What can you tell me about CMG and its members? Right now we have about 1,000 members, most of them from large...
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companies that have the resources to have full-time IT employees who are dedicated to performance and capacity issues. Typically, most members are enterprise architects at the equivalent.Essentially, CMG is an education and networking organization. We are a nonprofit group run by volunteers. We encourage members to write "experiential" papers: papers that describe their personal implementation experiences, whether they were successful or failures. With distributed computing -- and Linux and Windows -- we're trying to get beyond configuration issues to provide information and advice as to how IT can provide a scalable infrastructure and deliver the services needed by the business. How do members interact and share ideas?
Members can share and present their papers at regional meetings. We also have an annual conference where members can meet face to face, share ideas and network with other IT professionals who have the same concerns. Part of the annual meeting is an education track that teaches attendees the basics of measurement and analysis. What do you mean by "the basics of measurement and analysis"?
We teach attendees about measurement numbers and what they mean. For example, in Windows, you'll get a series of numbers for CPU utilization -- the same goes for other operating systems as well. The training at the CMG conference focuses on teaching attendees what those numbers mean and what they can do with them. We'll teach you how to deal with time-based data and where it makes sense to use standard deviation. Then we'll cover modeling and forecasting so attendees can do what-if scenarios: "What if I'm having a performance problem?" "If I add faster disks, will that handle my problem?" Those are the kinds of practical things an attendee will learn. Are there any particular issues that members have in common?
I expect there will be more focus on optimizing IT operations because there's real money involved there. And I see the whole area of performance and measurement expanding to include systems management. As companies start dealing with virtualization a lot more, there's significantly more complexity on the management side.
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