Choose Your Weapon: A Survey For Different Visualizations Of Performance Data

Patrick Lightbody (New Relic), Bill Kayser (New Relic, Inc.)
Web Performance, Ballroom CD
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New Relic measures millions of page views per minute across hundreds of thousands of applications and collects this data in over 75 billion daily metrics. Bill Kayser, one of New Relic’s earliest engineers, and Patrick Lightbody, New Relic’s lead product manager, debate regularly about how to best visualize this immense amount of data to our customers. In this session we will explore the various ways to visualize web performance data and take a look at the insights that come from these different perspectives.

We surveyed data from a selection of real world applications, from different customers in different sectors, capturing both back end and front end (RUM) response times, and presented them with a variety of different graphs. We’ll show you lots of different pictures of this data using an arsenal of visualization tools. We’ll start with historical data from real applications having performance issues, and work backward toward the graphs you would be using in performance monitoring tools to detect these problems.

Judge for yourself which views give you the information, the data you would need to detect and isolate problems as well as analyze and understand performance profiles. So sit back and prepare to be dazzled by barrage of pretty pictures with lots of colors, lines and dots. We hope that attendees will walk away with a new appreciation for the hidden insights in data, and the importance of choosing the right visualization for the right problem.

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Patrick Lightbody

New Relic

Patrick runs product management for New Relic, a leading provider of web application performance management and monitoring. Prior to that, Patrick started two startups in the website monitoring and load testing space, which were acquired by Gomez and Neustar, respectively.

Patrick is an avid open source contributor, having founded OpenQA, created Selenium Remote Control, and co-created Struts 2.

Patrick has held management and software engineering positions with Jive Software, Spoke Software, and Cisco Systems.

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Bill Kayser

New Relic, Inc.

Bill Kayser has over 10 years experience in application performance monitoring and management, starting as a co-founder of StepZero, LLC, a J2EE performance management consulting firm. For the last five years Bill has been staring at charts and puzzling over customer performance issues as a Principal Architect with New Relic, Inc.

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Shirley Bailes
06/18/2013 3:08pm PDT

@Rob, they are at 1:15pm, Wednesday 6/19 in the Exhibit Hall next to the O’Reilly booth.

Rob Schroder
06/18/2013 11:21am PDT

when are the office hours on wednesday?

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