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SOASTA at Cloud Expo “Practice makes perfect” is an adage heard by everyone from budding pianists to ambitious athletes. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell focuses on exceptional people who don’t fit into our normal definition of achievers. A common theme in explaining the successes of these individuals is the “10,000 Hour Rule.” Gladwell’s theory suggests that high performance is, in large part, the result of putting in an enormous amount of time, and that it takes about 10,000 hours to gain the experience necessary to achieve greatness. The rule, according to Gladwell, applies to more than just individuals. He points out that the Beatles performed live in Hamburg, Germany over 1200 times between 1960 and 1964, amassing the hours needed to catapult the band to stardom. Clearly, it applies to companies as well. That’s not to say that talent, intelligence and g... (more)

Spring Cleaning: Innovate, Validate, or Get Out of the Way!

I overheard an enterprise CIO say this week that the Cloud reminds him of springtime! When I asked why he responded, “Because I’m feeling a need to clean out all my old IT tools and platforms.” Another colleague then said, “The past decade has been like a long IT winter—there’s a lot of cleaning to be done.” I’m hearing similar sentiments everywhere these days—“Out with old, in with the new.” This is not a surprise. It‘s been ten years since the IT age of over-buying ended with the bubble bursting in the spring of 2000. In the past ten years venture money dried up, IT teams were... (more)

SOASTA 55 delivers new CloudTest and TouchTest features to enhance your performance testing

SOASTA 55 update is now available. Check out some of the amazing new features to meet and surpass your performance testing needs! User interface improvements From the moment you log in, you will see the changes. SOASTA 55 brings a new look and organization to CloudTest and TouchTest. If you also use mPulse, you’ve already seen this new interface, starting from the login screen:               The New Resources pages for CloudTest and TouchTest provide quick access to how-to videos, documentation, blog posts, downloads, and other resources. Baseline performance comparisons A... (more)

Why Digital Performance Management Will Be a Game Changer for Online Retailers | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Why Digital Performance Management Will Be a Game Changer for Online Retailers By Ann Ruckstuhl Amidst the hustle and bustle that was the recent eTail West, one thing was clear to me: many online retailers haven’t figured out the empirical relationship between customer experience and digital performance. Why? Many brands simply do not pay much attention to the infrastructure that powers their digital business. Yet behind every interaction between consumers and online retailers is a vast network of websites, mobile apps, third-party service providers, routers, databases, servers,... (more)

The Evolution of Testing in the Cloud

It's always exciting to be on the front end of a trend.  Some turn out to be short-lived fads while others, such as the electronic distribution of music, disrupt entire industries.  There are some who see cloud computing as a fad. Those who share that view tend to look at the Cloud as if it's an all or nothing proposition; if you can't move your entire infrastructure to the Cloud it must certainly be a passing fancy. But the Cloud is here to stay.  There are many applications, like compute intensive statistical analysis, business intelligence and testing, that are incredibly well... (more)