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Intelligent Testing Fuels Digital Twin Adoption

7/18/19 / by Gareth Smith posted in Test automation, User Experience, AI, AI-assisted testing, machine learning, accessibility, digital twin

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Digital twins are a growing area of enterprise investment, with Gartner predicting that the use of digital twins will triple by 2022. The technology, a digital representation of a physical object or system, offers companies a host of benefits, among them improved productivity, reduced down time, reduced risk and improved performance.

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Shift-Up to the Edge

4/3/19 / by Michael Giacometti posted in DevOps, QA testing, User Experience, User experience testing, testing best practices, artificial intelligence, digital automation intelligence, QA, shift up, AI-assisted testing, user acceptance testing, usability testing

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"The quality of your company’s software has a direct impact on the quality of your company’s financial results. You know it. Management knows it. And the importance of quality will only continue to grow with the need for 24x7 operations, high availability requirements, aggressive service-level agreements, and the need to roll out innovative new web-based services."

This was the first paragraph of a paper I wrote in 2005 about how to build your organization around a Testing Center of Excellence.

15 years on, we are still struggling with these concepts. The focus has turned towards project outcomes rather than business outcomes. Reasons include faster release cycles, more complex technology, and more technically astute end-users, with the result that QA lost sight of who was really using their applications.

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Testing for Emotional Outcomes: another Shift-Up Blog

2/13/19 / by Michael Giacometti posted in DevOps, QA testing, User Experience, Performance testing, User experience testing, testing best practices, artificial intelligence, digital automation intelligence, QA, shift up, AI-assisted testing, user acceptance testing, usability testing

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With the Shift-Up series thus far, we have explored the importance of testing and thinking as a customer. The basic premise is that we need to add another dimension to Quality Assurance other than Shift-Left and Shift-Right. This new dimension focuses on how your customer is actually using your application and if the intersection of your application, customer behavior, and your company’s business objectives all align. 

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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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Delivering a Five-Star Digital Experience in Financial Services

9/6/18 / by Antony Edwards posted in UI testing, User Experience, Performance testing, UX testing, APIs, artificial intelligence, QA, fusion engine, Customer Experience Insights, predictive analytics, business outcomes, Eggplant Release Insights, end-to-end testing, user journeys, Financial Services, intelligent automation, UX monitoring

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No matter what industry you’re in, providing an exceptional digital experience to your customers is paramount. It’s particularly tricky in financial services, as more and more users ditch physical branch locations for online banking. By 2019 in the UK, mobile banking is expected to overtake desktop as the preferred channel. And for two-thirds of Americans, a recent survey found that online and mobile banking represent their primary banking channels. 

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Link Real User Journeys and AI-Assisted Techniques to Improve Quality

8/22/18 / by Michael Giacometti posted in DevOps, QA testing, User Experience, User experience testing, testing best practices, artificial intelligence, digital automation intelligence, QA, AI-assisted testing, Customer Experience Insights, user acceptance testing

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To keep up with DevOps, testing and QA teams typically adopt a shift-up approach to move quality further up the software development lifecycle. The goal is to complete system testing, integration testing, and user acceptance testing (UAT) to ensure a bug-free release. While product quality has a direct correlation to increased revenue and positive business outcomes, this isn’t enough in the 21st-century marketplace. QA’s job isn’t just to de-risk applications by finding defects earlier but to help de-risk business strategy and potential problems with your user base by reporting customer experience defects. 

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Optimize Online Bookings in the Travel Sector to Delight Customers and Drive Revenue

8/20/18 / by Alex Painter posted in User Experience, Performance testing, User experience testing, Web Performance, user journey, Eggplant solutions, KPIs, customer experience optimization, Real Customer Insights, Customer Experience Insights, release quality, business outcomes, Eggplant Release Insights, business KPIs

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Providing an amazing customer experience is critical in the travel and hospitality sector. Competition is fierce and consumers are fickle. If one website fails to deliver a slick, easy-to-use online interface, an alternative is only a couple of clicks away.

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Achieve Better Business Outcomes With Customer Experience Insights

8/15/18 / by Alex Painter posted in User Experience, Performance testing, real user monitoring, Digital Performance Management, performance monitoring, Monitoring Insights, Customer Experience Insights, business outcomes, business KPIs

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By improving load times to just under a second, COOK saw a seven-percent increase in conversion rates. At Eggplant, we deliver insights that result in better customer experiences and drive better business results — something we call Customer Experience Optimization (CXO). With this in mind, we recently renamed a number of our solutions to better reflect the outcomes they’re designed to help organizations achieve.

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