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For the web performance community, the hunt for a single metric that captures the entire user experience on a website is kind of like the quest for the holy grail. On the one hand, there’s pretty much universal agreement that there’s no single metric that fully captures the entire user experience on all websites. But on the other, many folks agree that a single metric would be a fantastic flag to rally around — especially when we’re trying to win newcomers over to the performance cause. At SOASTA, we’ve given this a lot of thought. After countless meetings and brainstorm sessions with a multi-disciplinary team made up of data scientists, product managers, executives, and anyone else who had an informed opinion, we’re excited to announce the launch of a new index — one that will help developers and operations teams, as well as business owners, get a better “starter”... (more)

The Evolution of Testing in the Cloud

It's always exciting to be on the front end of a trend.  Some turn out to be short-lived fads while others, such as the electronic distribution of music, disrupt entire industries.  There are some who see cloud computing as a fad. Those who share that view tend to look at the Cloud as if it's an all or nothing proposition; if you can't move your entire infrastructure to the Cloud it must certainly be a passing fancy. But the Cloud is here to stay.  There are many applications, like compute intensive statistical analysis, business intelligence and testing, that are incredibly well... (more)

Web 2.0: Why Has Web Testing Failed Us?

Last February on a business trip to London, I had a typical day that included several calls back to the U.S. and India. Instead of using my mobile phone or an expensive hotel landline to make the calls, I decided to use my Skype account. Although (at times) not the greatest quality, this web service has proven to save a lot of money on my overseas calls. However, on this particular day when I attempted to log into Skype I experienced some technical issues that would not allow me to access my account. When I finally went to Skype's web site to see if there was a problem, I found t... (more)

SOASTA's 10,000 Hours in the Cloud

SOASTA at Cloud Expo “Practice makes perfect” is an adage heard by everyone from budding pianists to ambitious athletes. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell focuses on exceptional people who don’t fit into our normal definition of achievers. A common theme in explaining the successes of these individuals is the “10,000 Hour Rule.” Gladwell’s theory suggests that high performance is, in large part, the result of putting in an enormous amount of time, and that it takes about 10,000 hours to gain the experience necessary to achieve greatness. The rule, according to Gladwell, ap... (more)

Spring Cleaning: Innovate, Validate, or Get Out of the Way!

I overheard an enterprise CIO say this week that the Cloud reminds him of springtime! When I asked why he responded, “Because I’m feeling a need to clean out all my old IT tools and platforms.” Another colleague then said, “The past decade has been like a long IT winter—there’s a lot of cleaning to be done.” I’m hearing similar sentiments everywhere these days—“Out with old, in with the new.” This is not a surprise. It‘s been ten years since the IT age of over-buying ended with the bubble bursting in the spring of 2000. In the past ten years venture money dried up, IT teams were... (more)