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When It Comes to Delivering the Best Possible User Experience, How Fast Is Fast Enough? Last month I spoke at the Conversion Conference, and after my talk I met a developer who had been tasked with single handedly making her company’s site faster. We talked for quite a while, and she expressed good-humored frustration at the vagueness of this directive. Some of the things we talked about: What does “faster” mean? Who defines “fast” within an organization? How do you know when the site or app you’re building has achieved mythical “fast enough” status? And how do you respond when the same people who tell you to make the site faster are also adding images, features, and scripts that are killing performance? Today I’m going to try to answer these questions… and hopefully help lay to rest any anxiety you’ve been feeling if you’ve been given a similarly vague directive. ... (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)

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)

SOASTA Reveals Five Technology Predictions for 2014

It's been a great 2013. Out of the global $1.2 trillion dollars' worth of business conducted online in 2013 across the globe, SOASTA is trusted with protecting 10% of that figure - or $150 billion. Based on the hundreds of brands SOASTA worked with this year and listened to the challenges they face, there are five predictions that are pretty clear as we look ahead to 2014. Hint: Simplify, the User Experience, and M-commerce will be buzz words for successful enterprises and e-commerce vendors. The Top 5 Predictions for 2014 are: Acquisitions vs Innovation Drive Legacy Tech Compan... (more)