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It goes without saying that people enjoy using the Internet more when response times are fastest. But most of us are not as concerned about why websites respond more quickly, as long as they do. There are many factors that contribute to faster (and more satisfying) web experiences. Certainly, faster broadband connectivity and well-designed web sites play a role. And websites that leverage content delivery networks (CDNs), which distribute
Akamai's 8th Annual Customer Conference is approaching quickly and we have some great industry speakers joining us to share how they are overcoming some of the toughest challenges in Commerce. Speakers from Norwegian Cruise Lines, Crocs, Mary Kay and Guitar Center, among many others will share ideas, best practices and tactics to improve customer experience and increase key performance metrics as we address key trends shaping the industry.
As a New Englander and avid Patriots fan, I have been obsessed with watching everything #FreeBrady related. I can't get enough. Short of reading the entire 243-page Wells report - Snooze - I want to watch everything that is going on with deflategate in order to support my favorite QB against all the haters out there.
Holiday season in July? Has Amazon's Prime Day officially kicked-off the holiday selling period? Probably not, but its success does suggest people are ready for a discount, which means retailers should prepare for a busy holiday season. So what can retailers expect in the coming weeks and months? Here are four trends retailers need to consider when planning for the holidays: 1. Consumer confidence is rising Consumers seem increasingly
This month we'll release the Q2 2015 State of the Internet Security Report. Tomorrow, we'll begin previewing sections of that report in this blog.But before we begin, a look back at the previous quarter's report is in order. Such a review will better position readers to digest the new report and do some comparing and contrasting. Every report highlights a new trend, but we also see things that don't change
I was ready for a relaxing vacation on the Mexican Riviera Maya where the warm waters and cool drinks would provide the backdrop for a great week. Making the Internet fast, reliable and secure every day is demanding work so I was happy to temporarily leave my thoughts about Akamai at home, spend quality time with family, and sneak in a book that I've been wanting to read for a
Last night I watched an On Demand episode of The American Experience titled Blackout, which recounted the 1977 power failure in New York City and its lasting impact on city due to widespread looting and destruction. With the power completely out, the operators at Con Ed got to work restoring power using a manual that was last updated after another massive blackout - in 1965.
Late last month I attended the Future Stores 2015 conference in Seattle. If you haven't heard of Future Stores before, here's some brief background: it's held by Worldwide Business Research and brings together retail, omni-channel, customer web experience, and IT execs to focus on in-store innovation and how to bridge the digital and physical retail environments. As Chief Strategist of Commerce at Akamai, I was excited to learn how
In June 2012, Akamai launched the Akamai Internet Observatory (IO) destination site that highlights browser usage across desktop and other connected devices. The data presented in the full Q1 2015 State of the Internet ReporBe and this blog post are derived from the Akamai IO site.