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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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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 Integration and Deployment Systems Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) is the glue that holds e...

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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). What Does Continuous Mean? 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-four hours or so. Though this is a far c...

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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. Optimization for DevOps Teams Traditionally, engineering teams at software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies have been primarily focused with optimizing d...

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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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Catch Performance Bugs in Continuous Integration

Melanie Crissey

Last night I was having a beer with a web developer who works for a SaaS company here in Atlanta. Naturally, we ended up talking about web performance and workflows. “How do make sure your homepage stays fast when you make design changes or add new tags?” “Well, we have a tool in our CMS that automatically optimizes images when someone uploads them. We automatically concatenate JavaScript in each build. And, we have a number of tools that check for things like broken JavaScript, problems with Ruby, or problems with our static site frame...

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At Rigor, business teams and developers often ask us, "How often should we run reports to look for performance optimizations?" or "How can I integrate optimization into our existing workflow?" From talking with teams who've found success, we've learned that performance optimization is almost never a one time project where you find all the optimizations available, fix them, and call it a day. Websites are being updated often, sometimes even several times each day. And when those updates happen, it's ideal to treat performance defects like a...

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