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Top Five Web Performance Pitfalls: How to prevent them

Every web site is unique, and each presents its own set of performance challenges and opportunities. These challenges can be exacerbated by perfectly reasonable business goals and site features, which can negatively affect the overall end-user experience. Business requirements (more features/ads), analytics (data beacons), time to market (we want it now), resources and cost constraints are all considerations that should be balanced with their effect on delivering a web experience that meets end-user expectations.
All companies with a web presence want search engines to crawl their sites and index their content because it's the easiest way to drive traffic, improve visibility and increase business.

The fact is that companies want search engines to crawl their site on a regular basis and index as much content as possible. As such, they usually assume that all search engine requests are legitimate and really don't pay much attention to them.

Pitch. Presentation. Proposal.

Getting people to say they're interested in an idea is easy.

Getting people to commit to an idea is hard.

Let's talk about the difference between a Pitch, a Presentation, and a Proposal.

The following post is part two of a two-part series exploring cloud-based media workflows.

In part 1 of "Cloud Based Media Workflows," Barrett Mononen made the case that the cloud offers opportunities to address the complexity of your online media workflow. He noted that the cloud alone doesn't guarantee success -- that you must take a thoughtful, pragmatic approach to realize the greatest business benefits from the cloud.

In this post, I'd like to discuss a more technical view to online media workflows, but first let's set the stage.

Thank you, from the Akamai Meet-Ups

When Akamai's Advance Solutions Group (ASG) launched the Akamai Meet-Up series, we asked ourselves these questions: Would Akamai customers embrace our format? Would they find the events safe for open technical interactions? And would they find Meet-Ups relevant over time? We were pleased when the answer to these questions came in the form of consistent attendance - over 30 per event - and positive feedback from attendees. We created the Akamai Meet-Up series for you, our customers, and we appreciate your continued enthusiasm and participation

And you thought your page could not be cached ...

As we carry out performance evaluations for our customers, we often come across very popular pages that are made 'non-cacheable' at the edge. On top of incurring additional latency and therefore a degraded user experience, it generates heavy loads on our customers' origin infrastructure.

The Argyle Executive Forum - Post-show report

Great panel session at the Argyle Executive Forum last week around Next Generation of Customer Care. My peers continue to see technology and the Internet as tools to enable and strengthen the customer experience across all industries, yet they still see relationships at the heart of customer intimacy. Folks came from all disciplines are looking for ways to create the ultimate experience through their Customer Care centers. Web experience continues to be a strong component of the brand and paramount to building customer loyalty.

The job of security professionals is becoming tougher by the day. While we work hard to ensure that vulnerabilities are covered, an attacker simply needs to find the weakest link. Not a pleasing thought, but often attackers have the time and resources on their side while the "good guys" work under a whole different set of pressures.

The surge in Microsoft [IIS] install base gains reported in the Netcraft February 2014 Web Server Survey presents an opportune time to write about a lesser known behavioral interaction between IIS and Caching Web Proxies as well as other layer 7 network intermediaries that operate similarly.  The interaction in question is related to HTTP compression being disabled whenever an HTTP Via header is included in inbound request to the server.  According to this Microsoft TechNet article, the intent is to "minimize the chance of inappropriately returning a compressed file to a client that cannot decompress it because not all caching proxy servers handle the caching of compressed objects correctly".  However, for intermediaries like the Akamai Intelligent IP Platform that have highly advanced caching and other network optimization capabilities, the origin not sending compressed content can have a negative effect on the total achievable performance.

Dr. Michael Wu, PhD, chief scientist at Lithium presented a workshop in the (very cold) Boston area this past week called "the science + ROI of social media influence". I stress the very cold statement as when we discussed the topic of "creditability" he pointed out that he is not credible when it comes to clothing. His wife, however is very credible, as she picks out his clothes. He was extremely happy that she had selected 6 layers of clothing for him on that cold, snowy day.
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