Site Reliability, DevOps and Cloud

Sep 19-20, 2024 London, UK


The Subtle Art of Lying with Statistics

Dave McAllister

Lies, damned lies and statistics. But statistics allow you to lie to yourself. Statistics can trick us into believing things that are less than true, though not on purpose. Learn how data choice, event focus and scale change perspective. See how graphs mislead and correlation can cause confusion.

Currently providing technical evangelism for NGINX, Dave works with DevOps, developers and architects to understand the advantages of modern microservice architectures and orchestration to solve large-scale distributed systems challenges, especially with open source and its innovation. Dave has been a champion for open systems and open source from the early days of Linux, through open distributed file systems like XFS, GFS, and GlusterFS to today's world of clouds and containers. He often speaks on topics such as the real-world issues associated with emerging software architectures and practices, on open source software and on creating new technology companies.

Dave has spoken on technical topics like distributed request tracing, modern monitoring practices, open sources projects from both corporations and foundation views, and on how open source innovations powers todays world.

Dave was named as one of the top ten pioneers in open source by Computer Business Review, having cut his teeth on Linux and compilers before the phrase "open source" was coined. Well versed in trivia, he won a Golden Penguin in 2002. When he's not talking, you can find him hiking with his trusty camera, trying to keep up with his wife.

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