Best Practice

Update: Countdown to Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens: Digital Performance Is Essential for Related Sites

Star Wars, The Force Awakens Premieres – A Look at the Digital Performance of Ticket Purchasing and Merchandising Sites Under the Force of Online Visits Update: December 22nd, 2015 Star Wars Digital Performance – “Epilogue” Update “When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master” So as we wrap up the Star Wars weekend, all reports (spoiler free here) say that Star Wars, The Force … read more

Black Friday Night – Saving your eCommerce business – Real Time!

It’s Black Friday in the US! For me it’s actually already early Saturday being located in Europe. The past hours I spent on troubleshooting eCommerce sites that went down during their Black Friday peak sales periods. My friends at hybris kept me in the loop with their effort on keeping their customer’s commerce sites up and running. I thought to share my experience of analyzing the root cause on four sites powered by … read more

Network App Performance: Application Deceleration Controller & DC RUM

Not too long ago I had an opportunity to work with a customer who was experiencing performance problems with their web-based HR application. Users at the headquarters location – about 30 milliseconds away from the data center – would occasionally experience page load times of 10 or 15 seconds – instead of the normal 2 or 3 seconds. Dynatrace Data Center Real User Monitoring (DC RUM) reported both a pattern … read more

Top 4 Digital Performance Metrics you should monitor 24/7!

Today’s websites are no longer solely marketing channels, they are critical production factors. If a website fails to deliver a satisfactory customer experience the entire value delivery chain is broken, and a company will not generate revenue regardless of product quality or value proposition. Mastering digital performance is one of the leading challenges of the web economy, and requires a joint effort between IT and the lines of business. It means … read more

Top Web Performance Hotspots for #BlessedRamadan eCommerce

Over the past few years the majority of the WPO (Web Performance Optimization) experts I know have focused their attention almost exclusively on the US & European markets – so have we. However this year we’ve been asked to look further east and see how our friends that build and run large ecommerce websites in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt or United Arabic Emirates are doing in terms … read more

Common Architectural Pitfalls in PHP/Drupal Applications Identified in 15 Minutes

As a services architect I have visited a plethora of customers & mature IT shops from around the world. The following story is from one of my latest engagements at a prominent Belgian company that hosts various newspapers using an Apache/PHP infrastructure that is running Drupal. This organization had been struggling with performance issues for a while but had no way to dive into the transactions to analyze them on … read more

The 5 most common SharePoint Performance Insights you can take action on now

I’ve been on a SharePoint Performance Evangelist Tour for the past couple of months. Here are some of my contributions to make Users, and by result, SharePoint Admins happier than they are right now: Blog and YouTube Tutorial on Performance Sanity Check in 15 Minutes Webinar with Wendy Neal on Driving SharePoint Adoption Workshops at events such as SharePoint Saturday Houston SharePoint FastPack for Dynatrace As part of my tour, … read more

Functional Test (R)Evolution

Don’t like to read? Watch my video of this blog where I walk through all the steps highlighted in the blog: Functional Test (R)evolution on YouTube In the last couple of weeks I had the chance to meet a lot of testers in different cities and at different events. To name a few: TestExpo in Copenhagen, STPCon in San Diego, Grand Rapids Testers and Sydney Testers Meetup. I presented my … read more

5 Can’t Miss Web Performance Optimization Basics

At this year’s STPCon I offered a Performance Clinic for attendees that came to the conference early. As part of this, we did 2 live performance diagnostic sessions: one on a pretty cool 3D visualization app based on Java and JavaScript, another one on a live eCommerce website. On the eCommerce landing page we found the usual performance suspects which were not surprising to me or for the two guys … read more

Best Practices Every SharePoint Manager Needs to Know

The common challenge I encounter when chatting with Application Developers, Testers and Power Users is unanimously focused on User Adoption. SharePoint has a way of growing like a weed in an organization. The initial implementation may have been for a single workgroup but now everyone wants to use it and the system resources begin to balloon exponentially. Unfortunately, the features that make SharePoint easy to use out of the box, … read more