Posts Tagged ‘scale’

On Scale

Lunch with the FT: Tadashi Yanai – “‘Scale has no importance on its own,’ he shoots back. ‘But unless you have scale, you may not be able to stay alive or competitive. Unless you have scale, you can be bought by someone else or you may go bankrupt.” – Tadashi Yanai, Fast Retailing, makers of Uniqlo.

It’s not a classic mistake to prioritise scale over profits. The above statement is spot on about scale.

SCALE 10x – there’s lots of MySQL there!

I’m just about to get on a plane to head to my inaugural SCALE event. It’s their tenth year running!

In a world filled with NoSQL related media, its kind of nice to see that on Friday January 20 2012, we have a MySQL room right next to the PostgreSQL room (schedule). It is awesome to see that the track will have participation from Oracle, Monty Program Ab, and SkySQL Ab.

On Saturday for the main tracks, I’ve got a talk about the growing MySQL diaspora (just got larger this year in case you haven’t paid attention to the packaged up Galera product!). This one is a constant work in progress and I’m hoping to complete research closer towards March ’12.

Monty Program and SkySQL are also sharing a booth in the expo hall, so come by booth #65 for some interesting schwag (t-shirts, poppers, etc.). Looking at the schedule lineup, I’m surprised I’ve never ever been to a SCALE before – looks totally awesome. See you in LAX (well, we’re so close-by the Los Angeles Airport :P)

maybank2u slow for the masses

When I blogged about maybank2u 2.0, I also mentioned that loading the site was an issue.

before after % increase
148KB 196KB 32%
41 HTTP requests 61 HTTP requests 49%
5.47s 10.68s 95%

It seems they launched the site, and its now slow as. slowarse
Our service is currently unavailable.
Please try again later

More HTTP requests… longer load times… its almost impossible to login. And when you do, you see the above.

Its a better design. The UI rocks. But you got to scale the site, dear. With all that increases, you got to increase capacity. Lets hope these teething problems disappear (I don’t know when the site got launched, been away these past few days).

Funnily enough, I was awakened by my dad, who’s pretty tech-savvy, to tell me that the website had changed, and he couldn’t find the login button. I wonder how many people were so used to the old UI, which said “login” on the left hand side-bar, that now they’ve got to look at the top-right hand spot. Little UI changes… can potentially cause big panics!

Update: Classic Maybank2u is still available in the meantime. Its still Web 1.0-ish, but its familiar. Good luck to the M2U team in scaling M2U 2.0!