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Recently Microsoft conducted research [1] [2] indicating that a delay of 1 second in page load time means a loss of revenue of 2.8%. Obviously, faster websites lead to huge revenue benefits for ecommerce companies, hence why speed is the dominant industry trend today. That said, improving quality and velocity must remain feasible. Even machines have limits (as well as humans). A key question that emerges is how fast must a website be to appear noticeably better than it does today? The next question is, can load testing get us there? Defining what is faster According to Akamai (research from a sample of 1058 people), 75% of visitors would not return to websites that take longer than 4 seconds to load. That was in 2006. Three years after, in 2009, Akamai conducted again the same research. Apparently we have become more demanding. A website now needs to load up within... (more)

RIA Load Testing for Dummies

We all know that since the early ‘90s, Internet usage has exploded. Buying online, booking a trip or communicating with friends and relatives are just a few examples of what all of us are doing every day. The continuous development of broadband connectivity has also made easy the growth of those services and, as more bandwidth becomes available, quality will continued to improve as well. Considering this evolution and looking at the details of its capabilities, it appears Rich Internet Applications are one of the most important elements to improve the user experience in the moder... (more)