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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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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. Keeping end users happy doesn’t have to be a struggle. Here are six key concepts to keep in mind as you begin to evalua...

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Integration: The Key to Successful Work Flows

Victoria Williams

Your monitoring solution can be pretty useless if you can’t integrate it into your workflow in a meaningful way. To keep end users happy and to prevent performance slowdowns from reaching production, you’ll need to evolve the way you think about performance regressions. Just like functional regressions, they’re bugs that you need to identify early – before they affect end users and become costlier to fix. Continuous Integra...

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As continuous integration and continuous deployment/delivery become everyday terms in software development and the DevOps world, it’s useful to define what they mean and clarify what each concept includes (and doesn’t). While the word “continuous” evokes the image of software that is updated with changes coming down the development pipeline around-the-clock, this is not the case. What it typically does mean is that changes are pushed frequently, usually every twenty-...

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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. Traditionally, engineering teams at software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies have been primarily focused with opt...

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At Rigor, we want to make continuous monitoring of API performance and functionality easy for everyone. Earlier this year, we introduced a new API Check for monitoring API performance and reliability. Then, we wrote and published a free eBook about how to test and monitor APIs at scale. Today, we're launching a set of exciting enhancements for API Check that will expand monitoring possibilities for our users. What's new? Most importantly, API Check is now programmable. We added the ability to augment check steps with JavaScript, so...

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