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Performance monitoring Engineer

This is my first blog. I’ve been a sales engineer for three application performance management (APM) products over the last 7 years (CA Wily Introscope, SpringSource/Hyperic, and now AppDynamics). I hadn’t really considered myself much of a “blogger” because I have alway thought that actions speak louder than words. So I guess you are wondering why I would start now. I guess you could say I was inspired by a recent experience at a customer site. It was quite a bit different than what I’ve been used to in my earlier APM career.

We recently had an experience with a customer who called and inquired about AppDynamics for monitoring several of their mission critical applications. As always our sales team kicked into high gear and had a conversation with the customer. In less than 15 minutes we agreed to start a Proof of Concept for AppDynamics running on a critical application. Later that day, we setup an online conference with the customer and commenced an installation that took about 15 minutes.

The customer initialized a load test and:

- Business Transactions were discovered
- Dependencies between backend web services and databases were discovered.
- Dynamic Baselines started to emerge from the new performance data
- Policies start monitoring the application

All of these functions were accomplished automatically with no human intervention. The customer asked us to come down to their office for an overview to their web operations team. We arrived at 0900 on a Friday and spent two hours answering tons of questions for eight members of their technical team. Everyone had different questions relating to their specific role. Everyone was satisfied with our answers and we moved forward. Later that evening the customer informed us that we had the “technical win” and that they would move forward with the purchase. There is a great amount of job satisfaction for me when I know I can let my software do the talking for me. The notion that AppDynamics “just works” is nice a message to convey to a potential customer, but when you can actually prove in such a short period of time, well, that’s priceless.

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I did some of that.

by CalifornianNative

My ex-employer told me he will subcontract a job to me to install a composite material vacuum and temperature monitoring system. I designed and bid it, but he does not want the work. He told me I can have all the profit if I assume responsibility for providing satisfactory performance. The cost of my monthly California State Disability Insurance and liability insurance was more than he would make on the job. There is not enough profit in automation and instrumentation anymore.
Kudos to you on providing a very comprehensive skill list for the aspiring manufacturing engineer. You might want to add machine vision

Resume feedback request...

by ej20g

I'm looking for a new job. So far, this resume has gotten me nowhere. Any obvious problems? Too much crap? I'm looking for a mech engineering job, btw. Thanks
University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Research Engineer, ***************, February 2005-Present
Conducted ASTM performance tests on a variety of commercial food service equipment and authored reports on respective equipment
Contributed to the development of ASTM test methods for food service equipment
Introduced mathematical model used in the simulation of commercial water heating systems with unsteady flow characteristics
Prepared and performed presentations related to commercial water heating
Automotive Technician/Consultant, Independent, September 2001-December 2004
Offered consultation on performanc…

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