Cloud Testing days in London – Join me!

London2011 Cloud Testing days in London   Join me!

I’ll be flying out to London next week and participate to 2 testing events.

First, I will meet our new partner Testhouse and hold a joint webinar: Load and Performance Testing in Today’s Web and Mobile World – A revolution with SOASTA CloudTest. This is an introduction to cloud testing where I’ll have an opportunity to share some of the good stuff we’re doing with SOASTA. If you’re into load and performance testing, you’ll quickly realize that there is no turning back: Testing from the Cloud is your best choice today if you truly care about the performance of your web or mobile application. I love games (big chess fan, not very good though. Ping me if you want to play on redhotpawn.com) and there will be a game with a very nice prize for the winner. I can’t tell you more … icon smile Cloud Testing days in London   Join me!

On Friday, I will participate to the SIGIST Conference and yes, I will talk about … Cloud Testing. Hopefully, my talk will lead to some very interesting discussions! While I love webinar, face-to-face discussion are the best! Conference topics will range from test automation, agile testing, test requirements and of course performance testing! I can’t wait to hear Mieke Gevers talk: Ever been fooled by performance testing results. I can definitely relate to the topic and it should lead to a good discussion. The complete agenda for the conference is here [PDF]

Register to the webinar or join me at the conference! Should be fun!

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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The Cloud: A game changer to test, at scale and in production, SOA based web and mobile applications.

Next week, I am heading to Rome to present at the International SOA Conference – Moving SOA into the Cloud. I’ll be giving the presentation I gave at DataCenter 2011, but with additional content. Of course there will be some specifics about how to approach testing SOA in the Cloud but also content on the type of problems cloud testing allows to find across all environments we usually test in ie. Lab, staging and production environment via real customers’ story.

For example, how easy it is for a badly designed page to cap out your bandwidth (yes, we’re at 238mbits/s!) and max out your webservers with a low volume test in a staging environment.

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How a fix in a load balancer firmware can help you go from this (horrible) situation ie. 6% error rate, response rate to the roof after 15min, bandwidth capping out.

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To this much better situation ie. 0.001% error rate (can’t get better than that!) with 172K virtual users.

testproduction2 The Cloud: A game changer to test, at scale and in production,  SOA based web and mobile applications.

Here is the presentation I’ll be giving:

GTAC 2011 goes in the Cloud!

google11 GTAC 2011 goes in the Cloud!

I’ve read a fantastic news this morning! GTAC is going in the Cloud! Finally! James Whittaker announced it a bit earlier this week on the Google Testing Blog: GTAC 2011: Cloudy with a chance of tests (good title btw). I was a bit ahead when I gave my predictions last year for GTAC 2010. I was all for the Real-Time web with some topics around the Cloud. This is what I was writting at the time:

So testing for the real-time web is my bet for GTAC 2010. I can easily see a few additional interesting topics to cover especially around cloud computing which is really hot as well. It would be good to get presentation from people doing testing from the cloud, what are the implications, benefits, challenges etc. I wouldn’t mind seeing Tom Lounibos on the stage to share with us the good stuff he’s doing with Soasta ! I had the opportunity to see a demo of their platform and it is really impressive !

Well, I guess this is for 2011 then! It’s in Mountain View the week of October 25th. I can’t think of a better place for GTAC!

I can’t wait!

International SOA Conference – Moving SOA into the Cloud

soaconference International SOA Conference   Moving SOA into the Cloud

My friend Max Dolgicer invited me to talk at the “International SOA Conference 2011 – Moving SOA into the Cloud“. A great opportunity to talk about the challenge of moving SOA application into the cloud and how Cloud Testing can help during this migration by ensuring applications performs as expected in the new environment.

There will be some great discussions I’m really looking forward to participate:

  • Business Driven SOA
  • Architecting SOA Solutions for the Enterprise
  • Managing the evolution of SOA into the Cloud with governance
  • Case Study in system modernization: Legacy encapsulation with REST and SOAP-based Web Services
  • The synergy of SOA and Cloud Computing
  • Enterprise Architecture for the Cloud
  • Integrating Services In and Out of the Cloud
  • Leveraging the Cloud to Test SOA based Web Application
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)- Key Concepts & Major Players
  • The foundations of Social Computing in the Cloud
  • Building Business applications for the Cloud with Force.com
  • Leveraging Cloud and SOA for the Mobile Enterprise

I believe registrations are still open! If you can’t meet me in Nice, how about Rome?

Software Testing conference links

I’ve always found it difficult to get a complete view of upcoming Software Testing conference .. I’ve missed quite a bit of “call for proposals” because of it. Finally, I think I have the complete list of links which give me that view. It’s not perfect, I would rather have one link but it’s better than nothing. And I truly thank the people who maintain these lists of software testing events! Now I need to find the same list for Cloud events …

Any other useful places I’m missing?

Testevents.com

testevents.com  Software Testing conference links

ConfRadar

confradar Software Testing conference links

Quality Perspectives

qualityperspectives Software Testing conference links

Lanyrd

lanyrd Software Testing conference links

Cloud Testing at Datacentres 2011 in Nice

DataCentres2011 Cloud Testing at Datacentres 2011 in Nice

I’ve been invited at DataCentres 2011 to share my passion about Cloud Testing. A good opportunity for me to introduce the main principles and benefits of Cloud Testing to a broad audience. Cloud Computing is a fairly new concept, especially in Europe. A lot of enterprises are still unsure about some of its benefits and have concerns about security. Cloud Testing is the killer application to get acquainted with Cloud Computing and of course to help you with the performance and reliability of your web or mobile application. And when you start doing it, you can’t stop! Abstract of the talk is here.

Oh yeah, the conference is in … Nice. Easy enough for me as it is 15 minutes from my place. I hope to see you there and hopefully we can share interesting discussion!