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How to Get Your Customers to Drive Testing

4/25/19 / by Alex Painter posted in digital automation intelligence, Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence Suite, intelligent testing, real user monitoring, synthetic monitoring, Real Customer Insights, Monitoring Insights, Customer Experience Insights, Eggplant Release Insights

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The focus of software testing is changing. It's been moving away from simply checking that an application meets technical requirements and towards ensuring that it delivers better user experiences and business outcomes.

Or at least that's what we'd all like to believe.

The reality is that capabilities can lag behind the desire for change, and not everyone can agree on how best to represent the voice of the customer in the testing process.

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Why You Need Synthetic as Well as Real User Monitoring and APM

1/15/19 / by Alex Painter posted in User Experience, synthetic monitoring, website performance, Monitoring Insights

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Is your website meeting KPIs for speed and availability? Are key user journeys working as they should? Is your website’s performance now the same as it was this time yesterday? Are you sure? How can you tell?

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The Best of Both Worlds: Integrating Synthetic Monitoring Insights with Application Performance Management

10/17/18 / by Colin Marshall posted in User Experience, synthetic monitoring, website performance, Monitoring Insights

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Synthetic monitoring is an excellent way to keep tabs on the heartbeat of your platform with alerting offering the assurance that you are always first to react to outages. It also provides a history which enables the identification of patterns in performance which, if unchecked, may turn into outages.

Eggplant’s Monitoring Insights solution has long been considered best of breed in this field, with uniquely reliable testing that alerts you to problems before your customers start complaining. In this blog post, we’ll look at how to diagnose issues highlighted by synthetic monitoring by integrating with an application performance management solution.

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How Ticket Sales Broke Barriers for Glastonbury 2019

10/11/18 / by Alex Painter posted in Load testing, User Experience, Performance testing, synthetic monitoring, website performance, Monitoring Insights, Glastonbury

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Glastonbury remains the most in-demand UK festival so it’s no longer a surprise to see the website crash on mainstream ticket-release day. The 2019 event sold out in 30 minutes, with a record number of people trying to buy tickets.

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Three Key Lessons from Amazon’s Prime Day Performance Problems

8/7/18 / by Alex Painter posted in User Experience, Performance testing, synthetic monitoring, website performance, customer experience optimization, continuous monitoring, Real Customer Insights, performance monitoring, Monitoring Insights, Customer Experience Insights

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Just one hour of downtime cost Amazon an estimated $100 million in lost sales. Unless you were completely off the grid, you’re well aware of the performance issues Amazon and its shoppers experienced on what was touted to be the biggest Prime Day in the company’s history.

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Surviving Black Friday: Why Avoiding Outages Is No Longer Enough

7/24/18 / by Alex Painter posted in User Experience, Downtime, Outage, real user monitoring, synthetic monitoring, website performance, KPIs

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If you’re an online retailer, there’s a good chance you’re busy gearing up for the pre-holiday rush. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been pushing retail sites to the limits of their ability to cope with surges in visitor numbers.

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Deliver Faster User Journeys and Better Conversions on Black Friday

7/2/18 / by Alex Painter posted in Load testing, Real User Experience, Performance testing, user journey, real user monitoring, Digital Performance Management, synthetic monitoring

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While it may seem like a distant prospect, Black Friday is coming and retailers are busy preparing for the busiest shopping period of the year. The holiday season is normally a busy time for us too, as we start carrying out performance tests on retail sites to get an idea of how they’ll behave when unprecedented visitor numbers put systems under equally unprecedented strain.

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Monitoring Dashboard Improvement Makes It Easier to View from a Distance

3/26/18 / by Alex Painter posted in Downtime, Outage, synthetic monitoring, website performance, KPIs

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Our interactive monitoring dashboard is a bolt-on to our Monitoring Insights product that gives a very quick and easy overview of your monitoring estate. It’s designed to run on a big screen on the wall, which means it’s often viewed from a distance.

We’ve recently been responding to customer feedback to make it easier to use in this way.

Back in December, we added icons to the graphs to show you the current status of your monitors.

Now, the latest improvement means you can change the text size of your monitor names, making it easier to see which one you’re looking at.

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How We Predicted an Increase in Conversions from a Decrease in Load Times

3/21/17 / by Alex Painter posted in User Experience, synthetic monitoring, website performance, Real Customer Insights, Monitoring Insights

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One of the biggest challenges we share with our clients is proving the business value of web performance. While it’s logical that faster websites mean happier customers and more revenue, it can be hard to provide absolute proof.

We previously relied on publicly available case studies, a fantastic collection of which is available at WPO Stats.

Our Real Customer Insights (RCI) solution has a better answer: predicting the absolute business impact of faster web pages.

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