! Beside features and technical questions, I’ve asked the rather obvious question about an evaluation version of CloudTest, something my team could play around for a while before making any purchasing decision. Myself couldn’t wait to have a chance to play with it! Well, to my upmost disapointment there was no trial version available. Tom offered a proof-of-concept for whatever projects we were working on but the timing was too tight for us. We left it at that unfortunately …
I’m done watching most of the videos from this year’s Velocity conference and I couldn’t resist but to share this one with you. John Rauser’s keynote “Look at your data” was definitely one of the most popular. A very good reminder to dig into actual data to find performance problems. Summary statistics never tell you the complete story!
You can also take a look at John’s workshop on statistics “Decisions in the face of uncertainty”