Most companies with outward-facing dynamic websites face the same challenges: pages must load quickly, infrastructure must scale efficiently, and sites and services must be reliable, without burning out the team or breaking the budget. Velocity is the best place on the planet for web ops and performance professionals like you to learn from your peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and lessons learned.
Build Faster Web Apps
Quality Time with Experts
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with a cadre of industry leaders who are taking web performance and operations to the next level. Bring your entire team to share ideas and get your toughest questions answered by the experts.
Four Intense Days Devoted to Web Operations, Performance, and DevOps
Velocity packs a wealth of big ideas, know-how, and connections into four concentrated days. You'll be able to apply what you've learned immediately and you'll be well prepared for what lies ahead.
"O'Reilly's Velocity conference is the only generalized Web ops and performance conference out there. We really like it; you can go to various other conferences and have 10-20% of the content useful to you as a Web Admin, or you can go here and have most of it be relevant!" —Web Admin Blog
"Velocity conference: development for the speed of light. For a performance nerd, this year's Velocity conference had to be Mecca. There was an abundance of great sessions, covering a wide variety of performance and operations topics." —Tom Hughes-Croucher, Yahoo! Developer Network Blog
"Velocity is the best conf for web engineers I've been to so far. Solid talks and invaluable info. Worth every penny!" —Ismail Elshareef, via Twitter
"I can say without hyperbole that this was the best conference I've attended. The presentations were from people doing real large-scale web development and included a fair amount of real data and some of their solutions to hard problems." —robcee
"...an eye opener in terms of improving and maintaining performance on very large web sites." —Mike Brunt, Musings from a ColdFusion Aficionado
"Velocity is the conference I always wanted. Instead of focusing on one particular product or technology, it focuses on the true problem of keeping websites fast and available, which a lot of us have to deal with" —Peter Zaitsev, CEO Percona Inc., co-author of High Performance MySQL
The Velocity conference is the best ops focused event I've been to, the content was highly technical and not just teaser." —Ezra Zygmuntowicz, Engine Yard
"Velocity is the conference where people talk about how to get things done in the real world - if you want to know how the best in the world handle their Operations, Velocity is the place to learn." —Adam Jacob, Opscode
"With a great line up of speakers, this conference is a gathering of hundreds of web ops and performance professionals that get together to share their ideas and expertise. Without a doubt, this is one of my favourite conferences… I thoroughly recommend attending this conference!" —Dean Hume, Coding Tips & Tricks
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.
Tammy Everts (SOASTA) is a senior researcher and evangelist at SOASTA, Tammy Everts studies the technical, business, and human sides of web/application performance and shares her findings via countless blog posts, presentations, case studies, articles, and reports. She manages the popular industry blog the Performance Beacon.
Camille Fournier (Rent the Runway) is the former head of engineering at Rent the Runway. She was previously a vice president at Goldman Sachs. Camille is an Apache ZooKeeper committer and PMC member and a Dropwizard framework PMC member.
Nicole Forsgren, PhD (Chef) is an expert in IT use, DevOps impacts, and communication and knowledge management practices, particularly among technical professionals. Her background spans analytics, enterprise storage (specializing in RAID performance), cost allocation, user experience, and systems design and development. She is a featured speaker at industry and academic events and is involved in women in technology initiatives.
Ilya Grigorik (Google) is a web performance engineer at Google, co-chair of the W3C Web Performance Working group, and author of High Performance Browser Networking (O'Reilly) book. In short, an internet plumber.
Mark Imbriaco (Operable, Inc.) is the CEO of Operable, focused on helping teams manage production systems, better. He has been in the Internet industry for 20 years, and has worked in a variety of development and operations roles at innovative Web, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and eCommerce companies. Over the past decade, he's led operations for companies like 37signals, Heroku, LivingSocial, GitHub, and DigitalOcean.
Tim Kadlec (Akamai) is a developer advocate pushing for a faster web at Akamai. He is the author of Implementing Responsive Design: Building sites for an anywhere, everywhere web (New Riders, 2012) and was a contributing author for Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design and Web Performance Daybook Volume 2 (O’Reilly, 2012). Along with Katie Kovalcin, Tim co-hosts The Path to Performance Podcast. He writes sporadically at timkadlec.com.
Bridget Kromhout (Pivotal) is a principal technologist for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After years in site reliability operations (most recently at DramaFever), she traded in on-call for more travel. A frequent speaker at tech conferences, she helps organise the AWS and DevOps meetups at home in Minneapolis, serves on the program committee for Velocity, and acts as a global core organiser for devopsdays. She podcasts at Arrested DevOps, occasionally blogs at bridgetkromhout.com, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.
Pat Meenan (Google) 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. He created the popular open-source WebPageTest web performance measurement tool, runs the free instance of it at www.webpagetest.org and can frequently be found in the forums helping site owners understand and improve their website performance.
Andrew Shafer (Pivotal) co-founded Reductive Labs and worked to help organisations build better systems with better tools. He brings with him a background in high performance computing, computational science, embedded Linux development, web frameworks and Agile methods. Andrew really likes to help teams navigate the technology Renaissance triple point between people, process and tools.
Betty Tso (Amazon) is the founding manager for AmazonUI engineering team, responsible for the front-end platform that is modernizing Amazon.com's FE codebase across mobile, tablet and desktop. It's an opportunity to enforce front-end best practices, make Amazon's retail sites lightning fast and encapsulate the minutia of cross device/browser compatibility. Betty speaks pixel perfectness, accessibility, security and is an evangelist in Web Performance Optimization domain. At Amazon, Betty gives tech talks during university recruiting events to help excite engineers who are passionate about lightning-fast large scale applications. Externally, Betty co-chairs Velocity Beijing conference and is on the program committee for Velocity Santa Clara, New York and Europe.
Prior to Amazon, Betty led the Exceptional Performance Engineering team at Yahoo and drove the engineering execution & development for Yahoo!'s top Web Performance products like YSlow and Roundtrip. She also spent a few years working on high traffic sites in Yahoo! Media (Finance, omg, Shine, Movies, TV), leading the effort in front-end engineering management and site performance-improvement projects.
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