Indistinguishable from magic

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic -Arthur C. Clarke I recently had the opportunity to present a closing keynote to a Microsoft customer – my choice of topics! It should be little surprise that data and services were in the mix.  Mobile is an area I have lacked in my past public pronouncements,…


New STPCon talk coming up: Create Your Roadmap to Data-Driven Quality

I will once again have the pleasure of speaking at STPCon.   Hope you can make it! 101 :  Create Your Roadmap to Data-Driven Quality Tuesday, 10:30am – 11:45am Track: Test Strategy, Process and Design Bing analyzes Petabytes of data per day. Facebook instruments everything. analyzes web performance for millions of real users. Why? Because…


Want to work on the cloud? Want to work for Larry Ellison?

Oracle is having a Cloud Computing Career Fair.  If you go be sure to ask them What the Hell is Cloud Computing?   In 2008 Oracle CEO Larry Ellison shared his views on Cloud Computing, mocking the fact that it was nothing new and only a marketing term. Other questions that Larry pondered that you may…


Testing in The Cloud

Just had a piece published in The Testing Planet on Testing in the Cloud The Cloud enables new tools and methodologies for testing your product whether the product itself is hosted in the cloud or not. Learn about Test in Cloud, Canary Deployment, Synthetic User Simulation, and Big Data for Quality. The Testing Planet –…


A Summary of the Amazon Web Services June 29 Outage

  Summary of the AWS Service Event in the US East Region …from Amazon <>   The event was triggered during a large scale electrical storm which swept through the Northern Virginia area   Though the resources in this datacenter, including Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, Elastic Block Store (EBS) storage volumes, Relational Database Service…


Failure is Always an Option

Design Strategies for Cloud Hosted Services The title phrase was made popular by Adam Savage of MythBusters fame (pictured to the right… the bunny is made of C4).  However it is also motto to live by when designing and deploying services to run on a Cloud platform.  We of course do not accept failure of…


Cloud Computing: One Picture and Several Examples

This diagram is from "How the Cloud Changes Software Production", by Seth Eliot, Better Software Magazine, March/April, 2011 – Figure 1 Cloud Resources by category form a stack This table is a variation of that included with the "Sticky Notes" for "How the Cloud Changes Software Production", by Seth Eliot, Better Software Magazine, March/April,…


Testing in the Bing Cloud

Ken Johnston references BUFT in his latest blog on Bing Jobs: Testing in the Bing Cloud Check it out.


Microsoft Cosmos: Petabytes perfectly processed perfunctorily

I tell non-technical friends and family that I recently switched roles at Microsoft to the Bing team. Many have heard of Microsoft’s new search engine, although most don’t know all the cool features Bing offers. But for my Technical friends (allow me to include you in that group), the details are a bit more…


What The Heck Is Cloud Computing? – Another re-look, with Pretty Pictures

I am obsessed with answering Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s question, “What the Hell is Cloud Computing?”  I introduced you to the genteel CEO and his polite query in What The Heck Is Cloud Computing?,  I then distilled and simplified the explanation in What The Heck Is Cloud Computing? – A Brief Re-Look.  Now allow me…