Velocity Europe 2012 Keynotes

John Allspaw

John Allspaw, EtsySVP, Technical Operations

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, Walmart.comVP, Mobile Architecture

Dion Almaer is a technologist who loves to code and build. He and his long time partner-in-crime Ben Galbraith recently brought their team to Walmart to power the mobile engineering efforts. He enjoys sharing his passion for software production across various communities, including a new property called FunctionSource.com.

Dion has been writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog.

He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter.

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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Location: King's Suite
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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Location: King's Suite
Ben Galbraith

Ben Galbraith, Walmart.comVP, Mobile Engineering

Ben Galbraith, together with his long-time friend Dion Almaer, forms one-half of the dynamic “Ben and Dion” duo that founded Ajaxian.com, headed Developer Tools at Mozilla, ran Developer Relations at Palm and is now running mobile architecture and engineering at Walmart.com after being acquired along with their start-up team in early 2011. Ben’s been writing code since he was six and starting businesses since he was ten; he’s written books, given hundreds of award-winning presentations world-wide, produced a few technical conferences, sold three companies, and has held CEO, CIO, CTO, and Software Architect positions in the medical, publishing, media, consumer electronics, advertising, software and internet industries. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and six 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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Location: King's Suite
Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik, GoogleDeveloper Advocate

Ilya Grigorik is a developer advocate and web performance engineer at Google. He spends his days and nights working on making the web faster and building and driving adoption of performance best practices.

Prior to focusing on web performance Ilya was the founder and CTO of PostRank, a social analytics company which was acquired by Google and became the core of social analytics reporting within Google Analytics. Whenever not thinking web performance, or analytics, Ilya can be found contributing to open-source projects, reading, or building fun projects like VimGolf, GitHub Archive and others.

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 created WebPagetest while at AOL and now works at Google with a team that is working to make the web faster. He has been working on optimizing low-level networking performance for various applications (among other responsibilities) over the last 15 years.

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, Compuware APM DivisionTechnology 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, FastlyChief Performance Officer

Steve is Chief Performance Officer at Fastly developing web performance services. He previously served as Google’s Head Performance Engineer and Chief Performance Yahoo!. Prior to that Steve worked at General Magic, WhoWhere?, and Lycos, and co-founded Helix Systems and CoolSync.

Steve is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites.
He is the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow,the HTTP Archive,Cuzillion, Jdrop, ControlJS, and Browserscope.

He serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly, and is co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford.

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, 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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