The data are in! Black Friday and Cyber Monday – or Cyber Friday as we referred to in a previous post – have broken online shopping records for this year. Data from National Retail federation, Adobe Cyber week report and other sources are shown below. Here are some of the most noteworthy data:
The Hood to Coast relay is an overnight, long distance relay race held in Oregon every year. It has been dubbed “the mother of all relays” for a reason – it’s one of the longest and largest relays, covering more than 200 miles from Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood to Seaside on the Oregon Coast. I’m a passionate runner, so Hood-to-Coast, being one of the most iconic races around, has been on my bucket list for some time.
Recently we came across a great analysis of the performance testing market and how it’s getting disrupted by the increasing demand for continuous testing. We’re grateful to Nancy Gohring and 451 Research for covering this topic, and we were honored to be mentioned in the article (full version here) as one of the innovative forces in performance testing – woot woot!
One of my favorite events in the tech industry is the O’Reilly-organized Velocity Conference in Santa Clara. Covering all things Web Perf and DevOps, Velocity is definitely a must-attend event for all serious web performance professionals.
It was great to be there with the Nouvola team, we were really excited to have a booth and to showcase our newest technology, client performance testing. With client performance testing, one has the ability to test real browser experiences and gather browser performance metrics on a global scale, as well as emulate different network conditions. Our client performance testing offering is a great complement to our best-of-breed mobile, web and API performance testing, and we are extremely excited about the incredibly positive feedback we received.
The tech world is changing at lightspeed and everybody is wondering what will matter most in 2016 in tech. In this post, Nouvola CEO Paola Moretto shares her views on some of the key trends to watch for in web performance, DevOps, performance testing solutions and IoT this year.
This Thanksgiving we witnessed yet another round of spectacular crashes among online retailers. Neiman Marcus had a retailer's worst nightmare: the Neiman Marcus site crashed on Black Friday and did not recover for the whole day. Cyber Monday saw major crashes impact Target, Victoria's Secret, NewEgg and even PayPal. And these are only the big ones that made the press.
Clearly these performance failures were not what these companies had in mind: either they underestimated the impact large traffic surges would have on overall performance, made some last minute software changes that had unintended consequences, or just experienced a lot more online traffic than anticipated.
As you have probably noticed, this October we launched our completely redesigned website, right before AWS re:Invent. We’re excited about the new site for a lot of reasons – but perhaps the most important is that it’s reflective of the evolution of the Nouvola brand.
This year REI announced to the world that it would keep its 143 retail locations closed on Black Friday (and Thanksgiving day). Similarly, a growing number of stores, including Marshalls, Crate and Barrel, and many more are committing to remain closed on Thanksgiving day at a minimum.
And while REI, for one, has oriented its #OptOutside campaign as an invitation to reconnect with family and friends by getting out of doors together, there is also another underlying reality: the fact is, the vast majority of shoppers who want to shop on Thanksgiving or even Black Friday can do so online. As REI.com puts it, “The outdoors, and the website, are always open” (emphasis mine).
Black Friday is the new Cyber Monday. Or rather, welcome to Cyber Friday.
This week, thousands of developers will gather at FutureStack15, the annual New Relic user conference Nov. 11-13 in San Francisco.
Beyond a great speaker lineup and talks on trending topics like containerization, DevOps and more, this is an annual gathering of developers, IT experts and technologists who are building, running and changing the world of modern software.
The IT Cloud Computing Conference (aka IC3) is taking place Nov. 9th-10th in San Jose, CA. With tech leaders like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce in attendance, IC3 will attract 300+ software developers and IT professionals who will be benefitting from training to help accelerate software delivery, automate IT in the cloud and make their organizations more nimble.
In case you’re still on the fence, here’s a quick recap of why IC3 is the cloud conference to attend: