The Performance Beacon

The web performance, analytics, and optimization blog

Black Friday overtakes Cyber Monday for holiday traffic

At SOASTA, we’re in the unique and fortunate position to be able to access a massive amount of historical user experience data. We recently analyzed almost 100 billion beacons worth of mPulse data (representing more than 10 billion user experiences) gathered via our customers’ sites. In this post, I’m going to share our three most interesting […]

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17 essential skills for growing web performance engineers

Performance engineering as a discipline goes back several decades. I’ve heard firsthand accounts of testing and optimization of software from the 1960s. Still, much of what we practice today has built up in the last twenty years or so, since the first generation of commercial performance testing tools started appearing. It can be hard to describe […]

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Best web performance posts of 2016

One of my favorite things about this time of year (other than making lists for next year) is reviewing the previous twelve months. A year is a long time, and it’s easy to forget how much can happen – from new research to new technology. It’s deeply gratifying to pause and reflect on where we are and […]

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To deliver the best possible retail experience for customers in-store, online, and on-the-go – and to compete with Amazon on its own turf in an increasingly competitive ecommerce climate – Lowe’s set out to build a center of excellence based around digital performance. This is their success story.  Since 1946, Lowe’s has been helping homeowners, renters, […]

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