Is Google Page Speed Service a threat to the Internet neutrality?

google dont be evil Is Google Page Speed Service a threat to the Internet neutrality?

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.

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Google Page Speed Service – The death of the Web Performance Optimization consultant?

wpo Google Page Speed Service   The death of the Web Performance Optimization consultant?

Over the past few years, Web Performance Optimization, also known as WPO has flourished. In fact, ever since Google announced that the initial page load will be taken into consideration in Google ranking, it’s been a bit crazy. We’ve seen lots of consulting company jumping on the band-wagon to offer optimization services. A lot of them offer customer to audit their website for optimization ie. Image optimization and compression, Javascript performance (asynchronous and cached), CSS optimization, lazy loading, redirection and DOM optimization, etc. Most of the consulting companies use the same kind of tools broadly available as open-source: 

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SOASTA is hiring the BEST performance engineers in Europe

help wanted SOASTA is hiring the BEST performance engineers in Europe

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! 

Our performance engineers are the best in the world (Did I already say it? icon smile SOASTA is hiring the BEST performance engineers in Europe ) They’ve been working previously with other load testing product such as LoadRunner, SilkPerformer or JMeter. They all have knowledge of object-oriented programming whether it’s C++ or Java and they have experience with JavaScript. They’ve been working with application server technologies (Java, .Net) and of course have a common understanding of n-tier application architecture. Since CloudTest supports all major web technology, they have to deal with HTTP, REST, Web Services, XML, etc.and of course since we find problems all over the place with CloudTest, they’re familiar with proxies, firewall, CDNs, DNS etc. THEY DO IT ALL! icon smile SOASTA is hiring the BEST performance engineers in Europe

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


Software Testing Revolution with SOASTA CloudTest Lite

SOASTACloudTestLite Software Testing Revolution with SOASTA 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 …

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The best keynote from Velocity Conference 2011

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

My new relationship with IBM

ibmsmall My new relationship with IBM

IBM has a special place in my heart. This is the place I’ve started my career straight out of college. I was involved in the early days of eCommerce back in 1999 working on IBM Websphere Commerce (aka Net.Commerce). Then worked on IBM Information Integration to finally start my management career as part of the DB2 Replication team (now known as the Infosphere Replication Server).

There was some substantial acquisition during my IBM years: In 2011, Informix ($1B), in 2002 PWC consulting ($2.1B), in 2005 Ascential ($1.1B). But the one I remember the most is the Rational Software acquisition in 2003. The acquisition came from nowhere for a whooping $2.1B! Being in a R&D environment, it has some impact on our development and test environment (for the better I might say). Our source control and change system CMVC migrated to Clearcase/Clearquest and we’ve adopted Rational Functional Tester and Rational Performance Tester as part of our tool set for testing.

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