Mobilegeddon is here.

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Google’s new algorithms for mobile search have arrived. If you’re calling it #Mobilegeddon then it caught you by surprise.  And in fact, it’s catching a lot of businesses off guard if they don’t have a solid digital performance strategy in place. A bit of background Google is in the process of changing how they rank mobile web pages (pages that load in mobile devices).  What does this mean for some businesses?  This means that their ranking in Google searches is going to ... More >

Breaking Down the Website Performance of Tax Day 2015

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So yesterday was April 15th 2015… Tax Day.  Across the US, taxpayers had a deadline that they need to file their federal and state taxes.  As with every aspect of our day-to-day lives we are seeing the digitization of how we prepare and file our taxes.  Just a quick look at the traffic going to the IRS.gov shows the level of activity that tax related sites receive this time of year.  Compared to the off season IRS.gov sees a 3-4x increase in traffic during tax ... More >

5 Can’t Miss Web Performance Optimization Basics

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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 working for that company that were in the room with me. They have tried hard ... More >

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 >