×

Get the latest blog posts in your email

6 Digital Transformation Trends to Embrace in 2017

Melanie Crissey

Demystifying Digital Transformation Is your business undergoing a "digital transformation"? What does that mean to you? The 2016 State of Digital Transformation Report from Altimeter defines digital transformation as: The realignment of or investment in new technology, business models, and processes to drive value for customers and employees and more effectively compete in an ever-changing digital economy. CIO.com describes it as: The use of cloud, mobile, analytics and other emerging technologies to stimulate business growth. To me, di...

Read More

Managing Third-Party Services

Melanie Crissey

Third-party tools and scripts can serve a number of functions. On Rigor's marketing website, we often add scripts for third-party services that can help us measure or draw attention to specific campaigns. Unfortunately, we don't always follow best practices for managing the presence of these scripts. Sometimes scripts can go overlooked, which can ultimately impact the performance and user experience of our marketing site. In this blog post, we'll walk through how Rigor's Marketing Team uses Rigor Monitoring and Optimization to audit and mana...

Read More

Optimization for SaaS: Works for Business and DevOps

Melanie Crissey

Within SaaS companies, both DevOps and business teams can benefit from using performance optimization tools. Performance matters - whether you’re managing a marketing website or a web app. In this blog post we’ll: discuss how Optimization fits into workflows for DevOps and business teams, and explore some hypothetical (and slightly hyperbolic) examples of how to use Optimization. Optimization for DevOps Teams Traditionally, engineering teams at software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies have been primarily focused with optimizing d...

Read More

Image Optimization and Response Time

Melanie Crissey

Image optimization helps pages load more quickly. Across the web, developers refer to image optimization as the "low-hanging fruit" because it's an obvious, relatively easy performance problem to solve. For example, when searching for "image optimization" I quickly stumbled on this quote, highlighted in a KeyCDN post: On occasion I see people focusing on web optimization techniques that offer only modest gains—back-end script execution time, for instance—while ignoring low-hanging fruit like image optimization or even choosing the best...

Read More

Bandwidth, Internet Connections, and Web Performance

Melanie Crissey

When was the last time you heard someone ask, “Do you have bandwidth to take on this project right now?” The term “bandwidth” has become a bit of a business buzzword in the last few years. People use this term to describe how much time or human resources they have available. But, when was the last time you heard someone use this word to describe their internet connection? As in, “Do you have bandwidth to download this video right now?” As internet connections and infrastructures have improved, “bandwidth” has largely become a...

Read More

Holiday Shopping Week: Performance Review

Melanie Crissey

Holiday shopping week is game time for web performance teams at eCommerce companies. While the holiday shopping season seems to start earlier and end later each year, we still see concentrated web traffic during big promotions throughout the week of Thanksgiving and into the beginning of December. It’s critical that sites perform well under load and in conjunction with high cost advertising and promotions. Proactively Monitoring Online Retailers This year Rigor ran proactive monitoring tests to watch the uptime and availability of 65 popul...

Read More

Web Performance for Highly Regulated Industries

Melanie Crissey

When we think of regulated industries we may think first of manufacturing and processing. Indeed, a list of the most highly regulated industries includes coal, petroleum, transportation, fishing, and credit processing. But, it doesn’t stop there. Institutions in healthcare and finance must meet strict standards for compliance. Online educational services may face rules around student loans, privacy, and accessibility. Retailers and social networks face increasingly complex privacy and security requirements. Compliance impacts all industries....

Read More