Velocity Europe 2012 Keynote Speakers

John Allspaw

John Allspaw, EtsyCTO

John has worked in systems operations for over fourteen years in biotech, government and online media. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructures at Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster, and Flickr. He is now VP of Tech Operations at Etsy, and is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning published by O’Reilly.

9:00 Wednesday, 3/10/2012
Steve Souders and John Allspaw, the Velocity Europe Program Chairs, welcome you to the first day of keynotes.
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9:00 Thursday, 4/10/2012
Velocity Europe Program Chairs, John Allspaw and Steve Souders, welcome you to the second day of keynotes.
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Dion Almaer

Dion Almaer, GoogleEngineering Director

Currently, as an engineering director in Google’s Developer Products group, he works to commodity developer infrastructure and make sure that external developers have access to the same quality Google products as internal Googlers do.

Previously, he has enjoyed the software process from his own startups to well known companies such as Mozilla, Palm, and Walmart.

9:10 Thursday, 4/10/2012
Apple's iPhone SDK has been the largest disruption to software development since the Web, sparking the creation in a few short years of the largest medium for consumer engagement in the world, eclipsing the Web, movies, and even television.
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Arnaud Becart

Arnaud Becart, ip-labelPre-Sales & Product Manager

Arnaud joined ip-label in 2006 as a technical account manager, dealing with implementation and customer care for its end-user monitoring solutions. After 2 years of technical engineering, he moved to a business development role working as a presales engineer for direct and indirect customers supporting ip-label’s european network of partners. Since 2010, Arnaud took over the product management of Datametrie, the SaaS end-user monitoring solution developed by ip-label. In 2011, Arnaud spoke about exhaustive end-user experience based on real customer cases at Velocity Berlin. In 2012, he contributed to the development of Datametrie Global Experience, merging active and real-user monitoring methodologies into a single and exhaustive offer.

10:15 Thursday, 4/10/2012
You have optimized your website with various solutions and best practices. But are you sure your end users experience a real gain in performance? Does every user benefit in the same way if they are connecting from tablets, smartphones, or desktops? How well do user-side processing capacity, browser type and version, and network speed convey your optimizations?
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Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown, OpscodeChief Technical Officer

Christopher Brown is VP of Engineering at Opscode and previously of
Microsoft, where he was a director of engineering for the Edge Computing
Network within Global Foundation Services. Prior to Microsoft,
Christopher was a founding member, architect, and lead developer for
Amazon.com’s Elastic Compute Cloud (“EC2”). He holds several patents in
the areas of internet routing, VM/runtime hosting, content delivery and
cloud computing.

10:25 Thursday, 4/10/2012
Having been the voice for software engineering in operations environments most of my career, I've been 'part of the problem' between dev and ops. To make amends, I'll offer some ideas on what made software engineering and many other disciplines more successful.
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Robert Castley

Robert Castley, Keynote SystemsLead Solution Consultant

Robert Castley is the Lead Solutions Consultant for EMEA at Keynote. Prior to working at Keynote, Robert worked as a Professional Services Consultant at a document management company, Macro 4, where he worked on developing custom web interfaces.
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Robert is passionate about web performance and optimisation and has over 10 years of web development experience. One of his proudest achievements is developing one of the world’s most popular Open Source Content Management Systems to the masses – Mambo, which now lives on as Joomla!

9:30 Wednesday, 3/10/2012
See how Keynote KITE complements your favorite page testing tools such as Web Page Test, YSlow, and Page Speed by analyzing the performance of dynamic transactions spanning multiple web pages and user interactions. Robert Castley will also demonstrate how Keynote MITE helps developers of mobile websites analyze the performance of pages delivered to virtually any mobile device—including tablets.
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Ben Galbraith

Ben Galbraith, GoogleHead of Product & Developer Relations, Developer Product Group

Ben Galbraith is the head of product and developer relations for Google’s Developer Product Group. Prior to Google, Ben has alternated between entrepreneurial and executive roles across companies in many industries, such as Mozilla, Palm / HP, and Walmart. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and eight children.

9:10 Thursday, 4/10/2012
Apple's iPhone SDK has been the largest disruption to software development since the Web, sparking the creation in a few short years of the largest medium for consumer engagement in the world, eclipsing the Web, movies, and even television.
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Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik, GoogleInternet Plumber

Ilya Grigorik is a web performance engineer at Google, cochair of the W3C Web Performance Working Group, and author of High Performance Browser Networking (O’Reilly). In short, he’s an Internet plumber.

9:40 Wednesday, 3/10/2012
Wednesday Lightning Demos.
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Andrew Hutchings

Andrew Hutchings, Hewlett-PackardPrincipal Software Engineer

Andrew Hutchings (aka LinuxJedi) is a Master Software Engineer for Hewlett-Packard’s Cloud Services division working on the continuous integration and infrastructure for Openstack. He is physically based in the middle of nowhere in the United Kingdom but manages and works with a global development team.

Before joining HP he was a Senior Sustaining Engineer for SkySQL, Software Developer on the Drizzle project at Rackspace and a Senior MySQL Support Engineer for Sun Microsystems / Oracle Corporation specialising in MySQL Cluster and C/C++ APIs. He is also co-author of the book MySQL 5.1 Plugins Development.

9:45 Thursday, 4/10/2012
In this keynote, Andrew Hutchings, Master Software Engineer for HP will share his experiences and challenges of scaling the development and testing of Openstack. As well as how to apply similar methods to your own projects.
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Christian Kaar

Christian Kaar, runtastic GmbHCTO Mobile & Co-Founder

Christian is CTO of Mobile and Co-Founder of runtastic, a leading platform for sport and fitness users around the globe. Christian received his Master’s degree in Mobile Computing at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg (Austria). Shortly after completing his Masters, he founded runtastic with three of his classmates in October 2009. In addition, he taught C++ and Windows Phone development at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg. At runtastic Christian is responsible for the development of the runtastic Apps which have been downloaded more than 12 million times.

9:40 Thursday, 4/10/2012
Our mobile apps have been downloaded more than 12 million times. Along the way we had to cope with operational and performance challenges. We will share three which caused us most headaches: Crash reports and why they don't help us to make users happy, how Facebook brought down our applications and what it means to have millions of blind spots in applications operation.
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Jeff Kim, CDNetworksCOO US/EMEA

Jeff Kim is COO for CDNetworks US/EMEA and is responsible for the end-to-end customer experience. Jeff’s responsibilities include leading sales, service, marketing, product management and customer support. Jeff has championed the development of CDNetworks’ Web Performance Suite, and in positioning CDNetworks as the trusted global advisor to enterprise companies with mission critical applications.

10:00 Wednesday, 3/10/2012
In this keynote, CDNetworks COO Jeff Kim will talk about the state of the emerging internet and how to reach growth markets with your website and cloud applications.
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Patrick Meenan

Patrick Meenan, GoogleSoftware Engineer

Patrick Meenan has been working on web performance in one form or another for the last 15 years and is currently working at Google to make Chrome and the Web faster. Patrick created the popular open source WebPagetest web performance measurement tool, runs the free instance of it at WebPagetest.org, and can frequently be found in the forums helping site owners understand and improve their website performance.

9:50 Thursday, 4/10/2012
Thursday Lightning Demos
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Tim Morrow

Tim Morrow, BetfairHead of Site Technology

Tim Morrow is Head of Site Technology at Betfair, responsible for the delivery of Betfair’s next-generation web site platform, focusing on performance, availability and the capability to continuous deliver business value at a rapid pace.

Tim has over 11 years of experience leading teams to design and build websites and systems using Java and related technologies. Prior to joining Betfair, Tim worked as an Architect at Shopzilla delivering their consumer facing website platform. In addition, Tim has also worked at Qualcomm developing software to support the provisioning of mobile devices and delivery of applications to mobile devices in the Wireless Business Division. Tim also thrived in the entrepreneurial environment during years 2000-2004 of startup, Project.net . As a key contributor to the startup team, Tim... Read More.

10:10 Wednesday, 3/10/2012
Betfair's ground-up site rebuild brought page load times down below 3 seconds. But customers still complain that the site is slow. In this talk, hear Tim Morrow tell the story of how making Betfair's site faster for most customers actually made it 3x slower for their biggest customers. Truly, you get what you measure.
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Girish Patangay

Girish Patangay, FacebookEngineering Manager

Girish has been with Facebook since early 2008 working the on Technical Operations and Infrastructure teams. Having been the only release tools engineer for over two years where the site grew over 10x, Girish has had to use every trick in the book to keep up with the growth of infrastructure as well as number of developers. Today, Girish works out of Facebook’s London engineering office and leads the tools team.

9:10 Wednesday, 3/10/2012
Facebook's website is constantly changing, find out what goes on behind the scenes as the largest website in the world changes the code on it's web servers everyday. This is a story of a small change that travels from idea to production through the Facebook deployment engine.
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Alois Reitbauer

Alois Reitbauer, DynatraceChief Technology Strategist

Alois Reitbauer works as a technology strategist and evangelist for Compuware’s APM Division. He specializes in architecture and performance related topics in the Java and AJAX space. As part of the product management team he drives the future of the dynaTrace product line and works closely with technology companies on implementing performance management solutions. He is a frequent speaker at technology conferences on performance and architecture related topics and regularly publishes articles blogs on blog.dynatrace.com

10:30 Wednesday, 3/10/2012
The W3C Web Performance Group has been working on a set of new standards to make measuring performance from a real users perspective much easier. This session will provide an insight into current and future standards.
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Steve Souders

Steve Souders, SpeedCurveChief Curver

Steve Souders is chief curver at SpeedCurve, where he works on the interplay between performance and design. Steve previously served as Google’s head performance engineer, Yahoo’s chief performance officer, and Fastly’s chief performance officer. Steve pioneered much of the work in the world of web performance. He is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites as well as the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, HTTP Archive, Episodes, ControlJS, and Browserscope. Steve taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford and serves as cochair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly.

9:50 Thursday, 4/10/2012
Thursday Lightning Demos
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Location: King's Suite
9:00 Wednesday, 3/10/2012
Steve Souders and John Allspaw, the Velocity Europe Program Chairs, welcome you to the first day of keynotes.
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Location: King's Suite
9:00 Thursday, 4/10/2012
Velocity Europe Program Chairs, John Allspaw and Steve Souders, welcome you to the second day of keynotes.
Full Details
Location: King's Suite
Gavin Towey

Gavin Towey, Box, IncSenior DBA

Gavin Towey is a DBA at Box.com working on database operations, performance, and writing tools to make managing databases easier. He has worked with MySQL since 3.23 as a developer first, and has been a dedicated DBA for the past 5 years, and has managed mysql installations with hundreds of instances.

9:40 Wednesday, 3/10/2012
Wednesday Lightning Demos.
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Location: King's Suite

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