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Each month Rigor sponsors the Atlanta Web Performance Meetup at our home in the Atlanta Tech Village. This event is a chance for attendees to network with other website developers, designers, and system administrators who all want to improve the user experience, lower abandonment rates, and raise conversation rates by making their websites fast. Various web performance meetups have been founded across the country, with the most notable being the NY Web Performance Meetup and the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Web Performance Meetup. Ou...

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How to Monitor your Microservices

Victoria Williams

In the cutthroat world of digital business, we know that end users drive both innovation and the pace of development. And as end users demand faster response times with deeper functionality from their applications, developers have had to shift their conceptual model of architecture to begin implementing a more modular approach. This is where microservices comes in – and their popularity is on the rise: In a survey of about 1,800 IT professionals, about one-third currently implement some form of microservices. This number is expected to grow...

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The Transformation of IT/Operations

Racquel Downing

There have been huge changes in the Information Technology and Operations (IT/Ops) sector recently. Most have to do with the element of control exerted by various parties over the infrastructure required to deploy a website or app. This article covers changes in how IT/Ops teams operate, what these teams are responsible for, and the implications of companies merging their IT/Ops and engineering teams. As recently as ten years ago, IT/Ops controlled everything. IT/Ops teams’ responsibili...

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What is Continuous Performance Management?

Victoria Williams

The worst time to learn that a business-critical performance metric depreciated is once a release is in production. Poor site performance can lead to losses in conversion rates and sends frustrated users running right to your competitors. The earlier you can detect a problem, the easier it is to resolve. In today’s world, the ability to build fast apps or experiences is no longer a competitive advantage – it’s an expectation. Now the advantage is to build fast experiences faster than every...

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Let’s Talk ChatOps

Victoria Williams

Source: Stephen Danelutti (LinkedIn Blogs) ChatOps, a term credited to GitHub, is an increasingly popular way of automating parts of the software development pipeline. By leveraging the power of modern chat applications like Slack and HipChat, the goal of ChatOps is to: Bring attention to tasks that happen without much visibility Reduce communication friction between team members Contribute to speedy software release cycles In this article, we will talk more specifically about what ChatOps is (and its required tools), how it ca...

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5 Helpful Tools for Your DevOps Process

Victoria Williams

DevOps, a clipped compound of software development and information technology operations, is a software development philosophy that emphasizes collaboration between developers, testers, and IT staff through all phases of the software development life cycle using practices and tools that increases a company’s ability to deliver at a fast pace. Source: Amazon Web Services The specifics of a given DevOps implementation may vary, but the goal is always the integration of teams that were once mutually exclusive. To facilitate this, these teams...

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