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). In terms of the top ... More >

Application Performance & 4 Key Tips for Optimizing Your IBM WebSphere Commerce Site

IBM WebSphere Commerce is robust and highly scalable. But you know the work is just beginning once your platform is in place, right? From the outset, you need to work to ensure application performance. Satisfying today’s demanding shoppers, who demand flawless experience across smartphones, tablets and PCs, requires you to relentlessly fine-tune and evolve your brand’s digital experience to drive engagement and loyalty and increase conversions and basket size. To make ... 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 Awakens was awesome and delivered in every way.  Speaking of delivery, ... 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 ... More >

Web Performance Tuning & the Enterprise Frontend

We’re all aware of the impact that user experience and page speed have on business results for online shopping sites; much has been written about the correlation between web performance and business metrics such as conversions, revenue and brand image. Inside the enterprise, though, we don’t really talk about conversions or abandonment – we have a captive audience, right? Instead, conversations about performance turn towards productivity and user satisfaction. What ... More >

Who stole the Flux Capacitor? – Taking hybris eCommerce back to the future with performance powered by Dynatrace!

Last week at the hybris Customer Days in Fort Worth I witnessed Brian McFly and Doc Werkema, two hybris people from the future, get stranded in the present with their Delorean DMC-12. Unfortunately, their flux capacitor was damaged on the journey and they are now stuck in a world where commerce and marketing systems do not work together, sales and services are not integrated, and where there are no microservice architectures! To facilitate their rescue the #hybrislabs guys ... More >

Search Engine Optimization: Lessons learned from Performance Monitoring solutions – Part 1

Content quality, mobile readiness and site performance are the three key pillars of search engine ranking. I want to examine the performance impact here since it is easy to measure and Google is really supports it. Google is even experimenting with a “Red Slow Label” to warn users about bad performing sites.  But have you, the search engine optimization (SEO) folks, or anyone in your organization, ever looked at what the performance experience of Google -, Paidu -, Bing - and ... 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 they ran into a very classic issue). ... More >

Software Test Professionals – Conference Highlights from STPCon 2015

This week the Software Testing World moved to the US East Coast - just outside of Boston, MA a group of testers is discussing the latest and greatest at STPCon 2015. I was lucky enough to get 3 speaking slots this time (1 workshop, 2 breakouts) to share my thoughts on Performance, DevOps & Agile Testing: Application Performance Clinic Workshop DevOps: Find Solutions, Not More Defects More Top Performance Problems and Metrics for Testing Here are some of my ... More >

On Our Way to the Fall Classic with Digital Performance Management

Several weeks ago we had a look at Fantasy Football site performance as football season kicked off.  Autumn is also the time to watch the Major League Baseball pennant races. Baseball is particularly exciting for me this year as the Blue Jays are leading the AL East just a few games up on NY. It reminds me of when the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993 when, according to an MIT study, there were only 623 websites in the world! Obviously, much has changed since that time. ... More >