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Velocity New York 2014 Schedule

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

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Beekman
Add Mitigating User Experience from 'Breaking Bad': The Twitter Approach to your personal schedule
11:20am Mitigating User Experience from 'Breaking Bad': The Twitter Approach Arun Kejariwal (MZ), Piyush Kumar (Twitter Inc.)
Add A Practical Guide to Systems Testing to your personal schedule
1:15pm A Practical Guide to Systems Testing doug small (Intuit)
Add Infrastructure as Code in Government to your personal schedule
2:00pm Infrastructure as Code in Government Anna Shipman (Government Digital Service)
Add It's 3AM, Do You Know Why You Got Paged? to your personal schedule
3:30pm It's 3AM, Do You Know Why You Got Paged? Ryan Frantz (Etsy)
Add Moving VividCortex to the Log-Backed Infrastructure to your personal schedule
4:15pm Moving VividCortex to the Log-Backed Infrastructure John Berryman (Eventbrite), Baron Schwartz (VividCortex)
Add Scaling Things That Don't Scale: Scalability and Reliability at Airbnb to your personal schedule
5:00pm Scaling Things That Don't Scale: Scalability and Reliability at Airbnb Ben Hughes (Airbnb), Jon Tai (Airbnb)
Regent
Add Obnoxiously Slow Endpoints to your personal schedule
11:20am Obnoxiously Slow Endpoints Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella)
Add The Surprising Path to a Faster NYTimes.com to your personal schedule
1:15pm The Surprising Path to a Faster NYTimes.com Eitan Konigsburg (The New York Times Company)
Add Massive, Global, Mobile, Wifi, and RUM: How eBay and PayPal Measure and Improve Site Speed to your personal schedule
2:00pm Massive, Global, Mobile, Wifi, and RUM: How eBay and PayPal Measure and Improve Site Speed Steve Lerner (eBay, Inc.), Rajasekhar Bhogi (eBay, Inc.)
Add Progressive Image Rendering: Good or Evil? to your personal schedule
3:30pm Progressive Image Rendering: Good or Evil? Tammy Everts (SpeedCurve), Kent Alstad (Radware Canada)
Add Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Preloader? to your personal schedule
4:15pm Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Preloader? Yoav Weiss (Akamai)
Add A Better Waterfall Chart to your personal schedule
5:00pm A Better Waterfall Chart Mark Zeman (SpeedCurve)
Nassau
Add Continuous Delusions: The Hard Truth about C.D. to your personal schedule
11:20am Continuous Delusions: The Hard Truth about C.D. Avishai Ish-Shalom (Wix)
Add A Woman's Place is at the Command Prompt to your personal schedule
1:15pm A Woman's Place is at the Command Prompt Lara Hogan (Kickstarter), Katherine Daniels (Etsy), Jennifer Davis (Chef), Bridget Kromhout (Pivotal), Samantha Thomas (University of Minnesota)
Add Minimum Viable Services for UK Taxpayers to your personal schedule
3:30pm Minimum Viable Services for UK Taxpayers Kalbir Sohi (drie)
Add Real World DevOps to your personal schedule
4:15pm Real World DevOps Rodrigo Campos (Walmart.com)
Add The Power of Conflict to your personal schedule
5:00pm The Power of Conflict Nikolas Katsimpras (Columbia University)
Rhinelander South
Add Reaching Everyone to your personal schedule
11:20am Reaching Everyone Tim Kadlec (Snyk)
Add Optimizing Your App for Real-World Networks to your personal schedule
1:15pm Optimizing Your App for Real-World Networks Jennifer Leong (AT&T)
Add On Application Responsiveness: How Can the Turtle Look Like a Gazelle to your personal schedule
3:30pm On Application Responsiveness: How Can the Turtle Look Like a Gazelle Amichai Nitsan (Hewlett Packard Enterprise), Dana Gilboa (HP Software), Efrat Ben-David (HP)
Add Scaling Android Development to your personal schedule
4:15pm Scaling Android Development Jan Chong (Twitter)
Murray Hill East
Add This is Your Website on Tags to your personal schedule
11:20am This is Your Website on Tags Emily Riley (Ghostery Enterprise), Norm Morrison (Radial)
Add From Design to Production Monitoring – Passing the Baton in the App Performance Lifecycle to your personal schedule
2:00pm From Design to Production Monitoring – Passing the Baton in the App Performance Lifecycle Shane Evans (Hewlett-Packard), Oded Keret (HP Software)
Add Rigorous Performance Testing on the Web to your personal schedule
4:15pm Rigorous Performance Testing on the Web Grant Ellis (Instart Logic)
Add Scaling Down: The Offline First Story to your personal schedule
5:00pm Scaling Down: The Offline First Story Joan Touzet (Cloudant, an IBM Company)
Add Aerospike Meetup to your personal schedule
6:45pm - 9:00pm Event
Room: Murray Hill East
Aerospike Meetup
Add Tuesday Opening Welcome to your personal schedule
9:00am Plenary
Room: Grand Ballroom
Tuesday Opening Welcome Steve Souders (SpeedCurve), Courtney W. Nash (O'Reilly), John Allspaw (Etsy)
Add One Year After healthcare.gov: Where Are We Now? to your personal schedule
9:10am Plenary
Room: Grand Ballroom
One Year After healthcare.gov: Where Are We Now? Mikey Dickerson (Federal Government | United States Digital Services Team)
Add TCP Optimization in a Large Scale Network  to your personal schedule
9:35am Plenary
Room: Grand Ballroom
TCP Optimization in a Large Scale Network Hossein Lotfi (Google)
Add Myths of Control to your personal schedule
9:45am Plenary
Room: Grand Ballroom
Myths of Control Justin Arbuckle (Chef)
Add NoSQL Key Value Stores - The Key to Velocity to your personal schedule
10:05am Plenary
Room: Grand Ballroom
NoSQL Key Value Stores - The Key to Velocity Brian Bulkowski (Aerospike)
Add Cloning Yourself Isn't an Option: Becoming a Multiplier, Because You Don't Horizontally Scale to your personal schedule
10:15am Plenary
Room: Grand Ballroom
Cloning Yourself Isn't an Option: Becoming a Multiplier, Because You Don't Horizontally Scale Camille Fournier (Independent)
Add Soccer (or Football) and IT Organizations to your personal schedule
10:35am Plenary
Room: Grand Ballroom
Soccer (or Football) and IT Organizations John Yippe (Rackspace)
8:00am Coffee
Room: Sutton Foyer
Add Sponsor Pavilion Reception to your personal schedule
5:40pm - 6:40pm Event
Room: Sponsor Pavilion
Sponsor Pavilion Reception
Add Tuesday Lunchtime Birds of a Feather to your personal schedule
12:00pm Lunch - Sponsored by Carpathia
Room: Americas Hall
Tuesday Lunchtime Birds of a Feather
10:45am Morning Break
Room: Sponsor Pavilion, Grand Ballroom Foyer & 3rd Floor Promenade
2:40pm Afternoon Break - Sponsored by Sauce Labs
Room: Sponsor Pavilion, Grand Ballroom Foyer & 3rd Floor Promenade
Add DevOps After Dark (Sponsored by Catchpoint) to your personal schedule
7:00pm - 9:00pm Event
Room: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
DevOps After Dark (Sponsored by Catchpoint)
11:20am-12:00pm (40m) Operations
Mitigating User Experience from 'Breaking Bad': The Twitter Approach
Arun Kejariwal (MZ) et al
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.
1:15pm-1:55pm (40m) Operations
A Practical Guide to Systems Testing
doug small (Intuit)
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.
2:00pm-2:40pm (40m) Operations
Infrastructure as Code in Government
Anna Shipman (Government Digital Service)
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.
3:30pm-4:10pm (40m) Operations
It's 3AM, Do You Know Why You Got Paged?
Ryan Frantz (Etsy)
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.
4:15pm-4:55pm (40m) Operations
Moving VividCortex to the Log-Backed Infrastructure
John Berryman (Eventbrite) et al
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.
5:00pm-5:40pm (40m) Operations
Scaling Things That Don't Scale: Scalability and Reliability at Airbnb
Ben Hughes (Airbnb) et al
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.
11:20am-12:00pm (40m) Performance
Obnoxiously Slow Endpoints
Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella)
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.
1:15pm-1:55pm (40m) Performance
The Surprising Path to a Faster NYTimes.com
Eitan Konigsburg (The New York Times Company)
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.
2:00pm-2:40pm (40m) Performance
Massive, Global, Mobile, Wifi, and RUM: How eBay and PayPal Measure and Improve Site Speed
Steve Lerner (eBay, Inc.) et al
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.
3:30pm-4:10pm (40m) Performance
Progressive Image Rendering: Good or Evil?
Tammy Everts (SpeedCurve) et al
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?
4:15pm-4:55pm (40m) Performance
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Preloader?
Yoav Weiss (Akamai)
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.
5:00pm-5:40pm (40m) Performance
A Better Waterfall Chart
Mark Zeman (SpeedCurve)
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.
11:20am-12:00pm (40m) Culture & Organizational Change
Continuous Delusions: The Hard Truth about C.D.
Avishai Ish-Shalom (Wix)
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.
1:15pm-1:55pm (40m) Culture & Organizational Change
A Woman's Place is at the Command Prompt
Lara Hogan (Kickstarter) et al
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!)
2:00pm-2:40pm (40m) Culture & Organizational Change
DevOps and the Intentionally Emergent Enterprise
Jim Stogdill (.)
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.
3:30pm-4:10pm (40m) Culture & Organizational Change
Minimum Viable Services for UK Taxpayers
Kalbir Sohi (drie)
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.
4:15pm-4:55pm (40m) Culture & Organizational Change
Real World DevOps
Rodrigo Campos (Walmart.com)
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.
5:00pm-5:40pm (40m) Culture & Organizational Change
The Power of Conflict
Nikolas Katsimpras (Columbia University)
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.
11:20am-12:00pm (40m) Mobile
Reaching Everyone
Tim Kadlec (Snyk)
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.
1:15pm-1:55pm (40m) Mobile
Optimizing Your App for Real-World Networks
Jennifer Leong (AT&T)
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.
2:00pm-2:40pm (40m) Mobile
Responsive Images are Coming to a Browser Near You
Yoav Weiss (Akamai)
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.
3:30pm-4:10pm (40m) Mobile
On Application Responsiveness: How Can the Turtle Look Like a Gazelle
Amichai Nitsan (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) et al
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.
4:15pm-4:55pm (40m) Mobile
Scaling Android Development
Jan Chong (Twitter)
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.
5:00pm-5:40pm (40m) Mobile
Etsy’s Journey to Building a Continuous Integration Infrastructure for Mobile Apps
Nassim Kammah (Etsy)
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.
11:20am-12:00pm (40m) Sponsored
This is Your Website on Tags
Emily Riley (Ghostery Enterprise) et al
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.
1:15pm-1:55pm (40m) Sponsored
Leveraging a Cloud Architecture for Fun, Ease and Profit!
Harold Hannon (SoftLayer)
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.
2:00pm-2:40pm (40m) Sponsored
From Design to Production Monitoring – Passing the Baton in the App Performance Lifecycle
Shane Evans (Hewlett-Packard) et al
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.
3:30pm-4:10pm (40m) Sponsored
Reimagining Application Delivery Controllers as Cloud Services
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.
4:15pm-4:55pm (40m) Sponsored
Rigorous Performance Testing on the Web
Grant Ellis (Instart Logic)
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
5:00pm-5:40pm (40m) Sponsored
Scaling Down: The Offline First Story
Joan Touzet (Cloudant, an IBM Company)
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.
6:45pm-9:00pm (2h 15m) Event
Aerospike Meetup
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.
9:00am-9:10am (10m)
Tuesday Opening Welcome
Steve Souders (SpeedCurve) et al
Program Chairs, Steve Souders, Courtney Nash and John Allspaw, open the first day of keynotes. Additional keynote speakers will be announced soon.
9:10am-9:35am (25m)
One Year After healthcare.gov: Where Are We Now?
Mikey Dickerson (Federal Government | United States Digital Services Team)
What is the legacy of last year's bungled launch of healthcare.gov? Has the government learned anything? Have we?
9:35am-9:45am (10m) Sponsored
TCP Optimization in a Large Scale Network
Hossein Lotfi (Google)
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.
9:45am-10:05am (20m)
Myths of Control
Justin Arbuckle (Chef)
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?
10:05am-10:15am (10m) Sponsored
NoSQL Key Value Stores - The Key to Velocity
Brian Bulkowski (Aerospike)
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.
10:15am-10:35am (20m)
Cloning Yourself Isn't an Option: Becoming a Multiplier, Because You Don't Horizontally Scale
Camille Fournier (Independent)
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.
10:35am-10:40am (5m) Sponsored
Soccer (or Football) and IT Organizations
John Yippe (Rackspace)
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.
8:00am-9:00am (1h)
Break: Coffee
5:40pm-6:40pm (1h) Event
Sponsor Pavilion Reception
Join us in the Sponsor Pavilion on Tuesday after sessions to visit the exhibitors, mingle with other attendees, and enjoy great refreshments and drinks.
12:00pm-1:15pm (1h 15m) Event
Tuesday Lunchtime Birds of a Feather
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.
10:45am-11:20am (35m)
Break: Morning Break
2:40pm-3:30pm (50m)
Break: Afternoon Break - Sponsored by Sauce Labs
7:00pm-9:00pm (2h) Event
DevOps After Dark (Sponsored by Catchpoint)
Join us Tuesday night for drinks, appetizers, pool, and live music at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42 St.