Automation for BizDevOps as a Whole.     Are you fully ready for the Agile Enterprise ?

When DevOps was introduced some 13 years ago, extending agile to operations created a seismic shift in the software development life cycle.  Operations and development teams had to streamline their processes to enable agile and continuous deployments. 

Robotic Front End Visual Technology Promises to Simplify Automation and Automated Testing

The challenge of testing in today's world

What to look for when choosing Citrix Performance Monitoring Tools

One of the biggest gaps I’ve noticed in most environments is an effective tool for monitoring performance of Citrix applications. The reason why is clear:

5 Reasons to Consider an Image Recognition Testing Tool

There's an ongoing debate in the applications development world on whether front end or back end testing is the most effective method. However, the discussion shouldn't be just about where the testing takes place, but rather about the ease of use and effectiveness of the tool. Traditional testing[…]

Installing Citrix XenApp 7.5 on Windows Server 2012

Installing Citrix XenApp 7.5 on Windows Server 2012 This blog will demonstrate my process of installing XenApp 7.5 on a Windows Server 2012. It is important that the account being used to install XenApp is part of a domain, this is necessary in order to manage Citrix Studio. In this article the[…]

Another Way to Monitor Performance

A few years ago, one of the companies I worked with created a "Production Application Support Team", or PAST.  These were the sysadmins and programmers intended as the next line of support after the helpdesk, who could triage some problems and perhaps actually fix them.

Performance Matters

By Matthew Heusser Hello; I am Matt Heusser, a risk management consultant and sometimes writer.  You can learn more about me at xndev.com. The folks at NRG Global have asked me to start blogging for them because their place in the community aligns with mine.  We are both interested in minimizing[…]

Test Competition Results!

It was a quiet Friday Morning in the United States.  Or, I mean, Friday afternoon in India and Singapore.  Later in New Zealand, and in Europe ...

The Moment We've Been Waiting For

It’s here!  It’s here!  If you are reading this, then the Test Competition is finally here!

The Consultant's Gambit

The class where I learned method-R performance tuning also taught me something else, something I call the consultant's gambit. This is that story.

Update: One Month To Test Competition!

On March 11th, 2013, registration for the test competition closed.

More On Power

One of our contributors, Pete Walen, recently put out a blog post on leadership and power.  It is a good post; if you enjoy reading long-form articles that are more conversation than bullet-points, I suspect you'll get a kick out of it.

Method R Meets Profiling

If you've been following me talk about Method-R, you might wonder how I learned it.  In my case, I learned it the "right way", the "official way":  My employer brought in a consultant to teach a three-day class in performance tuning.  Method-R was the method he taught.

Tuning Performance with Method-R

I've been that guy. You may be that person some day ... you may be that person now. Either way, it is safe to sat that those in that position would prefer to be out of it.

Test Competition Frequently Asked Questions

It hasn't been easy to organize our first test competition. We've had to look for collaboration tools, make sure they scale, plan the scoring, find a way to record the bugs, figure out what to test ...

On Power

Every week on "The Apprentice" may be different, but we know one thing:  Donald Trump is going to walk in, ask questions, fire someone, and drive on.

Test Competition Update

It has been two weeks since we announced the details and how to register for the NRGGlobal test competition.  Since that time, we've had three teams register.

Serious Web Load Testing

It is called the basketball exercise, or sometimes inattention blindness, and it demonstrates a real problem in many kinds of automated testing.

The Next Killer App

Today I'll cover the story of project number two, "just a little code" to integrate two systems.  But first, let's talk about my motivations. 

The Killer App Finale

Last week I posted The Killer App, the story of a real software project with a cliff-hanger, pick-a-path ending.  It's time to close the loop.

More On The Test Competition

Over the past two weeks I have spent a great deal of time doing research, gathering resources, and judging interest in an on-line test competition in software testing.  My conclusion is kind of like Nike.

The Killer App

We called it the Killer App, and, for the insurance industry, it was magic.

A Tale of Two Performance Projects

Imagine for a moment two companies have an identical problem - the website is slow.  Perhaps this is a huge problem; the company bet it's future on a new product, that customers sign up for on the web, and performance is bad enough that people are abandoning the site and going to the competition.[…]

System Shenanigans

Last week I put out the Black Swan In The Enterprise, which argued that most uptime planning comes from the ability to predict the future -- and sometimes, the future is wildly different that you would have predicted.  Things fall apart; the centre does not hold -- and they fall apart very[…]