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The Big Game 2016: Live Blog Coverage

UPDATE: February 8th, 2016 5:00pm UPDATE: February 7th, 2016 10:24pm That’s the game!  Congratulations to the Denver Broncos.  So the results for the web site performance for advertisers during the game are in as well.  Here is the complete list, and as you’ve seen tonight while there were some fumbles everyone recovered well…  well except Beyonce.com, we are still waiting for it to recover. (edit. look like it recovered around 3am). … read more

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

Production: Performance where it REALLY matters!

“Production is where performance matters most, as it directly impacts our end users and ultimately decides whether our software will be successful or not. Efforts to create test conditions and environments exactly like Production will always fall short; nothing compares to production!” These were the opening lines of my invitation encouraging performance practitioners to apply for the recent WOPR24 (Workshop On Performance and Reliability). Thirteen performance gurus answered the call … read more

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Live Blog: Retailers’ Mobile & Web Performance

Update: December 9, 2015 at 9:00am EST The Mobile Holiday Weekend Now that the dust has settled let’s have a look at how mobile impacted the Holiday weekend. Dynatrace’s holiday shopping report told us that 50% of millennials will do more mobile shopping than they will by making in store purchases, and 60% of them will be doing more mobile shopping than they did last year. With that in mind, … read more

Content Debt: Underestimated User Experience & SEO Impact

In recent weeks I ran across several instances of “Content Debt”. What is content debt? Like technical debt, content debt slows our content management systems down and impacts our end users in the event we do not follow common best practices and not constantly monitoring for outdated content on our web sites. The most recent example of content debt I encountered was actually from the STPCon Web Site (I love STPCon – but unfortunately … read more

Fall Fantasy Football Digital Performance 2015

Fall is knocking on the door and everyone in the U.S. knows what that means…  Football Season!  We have been talking a lot about the transformative nature of digital experience, and that applies to Fantasy Football.  Fantasy Football leagues have boomed since people figured out that they could run fantasy leagues online.  What was once a niche activity of die hard sports fanatics run out of back rooms and bars … 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

Ranking this year’s Digital Valentine’s Day 2015

With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, many people are thinking back to how they met their significant others. One thing that stands out is how pervasive digital channels have become as a wildly popular way for people to meet and even fall in love. Years ago no one would have thought that connecting with people for dating and developing relationships was going to facilitated so much by technology. Today, millions upon … read more

Preview: Super Bowl Ad Performance Tests Are in Place

This weekend marks the 49th annual Super Bowl! If you aren’t psyched to watch the big game, you can still be entertained by the extravagant commercials companies pay millions for each year. Hopefully, if you work in the IT department of one of these companies you’ve already load tested the landing pages the commercials will be sending people to during the game so they don’t crash. We’ve got monitoring in … read more

Key Performance Metrics For Load Tests Beyond Response Time – Part I

Whether it is JMeter, SoapUI, Load Runner, SilkTest, Neotys or one of the cloud-based load testing solutions such as Dynatrace Load, BlazeMeter or others, breaking an application under heavy load is easy these days. Finding the problem based on automatically generated load testing reports is not. Can you tell me what is wrong based on the following reports? My Key Metrics from Web Server to Database I’ve helped engineering organizations over the … read more