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Last February on a business trip to London, I had a typical day that included several calls back to the U.S. and India. Instead of using my mobile phone or an expensive hotel landline to make the calls, I decided to use my Skype account. Although (at times) not the greatest quality, this web service has proven to save a lot of money on my overseas calls. However, on this particular day when I attempted to log into Skype I experienced some technical issues that would not allow me to access my account. When I finally went to Skype's web site to see if there was a problem, I found the following message: "Some of you may be having problems logging into Skype. Our engineering team has determined that it's a software issue. We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours" -Skype web site on Feb. 18, 2008 Twelve-24 hours to fix the problem! Now that has to be the defin... (more)

Spring Cleaning: Innovate, Validate, or Get Out of the Way!

I overheard an enterprise CIO say this week that the Cloud reminds him of springtime! When I asked why he responded, “Because I’m feeling a need to clean out all my old IT tools and platforms.” Another colleague then said, “The past decade has been like a long IT winter—there’s a lot of cleaning to be done.” I’m hearing similar sentiments everywhere these days—“Out with old, in with the new.” This is not a surprise. It‘s been ten years since the IT age of over-buying ended with the bubble bursting in the spring of 2000. In the past ten years venture money dried up, IT teams were... (more)

Game on! Making digital performance a team sport

Yesterday, we unveiled the SOASTA Digital Operations Center™ (DOC™) at the Velocity conference – and ushered in a new era of digital performance management. An industry-first web performance command center that brings together all the intelligence relevant to your digital organization, the DOC will change the way you do business by delivering complete visibility, actionable data, and a common understanding of how to achieve online success in our connected world. In essence, we’ve made “performance first” a team sport! Not only does the DOC address the needs of individual busines... (more)

How Fast Is Fast Enough? By @Lounibos | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps

When It Comes to Delivering the Best Possible User Experience, How Fast Is Fast Enough? Last month I spoke at the Conversion Conference, and after my talk I met a developer who had been tasked with single handedly making her company’s site faster. We talked for quite a while, and she expressed good-humored frustration at the vagueness of this directive. Some of the things we talked about: What does “faster” mean? Who defines “fast” within an organization? How do you know when the site or app you’re building has achieved mythical “fast enough” status? And how do you respond when ... (more)

Why I Joined SOASTA By @JamesUrquhart | @DevOpsSummit #CloudTest #DevOps #Containers #Microservices

Why I Joined the Digital Performance Management Opportunity By James Urquhart This week, I joined SOASTA as Senior Vice President of Performance Analytics. Given my background in cloud computing and distributed systems operations — you may have read my blogs on CNET or GigaOm — this may surprise you, but I want to explain why this is the perfect time to take on this opportunity with this team. In fact, that’s probably the best way to break this down. To explain why I’d leave the world of infrastructure and code for the world of data and analytics, let’s explore the timing, the op... (more)