IBM has offered to host the next CMG Australia Meetup. Light refreshments (Beer, Pizza, etc.) will be provided. The August 2014 meetup will be held at The Apartment. Details for the meetup are provided below:
Guest Speaker : Annie Lin on Measuring Performance Early On: Service Virtualization To The Rescue
Abstract : Most systems being built today consist of complex application infrastructure that do leverage services hosted internally and externally i.e. hosted within the cloud. In such an scenario where IT doesn't own the various services being delivered, validating Performance and Scalability of the system being delivered is not only challenging but also complex. Setting up connected infrastructure that offers all the 3rd party services is highly time consuming and also very expensive.
Enter Service Virtualization :Service virtualization provides organizations the ability to emulate the behaviour of specific components in heterogeneous component-based applications such as API-driven applications, cloud-based applications and service-oriented architectures eliminating the need to stand up complex application infrastructure. It is used to provide software development and QA/testing teams access to dependent system components that are needed to exercise an application under test (AUT), but are unavailable or difficult-to-access for development and testing purposes. With the behaviour of the dependent components "virtualized," testing and development can proceed without accessing the actual live components. Service virtualization is recognized by vendors, industry analysts, and industry publications as being different than just building a set of dumb stubs. Service Virtualization drives down the cost for performance testing by completely eliminating the need for back end infrastructure while also enabling the architecture, design and testing teams to validate application performance early on in the development life cycle.
As part of this presentation we will be sharing experiences on our of recent engagement where IBM was able to leverage Service Virtualization technology to drive down the Capex while enabling the program leadership to gain a view into system performance early on in the development life cycle.
Bio - Annie Lin is a Brand Specialist with IBM Rational software in Sydney Australia. Over the past 5 years she has gained experience helping organisations improve their Quality Management practices through Automation and Continuous Integration. Prior to the current role, Annie spent 3 years with Rational Technical supporting customers with their Rational product usage. Her prior experience helped her gain an understanding of Rational Product suite. This humbling experience enables her to truly appreciate the importance and impact of software quality to an organisation and it's clients. Annie has also worked as a web application developer before joined IBM. She is a certified Kepner Tregoe Coach and Certified Rational Functional Tester, leader and organiser of Sydney Rational User group.
>> Guest Speaker : Nick Singh on Offshoring and the Future for the Australian Performance Testing Job Market (20mins + 10mins Q&A)
>> Tech Talk (Un-conference format) - 1 Hr (Depending on time available)
>> Networking : 20mins
Thanks to Andrew Hight from IBM for putting their hand up and helping us out with the location. We appreciate the support from IBM in helping us spread the good news of Proactive Performance Management. Also, thanks to Annie Lin for taking time off from her busy schedule to come down and share with us her experiences on Service Virtualization.
CMGA is growing in size and attendance at our meetups is growing larger. To keep things manageable we have limited the number of seats for the upcoming meetup to 50. Please note RSVP's now end 24Hrs before the actual event i.e. on the 5th of August at 1745 Hrs AEST. This allows us to work with our partners and ensure all the logistics required are in place.
If any of you have any suggestion/input/concerns with regards to the above agenda please reach out to the exec committee.
We intend for CMGA to be a platform for professionals, vendors, educational and research organizations with interests in Systems Performance to come together with an objective of building a stronger ecosystem encouraging innovation and thought leadership in SPE across the industry.
Come, join us and be part of the transformation. We've got an exciting future ahead and lots of great challenges to work on.
Let's work together to ensure we stay relevant in an evolving marketplace.
CMG Aus Exec Committee