5 Tips to Improve SharePoint Web Part Performance

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In a recent SharePoint Performance PerfBytes Episode Mark Tomlinson, Howard Chorney and I discussed SharePoint Performance based on my blog posts System Performance Checks and SharePoint Deployment Checks. We soon concluded that Web Parts – being one of the key concepts in SharePoint – ultimately decides whether your SharePoint sites scale, perform fast and will be used widely in your organization. Deploying or implementing “Bad” Web Parts will have severe side-effects ... More >

Omni-Channel Monitoring in Real Life

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In September, Macy’s announced that they will invest 1 Billion $ into their omni-channel strategy. When spending so much money the question that immediately comes up is how to measure the success? Key questions as “Are conversion rates increasing as planned?”, “How good is the User Experience for each channel?” need answers. Since my first blog about omni-channel monitoring, I came across a variety of customer implementations. Today, I want to share with you how Solocal ... More >

Ranking this year’s Digital Valentine’s Day 2015

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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 millions of people turn to online dating sites on a ... More >

Live Blog: Tracking Super Bowl Ad Performance

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Update: February 1st, 2015, 11:15pm EST So let's see during the game who was the fastest and who was the slowest in terms of response time.  In the following chart we see that Heinz, Cheerios, Beats, Subway and Carmax took the top spot.   Beats really surprised us, but lets come back to them in a moment. Hear are slowest sites we say during the game. I think the standout was Pepsi who was very ambitious this year.  While their site showed as being one of ... More >

Preview: Super Bowl Ad Performance Tests Are in Place

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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 place now for the relevant landing pages below. We’ll be looking at a ... More >

Key Performance Metrics For Load Tests Beyond Response Time- Part II

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In Part I of this blog I explained which metrics on the Web Server, App Server and Host allow me to figure out how healthy the system and application environment is: Busy vs. Idle Threads, Throughput, CPU, Memory, et. Cetera. In Part II, I focus on the set of metrics captured from within the application server (#Exceptions, Errors, ...) as well as the interaction with the database (connection pools, roundtrips to database, amount of data loaded …). Most of the screenshots ... More >

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

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Whether it is JMeter, SoapUI, Load Runner, SilkTest, Neotys or one of the cloud-based load testing solutions such as Keynote, Dynatrace (formerly Gomez) 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 last 10 – 15 ... More >

4 Actions to help Marketing and support your Super Bowl ad performance

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While your marketing team/agency was figuring out how many puppies, bikini clad women or hashtags to incorporate into your upcoming Super Bowl ad/commercial, I sure hope someone has been planning for the increased attention your homepage or landing pages expect to get. There is a great chance marketing hasn’t thought this through, especially this year as some Super Bowl ad spots have only recently been sold. I really hope whoever is spending $4.4M for 30s of air time with ... More >

Application Performance Clinics – Top Problems Solved in November

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Over the past few months I have been giving online and offline talks called Performance Clinics. During these clinics, I show you how to analyze performance and give you feedback on the data you’ve collected on your own application. For Dynatrace users, I run a special offer called “Share Your PurePath” where I provide feedback and can give you extend Dynatrace licenses. Every month I am going to write a short blog on the top problems found within the program so you get to ... More >

Dynatrace AJAX Edition 4.5 is here! Closing the Last Chapter, but the Story Continues

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Over the last couple of years the Dynatrace engineering team out of Linz, Austria continually updated one of the best browser diagnostics tools for Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows. Back in 2009 it received strong endorsements from Steve Souders and John Resig and Dynatrace AJAX Edition became very popular. Today we are announcing the availability of our next -and final- Dynatrace AJAX Edition version. This release supports the latest version of Firefox and also ... More >