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CSIA Presents: Crash Proof - Don’t Lose Customers or Revenue
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When: December 15, 2010
7:30am - 10:00am
Where: CSIA
216 16th St
Suite 850
Denver, CO  80202
Contact: Aimee Charlton

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Crash Proof - Don’t Lose Customers or Revenue

The Easy Way to Make Load Testing a Part of Your Web-Development Process

Many companies invest thousands, or even hundreds-of-thousands of dollars to design compelling websites. However, when it comes to ensuring their websites deliver optimum performance under real-world conditions, many companies cut corners or don’t do any testing. 

Today’s web users are impatient. If your website runs slowly or crashes because of heavy usage, it translates into lost customers and lost revenue. Load and performance testing is the key to making sure your site operates the way it is supposed to, no matter how many visitors you get. The good news is that we are living in the golden age of load and performance testing, and it’s easier than ever to make your website crash proof.

In this program you’ll learn:

  • Why it is important to do load and performance testing
  • Common reasons on why your performance fails - and it is NOT the code!
  • Tips on how to make your site crash proof
  • Ways to test your website in real-world conditions
  • Key things to consider when designing your website
  • Important things to consider about the infrastructure of your website

7:30am – 8:00am     Registration & Breakfast
8:00am – 8:15am     Welcome & Introductions
8:15am – 9:10am     Presentation
9:10am – 9:30am     Q&A
9:30am – 10:00am   Networking

Lawrence Nuanez, Senior Staff Consultant, ProtoTest
Lawrence's focus is helping clients improve their overall software quality. Lawrence has over 15 years of experience in software development. He has worked as a developer, tester, QA manager, and software consultant. He has worked with IT and business executives from many diverse industries, including healthcare, financial services, environmental engineering, space imaging, and commodities exchange. Lawrence is also the Principal Consultant for the LoadLabs division of ProtoTest. In that role, he uses his years of experience helping diverse clients tackle the challenging problem of load and performance testing.

ProtoTest provides software quality assurance consulting, staffing, training, and testing. For the last 12 years, we have served our clients by making their websites, applications, and programs even better.   ProtoTest has the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience when it comes to software testing. QA and Testing is all we do!  Load and performance testing is a ProtoTest specialty. We launched the world's first fixed rate low-cost solution - LoadLabs (see 

David Neitz, Global Director of Software Applications, MWH Global
David Neitz has been Global Director of Software Applications at MWH Global since September of 2010.  He is responsible for the vision and direction of the software applications in support of MWH’s global presence.  Prior to joining MWH Global, David was Vice President and CTO at Lincoln Trust Company where he transformed IT into a strategic solution provider and trusted partner. Working closely with the business, he has led the transformation of the company into an analytical organization by implementing a Business Process Management (BPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) programs that encompasses the entire organization.

David’s work on transforming IT and the business impact of BPM and BI programs earned Lincoln Trust awards from Computerworld for "Best Practices in Business Intelligence” in 2007 & 2009, two awards from InfoWorld for "Top 100” projects in 2009, CIO Magazine’s "CIO 100” award for 2010, CSIA Apex Awards for "IT Project of the Year” in 2010 and Gold award for "Global Awards for Excellence in BPM & Workflow” representing North America in 2009. Prior to joining Lincoln Trust, David was Senior Director at Dex Media, Inc. At Dex he led a major conversion to a core publishing system from 67 legacy systems. This project earned Dex recognition from CIO Magazine with their "CIO 100” award in 2005. His work on sales and operations productivity tools earned Dex the Yellow Pages Publishers Association "Dolphin of the Century” award in 1999. He has held several other senior level positions managing development groups at Qwest and U S West. David obtained an MBA from the University of Colorado Executive MBA program in 1999.

In recognition of his accomplishments, David was selected by CIO magazine as their "Ones to Watch Award" for 2010.  In addition, David received the Standout award for "Change Leadership” by CIO Magazine.

Tim Higgins, Former Executive Vice President and General Manager - Denver, Bridgeline Digital
Prior to joining Bridgeline, Mr. Higgins was President, CEO and founder of the Indigio Group. Indigio, an award winning, web application development company headquartered in Denver, CO, was founded with the idea of helping companies make online channels a bigger part of their business. Indigio merged into Bridgeline Digital in July of 2008.

Mr. Higgins has twenty years of information technology and consulting experience related to enterprise application development and Internet technology and implementation. Mr. Higgins has worked with many Fortune 500 companies, assisting with large scale systems development and deployment, both from the perspectives of business strategy development as well as IT integration and deployment. Mr. Higgins' strength lies in translating the formation of business objectives into the execution of a profitable solution.  Mr. Higgins received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Christian Teeft, Vice President of Engineering, Latisys
Christian joined Latisys to lead the build-out of Latisys’s next generation managed hosting and cloud services platform, and focus on delivering innovative, scalable solutions to enterprise customers, including managed compute, storage, security, network, backup and disaster recovery services.  Prior to joining Latisys, Christian served in various capacities at NTT America, most recently as VP of Product Development, Engineering and OSS. In that role, Teeft served as a core member of the management team responsible for setting the company’s strategic technology direction; and led multiple engineering teams responsible for Platform, Storage, Network, OSS, Custom Engineering, and DB practice. In addition, his organization was responsible for R&D of new products and services, managing and maintaining the hosting infrastructure for several data centers, and custom solution support.  Christian is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and holds a degree in Information Systems from De Paul University.

Will Hupp, CSC Leasing
CSC Leasing Company was founded in 1986 as an independent Lessor of technology equipment. We provide custom lease solutions to meet the ever-changing business and competitive needs of growing organizations – from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Our clients include companies across a wide array of industries, municipalities and non-profits located throughout the Unites States.  CSC’s principals bring a wealth of experience to the business and are actively involved with all transactions. Our leasing team is knowledgeable in both technology and finance. This, coupled with our hands-on personal approach, distinguishes CSC in the leasing industry and with our clients.

Ticket Information:
CSIA members $15; Premium members receive two complimentary tickets
Non-members $55

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