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One of the main reasons why organizations fail to realize the full potential of their investment in IT teams is misalignment between technical and business objectives. Engineering needs to know explicitly how their work fits in with the business’ broader goals and how they can judge whether what their work has an impact or not. To that end, organizations should identify and track the right key performance indicators (KPIs) that can be leveraged across the entire company. It goes without saying that these KPIs should align with business goals,...

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Reducing Friction Between Developers and Operations

Victoria Williams

There is an age-old division between development and operations that still exists today. Because the two teams have different end goals, they can disagree when it comes time to implement changes.  This need not be the case, and such conflicts, if not managed and resolved, can strain the company. Development vs. Operations: An Oversimplification Competing Goals To operations, developers are head-in-the-cloud types who release code oblivious to real-world constraints. To developers, ops are cog-turners resistant to change. Change leads to b...

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In today’s world of digital business, end users are king – constantly challenging organizations to build fast experiences faster. Nevertheless, in the mad dash to the finish, the winner isn’t just the one who can produce a fast experience faster; the winner must produce a fast experience (faster) that also provides a better and more reliable user experience. Six Key Concepts Keeping end users happy doesn’t have to be a struggle. Here are six key concepts to keep in mind as you begin to evaluate how to implement performance monitori...

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How to Boost Mobile Web Performance

Victoria Williams

The number of users who say that their primary device for accessing the Internet is a smartphone, tablet, or some other smart/mobile device is growing furiously every year. As such, you should pay careful attention to how your site works for those who are on the go. Performance is one of the biggest predictors in website success, so you need to ensure that your mobile offerings are in tip-top shape to maintain a competitive advantage in an already-crowded marketplace. What does mobile performance include? You could ask twenty people what...

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Combining monitoring and optimization can help maximize a company's web performance investment. Rigor’s complete set of tools helps you easily ensure that your site is performing the way it should to engage users, drive conversions, and produce value for both you and your clients. Here’s why monitoring and optimization is so valuable to web performance. Getting Set Up With Monitoring The first step to improving web performance is to implement the appropriate monitoring infrastructure. Not only do you need to know your current and...

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If you use any of the variants of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) to implement your IT system, it’s important to allocate time and resources to testing for performance and implementing optimization (even before your need it) so that you stay fast as time goes on. There’s no better time to do things right than at the beginning, so this article will cover why testing for performance and implementing optimization is so important and what you can do to meet these goals. What is SDLC and where does performance testing fit in? The Sys...

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Best Ways to Reduce Server Response Times

Victoria Williams

Server bottlenecks aren’t typically the cause of slow load times, but this doesn’t mean that your server response times have no impact. In fact, server load times can impede performance. This is why we recommend that you devote time to optimizing this area. How are you defining server response times? In short, server response time (SRT) is the amount of time it takes for the web browser to receive a response. The clock begins as soon as the web browser makes the request. According to Google’s PageSpeed Insights, your server respon...

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