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Software Test Professionals – Conference Highlights from STPCon 2015

This week the Software Testing World moved to the US East Coast – just outside of Boston, MA a group of testers is discussing the latest and greatest at STPCon 2015. I was lucky enough to get 3 speaking slots this time (1 workshop, 2 breakouts) to share my thoughts on Performance, DevOps & Agile Testing: Application Performance Clinic Workshop DevOps: Find Solutions, Not More Defects More Top Performance Problems … read more

Monolith to MicroServices: Key Architectural Metrics to Watch

Through my Share Your PurePath program I can confirm that many software companies are moving towards a more service-oriented approach. Whether you just call them services – or Micro-services doesn’t really matter. If you want to get a quick overview of the concepts I really encourage you to read Benjamin Wootton’s blog and the comments on “Microservices – Not A Free Lunch!” In the data that has been shared with … read more

Identify Bad Service Oriented Architectures Through Metrics

There are many advantages of breaking an application into smaller services. When APIs and Interfaces are well defined it allows more independent development on a separate code base, keeping risk low to break the whole app with a single code change. It allows for more flexible and scalable deployments when done right and it is theoretically possible to replace services when a better service is available that provides the same … read more

Escape Application Performance "Groundhog Day" with Culture Change

I love movies.  There is just something about them that can teach us a lot about life.  One of my favorites is Groundhog Day. The construct of this movie is that the main character Phil, played by Bill Murray, is trapped having to live the same day over and over again.   This is what it can be like for IT when it comes to managing application performance.  When a problem … read more

Performance In Development Is The Chief Cornerstone

In Roman architecture the stone in which a construction project was started from was called the cornerstone or foundation stone.  It was the most important because this was the stone in which all other stones would be based off of.  Great care was taken in making sure that the angles were correct.  If there was a slight deviation, even one degree, it could cause structural issues for a foundation.  When … read more

Proactive vs Reactive: How to prevent problems instead of fixing them faster

I consistently stand in front of customers wanting the same thing from their performance monitoring tool sets.  “We want to be more proactive,” they proclaim in desperation.  “We need to have a tool that will automatically alert us to a problem” they demand.  “We want to address a problem before it becomes a problem.”  This is a constant challenge for Operations.  Think about it.  How many times have you said, “I will … read more

Performance Book with new chapter on Performance Engineering Practices

Since we announced our free performance book about a month ago we already had over 6000 Visitors. We wanted to create a source for performance practitioners where the can find the information the need to improve the performance of their applications. We will keep publishing new chapters on a monthly basis to eventually create a complete reference for everyone interested in application performance. After our first two chapters on performance … read more

Why you have less than a second to deliver exceptional performance

The success of the Web performance movement shows that there is increasing interest and value in fast websites. That faster websites lead to more revenue and reduced costs is a well proven fact today. So being exceptionally fast is becoming the dogma for developing web applications. But what is exceptionally fast and how hard is it to build a top performing web site? Defining exceptionally fast First we have to … read more

Business Transaction Management Explained

The term Business Transactions and Business Transaction Management is widely used in the industry but it is not always well understood what we really mean by it. The BTM Industry Portal provides some good articles on this topic and is definitely recommended to check out. The general goal is to answer business relevant questions that business owners have to application owners: “How much revenue is generated by a certain products?”, … read more

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