Rob Dickinson

Rob Dickinson

Software architect and director who still bangs out code

Boulder, Colorado

Areas of Expertise:

  • Software Development
  • Application Performance Management
  • Web Performance
  • Distributed Architectures
  • Distributed Teams
  • Virtual and Physical Appliances

Rob has spent nearly his entire career dealing with the complexities of building and supporting online services. As a veteran engineer and architect of several Colorado-based Internet startups, Rob has seen up close what happens when a Web or database application doesn't perform or scale as hoped. Rob got his first taste of this at Achieve.com where their early social network for K-12 schools, originally projected for 50k users in the first year, grew beyond 500k users in the first few months. Rob's long-time interest in performance engineering took a new direction as the principal architect of Xaffire, where he productized his experiences into a scalable tracing platform that gives deep visibility into the operation and performance of Web applications. As Xaffire grew to be purchased by Quest Software and then by Dell Software, Rob and his team have worked with hundreds of customers, including some of the largest e-businesses, to make their Web applications faster and more reliable and ultimately more profitable. Rob currently leads the Data Collection group for Foglight APM, Dell Software's flagship product for application performance monitoring. Rob is a member of the W3C Web Performance working group, and is the first ever Dell representative to W3C.

Webcast: Top Three Things You Should Know About Mastering Your Web API Performance
September 24, 2013
Successfully monitoring web API performance improves business partner integration, boosts mobile performance, and ensures the successful integration of enterprise applications. Yet some of the most common web monitoring practices fall short of pinpointing...

Webcast: How to Boost Web Performance Using API Monitoring
July 31, 2013
Maybe your approach to web application monitoring is out of balance. Often the focus is on synthetics, log monitoring, and even browser instrumentation – which is enough for end user monitoring but often misses an important angle – APIs. Just...