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It’s been about 12 years since I last scripted in PHP. I pretty much paid my way through college building PHP websites for small companies that wanted a web presence. Back then PHP was the perfect choice, because nearly all the internet service providers had PHP support for free if you registered domain names with them. Java and .NET wasn’t an option for a poor smelly student like me, so I just wrote standard HTML with embedded scriplets of PHP code and bingo–I had dynamic web pages.
Today, 244 million websites run on PHP which is almost 75% of the web. That’s a pretty scary statistic. If only I’d kept coding PHP back when I was 21, I’d be a billionaire by now! PHP is a pretty good example of how open-source technology can go viral and infect millions of developers and organizations world-wide.
It seems like every article, tweet, blog post I read someone has a different definition of the same buzzwords – especially in technology. Mentioning cloud or big data on a tech blog is like bringing sand to the beach. That’s one of the reasons why we made The Real DevOps of Silicon Valley - to make fun of the hype. I got to thinking… has anyone taken the time to shed some light on these ambiguous terms? I investigated on Urban Dictionary and this is what I found…
IT According to UrbanDictionary.com
(Not kidding, look it up…)
1. CLOUD COMPUTING
cloud com·put·ing, noun.
“Utilizing the resonance of water molecules in clouds when disturbed by
wireless signals to transmit data around the globe from cloud to cloud.
‘I use cloud computing so I don’t have to worry about viruses, I
only have to worry about birds flying through my cloud.’”
“Agile is a generalized term for a group of anti-social behaviors used by office workers to avoid doing any work while simultaneously giving the appearance of being insanely busy. Agile methods include visual distraction, subterfuge, camouflage, psycho-babble, buzzwords, deception, disinformation, and ritual humiliation. It has nothing to do with the art and practice of software engineering.”
3. BIG DATA
big da·ta, noun.
“Modern day version of Big Brother. Online searches, store purchases, Facebook posts, Tweets or Foursquare check-ins, cell phone usage, etc. is creating a flood of data that, when organized and categorized and analyzed, reveals trends and habits about ourselves and society at large.”
“When developers and operations get together to drink beer and color on whiteboards to avoid drama in the War Room. Also a buzzword for recruiters to use to promote overpaid dev or ops jobs.”
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“The parts of a computer that can’t be kicked, but ironically
deserve it most.
“The word the Knights of Ni cannot hear or say.”
(Monty Python & the Holy Grail reference)
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This week Target announced that they will now be price matching BestBuy.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and ToysRUs.com’s prices all year-long – not just during the holiday season. Talk about competitive edge. ”Showrooming” is just one of the latest ways for retailers to make sure that THEY are the ones you spend your money with. But it doesn’t stop there.
Now that over 39% of all holiday shopping is done online – and the percentage is ever-growing – customer satisfaction is a big tell on how successful a company might be. FORESEE recognizes this correlation, and has been indexing customer satisfaction since 2005.
Here is my “Spark Notes” version of the Holiday 2012 Index:
What is “Satisfaction Score”?
The “E-Retailer Satisfaction Index” is an analysis of customer satisfaction with 100 of the largest online retailers by sales volume (according to Internet Retailer). The Index measures the satisfaction of online retail experience during the holiday season by “Satisfaction Scores” – which are extrapolated from 24,000 customer surveys between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The indicators of customer satisfaction with a retail website are:
- Increased revenues
- Loyalty to the site
- Likely to recommend the retailer to others
And findings show that satisfied customers are:
- 65% more committed to the brand
- 69% more likely to recommend the retailer
- 67% more likely to purchase from the retailer the next time
Naughty vs. Nice Numbers
The U.S. Holiday Edition 2012 Satisfaction Index comes in at an average Satisfaction Score of 78 (on a 100-point scale) – with Amazon scoring the highest (for the second consecutive year) at a score of 88, and Gilt.com scoring 72. This is a large gap considering that FORESEE estimates every one-point change on the Satisfaction Scale is a 14% change in the log of revenues generated – WOW!
Below are the FORESEE standout retailers based on Satisfaction Score.
Keep an eye out for companies in blue – they are AppDynamics customers!
1. Best of the Best Award (Criteria: Top Score)
- Amazon (See Graph Below)
It is awesome to have 4 AppDynamics customers as top satisfaction performers!
Netflix has been a leader 7 out of the 8 years that FORESEE has been indexing Satisfaction Scores.
3. Most Improved Since Last Year Award (Criteria: Increase of 3 points or more)
Besides making the Most Improved Since Last Year list, Overstock has been able to
achieve speedy mean time to resolution, from days or hours down to minutes,
when solving problems in their production environment by using AppDynamics.
See more Overstock.com achievements on video here.
4. Most Improved Over Time Award (Criteria: Significant Increase over 5 years)
Congratulations to Staples for making the Most Improved Over Time list! It’s great to see
another AppDynamics customer killing it against other big names in retail.
5. “Largest Declines Over Time” (Criteria: Significant Decreases over 5 years)
NONE ARE APPDYNAMICS’ CUSTOMERS!
So What Does This All Mean?
The explanations of these findings lie in the retailers’ ability to understand the customers’ expectations. In a nutshell, if they deliver and exceed customer expectations in online merchandise, functionality, prices, & content, then the retailer satisfaction score will be high. “Only when they understand this can they begin to prioritize the site enhancements and make business decisions that can generate the greatest return on their investment,” explains the article. Meeting expectations satisfies the customer – and therefore makes you money.
In this day-in-age, agile releases are the way to differentiate your site and keep up on the competition. Have you stopped to think, are my agile releases satisfactory for my customer? (And if you really want to differentiate your site, have you asked, are my agile releases going to exceed my customers’ expectations?) Moving forward with this in mind will increase your site’s revenues, boost site loyalty, and users will more likely recommend your site to others – who doesn’t want that?!
Don’t be like Gilt.com – falling guilty of not prioritizing the customer. Build to please, and that will surely make you money.
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See the full Holiday 2012 Edition of FORSEE’s E-Retailer Satisfaction Index here.
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Having Fun With DevOps
In light of all the hype, we have created a DevOps parody Series – DevOps: Fact or Fiction. For those of you who did not see, in October we created an entirely separate blog (inspired by this) – however decided that it is relevant enough to transform into a series on the AppDynamics Blog. The series will point out the good, the bad, and the funny about IT and DevOps. Don’t take anything too seriously – it’s nearly 100% stereotypes : ). Stay tuned for more DevOps: Fact or Fiction to come. Here we go…
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