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It's never too early to prepare when you're a retailer gearing up for the holiday rush, especially with the continued growth in online commerce. Now is usually the time that shoppers begin making their shopping plans, and even start to make purchases. To help prepare, we've pulled together three essential elements for providing an exceptional customer experience during the holidays, and ultimately converting shoppers into buyers!
The demand for cloud solutions is on the rise, driven by new imperatives, delivery choices and requirements for IT organizations. These cloud solutions are changing how IT services are created and delivered. Today's customers are purchasing cloud solutions, not servers, and using SaaS to extend or replace existing applications. Consider the following statistics:The predicted cloud software market size by 2017 is $76.1 billionThere will be 2.5x more cloud ISVs by
We are happy to announce that Orange has selected Akamai Cloud Networking to power Orange Business VPN Internet Accelerate. Orange is the first global telecom provider and IT solutions integrator to deliver multinational corporations end-to-end cloud network solutions across the globe, based on Akamai Cloud Networking Optimized Internet Transport.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, retailers are thinking through every element of their company's eCommerce plans to significantly boost sales during the busiest shopping time of the year. One of the biggest drivers of online retail sales is user experience, so retailers should place increased emphasis on bolstering the following customer touchpoints during the holiday rush to ensure positive brand interactions that convert browsing into sales:
Consumers shop on the web for its convenience, savings and efficiency. Expectations continue to rise on retailers to deliver exceptional experiences anytime, anywhere, on any device.Akamai Technologies - 2014 Consumer Web Performance Expectations Survey revealed that 30 percent of users expect pages to load in one second or less and 49 percent expect pages to load in two seconds or less. When expectations are not met, nearly 48 percent will
I've had countless conversations with SaaS providers to discuss the major challenges they face as a business, and specifically, what metrics they track. I expected to hear a similar story from providers, that their top priorities were security and performance, followed closely by features and functions and competitive pressures. While providers agree that these are all important aspects of their overall solution, and are ultimately required to be monitored
Dear Web & App Developer, I trust that by now you have completed all your design, development and testing for the changes you've made to your web sites, e-shops and mobile apps and are planning to take time off during the holiday season.
Caching static content at the edge, like images and scripts, is only the beginning in terms of offloading requests from the origin and giving users the best experience. Dynamic content has long been thought of as a web resource that can serve different content for the same URI (Uniform Resource Indicator). A common misconception is that this content is always non-cacheable. When you break it down further, you realize that
It seems like holiday promotions have already started for many retailers and the promotion timetables are even earlier than last year. On a recent trip through my local big box retailer I noticed that Christmas decorations are already out, just one aisle down from the Halloween decorations.