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Digitization has transformed the way customers buy and use products. There has been a tectonic shift in customer expectations regarding product availability (measured by service level management) and product performance (measured by experience level management). According to a 2017 Sta...
This year Velocity celebrated its 10th anniversary. A lot has changed in the past 10 years. Velocity has gone from a conference being held once a year to three yearly events, including international locations. Velocity was THE conference to attend to network and learn about web perform...
As Digital Performance Management (DPM) emerges as an established product category, people often ask how DPM relates to the older Application Performance Management (APM) market. The […]
As International Women’s Day approached, I thought about what I could do to recognize this day. Recently the news has been filled with stories from women like Susan Fowler at Uber and AJ Vandermeyden at Telsa about the discrimination and harassment that is pervasive in tech. These stor...
An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief SOASTA offers load and performance testing and real user monitoring of web sites for many recognizable brands. For such customers, SOASTA’s […]
Your customers’ experiences on mobile are more important than ever. These 50 mobile performance stats say it all. MOBILE PERFORMANCE Mobile pages make an average of 214 server requests, and nearly half of all server requests are ad-related. [i] The average weight of the content on mobi...
Today, Riverbed Technology announced that it is acquiring privately-held Aternity. Aternity provides end-user experience (EUE) solutions as part of a broader application performance monitoring (APM) offering. […]
Since we launched our Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster two weeks ago, several hundred people around the globe have downloaded it – but it’s not clear […]
Free poster lays out steps necessary for enterprises to align with customer preferences by implementing change as a core competency ASHEVILLE NC, JUNE 27, 2016 – […]
How many times have you asked yourself “What if?” “What if we could go to Mars?” “What if we had autonomous vehicles?” And how about something you could take action on right now, not years in the future? How about: “What if my digital property ...
If you care about web performance, then you’ve no doubt been following Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project, which seeks to create better, faster experiences for mobile users. According to Google, AMP pages load 85% faster than standard mobile pages. Not only do ...
Unexpected traffic surges and non-performant pages can wreak havoc on your users — and ultimately on your business. At SOASTA, we care about ensuring that your site is always up and running as smoothly as possible. That’s why we’re excited about the Spring 2016 releas...
At SOASTA, our goal is to help you get the visibility into web performance you need to make your pages and apps faster. That’s why the mPulse team is very excited and proud to announce the Spring 2016 release of the SOASTA Digital Performance Management (DPM) platform. Packed wit...
In my last post I discussed the importance of building a performance culture and the common traits of first-class teams to drive that culture across the organization. The first step in reaching any destination is to understand your starting point. This post establishes a framework for ...
If you’re one of the 68 million Americans who have yet to file their taxes, there’s some good news: the IRS says you have three extra days. But there are perils to waiting till the eleventh hour. And according to a Harris survey we commissioned earlier this month, many peop...
These days, back-end performance for most sites has been optimized and is resilient to scaling issues or traffic. Today, the shift in attention needs to be at the front end — where customer experience matters. Back-end monitoring is important, but… When traditional APM vend...
One year ago, Google announced that it was expanding its use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. Last month, it announced that, beginning in May, it would be rolling out new changes that “increase the effect of the ranking signal to help our users find even more pages tha...
I’ve spent years researching and writing about the intersection of web performance and business metrics, and I can tell you with a huge degree of certainty that while there’s a massive amount of research available about the correlation between performance and revenue/conver...
One of the most surprising lessons I’ve learned since joining SOASTA is that the data analytics world is still learning some difficult lessons – the same difficult lessons that distributed systems development learned a decade ago. One of the most interesting of these is the effec...
Amidst the hustle and bustle that was the recent eTail West, one thing was clear to me: many online retailers haven’t figured out the empirical relationship between customer experience and digital performance. Why? Many brands simply do not pay much attention to the infrastructur...
eTail West is just 3 days away. We are looking forward to getting together with the best-of-the-best in Internet Retail next week in Palm Springs. As I began preparing for my chairperson’s opening remarks and panel discussions with industry luminaries (Nine West, Haggar, Ritani, Living...
We are at the beginning of a massive, disruptive digital transformation that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and consume. By 2020, some estimate that the digital economy will represent $20 trillion to the global economy. Today’s consumers are mobile, social, and hyper-...
Today is an exciting day here at SOASTA: it’s the Winter 2016 release of our Digital Performance Management (DPM) platform! The SOASTA DPM platform consists of five key technologies – mPulse, CloudTest, TouchTest, Digital Operations Center (DOC) and Data Science Workbench – that ...
You told us what you need, and we listened. The Winter 2016 release of the SOASTA Digital Performance Management (DPM) platform brings a ton of much-anticipated updates to the solutions – mPulse, CloudTest, TouchTest, Digital Operations Center (DOC) and Data Science Workbench – that ma...
So, I know what you’re probably already thinking. Hmm… a New Year’s Resolution blog post when we’re more than halfway through January? Kind of late, isn’t it? Well, procrastination is a nasty habit, and not on my New Year’s resolution list. So there....
We have a lot of experts at SOASTA. This is great year-round, for obvious reasons, and it’s extra great at the start of the year when you want to assemble a list of top-drawer predictions (read: most of them could actually happen) for what’s around the corner. Read on to fi...
As a performance company, it’s not often that we here at SOASTA get to encourage people to slow down and enjoy some downtime.
It wouldn’t be the end of the year without a roundup post, am I right? According to Google Analytics, these were the most-read posts of 2015 here on the Beacon. (I chose nine — one for every month this blog has been alive.) Mobile performance, page bloat, single-page apps, ...
At some point, every website goes down. The bigger the site, the more likely its outage is to make the news. The tech media loves outage-related headlines, and Thanksgiving weekend is a predictable feeding frenzy. I have no interest in performance-shaming sites that experienced issues ...
I’m beyond thrilled to announce that, not only am I (finally!) working on a book that ties together all the research I’ve spent years corralling — about the intersection of web performance, user experience, and business metrics — but a preview version of the boo...
Recently in the SOASTA 55.20 update we added support for Microsoft Azure Resource Manager (ARM), a management feature of Microsoft Azure. After moving to this latest CloudTest release, you’ll find great improvements in speed and reliability of Azure servers in your load and performance...
For the web performance community, the hunt for a single metric that captures the entire user experience on a website is kind of like the quest for the holy grail. On the one hand, there’s pretty much universal agreement that there’s no single metric that fully captures the...
This week at SOASTA, we’re out in full force at the Velocity conference in New York. (You can check out all our conference goings-on here.) We’re also releasing a few ebooks that take a deeper dive into the topics than we’re able to cover in a short speaking slot. On ...
I usually don’t mix business and politics — especially with the 2016 US presidential race heating up like beach sand on a hot, sunny July day in Florida — but I’m going to break from that rule just this once. Why, you ask? Well, in US politics, these early days ...
For close to two decades now, businesses have discovered opportunities to use Internet-based interactive applications to improve or expand their “brick and mortar” businesses. Now, whether its retail, wholesale, manufacturing or services, the vast majority of businesses in ...
Cloud computing has its roots back in 1970s when telecommunication providers started to utilize common infrastructure to serve the customers. It has come long way and has become mature offering as per Gartner’s Hype Cycle theory. Offering wise cloud Services can be categorized in...
At SOASTA, the top 10 online retailers all use our performance testing solutions. Here’s what they all have in common: They all do a full-scale pre-holiday dress rehearsal of web and mobile users on their production infrastructure. Today I’m going to tell you why and how th...
Okay, so I’m a customer of the firm that did the ad campaign on the right, and a big fan of the cartoon character on the left. But this photo is a good entree into today’s post, because I’m going to explain how installing a RUM beacon on your site is so easy, even a [...
Recently I visited Toronto in Ontario, Canada, to speak at a gathering of web developers and DevOps practitioners. (You can see the slides from my talk here.) Afterwards, I had to opportunity to take a ride up the CN Tower, which literally towers over the city at a total height of 1815...
In the past, gathering data around mobile performance and business metrics has been an iffy proposition. The proportion of mobile traffic that converts to paying customers hasn’t always been significant enough to provide the basis for a meaningful study into the impact of website...