Apica's Peak Performance Blog

Tips and Tools for Optimizing Web, Mobile and Cloud Performance

A Brief Look at Running Successful Load Tests

Load testing analyzes the behavior, performance, reliability, and capacity of a software implementation on specific hardware. Businesses use load tests to determine the maximum workload their software implementations can handle, as well as how the platform holds up under pressure. Together, this process helps to identify issues such as the need for more powerful hardware […] Continue reading

Finding Balance: The Importance of Agile Performance Testing in the Development Process

It’s easy for a business to fall into the trap of focusing so intensely on content and capabilities for their applications that they neglect one of the areas that’s most important to the audience: performance. Apica and Gigaom’s white paper “Performance Testing: Balancing Agility and Quality” stresses how businesses need to make application performance a […] Continue reading

The Basics of App Testing

Application testing is a vital part of the development process. Releasing a product that does not function correctly means missed business opportunities and potential extra costs for your company. It’s important to establish the optimal amount of testing to deliver application updates in a reasonable amount of time. If you spend too much time testing […] Continue reading

2015 in Review

Apica experienced a substantial growth period in 2015. As the online industry moved toward a wider embrace of cloud services and server-hosted applications, Apica improved the company’s already impressive toolset to equip clients with technology that addresses both increasing data demands and evolution in the consumption of online content. It’s essential for the modern online […] Continue reading

Succeeding in the “API Economy”

The API Economy not only offers incredible opportunities to explore new ways to interact with devices and services, but also allows innovators to put a new spin on solving old problems. According to IBM, the API Economy is “the commercial exchange of business functions, capabilities, or competencies as services using web application programming interfaces.” The […] Continue reading

The Rise of Microservices

Microservice architecture is an emerging programming solution that major companies like Netflix, Twitter, PayPal, and Amazon are already using to improve their services. Microservices are independent processes within a larger application that communicate with each other to perform a larger overarching task. This alternative programming philosophy focuses on getting things to work correctly quickly instead […] Continue reading

Web Pages, Then and Now: How Have Sites Changed in the Last 5 Years?

Web pages built to capitalize on the technology and traffic trends from five years ago are structurally and fundamentally unequipped to operate on the modern web. The exploding mobile adoption rate, particularly of smartphones, has dramatically changed how web pages are built and operate. The introduction and proliferation of tablet devices and Wi-Fi networks have […] Continue reading

Making the Most of Code Review

Our best advice on getting the most out of your development team’s code review process? Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Putting in too much work with unnecessarily heavy code review is a waste not only of the development team’s time, but also your business’s payroll. On the other hand, too little code […] Continue reading

Was 2015 the Year Mobile Took Over?

The mobile web was king in 2015. According to Forbes Magazine, 2015 was “The Year of the Mobile Web.” Google made it an initiative to accelerate users’ mobile web experiences and announced that mobile searches surpassed desktop and laptop searches in 2015. This was, without doubt, the year the mobile platform took over as the […] Continue reading

4 Ways Online Retailers Can Shine This Holiday Season

Online retailers depend heavily on the holiday season for a healthy bottom line. It’s the busiest time of the year in many retail industries, and there’s a substantial uptick in customers looking to spend money. The objective is to seize that spike in potential customers while it’s there. The National Retail Federation notes that online shoppers […] Continue reading