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At some point, all of us have probably had to deal with some sort of automotive recall. As annoying as they are for us, most recalls aren’t usually a big deal for the automakers, as most recalls are inexpensive parts. But these recalls can be damaging to the brand, ultimately resulting in a loss in sales and, more importantly, a decline in consumer confidence. It’s estimated that, in 2010, during Toyota’s huge gas pedal recall, the value of their cars dropped by 3% and sales losses totaled between $700 and $800 million. Unlike automoti...

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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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Gone are the days of apps that rely solely on in-house tools. Today’s apps are increasingly dependent on external APIs and apps (which, in turn, are reliant on other APIs and apps). While this type of modularity allows for product flexibility and rapid development, it can be difficult to address any issues that arise. If even one component of this chain breaks, it can have a domino-effect on its dependents, whereas a similar failure in the closed systems of yesterday would have just led to an isolated incident. As such, if your product relie...

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Best Practices for Optimizing Performance

Victoria Williams

Monitoring for issues and analyzing performance is great, but if your technology doesn’t help you prioritize and optimize content that is negatively impacting performance, you’re only halfway there. Get Your Ducks in a Row Step one involves mapping out and enforcing your internal performance best practices. With hundreds of front-end performance optimizations out there, the task of defining your best practices may seem daunting at first. Don’t worry, just start small: Ask a few questions – similar to the way you defined your busines...

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