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Mehdi Daoudi

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At Velocity 2016, the first keynote session was led by Bruce Lawson, CTO of Opera, entitled “Making Bad Ads Sad.” Rad! Having worked at Doubleclick for so long, this topic is near and dear to my heart, so it goes without saying that it hit the spot! It’s not just about the ...
More and more companies are going agile, developing software in incremental, rapid cycles. This results in small incremental releases with each release building on previous functionality. Changes made in these incremental releases are continuously integrated with the existing code. Tes...
The traditional tactics that served marketers for decades have become nearly obsolete and, thanks to the digitization of today’s businesses, marketers are being forced to adapt and rethink their strategy. The Web presents many unique obstacles that didn’t exist until very recently—user...
Many factors can impact the user experience of a website or mobile app including bad code, bad architecture, infrastructure, external factors such as fiber cut, government interference (invisible hand), and CDN and DNS providers issues. Unfortunately, we now have to add another reason:...
The purpose of performance monitoring is to detect issues and minimize their impact on your end users. There are several different ways to do this, one of which is synthetic testing. Synthetic testing involves simulating real users by loading critical pages and transaction flows such a...
T-Mobile launched the T-Mobile Tuesdays app on Tuesday as a way to demonstrate their appreciation of their customers by giving them freebies every week. Its opening week gift lineup included a medium, two-toppings pizza from Dominos, movie tickets, and a Wendy’s Frosty. T-Mobile even o...
The weather-related AWS outages in Sydney on Sunday reminded me about a set of conversations I’ve had over the last few weeks. Many web sites, particularly in the ecommerce and banking industries, were impacted, sending some Australians back to the stone age for a few hours not b...
Today’s Amazon search outage offers two object lessons on the digital customer experience: monitor everything and communicate proactively. Retailers chasing the industry leader can implement a pair of simple tactics to keep performance issues from turning away buyers. First, the ...
Cash may be king in the real world, but cache is king in the world of the internet. From DNS record TTLs, to HTTP Max-age headers, caching at different levels makes the internet faster and our lives easier. One technology which has contributed extensively over the years in improving we...
Earlier this month, I had the chance to spend a couple of days at the Gartner IT Operations, Strategies & Solutions conference in National Harbor, Md. The conference was a mix of pep talks, how-to sessions, roadmap ideas and networking opportunities for IT operations professionals....
A multi-CDN service that combines multiple CDN providers into a single network is a common and effective way to speed up your web applications for users anywhere in the world. This strategy can also boost failover support in case one of the CDNs you’re using goes down. But even a multi...
We talk a lot about analyzing and responding to outages. The truth is, much of the advice we give comes from watching how our clients deal with performance issues. We recently got a chance to manage an issue of our own, so we wanted to document what we saw and what we did. We think [&#...
If you have kids and have gone on a long car ride with them, you know the drill; every few minutes you hear, “Are we there yet?” Something happened to me last night as I was reading a Business Insider article about a new Seiko watch for travelers, which is targeted to people who travel...
Seconds matter. When it comes to the digital user experience, a couple of seconds separates winners and losers. Among the best-performing ecommerce websites, the gap is even smaller. Catchpoint’s Q1-2016 Ecommerce Web Performance Benchmark identified the quarter’s best-of-the-best, sho...
Online retail has been a game-changer over the last two decades but it’s still a relatively small percentage of total retail spend, less than 6% according to the US Census Bureau’s Annual Retail Trade Survey. While brick-and-mortar retailers long ago established online channels, powerh...
App rage is real. It’s what we feel when a cloud service we depend on is slow or unavailable, as SFDC was yesterday morning. It’s also what a SaaS provider feels when customers vent their frustrations during an outage. Catchpoint has been on both ends of app rage, and as we monitored S...
As the modern application landscape has exploded alongside the Internet over the last two decades, so have the tools to monitor and manage the performance and availability of those applications. But all of the advancements in application, server, database, and network monitoring don’t ...
Exactly one year ago, Vox Media declared “Performance bankruptcy”, realizing their sites were “friggin’ slow”. They were way behind most of their competitors. Vox promised an overhaul on all of their performance debts. They set out to reduce their render start times by 58% and their pa...
At Catchpoint, we take two things very seriously: football (the original), and web performance. Following Leicester City’s remarkable win to clinch the Premier League title on Sunday, we decided to rank each of the 20 Premier League Clubs based on their website’s performance, and...
HTTP/2 is on everyone’s minds lately. People are wondering how it will impact their site’s performance, when and if they should migrate completely over from HTTP 1.1, and so on. And the truth is, we should have these questions—we’ve been using the same protocol to deliver content over ...
For those of you who don’t follow football (the real one), Leicester City won the 2015/16 Premier League title in one of the most remarkable underdog triumphs in sporting history. This was the club’s first championship in their 132-year history. In fact, Leicester City were 5,000/1 to ...
Walmart and Lowe’s online shoppers encountered slow performance and timeouts today that prevented many from finding products or completing purchases. In addition to frustrating customers, these issues are likely to significantly impact the companies’ web sales. The LoweR...
All of our customers understand the importance of having high quality websites. They work hard to ensure an excellent customer experience and maximum availability. Ensuring fast response times is business as usual for them—but how fast is fast enough? Most people understand that the ec...
The article below was originally written and published by NS1, a Catchpoint customer and integration partner. At NS1, we’re big fans of Catchpoint, the performance monitoring company who’s also one of our awesome customers. On the one hand, we deliver global DNS and traffic management ...
Software as a Service has been around for a while. In its early years—late 1990s-early 2000s—it was mostly aimed at individual and departmental use, but in more recent years SaaS has been deployed at the enterprise level. There are companies that don’t use anything else. In the beginn...
Still jet-lagged, I wanted to capture my experience from a recent trip to Bangalore while it’s still fresh in my mind. We opened a Catchpoint office in Bangalore about two years ago, initially with a simple mission in mind: Build a business presence in India and be a launch pad for the...
If you read our blog regularly then you know we’re pretty bullish about our OnPrem Agent product and its behind-the-firewall user-experience monitoring capabilities. What does it mean to monitor behind the firewall? Essentially you’re bringing Catchpoint’s Synthetic Monitoring capab...
Originally written and published by Stony Brook University Department of Computer Science. In today’s ever-expanding world of technology, the ability to interact in global enterprise via online or digital interfaces is increasingly vital. Being able to not only conduct business, but to...
We’ve talked before in this space about how Catchpoint’s OnPrem Agent can bring the power of Catchpoint’s Synthetic Monitoring to anywhere you want it. We’ve also talked about the importance of service level agreement monitoring to ensure that IT service providers are delivering the co...
Just ask VC Fred Wilson. He says, “Speed is more than a feature. Speed is the most important feature. If your application is slow, people won’t use it.” So if you’ve been wondering why speed has appeared in every ad and on every website and product, there’s your answer. These days, it...
Continuing the effort of ruining your customer experience. In my last blog, I gave you five simple steps to slow down your site and ruin your customer experience. One of those steps involved images; specifically making them as big and rich as possible, using large mega-pixel images, an...
..Because who even cares about customer experience, right? Are you tired of providing a satisfactory experience to your web site visitors? Do you loathe the fact that your competitors look at your performance metrics as the ones to beat? Those Facebook “likes” and social sentiment from...
One topic that is almost always on the agenda during customer meetings these days is the performance (or lack thereof) of websites in China. The companies that I’m meeting with are not newcomers in the world of ecommerce. They are almost all leaders in their market segments (luxury, co...
It’s not always your fault. Across the eCommerce spectrum shoppers abandon most of their carts, ditching as often as 80% of the time. Mobile shoppers are especially fickle. As the retail world continues to shift into the hypercompetitive, omnichannel future where customers compare pric...
By now we’ve made it pretty clear that we value comprehensive monitoring, and that complete visibility into all of your systems and solutions is a key pillar to the success of your performance strategy. So it shouldn’t be all that surprising that we’ve allocated a lot of our efforts an...
Originally featured as a bylined article on AdExchanger.com Rather than pulling back, sites dependent on online advertising are being forced to find ways to circumvent the ad blocking challenge, on both desktop and mobile platforms. One key strategy is to focus on delivering speed and ...
If your website receives heavy traffic and you are hosted across multiple infrastructures across the world or you are using multiple CDNs, then you ought to use a DNS Load Balancer to reroute traffic for better performance. While there are some large companies who create their own DNS...
One of the fundamental truths about web performance and user experience is that maintaining consistently excellent levels of both becomes more and more challenging as the complexity of a website increases. And of course, one of the biggest reasons why online systems have gotten so comp...
Originally featured as a slideshow presentation on ITBusinessEdge.com. The dynamic nature of IT Ops requires its professionals to be incredibly agile. If your systems aren’t as updated as the industry, your business is bound to fall behind. This is especially true for APM. Your busines...
When Amazon falls, the world feels its tremor. The retail giant experienced an outage yesterday afternoon, which lasted for approximately 20 minutes. While 20 minutes may not seem like a long amount of time, to a company that makes $1,084 per second, it can feel like a lifetime. At abo...