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It has been a busy week for Akamai and the Cloud Networking team.  In addition to launching our Cloud Networking solution category, we completed Edge, our annual customer conference, acquired Bloxx, a Secure Web Gateway company, and Orange Business Services and Deutsche Telekom announced that they selected Akamai Cloud Networking to power their business grade Internet solutions. So what does this mean for our customers?

We are happy to announce that Deutsche Telekom has selected Akamai Cloud Networking to enhance its IP-VPN portfolio. The new IP-VPN offering from Deutsche Telekom will utilize Akamai Cloud Networking Internet Transport Optimization capabilities to bolster the reliability and performance of enterprises' Internet IP-VPN traffic.

FinTech Landscape Comparison: U.K. vs. the U.S.

If you are a FinTech junkie like myself, you review dozens or articles each week from around the world to try to keep up with the latest hot news and hot companies in this space.  Many of the articles highlight recent startups, or report on the investments banks are making in specific companies or their own innovation centers to keep pace with this hot sector.  It's all very exciting, but it's hard to formulate a deeper understanding of the industry as a whole.

The Holiday Readiness Countdown

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 Recipe for SaaS Success Part 1: Make vs. Buy


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 billion
  • There will be 2.5x more cloud ISVs by 2017
  • 91% of net new software will be built for cloud delivery in 2015
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 abandon the site and 22 percent will not return.

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 for the optimal delivery of their applications to the end users, they see their two major challenges more generally: customer acquisition and customer retention. 

Dear Developer: Are you ready for the holidays?

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.