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

The Great Google ‘Meltdown’: Why Application Uptime Matters

Google is one of the few companies that seem to run the world, so it’s no surprise the outage touched what feels like everyone. This week the internet giant has been facing application uptime issues with multiple services including Gmail, Drive, Maps and YouTube. On Tuesday, potentially millions of users were affected for several hours across partsRead More

Monitoring tools: A software rot watchdog

In addition to measuring performance metrics, website and application monitoring tools can help your company’s developers write better code by identifying changes that hurt efficiency. Monitoring tools can point development teams towards problems relating to active software rot, which describes how continual updates to software can deplete software performance and integrity. Your business can compare monitoring data before andRead More

How to Handle the Holiday Retail Rush with Agile Performance Testing

All too often retail companies are unprepared for the holiday season, when traffic spikes put immense pressure on their applications and infrastructure. But with the right level of proactive performance testing and troubleshooting, you’ll be able to avoid dreaded downtime and ensure a great customer experience. In our latest webinar, Apica’s own Troy Presley andRead More

How Performance Monitoring is Like Having an Ever-Present Code Proofreader

Performance monitoring is a lot like having an ever-present code proofreader who keeps looking over your company’s website and application code for performance issues on a never-ending basis. Programmers and writers have a lot in common when it comes to editing their work: generally, they do a great job of catching major errors that breakRead More

The 2017 Mid-Year Status Of Web Security: DDoS And More

While the recent WannaCry attacks have kept ransomware front-and-center in the news, businesses can’t forget about protecting themselves from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. According to ZDNet, Ransomware and DDoS are the top digital security threats the public faces today. While ransomware holds data hostage on one side, Internet of Things-based botnets create DDoS attacks on previously unimaginable scales on the other.Read More

Load Time Killing Content Creation Mistakes

We’ve previously examined many of the root causes of poor website and application load times on the technical side in the past like failing to implement a monitoring strategy and inefficient scaling. While IT staff and programmers have plenty to keep themselves busy with improving platform performance, some of the burden also falls on the people who createRead More

What Data Points Should You be Monitoring when Measuring Web Performance

Measuring Web Performance Needless to say, top-notch web performance is crucial for any company, regardless of size. When monitoring the real-time performance of a website or application, there are a number of measurable data points and operations that should be clearly understood in order to gain an accurate analysis of a site’s performance levels andRead More

What’s the Difference Between Automated Testing and Manual Testing

  Software testing is a huge domain, but it can be broadly categorized into two areas: manual testing and automated testing. Both manual and automated testing offer benefits and disadvantages. It’s worth knowing the difference, and when to use one or the other for best results. In manual testing (as the name suggests), test casesRead More