The coming 2015 Performance and Capacity Conference by CMG looks great – the best ever in my opinion. While a very good overview can be found in the conference brochure and you can find details yourself at the conference page and in the full program, I want to highlight a few points to explain why I believe so.
First, it is a 4-day, 7-track event filled with great content. While many performance professionals are rather specialized in their work – having so many things happening in parallel will allow everybody to find something during each timeslot that can be used in everyday work. Come and see what your fellow professionals are working on now, how to handle bleeding edge technologies from the performance and capacity point of view, how your job may be changing with new industry trends.
Second, it has a unique training program – must to attend for people entering the field or changing specialization. It includes Monday morning workshops and multiple CMG-T sessions (tutorials about specific subjects spanning 2 or 3 timeslots) thought by leading experts. The advantage of CMG-T sessions is that they are spread across 3.5 days – so you may attend most of them if you want. In a short time you may get up to speed in multiple performance and capacity areas attending one event – a unique opportunity you won’t find anywhere else.
• How to Do Performance Analytics with R
• Application Profiling – Telling a Story with Your Data
• VMWare vSphere Capacity and Performance Essentials
• IT-Based Operational Risk Modeling Workshop
• Applying Analytics to Data Center Performance
CMG-T sessions include (in the order of the schedule):
• Analytics for Performance Analysis & Capacity Planning
• Modeling and Forecasting
• z/OS Storage Performance
• Performance Engineering Guidelines for Tuning Multi-Tier Applications
• zEnterprise Performance and Capacity Management A-to-Z
• Enterprise Storage Performance Management
• Windows System Performance Measurement and Analysis
• Capacity and Performance for Newbies and Nerds
• Network Performance Engineering
• Java Performance Analysis and Tuning
• Using Hadoop and MapReduce to Process Big Data
• High Performance Computing
Third, you have a chance to communicate with world renowned experts face-to-face. The conference is not very large nowadays – which is actually a blessing for attendees: you don’t need to get through a huge crowd to ask your question / have a short conversation. To facilitate discussions, in addition to Q&A, networking events, and birds of a feather sessions, multiple panels with leading experts in different areas are scheduled.
Just want to mention that the authors of most known performance books would be presenting: Andre Bondi, Neil Gunther, Raj Jain, Daniel Menasce, Connie Smith (in alphabetical order, just a sample). If you work in performance and capacity and don’t have their books on your bookshelf – you should. And they are not exceptions – many speakers are worth at least a separate post just to list their achievements and expertise (and, unfortunately, I don’t have enough time and energy to pursue such a huge project).
And, of course, San Antonio, TX should be a very nice place to be in early November – with Riverwalk and Alamo in a short walking distance from the luxurious (but still affordable) conference hotel.
See registration page for options – the early bird rate ends at midnight October 1, 2015.