E-Commerce

December 11, 2015

The greatly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, and sci-fi fans around the world will be lining up to see the latest addition to the iconic series. And they are well prepared for the full Star Wars experience, according to the findings of the latest survey from SOASTA. The survey found that Star Wars fans are counting on website performance ...

December 04, 2015

We've all heard the statistics about the impact of page loading time – how the majority of visitors will leave your site if it does not load within a few seconds. But the poor performance of your website can have even greater – and potentially surprising – impacts on your business ...

December 03, 2015

comScore reported holiday season US retail e-commerce spending from desktop computers for the first 30 days of the November-December 2015 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date, $27.9 billion has been spent online, marking a 6-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year.

December 02, 2015

The official comScore 2015 holiday season forecast is that total online retail spending for the November–December period will reach $70.1 billion, representing a 14-percent gain versus year ago.

November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Day saw a 9-percent gain to $1.1 billion in spending. Black Friday followed with an even stronger spending day with $1.66 billion in desktop online sales.

November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday is here and it is instrumental to keep your e-commerce platform in perfect health. Key areas to keep an eye on are usage and load characteristics — they are gauges for interpreting how much work an online platform performs, and how well it performs under stress ...

November 25, 2015

Retailers are investing heavily in digital business this year, according to the 2015 Retail & Consumer Holiday Outlook from PwC. This holiday season, 77% of retailers expect a 16% increase in digital revenues over last holiday season. PwC expects online shopping leaders to gain a 40% to 50% increase in digital revenues this holiday season ...

November 24, 2015

In preparation for e-commerce's most critical time of year, APMdigest is focusing on application performance and the Holiday Shopping Season.

November 24, 2015

What attributes do consumers expect from shopping sites? It's a question of critical importance to Internet retailers. At this time of the year, retail and ecommerce businesses are bracing for 15% more holiday shoppers than last year. What can they do to ensure that they get a generous slice of the holiday pie? ...

November 23, 2015

The Black Friday digital swarm is approaching. Are you prepared? Sure your infrastructure is ready to scale, you've issued a production code freeze, and you're actively monitoring your applications with Application Performance Management (APM), but many organizations are overlooking one major component that can have a direct impact on Black Friday revenue: the mobile app ...

November 17, 2015

APMdigest asked experts from across Application Performance Management (APM) and related markets what they see as the most important way application performance impacts the business. The second installment covers some of your key corporate goals ...

November 16, 2015

Application Performance Management is a top priority for many IT organizations, and the companies they support. Achieving high application performance is not a goal unto itself, however. The reason application performance is so important is that it impacts business success in today's application-based economy. To explore this topic further, APMdigest asked experts from across Application Performance Management (APM) and related markets what they see as the most important way application performance impacts the business. The goal of the list is to highlight how many diverse ways application performance impacts business results.

The list will be posted in four parts over the next four days. First, the list will cover the main impacts to business, and later installments will introduce you to less tangible — but no less real — impacts that you may not have considered. The first installment covers interactions with your customers ...

November 13, 2015

Tremendous temporary surges in Web purchase activity are a fact of life in retail. If prognosticators are right, e-retailers may be under more pressure to keep their sites up and running this holiday season. Unfortunately, e-commerce sites can fail to handle a highly concentrated number of transactions ...

November 12, 2015

We talked a lot about the outside in perspective on the performance: the external factors that can hamper your applications' perceived performance, but what about the most critical components of your web and mobile apps? I'm talking about APIs. Internal, external or 3rd party; APIs are most critical to your business ...

November 04, 2015

SOASTA launched a new index called the Consumer Performance Index (CPI), and our first use case: a benchmark study of presidential candidates' websites ...

November 02, 2015

eCommerce is ever-changing and so are the customers, who are the raison d'être of eCommerce. As you expand your offerings and start catering to different demographics, your competitive landscape becomes more complex. Now you are competition against the companies in your market as well as your historic self. Don't ignore your current and returning customers while running after the new ones. When a single second of page load delay and every instance of poor performance directly hits your bottom line, make baselining the first step of your performance optimization strategy ...

October 26, 2015

Mastering digital performance is one of the leading challenges of the web economy, and requires a joint effort between IT and the lines of business. It means measuring and managing the end-to-end transaction delivery and translating it into actionable information. This will allow you to deliver an engaging digital experience, thus maximizing revenue and improving brand loyalty. This gets a lot easier if you simply monitor a handful of key application performance metrics. This blog describes four good ones to get started with ...

October 19, 2015

The holiday shopping rush is soon upon us and the only thing we can be certain of is that online shopping of gifts will continue to increase. But also that many e-customers will be disappointed with their online shopping experiences. Response time is money. With this in mind, here are my top ten tips for e-commerce success this holiday season ...

October 15, 2015

Because good things come to those who refuse to wait! Your customers don’t want to wait as your website takes more than a blink of an eye to load. They won’t forgive you for slower websites or ill-functional apps ...

October 06, 2015

eCommerce is relevant across all industries and it's growing at an exponential rate. Everyone who provides eCommerce understands the significance of website or mobile application performance and how it directly hits the bottom line. And those who are new to eCommerce have started realizing the monetary consequences of page loads and bounce rates. Poor eCommerce performance directly hits your bottom line. No matter what industry you are in, you should be monitoring your websites, web applications and mobile applications to ensure that your customers and end users can do what they wish to do ...

October 01, 2015

Every year, the number of consumers who shop online rises, and that traffic increase invariably leads to crashing web sites, unhappy customers and lost sales. Application performance directly impacts business performance. Providing high-performing applications 24/7 is critical, but that is easier said than done with complex applications that must work in environments spanning the cloud, middleware, third-party services and diverse networks. Effectively managing application performance requires broad and deep visibility across all of this, and your preparations for the crush of the holiday shopping season should begin today ...

September 28, 2015

Is your website slow to load? Page size and complexity are two of the main factors you need to consider. Looking back at the trends over the last five years, the average site has ballooned from just over 700KB to 2,135KB. That’s over a 200% increase in five years! The number of requests have grown as well, from around 70 to about 100 ...

September 14, 2015

As the 2015 holiday shopping season rapidly approaches, only a few retailers – 12% of the top 100 ecommerce sites – are currently meeting customer expectations for both content and page speed, according to Radware's latest web performance report, State of the Union: Ecommerce Page Speed & Web Performance Summer 2015. It is even more surprising that 14% of top retailers take more than 10 seconds just to become functional, an increase from 9% in February 2015 ...

September 11, 2015

The three main reasons to distrust an online experience are inaccurate content (91 percent), website downtime (88 percent), and overly simple identity and authentication procedures (75 percent), according to a new report by Neustar in collaboration with the Ponemon Institute ...

August 13, 2015

Since HTTP 1.1 was introduced 17 years ago, the Internet has evolved. This evolution introduced many changes, among them the development and delivery of rich content to users. These improvements enhanced the online experience, but did come at a cost, and the currency was performance – performance challenges that HTTP 1.1 was never designed to handle. In February 2015 the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), who develops and promotes voluntary Internet standards, released a new HTTP/2 version to cope with those challenges and to adapt to the evolution that internet content has undergone. Here's what you need to know about the challenges HTTP 1.1 faced and the improvements that HTTP/2 has introduced ...

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