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#NeedForSpeedHackathon, an awesome hack

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This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of the CMG NeedForSpeed Hackathon in our fair city of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Computer Measurement Group (CMG) is a not-for-profit, worldwide organization of IT professionals committed to sharing information and best practices focused on ensuring the efficiency and scalability of IT service delivery to the enterprise through measurement, quantitative analysis and forecasting.

There were several amazing challenges in this hackathon and a big focus on healthcare and improving patient health. Pfizer, DataCore, and MathWorks were just some of the many awesome partners. I was a mentor, coach, and judge and also presented an innovation session on blockchain.

One team I advised used IBM Blockchain for medical records and one team used IBM Watson that I recommended for sentiment analysis for a meeting notes app. There were pitches for helping physicians, nurses, hospitals — and most of all, patients.

One of my favorite parts of the hackathon was “office hours.” I lounged on a fake leather couch in the corner of the venue while teams came to me to get ideas, discuss solutions and review their pitches. It’s so great to see what was created in so little time !

The youngest participants were 5 amazing freshmen from Northeastern. But there were also Machine Learning/Deep Learning experts of all ages to contend with. You can go to @CMGNEWS to see all the winners and their pitches !

Overheard in the hack room:
“Best hackathon ever” —> Of course, because CMG always runs a really good show.
“Best prizes ever” —> Love those drones !
“Best food I’ve ever had at a hackathon” —> Yes, Mary, they really really really liked the BBQ !

 

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April 9, 2018 at 7:31 pm

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#CMG2015: Performance Paradise

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Do you work in Systems Performance, IT Benchmarking, or Capacity Planning ? Then (if you are not already) you definitely need to be a part of Computer Measurement Group !

Computer Measurement Group (CMG) is a not-for-profit, worldwide organization of IT professionals committed to sharing information and best practices focused on ensuring the efficiency and scalability of IT service delivery to the enterprise through measurement, quantitative analysis and forecasting.

For decades CMG has been a leading organization for the exchange of information among enterprise computing professionals. Anyone charged with the measurement and management of computer systems would benefit from membership in CMG.

We recently held our annual international technical conference in San Antonio, home of the Alamo and the amazing River Walk.

Where else can you enjoy multiple days learning from and sharing with a few hundred of the best performance and capacity people in the world ? !!!

We had a great mix of topics at this conference (Full Disclosure: I am the Program Chair of this conference) across many focus areas including Performance Engineering, Application Performance Management, Mobile and Web Performance, Mainframe Performance and Capacity Planning, Network Capacity and Performance, Storage, and much more.

Here’s just a small sample of some of the awesome presentations:

  • I Feel the Need for Speed
  • Managing the Datacenter as the Computer
  • Tackling Big Data
  • Performance Considerations for Public Cloud
  • Why is this Web App Running Slowly?

I was a speaker on two exciting panels. The first was on Hybrid Cloud. I discussed how the Fit for Purpose methodology can work when deciding on the right environmental mix of on-premise, off-premise, private, public cloud. Namely, the Best Execution Venue. The second panel was on advancing your career in the Performance area, where I had a few good stories to tell.

The key to this conference and to this group as a whole is the laser-like focus on all of the groundbreaking, state-of-the-art areas in IT — but with an extreme emphasis on how they relate to Performance and Capacity.

So we talked Cloud. But Cloud with Performance. We talked Analytics. But Analytics with Performance. We talked Testing. But Testing with Performance . . .

All of the learning is wonderful. But I would have to say, as we tend to say about all events, that the networking and sharing is the absolute best part. What a Wonderful World of a conference.

And CMG is not just an annual conference. It’s an organization that you can be part of year-round through webinars, papers, articles, journals, regional groups and even social media.

Working on this conference was like planning a wedding. They can only go off without a hitch with an outstanding team to make it happen. Now the honeymoon begins. Until next month when we start it all over again for #CMG2016 !

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