Aaron Kulick (Walmart Labs): “RUM is trivial to implement but complicated to make actionable.” [PODCAST]

Hi all. Many thanks to everyone who sent me friendly greetings on Twitter and LinkedIn yesterday. Hopefully I’ll get to meet you in person some day.

Josh left some big shoes to fill. He also left some excellent unaired podcasts, which I’ll be rolling out over the next few weeks, starting with this great interview with Aaron Kulick. Like most of us, Aaron wears a lot of hats. If you live and work in Silicon Valley, then you probably know him as the founder and co-organizer of the SF Web Performance Meetup Group — not surprisingly, the biggest performance meetup in the world. Or you may know him as the organizer of the first-ever WebPerfDays that followed Velocity Santa Clara last year. Or you might know him in his former role as senior software engineer at Walmart Labs — and particularly as one of the guys behind this awesome slide deck, which went viral last year.

Like a few of our previous podcast guests, Aaron has been in the enviable position of working with massive amounts of RUM data. There are rumblings of some folks saying “RUM is so 2012″, but in many regards it’s still in its infancy — or at least its toddlerhood. The tools are there, the data is there, but turning this data into actionable insights is the next great challenge: it takes a lot of multidisciplinary know-how to make RUM data truly relevant at an operational level. As Aaron said, “It’s a bit of an uphill charge, but many of the teams [at Walmart] have started to incorporate analysis around [performance data] or at least keep it as a, ‘Hmm, we should keep this in mind.’” Baby steps, right? :)

I hope you enjoy the podcast. If you have feedback or suggestions for future podcast subjects, email me at tammye [[at]] radware [[dot]] com.

Listen to the podcast: Aaron Kulick

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