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Mehdi Daoudi

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Monitoring tools for websites have been around for more than two decades now. They can tell you whether your site is up or down, how long it takes your webpage to load, even how long it takes to complete a multi-step transaction. All of this is done by monitoring the communication laye...
As International Women’s Day approached, I thought about what I could do to recognize this day. Recently the news has been filled with stories from women like Susan Fowler at Uber and AJ Vandermeyden at Telsa about the discrimination and harassment that is pervasive in tech. These stor...
As we’ve learned from recent events, any online entity, big or small, is subject to fail. Today’s IT landscape is so complex, most digital businesses rely on other services to ensure their service is running properly and efficiently. For many businesses, the cloud has become the answer...
Amazon’s AWS (Amazon Web Services) S3 web-based storage service in North America experienced widespread issues beginning at 12:37 PM EST on February 28. As reported on Amazon’s status dashboard, “high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1.” This was the only explanation provided at the time...
Waiting for a webpage to load can be painful—but not knowing how to proceed when the page is “stuck” is a nightmare. User satisfaction is dependent on website performance and ease of use – a slow loading website has a negative impact on end-user experience and directly affect con...
It’s a Saturday afternoon: An email from a customer drove me to start troubleshooting an issue they were experiencing with Amazon S3. They were experiencing random high wait time, usually an indication of a problem with communication back to some sort of an origin system. Should’ve bee...
The importance of continuing professional education, particularly in a field as innovative and rapidly-changing as digital experience monitoring, cannot be understated. Performance monitoring is constantly adapting to accommodate the ever-changing IT landscape, and staying ahead of the...
One of the best ways to learn is by listening to your peers. Whether it be a topic you are already versed in, or something completely new, our peers offer a different perspective that can help inspire new ideas and advance your knowledge. DeveloperWeek 2017 in San Francisco was an envi...
Last week, I tried to book a hotel for an upcoming business trip. I logged into the travel portal entered the city and dates of travel and clicked search. Then, I waited and waited and waited and waited, yet nothing happened. I tried again; same results. At this point, I gave up and mo...
As technology continues to advance, an increasing amount of tools is required to manage the day-to-day jobs of IT professionals. Each of these tools adds a layer of complexity to a business’s operations; so at some point, the addition of these tools tend to have an adverse effect...
The hallmark of a great tech conference lies in the amount of educational material that it provides its attendees, and the new ideas that they come away with after listening to talks and discussions by acclaimed experts. This April at Elevate in Las Vegas, attendees will not only hear ...
The impact of website/app performance on the bottom line of an Internet firm is an undisputed fact (refer to our earlier blog for further discussion on the subject). Over the years, the industry has come to terms with no longer considering performance as an afterthought and making it a...
We’re just about eight weeks away from our first-ever user conference. Catchpoint Elevate is a zero-hype event focusing on the advancement of our users’ utilization of our platform so they can get the most out of their digital experience monitoring. Featuring speakers from some o...
Staying competitive in today’s IT job market requires constant learning. Whether you’re looking for something new or want to advance your career path in your current company, the road to progress is long and not very probable if you aren’t willing to stay up to date on the most recent ...
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve seen the studies on the affect of web performance on business metrics. Most of these studies focus on ecommerce sites, but that doesn’t mean non-commerce sites don’t need to be concerned with performance. Recently, a few studies f...
Last Saturday, our washer and dryer decided to call it quits after 14 years of amazing service. As you can imagine, this is a major crisis for family with children. P0 priority! All hands on deck! Therefore, Sunday at 7 AM, we were in front of our local Home Depot in a hurry to replace...
Catchpoint was founded with the sole purpose of helping IT dev and ops leaders do their jobs better. This year, we are taking it one step further and hosting our first-ever user conference to help our users get the most out of their performance data and our digital experience monitorin...
The success of a website is directly proportional to the users’ digital experience. In the age of tech, savvy consumers, and competitive targeted marketing, speed matters. Users expect websites to load fast – the faster the user can view the webpage, the better the digital experience. ...
But it’s actually much more. We work closely with the technology professionals responsible for monitoring the world’s largest SaaS solutions and have an intimate understanding of how important performance is to their businesses. To fully understand the pains and costs pertaining ...
Online banking has become a go-to tool for virtually every user these days. Everyone expects to be able to transfer money, pay bills, and manage their accounts on the go with ease. With online account accessibility becoming an industry-standard, it is crucial for banks to manage the pe...
Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. In a recent performance report for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we had highlighted (with concrete data) that there were some failures as well as slowdowns on some desktop and mobile sites. The incidents can broadly be cate...
Each year, we like to take a look back to reflect on the biggest and most popular stories covered on our blog. From DDoS attacks to best-practice tips, here are your favorites from 2016: Performance Impact of Third Party Components Understanding the performance and impact third party c...
It doesn’t matter how often you move or where you are moving to, moving is stressful. There are so many questions to be answered, like: What if something breaks? How will this impact my commute? What is it going to cost? How safe is the new neighborhood?
Your customers’ experiences on mobile are more important than ever. These 50 mobile performance stats say it all. MOBILE PERFORMANCE Mobile pages make an average of 214 server requests, and nearly half of all server requests are ad-related. [i] The average weight of the content on mobi...
The holiday shopping season, a time when Americans flock to the malls or online to find those must-have gifts, is about to kick off. Kids are pouring over catalogs and compiling their wish lists, adults are looking at the Black Friday ads to find the best bargain, and retailers are hop...
This is a guest post from Cloudinary, a cloud-based image and video management solution. We are always looking for ways to help companies deliver digital experiences that will meet customers expectations in terms of content and performance. Tackling these 5 challenges is a good step to...
October’s massive distributed denial of service on Dyn DNS proved once again the importance and yet, the vulnerability of DNS. Dyn’s managed DNS services were hit in three separate waves from morning to evening, taking down major websites like Netflix, Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, a...
Every year around this time, retailers look for ways to optimize their sites for speed. They remove or reduce the size of images, manage their tags better, limit third-party content, subscribe to site acceleration services, or even deploy new servers. But if your site is still running ...
One of the most challenging aspects of optimizing web page performance while using a CDN is the handling of the base page delivery (also referred as HTML, Homepage, Landing Page). Part of the what makes this so difficult is the perceived “non-cacheability” of dynamic base p...
Toys R Us is no Black Friday rookie; the major retailer and their current hosting and CDN providers have completed 11 holiday seasons now. Between following some best practices, using static HTML strategically, and running on a high-capacity stack, they’ve pretty much got the online ho...
The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the most crucial quarter for all businesses. This month brings with it an increase in shoppers scouting for the best deals online; these consumers are ready to spend big during the holidays. Retailers prepare themselves weeks and months i...
Black Friday is one of the toughest days of the year for ecommerce companies. A retailer’s brand reputation, customer loyalty, and revenue are all at stake on this single day. Some of the more seasoned online stores start their Black Friday preparation many months ahead of time t...
E.H. Simpson first described this phenomenon in 1951. The name Simpson’s paradox was introduced by Colin R. Blyth in 1972.[1] Blyth mentioned that: G. W. Haggstrom pointed out that Simpson’s paradox is the simplest form of the false correlation paradox in which the domain o...
Understanding the user experience is important for anybody with an online presence. Many analytics solutions are available to help organizations understand what page yields greater user engagement, what paths a user takes through a site, which pieces of content are most popular and how...
The marathon of a presidential election has finally come to an end. The online world has played a crucial role in building the campaigns of each candidate – media websites and other social platforms were widely used by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to reach out to their s...
Holiday shopping season is fast approaching, leaving ecommerce companies little time to make their final performance tweaks. Third-party tags have frequently been the culprit of some of the most catastrophic outages of previous years’ holiday shopping seasons. As the number of ta...
The Internet is an ever-growing repository of data – data which can be accessed publicly, and data that is either personal or highly classified which can only be accessed by those authorized to do so (in an ideal world, at least). There are a number of ways in which this data can be st...
In Part I, we provided an overview of the metrics arms race and had walked through the use of sampling in this regard. We had also discussed the importance of baking in recency of data during sampling and some of the pitfalls of sampling such as the sampling error. Recall that exact me...
In the past when the use of the word “developer” referred to the individuals who were writing code for the application and database. There then became a need to create a category to describe developers who write user facing code such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript. This led t...
The phrase “static web pages” conjures up images of plain, single-column HTML sites from the web’s earliest days in the 1990s. Much of the web today is powered by dynamic, interactive content, capable of changing from user to user, with personalization driving more engagement. For the ...