Events

As experts in the field of IT performance and cloud cost control we speak at a number of industry events each year.

Events

As a forward- thinking and innovative organisation, we want to be a part of shaping the future of our industry and attend a multitude of events and conferences through the year.

We relish engaging with the community, so, if you want to discuss the emerging challenges faced by the industry and potential solutions, you’ll find us at the following events:

Quotes

“Great event, enjoyed meeting and chatting with others in the industry.”
“...an interesting range of views and very informative.”
“…lots of positive feedback from the audience. Content was good and Prasham handled the questions really well and very professionally”

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

11th September 2018

itSMF Annual IT Service Management Conference

Sameena Hassam

Sameena Hassam

Principal Consultant, Capacitas

Mohammad Tevik Ismail

Mohammad Tevik Ismail

Digital Test Manager, RS Components

Agile Performance Engineering at RS Components. In this session, we will outline how Capacitas and RS Components worked together to evolve the performance testing strategy in line with the agile dream. We will discuss:

  • Techniques used to integrate performance engineering into an agile development environment
  • Real life challenges that were faced during this adjustment
  • How we measured the value of our agile performance testing approach

This session can act as a useful ‘lessons learnt’ guide for anyone trying to transition their test strategies in line with an agile development methodology. 

10th May 2018

Move Fast and Don't Break Things

Prasham Garg

Prasham Garg

Senior Consultant

Bradley Berwick

Bradley Berwick

Consultant

Move fast and break things’ is a development mantra popularised by Facebook and picked up with enthusiasm by software development teams both small and large. The idea is that if you aren’t breaking things you’re delivering value too slowly. Don’t spend all that time designing, functional testing, load testing, stress testing, soak testing etc. – build code, get it out there and see if it works. With so many teams and big companies like Facebook adopting this approach, if it works for them surely it’ll work for me too.

But does it work for them?
We don't think so. Here at Capacitas we have developed an approach using our own unique agile methodology for performance testing- move fast and don't break things.

We will talk about shifting left; instead of conducting all the performance engineering modules at the end of the Sprint cycle, implement them in parallel with the software development activities each cycle. By using our unique R0F methodology and anti-patterns database, potential issues can be found and fixed earlier in the lifecycle reducing both cost and effort.

We will discuss the use of this methodology at one our clients; one of the Europe’s biggest airline.

Come to this talk to find out more!”

About Us
Prasham and Bradley are both consultants at Capacitas, and have delivered several large-scale performance engineering projects over the last 5 years. Both are advocates of the “shift left” methodology using in-house tools to integrate automated alerting into client’s Continuous Integration pipelines. This allows for immediate detection of performance defects as new code is developed, reducing testing overhead and escalation costs.

Performance Testing in CI

Performance Testing in CI

Thomas Barns

Thomas Barns

Principal Consultant

Ian Donnell

Ian Donnell

Senior Developer

This session will discuss the best practices and will include a demo of automated performance analysis in CI

There is widespread adoption of CI and everyone understand the importance of performance. However there are a number of challenges to managing performance in CI:

  • It's impossible to do effective performance testing in CI using conventional methods.
  • You just can't generate enough load for long enough periods of time to find out if thresholds are going to be breached in order to trigger alerts.
  • Test windows are narrow
  • Test environments are low scale; high-scale environments, always on, are expensive
  • Cannot delay the pipeline
  • Can't always just release to live – the case against move fast and break things

What are the Best Practices to address these challenges?

Thomas Barns
Thomas Barns is risk modeling and performance engineering service lead at Capacitas, where he is responsible for service definition and ensuring consistent best practice across projects. Over the past 10 years, Thomas has provided capacity and performance expertise to clients and owned the roadmap for developing Capacitas’s technical software solutions. During this time, he has seen a big shift in how software engineering is undertaken and viewed by the business and has built on this to introduce more effective and efficient performance risk management processes. This has meant a focus shifting away from large-scale system testing to a full lifecycle approach, alongside research and development in automated data analysis. Thomas is currently defining and governing performance engineering processes and standards for a multimillion-pound multivendor program of work at a FTSE 100 company.

Ian Donnell
Ian Donnell is a Senior Developer and the development lead at Capacitas with 4 years’ experience working in the domain of Capacity management and performance testing. Ian is responsible for running of the development team working to develop Capacitas’s software solutions. Throughout his time at Capacitas he has worked in both consultancy and technical roles giving him invaluable experience that allowed him to develop tooling centered around the automation of performance test analysis and the detection of performance anti-patterns. Ian is currently working to integrate analysis tooling into several large ecommerce companies continuous integration pipelines to help them deliver performant applications faster.

Performance Testing In A DevOps World

Josh Crowther

Developer

Callum Nicolson

Junior Consultant

As DevOps becomes increasingly popular when delivering a software solution, it’s become even more important to provide Performance Testing with the breadth and depth of analysis required in demanding timeframes.

We have faced a range of challenges whilst trying to address the high demand for stable code with small time deltas; the ever-changing agile world means that we must move fast and ensure that we “shift-left”, something which is difficult when testing processes are not autonomous.

We’ve developed an analysis toolset, which uses Performance Test results to provide rapid analysis and alert us of performance defects. Our solution has zero manual intervention and has been designed to integrate with Continuous Integration pipelines.

Our presentation looks at our approach to successfully instrument a Performance Testing methodology for Continuous Integration; Including, the ideas and inspiration we had when designing our analysis solution and our mechanisms to determine whether code is stable.

31st January 2018

Challenges of performance in CI/CD

Thomas Barns

Thomas Barns

Principal Consultant

Sameena Hassam

Sameena Hassam

Principal Consultant

This session will examine the challenges of performance in CI/CD and how intelligent automation can help to address them. Automation of performance test execution has been around for years; what’s needed now is automation that will help analyse and identify complex problems quickly. We wil examine what this looks like.

In parallel with technological advances that advance our ability to assure system performance, there is a growing need for expertise in the performance sphere. We will discuss the enhanced role that performance testers and analysts (and assurance leaders!) will play - driving, delivering and assuring the performance of change.

Interested in Attending Capacitas Events?

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