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How to Use Third Party Data to Prove Your Worth

For all of the variances that the thousands of different online service providers have across a multitude of industries, one thing remains necessary for them to succeed: proof of their value proposition. The fundamental promise of any service provider is to deliver improved metrics in whatever industry it resides; but to prove it, a neutral third party is required.

Service providers can use their own internal solutions to attempt to prove their value, but as long as the provider is in control of that solution, the data displayed will, at the very least, be viewed with an eye of skepticism. Any potential buyer who does their due diligence will demand a neutral third party to verify any claims of service improvements.

In the case of a web performance service provider such as a CDN, DNS provider, or routing optimizer, this third party validation must come in the form of a digital performance analytics tool that can take measurements of a site’s performance in a number of different ways (the more robust the data and charting capabilities, the easier it is to see the true value of the service).

The extent of the testing that must be done to prove the service can vary widely depending on the service itself and the interests of the prospective buyer. If a company has online users from all over the world, they’re going to want to see how their performance will be improved not only in the U.S. and Europe, but Asia, South America, Oceania, and Africa as well. Similarly, if a company is in the business of delivering dynamic content like streaming video, they’re going to want to see metrics that relate directly to that service instead of just basic availability numbers.

In the case of Teridion, a cloud-based networking company specializing in dynamic content delivery and optimization, they require a way to show their prospects how their sites currently perform without the Teridion service, and then how they would perform with the service. By using Catchpoint to do so, not only are they using a neutral third party to prove that the data is valid, but they are also able to access Catchpoint’s massive global node infrastructure and in-depth charting capabilities to show exactly how much they can improve a customer’s performance around the world.

To read more about how Teridion utilizes Catchpoint services and solutions, read the case study or view their OpsCast Spotlight.

OpsCast Spotlight Teridion

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Catchpoint radically transforms the way businesses manage, monitor, and test the performance of online applications. Truly understand and improve user experience with clear visibility into complex, distributed online systems.

Founded in 2008 by four DoubleClick / Google executives with a passion for speed, reliability and overall better online experiences, Catchpoint has now become the most innovative provider of web performance testing and monitoring solutions. We are a team with expertise in designing, building, operating, scaling and monitoring highly transactional Internet services used by thousands of companies and impacting the experience of millions of users. Catchpoint is funded by top-tier venture capital firm, Battery Ventures, which has invested in category leaders such as Akamai, Omniture (Adobe Systems), Optimizely, Tealium, BazaarVoice, Marketo and many more.