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Velocity New York 2014 Schedule: Full Listing

Below are the confirmed and scheduled talks at Velocity New York 2014. Note: The schedule is subject to change.

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Monday, 09/15/2014

8:00am

Sutton Foyer
Coffee (1h)

9:00am

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Performance
Beekman
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
Tammy Everts (SpeedCurve)
Average rating: ***..
(3.79, 53 ratings)
This tutorial covers a broad set of performance fundamentals — from user expectations to business metrics to optimization best practices — to help you hit the ground running for the next three days. Read more.
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Operations
Regent
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
John Allspaw (Etsy)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 14 ratings)
This 3-hour tutorial will cover the theory and fundamentals of "The New View*" on complex systems failure and human error, as well as techniques for facilitating an adverse event debriefing. We will use case studies of known events and a good deal of interactive attendee participation to explore postmortem debriefing techniques and pitfalls. Read more.
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Mobile
Nassau
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
Maximiliano Firtman (ITMaster Professional Training)
Average rating: ****.
(4.60, 30 ratings)
The mobile web space moves really fast and every year the whole ecosystem changes. But one thing remains unchanged: the need for extreme performance. If you have a mobile site, a responsive web, or you are about to create one, this tutorial will give you the techniques to measure and improve the performance after understanding the mobile web world today and testing on your own mobile device. Read more.

10:30am

Americas Hall
Morning Break (30m)

11:00am

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Performance
Beekman
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
Patrick Meenan (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.96, 27 ratings)
Did you know you can deploy your own WebPagetest instances for your own testing needs? We will walk through the process of deploying a private instance using dedicated hardware, cloud resources and mobile devices, and demonstrate some of the exciting uses once you have your own instance to use/abuse. Read more.
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Operations
Regent
John Allspaw (Etsy)
Average rating: ****.
(4.14, 7 ratings)
A continuation of the 9:00 am session. Read more.
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Mobile
Nassau
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
Colin Bendell (Akamai)
Average rating: ****.
(4.24, 25 ratings)
This workshop will show how we can take a Responsive site and by making key changes improve the performance for different screens resolutions, network conditions, and devices. We will take a “naïve” RWD site, transform it, and make it fast using commonly available tools and techniques before your very eyes. Read more.

12:30pm

Americas Hall
Lunch (1h)

1:30pm

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Performance
Beekman
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
Buddy Brewer (SOASTA), Philip Tellis (SOASTA)
Average rating: ****.
(4.07, 41 ratings)
RUM isn't just for page level metrics anymore. In this talk we will share how to time the most important components on your page and keep track of third party performance. Read more.
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Operations
Regent
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
Lindsay Holmwood (Australian Government Digital Transformation Office), Jesse Reynolds (Bulletproof Networks)
Average rating: **...
(2.60, 20 ratings)
Enter Flapjack: a monitoring alert routing system. Flapjack sits at the end of your monitoring pipeline and works out who it should send alerts to. Sounds pretty simple? Flapjack tries to make it so. There are still really hard problems to solve when working out who to notify about a detected failure, and what to do when lots of things fail simultaneously. Read more.
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Mobile
Nassau
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
Lara Hogan (Kickstarter), Destiny Montague (Etsy)
Average rating: ****.
(4.18, 17 ratings)
Learn how to build a device lab as a product for your coworkers to test their work on a spectrum of operating systems and versions. We’ll cover how to choose devices, organization and cabling, power supply troubleshooting, and tips for getting your users to use the lab considerately. Read more.
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Sponsored
Murray Hill East
Hari Kannan (HP Helion OpenStack R&D)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Come join Hari Kannan, Senior Manager, HP Helion OpenStack R&D, as he presents a technical workshop on HP Helion OpenStack – covering an overview of the Helion product portfolio, followed by in-depth technical walkthroughs and demonstrations of the freely available HP Helion OpenStack Community Edition distribution. *This event is open to both 2 & 3 day conference pass holders. Read more.

3:00pm

Americas Hall
Afternoon Break (30m)

3:30pm

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Performance
Beekman
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
Alois Reitbauer (Dynatrace)
Average rating: ***..
(3.40, 20 ratings)
The W3C Web Performance group has developed a set of specifications to make performance measurement easier and also allow to build better performance-aware applications. This session provides detailed insight into the specifications and gives hands-on insight into how to use them to build better and faster web applications. Read more.
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Operations
Regent
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
Tobi Knaup (Mesosphere)
Average rating: ****.
(4.12, 16 ratings)
Devops everywhere spend countless hours building custom scale-out architectures for web apps. Marathon is a new framework built on Apache Mesos that simplifies and automates operations, and provides a simple self-serve interface for developers to launch their apps or Docker containers on a shared cluster in a scalable and fault-tolerant way. Read more.
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Culture & Organizational Change
Nassau
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Tom Limoncelli (StackOverflow.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 20 ratings)
Devs and Ops engineers have a time management problem. There are too many projects, interruptions, and distractions. We forget stuff. Tom will present techniques for zapping interruptions so you have more time for projects, prioritization techniques so the projects you do work on have the most impact, plus the easiest, most effective way to juggle all your tasks without dropping any. Read more.

5:00pm

On Your Own
Dinner (1h)

6:00pm

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Event
Madison
If you're a woman looking for like-minded communities to join, c'mon down to our meetup on Monday evening before Ignite Velocity. In addition to great networking, you’ll hear lightning talks from representatives of groups, companies, and projects that support diversity in the technology community. Read more.

6:30pm

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Event
Beekman/North/Center
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)
If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? Would you talk about your latest passion? Describe the trip of a lifetime? Teach a hack? We’ll find out at in this high-energy, fast-paced, technology show-and-tell. Read more.

Tuesday, 09/16/2014

8:00am

Sutton Foyer
Coffee (1h)

9:00am

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Grand Ballroom
Steve Souders (SpeedCurve), Courtney W. Nash (O'Reilly), John Allspaw (Etsy)
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 9 ratings)
Program Chairs, Steve Souders, Courtney Nash and John Allspaw, open the first day of keynotes. Additional keynote speakers will be announced soon. Read more.

9:10am

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Grand Ballroom
Mikey Dickerson (Federal Government | United States Digital Services Team)
Average rating: ****.
(4.73, 60 ratings)
What is the legacy of last year's bungled launch of healthcare.gov? Has the government learned anything? Have we? Read more.

9:35am

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Sponsored
Grand Ballroom
Hossein Lotfi (Google)
Average rating: **...
(2.84, 32 ratings)
In this session we will talk about TCP optimization and how to measure its impact in a large scale network. we explore some useful tools and methodologies for transport optimization. Read more.

9:45am

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Grand Ballroom
Average rating: ***..
(3.48, 27 ratings)
Everyday, companies are attempting to manage the delivery of software to their customers. Whereas this used to be a fairly deterministic process with clear boundaries between functions and processes, we have all learned that a less silo'd and more iterative approach yields better design and better performance in the wild. But how to control this kind of approach--or more importantly, should you? Read more.

10:05am

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Sponsored
Grand Ballroom
Brian Bulkowski (Aerospike)
Average rating: **...
(2.40, 30 ratings)
10 reasons why in-Memory and a new generation of distributed databases - NoSQL Key Value Stores - are the next big thing and the key to Velocity for every enterprise. Read more.

10:15am

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Grand Ballroom
Camille Fournier (Independent)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 44 ratings)
We're all drawn to the fable of the 10X engineer, but engineers most commonly increase their effectiveness 10X by amplifying the effectiveness of those around them. In this talk we'll explore ways to make your value multiplicative, no cloning required. Read more.

10:35am

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Sponsored
Grand Ballroom
John Yippe (Rackspace)
Average rating: ***..
(3.41, 22 ratings)
Can IT organizations learn something from the world of soccer? In this talk I'll briefly describe some ideas about why the US Men's soccer team doesn't dominate and how they are changing this. We'll quickly explore how IT organizations can learn from what the USMNT are doing to change this. Read more.

10:45am

Sponsor Pavilion, Grand Ballroom Foyer & 3rd Floor Promenade
Morning Break (35m)

11:20am

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Operations
Beekman
Arun Kejariwal (MZ), Piyush Kumar (Twitter Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 8 ratings)
Agile development has become very predominant in most web companies. This coupled with the dynamic nature of Twitter's traffic may result in sudden breakouts - which manifest themselves as a mean-shift or a rampup - in application and system metrics. The focus of this talk is to present a statistical approach to automatically detect breakouts in a timely fashion, thereby mitigating user impact. Read more.
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Performance
Regent
Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 33 ratings)
In service oriented applications, you interact with endpoints you don't directly control. They can be fast or slow, reliable or unreliable. On a recent project, we interacted with an endpoint that took 12 hops to get a response back. Six out, and six back. In this session, Nicole will describe the journey her team took to craft a solid user experience in spite of these constraints. Read more.
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Average rating: ****.
(4.13, 15 ratings)
Lately it seems that whatever conference you attend everyone is talking about Continuous Delivery: tools, success stories, services, books...you name it. To some people, it seems that DevOps is about Continuous Delivery; but is this really the case? How come CD is such a prominent term? And what is it really about? This talk will try to give a different viewpoint of CD. Read more.
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Sponsored
Murray Hill East
Emily Riley (Ghostery Enterprise), Norm Morrison (Radial)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Did you know the world's leading ecommerce sites have blindspots that can pose major risks, such as cyber-security threats, data resell to competitors, and cart abandonment? This session will uncover these blindspots and expose how much is at risk as well as equip CIOs, Heads of eCommerce, and Web Ops execs with best practices when evaluating new third party vendors and monitoring existing ones. Read more.
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Mobile
Rhinelander South
Tim Kadlec (Snyk)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 9 ratings)
Mobile use continues to increase at an incredible rate with much of that growth coming from emerging economies dominated by slow, intermittent connectivity and low-end devices. We'll talk about the lessons learned trying to build a high-performant responsive site for Radio Free Europe that can reach them all. Read more.

12:00pm

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Event
Americas Hall
Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions are informal roundtable discussions happening during lunch on Tuesday, September 16 and Wednesday, September 17. You can join any BoF table or start your own with a topic of your choice. The BoF sign-up board will be near the Registration area. Read more.

1:15pm

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Operations
Beekman
doug small (Intuit)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 9 ratings)
A system is not a server. A system is the complete set of technology used to deliver your product to the customer, yet systems are rarely tested or validated as a complete technology stack. This is our story on how we implement the fundamentals of Systems Testing for Turbotax Online with some real world practical examples. Read more.
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Performance
Regent
Eitan Konigsburg (The New York Times Company)
Average rating: ****.
(4.15, 26 ratings)
The New York Times underwent a major redesign that put performance at the heart of the project. We were surprised by which changes led to some of our biggest performance gains. Come hear the behind-the-scenes story of how NYTimes.com achieved a dramatic speed increase. Read more.
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Lara Hogan (Kickstarter), Katherine Daniels (Etsy), Jennifer Davis (Chef), Bridget Kromhout (Pivotal), Samantha Thomas (University of Minnesota)
Average rating: ****.
(4.36, 14 ratings)
Many "women in technology" efforts focus on software development, which is necessary but not sufficient. This panel is about women in Operations. How do organizations keep the women already in Ops, encourage more to join, and make the field a more welcoming one? Hear the true stories of women working in Operations today. (Yes, we exist, and we have root!) Read more.
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Sponsored
Murray Hill East
Harold Hannon (SoftLayer)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
In this discussion we will pull back the curtain of the architecture of a fun demo application purpose built for the cloud. We will focus on demonstrating how we leveraged compute, storage, messaging, and other cloud elements hosted at SoftLayer to lower the effort and difficulty of putting together a useful application. Read more.
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Mobile
Rhinelander South
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 6 ratings)
You never know where your customers will be using your mobile apps. With the high variability in mobile connectivity speeds and latencies, a good user experience will depend on how well you optimize network utilization. In this talk we'll look at problems unique to constricted networks. We’ll also provide success stories for apps that have greatly improved mobile performance. Read more.

2:00pm

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Operations
Beekman
Anna Shipman (Government Digital Service)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)
As fans of infrastructure as code, we wanted reliable tools to automate creation and configuration of machines and networks for GOV.UK and other projects. However, as the UK Government, we were limited in our suppliers, and the tools we wanted didn't exist. So we built them. This talk will cover the challenges and successes of doing modern infrastructure engineering in a traditional environment. Read more.
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Performance
Regent
Steve Lerner (eBay, Inc.), Rajasekhar Bhogi (eBay, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 20 ratings)
Measuring and improving performance is particularly important for eBay and its family of companies. When 100% of traffic carries e-commerce, every millisecond counts. eBay's Site Speed Team leaders from Network and Platform engineering will give a detailed walkthrough of eBay's methods for continuously measuring and improving site, transaction, and API speed across devices and geographies. Read more.
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Average rating: ****.
(4.23, 13 ratings)
DevOps is making its way into the corporate enterprise, but it doesn't exist in isolation. It's an enabler. Smart enterprises are using the tech and methods of the web to make the transition from command and control to a more emergent act and adapt model. Read more.
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Sponsored
Murray Hill East
Shane Evans (Hewlett-Packard), Oded Keret (HP Software)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
There’s a lot pressure on developers to get performance right the first time a new application or feature hits the market. Well you aren’t alone. Besides our own applications, HP RnD has been helping customers for 20 years, and we've learned a few things along the way. We’ll walk from conception to production to help you get the best possible performance out of your applications. Read more.
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Mobile
Rhinelander South
Yoav Weiss (Akamai)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 9 ratings)
Today, Responsive Web design often means using one of the various Responsive Images hacks or take a performance hit. In a short while, that will no longer be the case. A native Responsive Images solution is coming soon to a browser near you. In this session we will discuss this solution in depth, and see how you can start using it in your current designs. Read more.

2:40pm

Sponsor Pavilion, Grand Ballroom Foyer & 3rd Floor Promenade
Afternoon Break - Sponsored by Sauce Labs (50m)

3:30pm

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Operations
Beekman
Ryan Frantz (Etsy)
Average rating: ****.
(4.27, 26 ratings)
When it’s three in the morning, it’s hard enough waking up, let alone getting your brain in gear to fix problems. Computers should provide us with additional context around an alert, so that we can resolve issues faster and get back to sleep. This presentation discusses how to contextualize alerts automatically, so that engineers can address issues faster and get back to what they were doing. Read more.
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Performance
Regent
Tammy Everts (SpeedCurve), Kent Alstad (Radware Canada)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 20 ratings)
Everyone has strong opinions about progressive images. Some believe that progressive images improve performance by showing the user something while they look at the screen. But others believe that progressive images increase user frustration. We took these assumptions to the lab to see if we could definitively answer the question: do progressive images deliver a better or worse user experience? Read more.
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Kalbir Sohi (drie)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
How do you get a large government organisation to take the approach of developing infrastructure and services by testing hypotheses rather than trying to have all the answers up front? I'll talk through some examples of where we have and have not made this work in the UK government's tax department. Read more.
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Sponsored
Murray Hill East
Marc Gaffan (Incapsula)
Traditionally application delivery solutions were run off physical appliances inside the data centers and in many cases they were integrated into a load balancer. With more applications moving to the cloud, load balancers and application delivery solutions are on the move as well. Read more.
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Mobile
Rhinelander South
Amichai Nitsan (Hewlett Packard Enterprise), Dana Gilboa (HP Software), Efrat Ben-David (HP)
Average rating: ***..
(3.64, 11 ratings)
We will go over several tips & tricks for writing an application that feels much slicker to the user than its actual performance is. We will show how different cognitive measurements affect application perceived performance and show how one can take advantage of it in the code level. Read more.

4:15pm

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Operations
Beekman
John Berryman (Eventbrite), Baron Schwartz (VividCortex)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)
The Log infrastructure as introduced by Jay Kreps is becoming a popular blueprint for architecting a Big Data infrastructure. By it's nature, a Log-centered infrastructure is simpler and more robust to failures and spikey, high-volume loading. This talk will cover VividCortex's transition from more traditional API-based infrastructure to a Kafka Log-backed infrastructure. Read more.
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Performance
Regent
Yoav Weiss (Akamai)
Average rating: ***..
(3.78, 18 ratings)
The preloader is an essential performance optimization mechanism that exists across all modern browsers, yet it remains a mystery to many Web developers. In this session, we will explain what the preloader is, what it does, what developers need to know about it, and what the future may hold for it. Read more.
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Rodrigo Campos (Walmart.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.69, 13 ratings)
DevOps is catching the attention of companies of all sizes, but how can it be realistically applied to any kind of corporation? This talk will show the audience how Walmart.com Operations team in Brazil evolved from a single DevOps team to a complete shift in the corporate culture that has spread through operations, engineering, and even the business units. Read more.
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Sponsored
Murray Hill East
Grant Ellis (Instart Logic)
Average rating: **...
(2.60, 5 ratings)
The Web performance industry and performance testing have changed dramatically. Grant reveals pathways to maximum performance on today’s Web, where complex, dynamic applications run on congested wireless networks. Learn which tools measure what, and how to interpret performance data. Grant compares tools under real-world circumstances, explains modern Web mechanics, and dispels web performance FUD Read more.
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Mobile
Rhinelander South
Jan Chong (Twitter)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 7 ratings)
In January 2012, Twitter for Android was written by three engineers. As of January 2014, Twitter for Android has dozens of unique contributors from over ten different teams. I'll discuss how Twitter moved from a single team development model to a project based development model that welcomes contributions from across the company and highlight some of the challenges that we ran into on the way. Read more.

5:00pm

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Operations
Beekman
Ben Hughes (Airbnb), Jon Tai (Airbnb)
Average rating: ****.
(4.59, 17 ratings)
Airbnb has grown rapidly over the last few years, and our infrastructure was not able to keep up with the growth. Faced with a fast approaching busy summer travel season, a small team formed to improve reliability and scalability. We were able to make significant progress without doing a major rewrite, removing functionality, or disrupting other teams. Read more.
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Performance
Regent
Mark Zeman (SpeedCurve)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 12 ratings)
To date waterfall charts have been a mainstay in visualizing web performance. Mark Zeman will explore the strengths and weaknesses of various types of charts and present new visualizations that add depth, animation, and interaction to reveal performance bottlenecks and insights at both a holistic and detailed level. Read more.
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Nikolas Katsimpras (Columbia University)
Average rating: ****.
(4.13, 15 ratings)
Innovative, brilliant products require breaking down organizational silos, which creates conflict. The word “conflict” may include cultural or lingual connotations of violence and destruction, however truth is that once we harness its energy, and steer it in a productive manner, we can completely transform our collective efficiency. Success is all about harnessing the power of conflict. Read more.
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Sponsored
Murray Hill East
Joan Touzet (Cloudant, an IBM Company)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Mobile connectivity and bandwidth problems won't solve themselves on a global level. What is the point of your offering if people can't access it? Discover how to design or refit your service or application to thrive in an "Offline First" world. Read more.
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Mobile
Rhinelander South
Nassim Kammah (Etsy)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)
At this time, the app stores approval process prevents us from practicing Continuous Delivery for native mobile apps. Nonetheless, we can still practice agile development, committing often and detecting defects as early as they are introduced with a robust continuous integration infrastructure. This talk will explore Etsy's journey to building such an infrastructure. Read more.

5:40pm

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Event
Sponsor Pavilion
Join us in the Sponsor Pavilion on Tuesday after sessions to visit the exhibitors, mingle with other attendees, and enjoy great refreshments and drinks. Read more.

6:45pm

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Event
Murray Hill East
Tuesday, September 16, 6:45 - 9:00pm. Murray Hill East Looking to get more velocity from your applications? Join Aerospike for a Scale Warrior meetup to get the inside scoop on how Yashi analyzes more than 40 billion opportunities, and delivers hundreds of millions of video ads every month – with no downtime. Read more.

7:00pm

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Event
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
Join us Tuesday night for drinks, appetizers, pool, and live music at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42 St. Read more.

Wednesday, 09/17/2014

8:00am

Sutton Foyer
Coffee (1h)

9:00am

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Grand Ballroom
Courtney W. Nash (O'Reilly), John Allspaw (Etsy), Steve Souders (SpeedCurve)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
Program Chairs, Courtney Nash, John Allspaw and Steve Souders open the second day of keynotes. Additional keynote speakers will be announced soon. Read more.

9:05am

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Grand Ballroom
David Woods (Ohio State University SNAFUcatchers)
Average rating: ***..
(3.79, 43 ratings)
You have some, you don’t know where it comes from, you don’t know how much you will need, you’re not sure you will have what you need then (well none of us do, either). Read more.

9:35am

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Sponsored
Grand Ballroom
Shane Evans (Hewlett-Packard)
Average rating: ***..
(3.24, 33 ratings)
Application performance isn’t just about the front-end, but the optimization of the front-end and the back-end. Developing one without the other is a sure fire way to fail and users won’t always wait for version 2.0. Hear about methods for developing, testing and optimizing application performance when many of the components that contribute to poor performance are outside of our control. Read more.

9:45am

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Grand Ballroom
Zoran Perkov (IEX Group)
Average rating: ***..
(3.09, 45 ratings)
The last decade has seen an investment by all market participants in technology at an unprecedented pace as evidenced by the ability to interact with thousands of order type combinations at speeds and capacity volumes enabled by the latest technology innovations. This is a testament to our ability to be able to adapt to change and implement solutions that amplify intentions of market participants. Read more.

10:00am

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Sponsored
Grand Ballroom
Alois Reitbauer (Dynatrace)
Average rating: ***..
(3.26, 39 ratings)
Let’s face it. Alerting is broken. We are all still alerting the same way is we did in the early days of software based on metrics violations. We have all started to accept that we get too many alerts and the hard work of making sense is still left to us. This talk will introduce you to the concept of contextual alerting and show the difference hands on using a real world example. Read more.

10:05am

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Grand Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.44, 62 ratings)
Scaling systems is hard. Scaling operations teams to manage those systems? Even harder. How do you find the ideal production-savvy engineer to support your systems end to end? Direct experience, technical skills, perfect culture fit - companies look for so many qualities in one person, it borders on myth. It's time to build a better unicorn and learn how to scale your teams for the real world. Read more.

10:20am

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Sponsored
Grand Ballroom
Mehdi Daoudi (Catchpoint)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 36 ratings)
When it comes to the internet, preparation is the key to avoiding total destruction. Join Mehdi Daoudi, CEO and Co-founder of Catchpoint Systems, to learn how you can build a company culture that is ready for the inevitable IT disaster and how to emerge from the rubble stronger than ever.​ Read more.

10:30am

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Grand Ballroom
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.70, 30 ratings)
The failure of healthcare.gov was a textbook DevOps (or rather, lack of DevOps) case study. But it's part of a wider pattern that reminds us that people should be at the heart of everything we build. In fact, getting the "people" part right is the key both to DevOps and great user experience design. Read more.

10:45am

Sponsor Pavilion, Grand Ballroom Foyer & 3rd Floor Promenade
Morning Break (35m)

11:20am

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Operations
Beekman
David Josephsen (Librato)
Average rating: ****.
(4.73, 15 ratings)
A discussion of best-practices when creating/managing alerting infrastructures. Examines both technical and social factors. Explores common anti-patterns and how to avoid them. Read more.
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Performance
Regent
Alex Russell (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.54, 13 ratings)
HTML Service Workers present new opportunities - and challenges - for mobile and offline application development on the web by offering the equivalent of a programmable client-side proxy for network traffic from your application. Come learn the ups, downs, and potential gotchas involved in making offline-first and mobile-first web apps a reality. Read more.
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Jeff Sussna (Ingineering.IT)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 6 ratings)
Promise Theory is a formal model for describing complex distributed systems. It can also be used to describe socio-technical systems such as DevOps or even entire digital service organizations. This session will demonstrate Promise Theory’s ability to improve service quality by helping us increase empathy and better understand certainty and uncertainty in the systems we manage. Read more.
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Sponsored
Murray Hill East
Hooman Beheshti (Fastly)
Average rating: ****.
(4.87, 15 ratings)
In the past, issues around invalidation, staleness, and lack of visibility have prevented us from using CDNs to fully leverage the benefits of caching when it comes to dynamic content. In this session, we'll look at the challenges CDNs face with dynamic content and how you can use programmatic means to fully integrate your applications with a real-time, modern CDN. Read more.
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Mobile
Rhinelander South
Average rating: ****.
(4.12, 8 ratings)
Do you know how long it takes to parse and execute your JS on page load? It may be longer than you think. We’ll share some interesting results from our device lab, plus the techniques we use to benchmark and optimize this critical path. Read more.

12:00pm

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Americas Hall
Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions are informal roundtable discussions happening during lunch on Tuesday, September 16 and Wednesday, September 17. You can join any BoF table or start your own with a topic of your choice. The BoF sign-up board will be near the Registration area. Read more.

1:15pm

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Operations
Beekman
Brian Nuszkowski (Duo Security)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 11 ratings)
Congratulations! Your site has just gone big. Depending on how thorough you’ve been with load testing, you may or may not be celebrating this impending flood of user traffic. This talk will elaborate on the topic of load testing, defining what a load testing strategy should look like, and elaborate on several of its components. Read more.
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Performance
Regent
Barbara Bermes (OANDA)
Average rating: ****.
(4.31, 16 ratings)
Many websites include widgets such as ads, social plugins, or analytics controlled by third party providers. This talk will present best practices & tools on how to sandbox these scripts & measure their performance. After this session, the audience will be equipped to ask the right questions when choosing third party providers, and be armed with guidelines on how to integrate these snippets best. Read more.
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J. Paul Reed (Release Engineering Approaches)
Average rating: ****.
(4.06, 16 ratings)
Is 2014 the year "DevOps" jumps the shark? And if not, what made it "pop" within our industry in the first place? This talk examines what "DevOps" looks like in a post-DevOps world and what we should focus on, personally and organizationally, to be prepared for it. Read more.
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Murray Hill East
Doug McCausland (AT&T Global Business Services)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Mobile device owners are the fastest-growing segment of users on the Web. In this session, we discuss the tools now available to optimize the mobile experience and enhance the security of your content, infrastructure, and users, along with ways security can help improve website performance and responsiveness for virtually anyone visiting your websites using virtually any device. Read more.
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Mobile
Rhinelander South
Sergey Chernyshev (NY Web Performance Meetup)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 9 ratings)
Sergey will cover experience of recent responsive redesign for truTV.com where performance was an important part of the project and image processing pipeline that was built to make this possible. Read more.

2:00pm

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Operations
Beekman
John Willis (Docker)
Average rating: ****.
(4.56, 9 ratings)
An exploration of Devops and the Network. Software Defined Networks (SDN) is all the buzz, but the reality is that many network operations and engineering groups are dealing with an influx of highly virtualized tooling like OpenVswitch and Openflow and projects like OpenDaylight, Contrail, and NSX. Please join John to help him start the discussion of what DevOps in the Network really means. Read more.
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Performance
Regent
Mike Adler (The Huffington Post)
Average rating: ***..
(3.85, 20 ratings)
The paradox of the modern news site is that while ads and partnerships are the primary source of revenue, they are also the biggest source of performance problems. The Huffington Post engineers are frequently battling with the impact of third-party content which they do not control. How can an engineering organization quantitatively assess the risks of third party content? Read more.
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Mehdi Daoudi (Catchpoint)
Average rating: ****.
(4.53, 15 ratings)
If performance is an afterthought, that’s what your business will become to customers. Fast and reliable websites make for happy users, repeat business, and market share, but they’re not built overnight and the work is never complete. Learn how Ops, Devs, DevOps, and Designers must synchronize to create the "culture of quality performance" needed to build and maintain top performing sites. Read more.
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Murray Hill East
Steve Fox (DELL), Rob Dickinson (Intel)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
Most root cause analytics are based on comparisons to baselines, raising the question: why not compare across other dimensions as well or even across multiple dimensions at the same time? We’ve created a statistical approach for identifying the differential patterns in performance data to surface the most likely culprits. Join us to see what’s under the hood in our upcoming APM SaaS Edition. Read more.
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Mobile
Rhinelander South
Bethany Andres-Beck (Independent)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
Mobile web is mature enough to have legacy code! Now what? At TripAdvisor we have mobile-specific code stretching back to 2009. Hardware has changed a great deal since then, not to mention design and business goals. With engineers working on the full stack, from database to UX, and collaborative project managers we've made progressive improvements on the fly and turned legacy into an inheritance. Read more.

2:40pm

Sponsor Pavilion, Grand Ballroom Foyer & 3rd Floor Promenade
Afternoon Break (50m)

3:30pm

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Operations
Beekman
Sean Kane (New Relic)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)
Today everyone is talking about the cloud, but frequently raw computing power and hardware is ideal. This talk covers how we made hardware deployments a breeze at New Relic. We will dive into the protocols, tools and code that enable hardware provisioning and management, explain how they all fit together, and uncover gotchas and lesson learned. Read more.
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Performance
Regent
Tobin Titus (Microsoft)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
Performance experts have championed best practices for images in an attempt to reduce the strain on your network. However, in the world of diverse mobile devices, graphics are affected by far more than just network utilization. This session explains physical limitations in the CPU, GPU, and Memory as well as tradeoffs to help you unlock your best performance. Read more.
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Stephen Fishman (CMS Wire)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 6 ratings)
This session will cover the similar underlying philosophies of the DevOps and User Experience movements, and how the recent DevOps awakening in the industry at large just might heal the rift between design/UX and enterprise IT. Read more.
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Murray Hill East
Tom Gerhard (priceline.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.43, 7 ratings)
As VP of Performance Engineering at priceline.com, Tom Gerhard has examined countless infrastructure changes using synthetic monitoring data. This talk will demonstrate how this data has allowed priceline.com to evaluate domain sharding using hostname overrides, evaluate infrastructure changes, as well as run tests for diagnostic purposes. Read more.
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Mobile
Rhinelander South
Jonah Stiennon (Sauce Labs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 8 ratings)
Appium is an open source project which allows users to programmatically control both iOS and Android devices. Learn how to use Appium to simulate user interaction for UI testing on apps and mobile websites using the same libraries used to write Selenium tests. We will go from testing locally, to a fully parallel, CI-integrated, cloud environment. Read more.

3:50pm

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Murray Hill East
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Dave Lemaire, Senior Director of Technology Operations at Dyn, depends on powerful data to pinpoint the locations of performance-related issues and report its impact on the end-user. In this talk, he will demonstrate how data collected by external monitoring allows Dyn to report response and availability, troubleshoot customer issues and support sales, and more. Read more.

4:15pm

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Operations
Beekman
Rob Peters (EdgeCast Networks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Verizon EdgeCast’s edge network provides global delivery for dynamic applications, websites, mobile apps, live and on-demand streams, large-file downloads, and more. Building and deploying the http server software that delivers this traffic carries some unique challenges, which we address with a combination of new and old best practices along with lessons from our own experiences. Read more.
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Performance
Regent
Mark Nottingham (Akamai)
Average rating: ****.
(4.81, 16 ratings)
HTTP/2 support is emerging in browsers and clients after two years of work in the IETF and informed by even more experience with SPDY. While the new protocol is a drop-in replacement for HTTP/1, getting the most out of it takes understanding, planning, and effort. This talk explains how HTTP/2 affects ops, the situations it can help performance in, and what the community learned from deploying it. Read more.
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Kimberly Blessing (Think Brownstone, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 6 ratings)
Innovative engineers and technical leaders are always championing organizational change, sometimes to the chagrin of those who like the status quo. How do you ensure success without pissing people off? By attending this session to learn how change spreads, what triggers those emotional roadblocks, and the influencing factors you must address to build an audience of receptive change agents. Read more.
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Murray Hill East
Steve Skroce (CVS), Cliff Crocker (Akamai)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
At Velocity, Google, Bing, Walmart and others have demonstrated the revenue impact of poor performance. Yet attendees struggle to bring this knowledge outside the Velocity bubble into their companies. Learn to tie latency to revenue and measure it. SOASTA’s mPulse does this. Leave this talk with tools necessary to correlate performance to business KPIs. Read more.
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Mobile
Rhinelander South
Adam Ernst (Facebook)
Average rating: ****.
(4.57, 7 ratings)
Adam Ernst, iOS Engineer at Facebook New York, will delve into the evolution of Facebook's mobile initiatives leading up to the current concentrations today to improve speed and performance. Adam will give an inside look at how Facebook’s mobile team has evolved over the years, as well as the nuances his team faced and the solutions that have stemmed from specific challenges. Read more.

5:00pm

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Operations
Beekman
Matteo Figus (OpenTable)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
In a service oriented architecture is important to know how our APIs react on high volumes of traffic, in order to learn about their limits and keep under control how they perform. During this talk I'll explain why it is so important and how easy is to do it with some open-source node.js tools. Read more.
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Performance
Regent
Robin Osborne (Otomotech), Dean Hume (Settled)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
The Http Archive contains a wealth of data that is only just beginning to be explored. In this presentation, we will show a selection of poor performing sites which could be transformed by making one simple change to their page performance, as well as highlighting some lesser known “unsung stars” of the web development world and showcasing the performance techniques that they use. Read more.
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jay compton (Healthagen, an Aetna company)
Average rating: ***..
(3.17, 6 ratings)
Engineering principles can apply across the spectrum of technology, from development to operations, or even design and product management. Devops can be scaled to a large organization with the right engineering team, supporting experimentation, and rapid deployment in highly regulated industries. This focus on full-stack engineering also supports a high degree of adaptability in times of change. Read more.
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Murray Hill East
Steve Miller-Jones (Limelight Networks)
Delivering an optimal digital experience requires a multi-layered look at the factors that impact performance, and the ability to measure what really matters. Join us to learn about critical data that hides behind averages, the role of RUM, how to keep latency from killing your mobile apps, and more. You’ll leave with actionable insights for optimizing your site and improving audience engagement. Read more.
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Mobile
Rhinelander South
Buddy Brewer (SOASTA), Cliff Crocker (Akamai)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Do you know as much about the performance of your native application as you do about your wep app? We will review the available solutions for getting insight into mobile. Read more.

5:40pm

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Bridges Bar and Lounge, Hilton Lobby
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 2 ratings)
Immediately following sessions on the last day of Velocity, join us at Bridges Bar and Lounge in the New York Hilton Midtown lobby for a Closing Reception. Read more.