Here at Trust IV, we’re always keen to practice our performance testing skills against different application platforms. Historically we’ve been called upon to test banking, retail, CRM and even video-streaming applications; consequently, when we practice our skills, train new users or demonstrate our testing capabilities to customers, we like to use a realistic application.
I read this morning that Marks and Spencer's Chief Executive, Marc Bolland is blaming a 8.1% fall in online trading on the company's new website. The BBC article that I read, described teething troubles with the website and said that existing customers were required to re-register on the new site and that there had been problems with site navigation.
In a thrilling climax to the season, Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions last Sunday, but things would have been very different if their website was a barometer of their performance on the pitch.
Last night Manchester was buzzing with the news that two of city’s restaurants were on the BBC2 programme “Restaurant Wars”. The programme showed the competition between these two world class restaurants as Simon Rogan’s “The French” restaurant based in the Midland Hotel near our Manchester Office “squared up” with Aiden Byrne’s “Manchester House” in Spinningfields.
Last month Richard compared the website performance of Manchester City and Manchester United. In a similar fashion to their early season win over their rivals, City romped to victory with their homepage rendering nearly three times faster than United’s. David Moyes thankfully wasn’t at fault, and Richard suggested that third party content was a major reason for United’s shortfall.
The problem with unexpected traffic to your website is, well that it's unexpected! The cause can be particularly obtuse, difficult to forecast and hard to spot ahead of time. Picture yesterday evening on the sofa, kids in bed and the second episode of the new Top Gear series all to myself.
Its that time of the year again. After consuming copious amounts of food and drink over the festive period, a growing number of people are going ‘dry’ for the New Year and are supporting Cancer Research UK Dryathlon. To those who have not heard of the event, Dryathlon is whereby an individual gives up alcohol for the month of January and donates their usual ‘beer money’ to Cancer Research UK.
Over the pond, America is gearing up for Thanksgiving and their online retailers are preparing for their busiest weekend of the year. In common with America, in the UK there is a significant shift away from bricks and mortar retailers, towards online shopping. Visa Europe has already dubbed 2nd December “Mega Monday” and anticipates £450m of online spending on that day (£5,208 per second).