Posts By: Tom Lounibos

The Epicenter of Scale

I’ve just returned from a milk run through Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. China, and Beijing, are redefining all western views of scale. The business diversity is immense. It’s hard not to be impressed by the curiosity and enthusiasm of the citizens of the world in this very modern city, in this very modern country…. Read more »

Baseball, Hot Dogs and Start-Ups

Once upon a time I played a little baseball. Despite this rather innocuous beginning to my career, for the past 35 years I have been building startup software companies in The Valley. The surprising part is just how similar the two experiences are, especially around success and failure. Hear me out. Growing up in the… Read more »

Delivering Contextual Intelligence to Mobile & Web Developers

The enterprise mobile world is in its very early days, with most companies still developing their strategies (native, HTML5 or Hybrid).  The fact is, and even for the most advanced mobile developers, most have been working in the dark when it comes to understanding how users interact with their applications. This lack of visibility into… Read more »

iOS 6. If it’s available, SOASTA supports it!

In the next week or so, estimates suggest that as many as 10 million of us will be upgrading to the iPhone 5. Its sleek design and larger screen, combined with the feature-rich release of iOS 6, has most mobile developers dreaming up all kinds of new ways to incorporate this new functionality into their own… Read more »

It’s All Mobile

CIOs are aging fast these days as they contemplate what it means to shift their strategies, organizations and technology to meet the enormous business challenges in their consumers’ and employees’ mobile world. The strategy challenges alone are mind numbing and the questions are limitless. Native vs. HTML5 or hybrid? How do we support BYOD? Which… Read more »

Mission to Mars

We seem to have a fascination with Mars. Brian De Palma produced a movie about it starring Tim Robbins, Gary Sinese and Don Cheadle no less. David Bowie wrote the song Is There Life on Mars? While we still don’t know if there’s life on Mars, at 10:31 PT tonight a significant advancement will be… Read more »

We’ve Come a Long Way Baby – London 2012 Version

Thanks J.J. Colao and for a great Moore’s Law scenario: “Fifteen years ago it took 6-8 weeks and $1 million to test a web application with a load of 4,000 concurrent users. And that was just for the software license – you’d still be on the hook for the servers. These days that same… Read more »

New Product, New Website, New Headquarters

Taking the Next Steps Toward a Mobile Future Four years ago we began our journey to provide performance engineers, mobile developers and testers with a platform for testing a new generation of applications. Our goal was to deliver automation, scalability, accuracy and affordability in QA that consumer-facing web applications required. Our first product, CloudTest, provided… Read more »

How a Baseball Hall of Famer Hits a Home Run in the Cloud [Q&A Series]

The following is a guest blog from Kristen Nicole, a Senior Editor at Ms. Nicole was named by Forbes as a top influencer in Big Data and her work has been syndicated across a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, and MSNBC. Being inducted into an athletic hall of fame is no easy feat,… Read more »

What Rackspace’s OpenStack Announcement Means to SOASTA Customers

In case you weren’t able to attend Monday’s Rackspace OpenStack Design Summit in San Francisco, here are the highlights: On the heels of rival Citrix Systems’ CloudStack announcement, Rackspace released its production-ready next generation cloud powered by OpenStack. OpenStack is the open source cloud operating system defined by developers and organizations including NASA, IBM, Red… Read more »

It’s Springtime For Mobile Application Testing

In the spring of 2008 Cloud Computing was the featured “flower” that dominated the conversation in the technology flowerbed. With Spring 2010 arrived a new flower, Dev/Ops, with its Agile methods, practices, and integration between software development and IT operations.  Now, in the spring of 2012, another flower is blooming: Mobile Testing. Testing, once called… Read more »

“Minority Report” Defining Today’s User Interface

Think back to Steven Spielberg’s 2002 classic, “Minority Report”, the movie that explored the future of human/machine interface in 2054. It was both cool and exciting, and it was also years away from reality. Or was it? Here we are, now ten years removed, and some of these concepts, gesture-based applications (everywhere), hovering gestures (Apple… Read more »

Growth or Liquidity: The Funding Question of 2012

On Friday, a little-known e-commerce payments company named Klarna raised a massive $155 million round of funding from DST Global and General Atlantic. Its previous round was only $9 million, in May 2010, when it was discovered by Sequoia Capital and superstar partner Michael Moritz took a board seat. Of this investment Moritz says, “This… Read more »

The Dawn of a New Shopping Season

As Thanksgiving Eve, Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach, the momentum is palpable as eager shoppers gear up to take advantage of all those well-advertised holidays sales. For many retailers, as much as 60% of their annual revenues are dependent on the next six weeks. No mistakes are permissible; inventories have to be stocked, clerks… Read more »

The Day Apple Lost its Cool

Last week I concluded our company meeting by playing Apple’s 1997 Here’s to the Crazy Ones commercial. I chose not to use the original version narrated by Richard Dreyfuss and instead went with the version that Steve Jobs himself narrated. It has always inspired me and I wanted to inspire our team. It also highlights… Read more »

The Future of Testing: Evolve or Elimination. It’s a Choice.

I’ve been seeing a lot of tweets and blogging around the future role of the Software Tester.  Some have suggested that, with all the recent advancements made in test automation, the test community may face employment challenges. I strongly disagree. That said, rapid technology innovation necessitates that users adapt and evolve, and the test community… Read more »

Mobile Apps Will Require Application Performance Management 2.0

Application Performance Management (APM) 1.0 was defined years ago by Gartner as application performance monitoring for client server applications. Players such as CA, Wily, IBM, HP and BMC dominated the landscape, which was characterized by delivering real-time “status” of how a customer’s infrastructure was running in production. Then, as new web applications started appearing around… Read more »