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Innovation is occurring at 1997 levels again. Fueled by a new type of consumer, global manufacturers are busy retooling their websites and infrastructure to meet what they believe will be a  huge post recessionary demand. Enterprises around the globe, many that have been on a ten-year technology hiatus, are suddenly discovering that their consumers are no longer passive shoppers waiting to be sold. Today’s consumers are far more comfortable shopping online while seeking buying advice from social contacts versus the vendors themselves. Technology once again appears to be the key to competitive advantage. Sales and Marketing campaigns are now focused on bringing consumers to corporate websites often, more so than into stores. Existing websites are being rebuilt to incorporate social media tools, such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as delivering flashy campaigns vi... (more)

User Experience Drives DevOps | @DevOpsSummit @CloudTest #DevOps #Jenkins #Containers

It's Continuous with Jenkins: User Experience Drives DevOps Focus I recently attended and presented at the east coast version of the Jenkins User Conference held this year in Washington, DC.  The weather certainly fit the theme of the conference:  The heat was continuous. The humidity was fully integrated with the heat. And, most importantly as you can see above, SWAG was out in full force. State of the State Right from the opening keynote by the founder of Jenkins, Kohsuke Kawaguchi, this conference was jam-packed with all the latest capabilities of Jenkins, including discussion... (more)

The Evolution of Testing in the Cloud

It's always exciting to be on the front end of a trend.  Some turn out to be short-lived fads while others, such as the electronic distribution of music, disrupt entire industries.  There are some who see cloud computing as a fad. Those who share that view tend to look at the Cloud as if it's an all or nothing proposition; if you can't move your entire infrastructure to the Cloud it must certainly be a passing fancy. But the Cloud is here to stay.  There are many applications, like compute intensive statistical analysis, business intelligence and testing, that are incredibly well... (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)

New to Cloud-Based Performance Testing? By @DanBoutinSOASTA | @CloudExpo #Cloud

New to Cloud-Based Performance Testing?  Here's a Quick Language Lesson by Dan Boutin OK, go ahead… admit it. You listen to Sirius/XM Radio channels 8 and 9 only. You haven’t noticed who the president is since Bill Clinton left office. If you haven’t had your mid-life crisis, you’re thinking about having it soon. And you may still call your test tool Mercury LoadRunner, refusing to acknowledge HP’s purchase of Mercury since it happened eight years ago. You want to get with the times, but you can’t. Why? Because you don’t speak the new language. And that language barrier is stoppi... (more)