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Today Rigor is launching an awesome new way to track and trend your web performance to ensure you get fast and stay fast: Performance KPIs. We all know that performance of your site directly impacts your business. But different types of companies, and even different departments inside the same company, have different metrics they need to keep an eye on. For instance, IT/Ops looks at uptime and first byte time, or advertising teams track onload and and fully loaded, since those typically define when ads can appear. With Rigor's Performance...

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Why You Need to Embrace Digital Transformation

Victoria Williams

Digital transformation (sometimes referred to as DX) is a term that goes in and out of style, but it’s common definition remains the same: Digital transformation is the application of digital technologies to fundamentally impact all aspects of business and society. What does that mean though? At the most basic level, DX is the shift from analog tools like paper forms, snail mail, and the like to their digital counterparts. However, such small changes aren’t the earth-shattering transformations that people claim are necessary for b...

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Have you ever scrolled through your social media feed and, through the magic of big data, been shown the perfect ad at the perfect time only to be sent to a website that chugs or fails to load? It’s just the nature of the industry that we’ve all had to face the incredibly frustrating experience of slow performing sites. And whether its bloated ads or videos that don’t load, the likelihood we stay around to wait for the content is pretty slim. We the consumer demand a user-friendly experience, and our loyalties are fickle – we pledge all...

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Optimization. It’s been a hot topic among developers for a while and now it’s making its way onto agendas in the boardroom as key stakeholders begin to realize the relationship between performance and their company’s bottom line. But what exactly is optimization and why should companies care about maximizing it? What is Optimization? The Answer Might Surprise You. Depending on who you ask, you’ll get different definitions of “web optimization,” but most of them will probably focus on search engine optimization. Search engine optim...

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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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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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