ManageEngine yesterday announced a free website monitoring service named Site24x7 Benchmarks, that lets you benchmark the performance of your web site and compare it with the top players in your industry. The Site24x7 Benchmarks service is available immediately, free of charge.
What is it?
The Site24x7 Benchmarks Service helps any user set performance goals by letting them compare their websites’ performance and availability to the top 20, best-performing websites globally in 20 different industries, including retail, e-commerce and healthcare.
- Displays average response times and availability among global websites
- Provides performance insights from websites in USA, UK, China, France and Germany
- Measures performance across various verticals
The response time captured for each website is the average response time obtained from the previous day’s data, and ranking is based on this average response time. Availability percentages are calculated in similar fashion.
Graphical representation of the availability and response times gives users quick insight into the performance metrics of various websites across geographies.
Why use it?
Every business needs a way to evaluate its performance versus competition. The evaluation keeps the business informed about its performance and how that performance compares to its competition. Site24x7 Benchmarks provides users with a lever for improving performance by revealing how their websites are performing in relation to industry leaders around the world.
Is it Required to be a Site 24×7 user to use Benchmarks?
The Site24x7 Benchmarks Service is not exclusive to users of Site24x7; anyone can access the benchmarking data by visiting www.site24x7.com/benchmarks.
Site24x7 is a cloud infrastructure monitoring service that helps monitor the uptime and performance of websites, online applications, servers, mobile websites and custom APIs. The monitoring is done from 50+ locations across the world and from various wireless carriers, thus providing a global perspective of the end-user experience. Site24x7 supports monitoring HTTP, HTTPS, SMTP, TCP, IMAP, SSL, Ping, FTP, SFTP, DNS and other Internet-facing network services. For more information on Site24x7, please visit http://www.site24x7.com/; follow the blog at http://blogs.site24x7.com/, on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/Site24x7 and on Twitter at @Site24x7.
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Fabien Voyer, Director of Marketing Strategy, Orange mentioned during the recent TMForum Live event that roles that have been traditionally held by Telecom Operators, Service Providers, Vendors and System Integrators are changing hands.
It seems like operators are resuming roles that they had seemingly left behind. According to Voyer, there is definitely a shift in the way Orange operates:
“… we now have a perspective to be more an integrator.”
Orange has very recently announced its plans to acquire a controlling stake in a systems integrator called Business & Decisions. “The acquisition aims to reinforce Orange Business Services’ leadership as an operator and integrator of data services in France and abroad,” the company said in a press release.
Why are telcos turning back in this direction? It looks like the IoT, VNF and other emerging technologies present such complexities that drive operators to take more control of technical input in order to assume the responsibility for the former complex structure of liabilities between the vendor, integrator, and infrastructure owner.
We have summarized interesting highlights from the internet trends presented by industry analyst Mary Meeker in her annual, much anticipated Internet Trends Report at Kleiner Perkins.
Healthcare is becoming big: This is the first time healthcare is included in Meeker’s report. Tech and health are converging to present fresh, constructive solutions.The advent of fitness trackers and health apps means there is more user data than ever that could help create products more quickly.
Mobile advertising is king: Time spent with media on mobile devices is increasing and online advertising is skyrocketing. Global ad spending on the internet is expected to grow faster than TV in 2017, and Google and Facebook are taking the majority of internet ad spending (85% !).
User experience focus: Meeker describes how Lowe’s – the US chain of home improvement/DIY stores – are teaming up with Google to offer a new kind of augmented reality shopping experience with an app allowing customers to map rooms in their homes in real time to assess how various options could look.
India & China are the most fascinating markets for the internet on the planet: Unlike the rest of the world, India’s Internet user numbers grew more than 28 percent in 2016. That is an impressive 355 million users number, with only China ahead of it. Also mobile web traffic is up 80 percent (!). Private tech enterprises ion China drove wealth creation, and time online surpassed the amount of time people spend watching TV in 2016. What’s more, is that China had 700 million mobile Internet users last year.
Music Industry is recovering: After many years of revenues decline due to digitization, the music industry saw an upbeat turn with revenue up 11 percent in 2016. Spotify leads the subscription and streaming charge, going from 0 – 50 million subscribers in fewer than nine years.
Gaming is a main reason for internet services: Meeker says early interactive gaming helped creation and adoption of many today’s internet services like downloadable content, digital recognition. It has played also a significant role in interactive storytelling and learning.
In Mary Meeker words:
Perhaps Interactive Gaming Evolution / Growth / Usage…Has Been Helping Prepare Society for Ongoing Rise of Human-Computer Interaction?
Read more of the report here.
Digital business dynamics are changing the entire field of data and analytics. Gartner is telling India’s data and analytics leaders to evolve traditional approaches, and focus on business outcomes, market trends, algorithmic business, new technologies and most importantly, on building trust.
This year’s theme at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in Mumbai shifted from business intelligence and analytics to incorporate the key elements of data management, focusing on how organizations can leverage data as an asset. At the summit, Ehtisham Zaidi, Principal Research Analyst, Gartner, outlined some of the “significant change” the data and analytics market is undergoing:
- adoption of machine-learning techniques for data management and analytics;
- the settling of hype around big data through more mature data storage;
- processing and analysis solutions;
- the rapid shift to the cloud;
- hybrid data management through focused offerings;
- the emergence of modern BI platforms;
- smart data discovery; and
- self-service data preparation solutions.
“We are also seeing a huge focus on internet of things data integration, data management and analytics by Indian companies, particularly in the consumer packaged goods and manufacturing sector, who are determined the lead the market through competitive differentiation in these key areas,” Zaidi added.
The company states that BI platforms continue to lead the BI software market in India, with software revenue at a 24.4 percent increase over $206 million revenue last year. It added that the BI software market (other than the traditional type) is expected to reach $245 million in 2017, and see double-digit growth in the next two years. Mary Meeker singled out India as one of the “most fascinating markets for the internet on the planet,” in her annual state of the Internet Trends presentation.
Amazon is to offer short-term loans in the form of credit to small businesses that trade on its Marketplace platform. This is interesting for a lot of reasons, including that banks don’t like lending to them.
Why don’t banks like lending to small businesses? Because they are high risk. Why is Amazon doing it? Because it ties those customers even closer, it’s an underserved sector and the company knows a huge amount about them. What’s not to like?
It’s long been a mystery to me why Apple hasn’t moved into the wider financial sector (Apple Pay’s progress has been very slow) when it’s sitting on a cash mountain, well a mountain range, of $200 billion. Maybe too much regulation, too much competition in the general market and too little margin (although many payday loan companies’ interest rates are obscene, if legal) to bother? Which is what’s so smart about Amazon’s carefully targeted loans service, tailored to specific, unmet needs.
As The Financial Times’ article [subscription needed] says, “Imagine Apple lending money to app developers, or sending out ‘artist and repertoire’ scouts to find new acts for iTunes. Google financing independent studios for YouTube. Facebook moving into payments. Supporting small businesses neglected by banks is good public relations. And lending increases loyalty; if your bank manager is also your IT provider and your distributor, you are less like to sell via a rival service.
Few companies have as much information about their customers as telcos, but few are doing anything with it to earn extra revenue and benefit customers. Brazil’s Oi offered payday loans years ago and M-PESA in Kenya makes most of its profits from loans, not payments, and O2 Drive in the UK offers discounted car insurance for customers who are good drivers. As Orange, which is opening a mobile-only bank this summer in France, points out, “85 percent of banking interactions are carried out on smartphones”. But this is a handful of examples from an industry that serves most people on the planet and an era where banks are generally wildly unpopular and considered untrustworthy, and regulation in many parts of the world is encouraging competition in the telco sector.
Amazon’s move should instill telcos with a sense of urgency because, as the FT says, this is “just the start for techbanking”.