Atlanta, Georgia—April 10, 2019—CMG, the Digital Transformation Association, today announced that Martin Spier of Netflix has been named this year’s winner of the prestigious Mullen Award for his presentation, “Real User Performance Monitoring at Netflix Scale” at CMG’s IMPACT 2019 Conference. Founded in 1974, CMG (Computer Measurement Group) is a highly influential worldwide organization of IT professionals committed to digital transformation initiatives and best practices—including IoT, artificial intelligence and machine learning, digital process, and cloud-native applications and the IT infrastructure that supports them.
The Mullen Foundation was established in 1990 to honor the memory of J. William (Bill) Mullen, past president of CMG. He was an exceptional person: his technical papers and conference presentations were outstanding and his ability to connect with everyone in his audience was truly remarkable. CMG established the Mullen Foundation to recognize individuals who demonstrate this unique combination of technical excellence and ability to communicate with each member of a wide audience.
“Martin is a dynamic Netflix speaker and this award is a testament not just to his technical excellence, but also to his ability to communicate,” said Amanda Hendley, President and Managing Director of CMG. “Martin’s presentation was judged outstanding by his audience and by our referee. We were all impressed listening to him talk about how Netflix usefully aggregates enormous quantities of high-dimensional data. It’s been an absolute pleasure to present him with this award.”
Ed Hunter, Engineering Leader at Netflix, noted that Martin has been immersed in the study of user performance for the last few years. “The results of his investigations are already having a measurable impact on our business. I’m excited to see his efforts recognized by an organization like CMG.”
About Martin Spier
For the past 12 years, Martin’s career has evolved to focus on technology and performance engineering. He has led major initiatives in those areas at a number of companies, including Netflix and Expedia, among others. Currently, as a Performance Architect at Netflix, Martin is responsible for improving the end-to-end performance of the Netflix service for its +130 million users who watch more than 140 million hours of movies and TV shows every day. Martin is also a Venture Advisor at monashees+ (one of the largest venture capital firms in Brazil) as well as an angel investor, an advisor to multiple start-ups, and an avid open-source contributor.
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