Minutes Of Meeting – CMG Australia Meetup Aug 6th 2014

Fifth CMGA Meetup comes to a close – This post wraps up the fifth CMG Australia Meetup held on the 6th of August 2014. Another action packed, tech talk filled and networking oriented CMG Australia Meetup comes to a close. We thank all of our members and partners (commercial, academic & research) for their support in making this meetup a success.

It was great catching up with our members again and have a chin wag on things that matter to us SPE (Systems Performance Engineering) professionals. From an Executive Committee Standpoint, we enjoyed participating in the session as much as organizing it. In-fact at the CMG Australia executive committee we are already looking forward to the next one. This post at CMG Australia presents some of the highlights of the CMG Australia Meetup held on the 6th of Aug 2014 and also serves as the minutes of the meetingCMG_Int_Large_Scaled

The CMG Australia Meetup held on the 6th of August 2014 was hosted by IBM Rational and was attended by 43 CMGites here in Melbourne. The event was held “The Apartment”, 401 Bourke Street, located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. CMGA membership currently stands at around 91 members and seems to growing everyday. As a result, participation in CMGA Meetups are now on first come first serve basis due to the limited nature of seating available. It’s unfortunate that we have to limit the participation at these events but limiting participation ensures that we are able to suitably cater to the audience. You can find details of the event at the CMG Australia Meetup website.

Meetup Highlights – The meetup kicked off at 1745 Hrs AEST with CMGites networking, tucking into some lovely fresh canapes, beer and wine. Our guest speakers for the day included Annie Lin, IBM and Nick Singh, JK Vine.

Theo and Michael welcomed the speakers and members to the meetup. It was great to see the IBM Rational team present in large numbers. We look forward to their continued support and participation here at CMG Australia. The Meeting called to order around 5.55 pm by Michael. Michael spoke briefly on the sessions for the evening, with a short introduction on Annie and then handed over to Andy Hight (IBM, Rational).

Andy provided the participants an overview of IBM Rational and then handed over to Annie. Annie Lin is a Brand Specialist with IBM Rational software in Sydney Australia. Over the past 5 years she has gained experience helping organisations improve their Quality Management practices through Automation and Continuous Integration. Prior to the current role, Annie spent 3 years with Rational Technical supporting customers with their Rational product usage.  Annie ran through her presentation on Service Virtualization which was very well received. Here’s a summary of Annie’s talk:

Session 1 – Measuring Performance Early on – Service Virtualization to the rescue

Abstract : Service virtualization provides organizations the ability to emulate the behaviour of specific components in heterogeneous component-based applications such as API-driven applications, cloud-based applications and service-oriented architectures eliminating the need to stand up complex application infrastructure. It is used to provide software development and QA/testing teams access to dependent system components that are needed to exercise an application under test (AUT), but are unavailable or difficult-to-access for development and testing purposes. With the behaviour of the dependent components “virtualized,” testing and development can proceed without accessing the actual live components. Service virtualization is recognized by vendors, industry analysts, and industry publications as being different than just building a set of dumb stubs. Service Virtualization drives down the cost for performance testing by completely eliminating the need for back end infrastructure while also enabling the architecture, design and testing teams to validate application performance early on in the development life cycle.

We had a short break after Annie’s sessions while Nick set up for his presentation. The audience had a good opportunity to tuck into some more refreshments.  Nick’s then delivered his presentation displaying his usual passion and zeal.

For those who couldn’t attend a copy of the talks have been uploaded to Youtube. You’ll find links to the various talks at the end of this post. We thank Michael Foster for his assistance in recording the content. A link to downloading the presentation is also provided towards the end of this post.

Session 2 – Offshoring and the future of the Australian Performance Testing market

Abstract – Nick focused on the history of outsourcing of Performance testing in Australia, and some optimism about the future. Nick’s focus was on how Performance Testers could compete/ or work with offshoring. Nick generated some enthusiasm on the floor sharing his view on how to setup blended teams to deliver Performance Testing.

The sessions were very interactive with the audience asking questions. There were a few questions and comments from Theo, with a lot more interest at the end. Stephen Hearn asked some deep and meaningful questions and Annie did a great job in answering them. Nick’s presentation was less formal with a few comments being made during the presentation and some discussion at the end of it. Nick handed Stuart Moncrief a prize for guessing what PBEAR means (Plan Build Execute Analyse Report).

It was great to see such a large turnout including a large number of new faces at the meetup.

Michael took to the floor, thanked our hosts IBM Rational for hosting the session. Michael also thanked our speakers for taking the effort and presenting at the CMGA Meetup. The second session was followed by a brief networking session before things were wrapped up.

Closing Notes – We thank IBM Rational for providing CMGA with the Meetup venue and being such wonderful hosts. The next CMGA Meetup has been scheduled for the first week of October, and volunteers are being sought from partners to host the next meeting. Overall it was a great session, with interesting presentations by CMGA’s partners and members. We are thankful to all our speakers for taking the trouble, coming down and sharing with us their knowledge & their experiences in the SPE (Systems Performance Engineering) space. We look forward to working closely with all our our members and partners in building an innovative and sustainable ecosystem.

From an Executive Committee standpoint we would like to thank each and every CMGite who took the opportunity to come to the meetup, participate in the session, support the event, shared their knowledge and helped make it successful. We appreciate your support and your dedication towards helping build CMG Australia. A special thanks also to Michael Foster for assisting with the Video Recording and to our hosts for hosting the meetup.

As part of the executive committee at CMG Australia we look forward to working with you on building a strong professional organization focused on the interest of its members including the society we all live in. Our vision for CMG Australia is to be an organization that helps its members stay relevant, promoting the concepts of SPE across the SDLC, while fostering innovation and entrepreneurship through its various professional forums.

Link to slides used for the presentations –

Annie Lin, IBM – Measure_Performance_Sooner

Nick Singh, JK Vine – http://prezi.com/lr3lp-78awbt/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Upcoming CMG Australia Meetup – We are working with our partners on the logistics for the next CMG Australia Meetup. Details on the event and speakers to follow. We look forward to seeing you at the next CMG Australia Meetup on the 1st of October 2014. For more details please visit – CMG Australia Meetup. Seating is limited to please RSVP as soon as possible.

Pictures taken at the end of the session –

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Recording of all the sessions are being made available through our CMG Australia Youtube Channel –