While most of us stayed confined for our safety, we not only want to maintain our business operations and platform at the highest levels but wish also like to maintain a virtual link with you. We wanted to bring everybody together online and let the performance experts share.
In addition to the 24-hour virtual #NeotysPAC Summits in February and October, we wanted to offer something more casual and ongoing: weekly virtual PAC meetups.
Every Wednesday at 3 pm EST / 9 pm GMT, we opened the #NeotysPAC Meet Up to all of you.
The idea of these Meet Up is to take a 1-hour break together. No matter where you were based: we were together to hear from some of our PAC Experts and to share your experience and knowledge regarding techniques, challenges, and best practices associated with several topics on the minds of today’s performance testers such as DevOps, Shift Left/Right, Test Automation, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence?
Meet Up #1 – April 1st
What are the challenges related to the global lockdown? How could we help organizations ensure productivity even if most of their employees are working from home?
In his latest blog post, Andreas Grabner from Dynatrace shared his thoughts on how working-from-home is affecting productivity and how to measure the impact of the lockdown on Performance. Twan Koot (Sogeti), Leandro Melendez (Qualitest/Perfbytes), Stijn Schepers (Accenture), Mark Tomlinson (Perfbytes) and Henrik Rexed (Neotys) joined him to discuss it and share their view on these challenges and how to overcome it, during this first #NeotysPAC Virtual Meet Up.
Meet Up #2 – April 8th
How to organize a team to take advantage of Performance as a Self-Service?
Most of the organizations are building solutions using Agile / DevOps. When done right, it improves the developer experience and increases overall productivity as developers can do most things (build, deploy, run) as a self-service. Continuous performance feedback is a crucial capability of a modern cloud-native platform. It requires the traditional Performance Center of Excellence teams to automate their testing and analysis tasks and provide it as a built-in self-service.
Meet Up #3 – April 15th – 3 pm in the US, 21h in Paris, 8 pm in London
How to train Performance Engineers on both modern and traditional end-to-end performance testing approaches.
There is no real educational program or process to teach someone performance testing and performance engineering. Performance testing requires a lot of different skills. Developing the right expertise requires the right project and the right training.
During our last #NeotysPAC Meet-Up, our experts outlined a process to enable performance as a self-service within an organization.
But to include performance testing as early as possible, you need to provide your developers with the skills to understand performance reports and bottlenecks.
Wel discussed how to train performance engineers on both modern and traditional end-to-end performance testing approaches.
Meet Up #4 – April 22nd – 3 pm in the US, 21h in Paris, 8 pm in London
How to calculate the tangible & realistic business value of performance engineering backed up with convincing business/technical metrics.
During our last #NeotysPAC Meet-Up, we discussed how to bring a new engineer into the performance engineering world. One of topics that was mentioned several times was “communication.” A good performance engineer needs to be able to present metrics to various types of audiences and simplify complex technology. Performance testing is all about ensuring the successful deployment of our releases in production. Presenting business metrics in our performance report could be helpful to decision-makers to validate the deployment of a release. How could we quantify business value (bottom-line impact, for example) of performance engineering with business and technical metrics?
During this 4th #NeotysPAC Meet-Up, we explored an approach to combine technical results and metrics with various business tools like tracking systems to extrapolate the business indicators based on the behavior of an accurate system.
Meet Up #5 – April 29th – 3 pm in the US, 21h in Paris, 8 pm in London
How AI/ML can help performance testing
Since the beginning of the #NeotysPAC, we’ve been talking about the power of AI and machine learning for various use cases. If we look at the APM/AIOps market, there are several solutions that are taking advantage of these technologies to detect and provide root cause analysis of problems. Performance testing solutions should also be able to benefit from APM tools using AI/ML.
Implementing performance as a self-service requires a system that allows anyone to run tests and get instant results. AI/ML can help organizations reach this goal and let dev teams create their quality gates independently.
How can we collaborate to create rules in the ML system so that it recognizes performance problems automatically?
Meet Up #6 – April 6th – 3 pm in the US, 21h in Paris, 8 pm in London
The Future Trends for Performance Engineering
Where will we be in 10 years? Performance testing on the moon? Will it all be done by AI robot brains? Will we even have a tool that creates the scripts by itself? During this 6th Neotys PAC Meet-Up, we discussed and shared our view of What’s coming next, for Performance Engineering.
Meet Up #7 – May 13th – 3 pm in the US, 21h in Paris, 8 pm in London
IoT is Coming… how can we realistically test IOT solutions?
In the middle of an usual situation, most of the organizations, that didn’t invest, are now moved quickly to digital transformation. Part of this transformation, many companies (insurance, retailer with their warehouse, car industry, and many others) are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to track and provide applications to their customers. Every IoT project is a mix of pure sensors (objects) interacting with big data architecture and traditional end-user applications (browsers or mobile devices).
Having millions of objects communicating with a platform means that we are going to increase the traffic usage of the global internet. In this complex environment how can we guarantee that the central IoT Platforms would skilled and be reactive? Certain IoT implementations require to be performed because humans’ lives are involved (Hospital, Healthcare, car industry with the self-driving cars). Testing IoT Platforms is opened new dimensions: new protocols, extreme load test and traditional web/ mobile testing.
During that Meet Up we tried to understand how we could test earlier and being more efficient to validate an IoT Platform. What are the things that we should be concerned when working with that type of project, what are the KPI we should be focused on?
Meet Up #8 – May 20th – 3 pm in the US, 21h in Paris, 8 pm in London
Ensuring performance on Blockchains
Blockchain is better known as the technology that enables the existence of cryptocurrency. Beyond that, it usually helps to secure data (insurance, media, logistics, etc.). That is why blockchain is going to be part of our modern architecture from here on. Migrating your current applications into a blockchain network will require testing. Testing blockchain might seem scary to traditional performance engineers. As with any new technology, questions remain unanswered: how would applications be used in this new network, and what would performance testing them look like?
During this meet-up, we talked about blockchain basics and explore the different possible testing approaches, the KPIs and also the constraints.
Meet Up #9 – May 27th – 3 pm in the US, 21h in Paris, 8 pm in London
Browser Rendering and DOM loading Performance
During this meet up we talked about how we could measure user experience and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using a protocol-based or browser-based? We also discussed how we could include web performance activities combined with load and performance testing.
About the Performance Advisory Council
The Performance Advisory Council is a Neotys initiative, to bring together experts from around the world to share their experience and knowledge regarding techniques, challenges, and best practices associated with several topics on the minds of today’s performance tester such as DevOps, Shift Left/Right, Test Automation, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence. Neotys hosts one #NeotysPAC Summit (physical meeting) each year as well as one Virtual #NeotysPAC during 24 hours following the sun, and several Virtual Meet-up.