When I talk to technologists at meetups and technical conferences about the importance of Performance testing, its interesting to hear a majority of them believe that ‘Performance Testing is all about using an automated tool’ to do the job. I thought its time to address this in a blog where I take on different perspectives and the amount of importance a tool needs to be given.
I’m sure you must have heard about the latest buzz on Data science and how Machine Learning and Deep Learning is enhancing the way we use data to make machines smarter. There has been a sudden surge in demand for Data Scientists that got me interested. I hadn’t really looked at Machine Learning until I attended the AWS DevDay conference here in Melbourne and was awestruck at their capabilities and emphasis on Data science. I did have a brief understanding earlier but by the end of the day I realised that we are beyond the Digital Age; we can fairly say we are now headed towards the “Data Age”.
It’s been about two years at my first consultancy in my decade-old career and “I’m Lovin’ It!”.
Having started my career with a bank and after working my way up the chain for almost a decade after which I thought I was done. At that point I knew I wanted to do something different. But then came along a small to mid-sized testing services consultancy. I didn’t know what to expect. What kind of clients will I have? What do I need to prepare for? How will I manage constantly changing expectations and environments?
So I’ve been busy and that’s what most of my friends had to say. What has kept me busy was a Marathon on Information Absorbtion.
I’ve been busy reading and studying. I usually used to invest a few hours learning and innovating at home but lately I’ve geared up for a few certifications and working on creative ideas at home helps me implement new technologies. Now this satisfies two things; the urge for doing something different apart from the daily mundane and monotonous work, and yes ofcourse the main objective; learning new technologies. My experience with technology has taught me that it changes every second; literally; and if we dont keep up ourselves, we’re outrun by new competition. I ensure that in a day I spend an hour reading about latest trends in technology and give about 2-3 hours at night working on creative projects. I love experimenting with new and different technologies, tools, frameworks, methodologies, etc which gives me an edge over my colleagues and helps me adapt easily.
The Emotionless Date
A few days ago I was at a restaurant with a few family members and friends and we were having a real nice time enjoying some Italian oven Pizzas when I happened to notice a beautiful couple walk in and realised that I knew the guy. He was an acquaintance; a new college kid who had just joined work. It looked like a date and I really didn’t want to intrude by walking over to say hello, so I pretended I didn’t see him.
Well the other day I was in a presentation where I had some vendor explain the features of their product which was up for evaluation. The individual taking us through the features and technical details on the usage of the product was indeed highly knowledgeable about the product. When he started explaining the features, initially I thought it was just me who was having a tough time understanding his accent; which had a heavy MTI (Mother Tongue Influence); but after an hour of the session, I was unable to concentrate on what he was saying. As it is we were on a conference call, he was just running through the presentation without taking feedback of whether we understood the topic/feature.