How to avoid being ‘First Down’: Lessons to Learn from Super Bowl LII

The Philadelphia Eagles may still be reveling in their victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday’s historic Super Bowl win, but many game-day advertisers won’t be quite as happy in the aftermath. After the vast creative (and financial!) input to running a prized Super Bowl ad, it should have been a time for businessesRead More

4 key requirements for an enterprise IoT strategy

By 2020, there will be billions of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). From the Google Homes and Fitbits in our personal lives to smart cities connecting everything from traffic lights, public transport, and water supply systems, IoT devices are producing masses of data to improve virtually every aspect of the day-to-day. AsRead More

How application performance monitoring could have defended the StubHub sack

StubHub, one of the most well-known online ticket exchange companies, crashed for 20+ minutes following the Georgia Bulldogs double-overtime win in Atlanta on January 1st. Although StubHub has yet to reveal the cause of the crash, in the age of instant digital response Georgian fans immediately took to Twitter to announce they “broke StubHub”. InRead More

7 secrets to maintaining four nines uptime using performance monitoring tools

Klarna’s 7 secrets for maintaining four nines uptime 1. Implement end-to-end responsibility 2. Get started on a shift in architecture (Microservices in cloud platform and graceful degradation) 3. Keep centralized Incident Management (operations land, OPs knowledge) 4. Support proper Problem Management 5. Do continuous improvement/feedback – on all levels (lives, dev-teams, retros, incident reports) 6.Read More

Shaping up for 2018 – five predictions for the software testing industry

With 2017 nearly over, organizations are hotly anticipating what the new year will bring in terms of trends, developments and hidden surprises in the software testing industry. For the software testing industry, it’s been a busy year. Increased automation adoption within testing teams – where agile development boosted speed of release – has led toRead More

LoadRunner or JMeter: A False Premise

When I speak to QA Managers in my daily routine, I often hear a common scenario, they own LoadRunner as their performance load testing solution, but they have been told by “C” level executives within their organization to replace it with a “free” open source solution like JMeter. This is almost always due to theRead More

Page & Transaction Throughput: Telltale Signs of Application Performance

As the holiday season approaches, the IT and Development teams for many ecommerce and online retail brands have already begun their application performance testing to gain answers to business-critical questions. What will happen when thousands upon thousands of users concurrently visit the web app to conduct their holiday gift shopping? At what point will theRead More

Oxx in Conversation: “Performance testing is a big, dark hole”

Oxx, the investment company for scale-up stage B2B software businesses, focusing on the UK, the Nordics and Israel, recently led a $12m funding round in Apica. We sat down with Mikael Johnsson, Oxx’s General Partner, to discuss the investment, market opportunities, and his thoughts on the world of performance testing. Tell us more about OxxRead More

Performance Testing and APM: Why Your Business Needs Both

The path to application quality and performance comes in many shapes and sizes. Most organizations today use an Application Performance Management (APM) tool to monitor their software availability and performance. At the same time, many organizations use performance testing tools to ensure application scalability and identify performance bottlenecks. But, like milk and cookies, the realRead More

Digital Desertion: What consumers expect from website and application performance

Consumers’ expectations of online experience are changing rapidly. Compared to just a few years ago, we’re more demanding and less forgiving of websites and apps, and organizations of all sizes need to bear this in mind–before they suffer ‘digital desertion’ from their customers. Recently, Apica set out to investigate just how much attitudes towards brands’Read More