I read an interesting blog today in response to my post about Who should be on your WPO team?
Alexander Podelko’s post is entitled “WPO: A New Wave of Performance Engineering?” in which he tries to contextualise WPO as another in a long series of “waves” within the performance engineering discipline as a whole. Alexander is a Director of the non-profit Computer Measurement Group (CMG) and is a performance expert at Oracle, so he is well positioned to put things in perspective.
“So, while it is very promising and exciting that we get a new wave of people dedicated to performance, it is a little sad that it looks like it often gets started from a scratch inventing new terminology and ignoring what existed before. For me it would be better if we get all these waves together to enrich each other with the area of performance engineering they specialize in.”
I concur… which is why I presented on WPO at the UK CMG conference earlier this year as a way to try and bridge the gap between “old school back-end performance optimisation” and “new school front-end performance optimisation”.
I agree with Alexander that you can’t ignore either back-end or front-end optimisation when you are looking to improve the performance of your website!
I hope that WPO isn’t seen as “elitist” and at risk of not learning from the experiences of the earlier “waves” of performance engineering.
So… if there is a CMG group in your area why not reach out to them and offer to give them a presentation on the “new wave” and/or invite them to attend your WPO events?
Hug a CMG member today, people!