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GP Bullhound recognises Intechnica’s growth on new Northern Tech Map

Intechnica is on the map of growing tech businesses in the North, according to leading independent advisory firm GP Bullhound.

Intechnica is featured in GP Bullhound’s newly launched Northern Tech Map, an interactive tool pulling data from years of research into the growing northern tech movement.

This follows on from Intechnica being named as one of GP Bullhound’s top 50 fastest growing tech businesses in the Northern Tech Awards 2016, alongside businesses like Skyscanner, Metronet, TyreOnTheDrive and TheLADBible.

This has been bolstered by the growth of Intechnica’s TrafficDefender SaaS solution, which has helped clients such as AO World and JD Williams ensure their websites remain online during their busiest sales peaks, as well as Intechnica’s professional services around performance and development.

Intechnica has also become a trusted advisor for businesses during mergers and acquisitions via expert IT due diligence services, working on valuations worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

Click here to view the GP Bullhound Northern Tech Map, here to find out about TrafficDefender, or here to find out about Intechnica’s services.

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Are celebrity endorsements doing more harm than good to your retail sales?

Online retailers exploring the recent trend of signing up celebrities to endorse them to their millions of followers on social media run the risk of site-melting bursts of traffic, according to Intechnica co-founder Jeremy Gidlow.

In a talk at GP Bullhound’s event “Online Fashion: Where is the smart money going?” last night, Jeremy pointed to a recent example where Kylie Jenner drove an incredible amount of demand to the website selling her range of lipstick. However, because the demand was so great and was directed at a specific time, the systems behind the website couldn’t cope and the whole website was brought down.

This highlighted a common problem retailers are facing today: Sales reduce margins whilst increasing demand, and the technology needed to cope with the increased demand can be very costly – further cutting into profits.

TrafficDefender is a SaaS solution developed by Intechnica in response to this problem. TrafficDefender allows retail websites to remain online throughout large spikes in web traffic without needing to over invest in additional IT infrastructure.

Watch Jeremy’s talk below or find out more about TrafficDefender.

Intechnica in the top 50 fastest growing tech companies in GP Bullhound Northern Tech Awards 2016

Intechnica are proud to be finalists in the GP Bullhound Northern Tech Awards 2016.

Intechnica joins finalists such as UKFast, Sky Betting & Gaming, Missguided and Skyscanner as one of the top 50 fastest growing tech companies in the north.

The nomination recognises Intechnica’s growth over the past few years, and in particular the growth of TrafficDefender, our innovative traffic management and queuing SaaS product, which has been adopted by businesses like AO.com and JD Williams.

The awards ceremony takes place in Liverpool – watch this space for more information.

Do users expect too much of applications?

Today, users expect more and more from their applications (both mobile and web).

In terms of performance, 47% of users now expect a page to load in 2 seconds or less. Apps like Instagram and Twitter set high expectations in terms of usability and functionality. And the cloud is everywhere – data is expected to be at our fingertips at all times.

As well as consumer expectations constantly rising, the expectations of businesses is also increasing. Now, anything that takes more than 3-6 months to start delivering real value is unlikely to get past the drawing board.

85% of businesses want to deploy apps within these time scales, but only 18% have processes in place to support this pace.

One solution Intechnica has recently adopted to meet and exceed these expectations is to adopt Rapid Application Development, which allows 80% of an application to be built using a drag-and-drop interface, leaving just 20% to traditional coding. This speeds up the development process to the point where a functional, useful web or mobile application can be deployed across various devices and delivering value to the business within weeks.

Case study – Delivering value within weeks

Intechnica, using Progress application development solutions, recently helped a leading European transport and logistics company to match the pace of business change by developing a mobile application to deliver new functionality within weeks, as opposed to the 3-6 months it would have taken using traditional application development methods.

The front-end of the company’s existing logistics, stock and order management application could not keep pace with the rate of change required to meet the new expectations of its users.

The solution was remarkably simple – but hugely effective. Today, smartphones are ubiquitous, so a simple mobile app was developed to replace several paper-based processes and mobilise the entire operation. GPS-based geolocation, time-stamping and photography functionality (all of which is available in almost every smartphone) was built into the app.

The business is now able to move with much greater pace and efficiency, enabling it to reduce costs and pro-actively manage its resource planning and invoicing functions with much greater accuracy.

The app was built, functional and delivering benefits to the business in just a matter of weeks.

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Learn how businesses are addressing the increasing demand for faster development and time to value in an exclusive white paper produced by Intechnica. Head on over to the Intechnica website to download your copy now!

Web Performance Fails of the Week – April 10th 2015

Welcome to Web Performance Fails of the Week! Each week we’ll report on some high profile performance nightmares via @PerfNightmares on Twitter.

Don’t forget to check out “15 Web Performance Nightmares and the Damage They Caused”. Everyone loves a bit of is schadenfreude after all.

Who’s been in the spotlight this week?

GameStop – Latest amiibo figures go on sale

The latest collector craze sweeping the world is Nintendo’s amiibo figures, a series of toy figurines depicting popular characters, which can be used within video games themselves. The fourth wave of these figures was released for pre-order last week, with American retailer GameStop exclusively stocking a limited edition “Ness” character.

Rare, collectible and extremely popular, it was no wonder demand was high. The bad news was that this took down the whole site so that no other products could be sold until demand died down.

Owl Café – Ticket sale crushes website and app

Yes, that’s right – there’s a café in London where you can share the company of Owls. However, the café, Annie the Owl, is only offering this for a week to those who buy a ticket online – and demand was much higher than what they could actually achieve. This was reflected by the fact that the website just for those who registered for the pre-sale quickly brought the ticketing system crashing down.

There was some Twitter venom sent the way of ticketing site Billetto as well…

Mariah Carey – Caesar’s Palace website falls over

In case you didn’t know how popular Mariah Carey is, she’s actually the record setting solo artist for number 1 hits in the US. So it shouldn’t be surprising that her sending her fans to a website might crash it pretty quickly. In this case it was the Caesar’s Palace website that bore the brunt, having hosted a magazine cover featuring the singer, who will be performing there later this year.

Avoid your own Web Performance Fail

We help blue chip businesses across retail, media, financial services, travel, ticketing and gaming & betting avoid Performance Nightmares by helping them achieve a strategic approach to getting performance right in their applications, as well as implementing tactical fixes. Services includeperformance testing, performance engineering, APM expertise, web and mobile development, andmanaged performance and cloud services. Read more about our Performance by Design approach on our website.

Web Performance Fails of the Week – February 13th

Welcome to Web Performance Fails of the Week! Each week we’ll report on some high profile performance nightmares via @PerfNightmares on Twitter.

Don’t forget to check out “15 Web Performance Nightmares and the Damage They Caused”. Everyone loves a bit of is schadenfreude after all.

Who’s been in the spotlight this week?

Spicejet – Low Cost Airfare Deal

Budget Indian airline Spicejet ran into problems this week after offering up super cheap flights on its website this week. It’s hardly surprising there was so much demand, with flights on sale for Rs 599 (£6.25).

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Ticketmaster – ticket on-sales affected

Ticketmaster in the States apparently ran into problems this week, which caused disruption to people trying to get tickets to see the likes of AC/DC and the band Barenaked Ladies.

The issues lasted for about an hour and were reportedly caused by an unexpected glitch during a change to the site – but it reinforces the real, tangible impact IT problems can have on businesses (read more on that here).

Travelex – “Happy Hour” sale

Currency exchange website Travelex has a regular “Happy Hour” promotion during which times they offer special discounted exchange rates. This is promoted via social media and a newsletter blast that budding money savers can sign up to receive. This week however, Travelex had to extend the offer to make up for problems it customers had in accessing the offer.

This goes to show that even regular activity can sometimes bring in an unexpected spike in traffic and cause problems to a website, especially with time-limited offers.

Avoid your own Web Performance Fail

We help blue chip businesses across retail, media, financial services, travel, ticketing and gaming & betting avoid Performance Nightmares by helping them achieve a strategic approach to getting performance right in their applications, as well as implementing tactical fixes. Services include performance testing, performance engineering, APM expertise, web and mobile development, and managed performance and cloud services. Read more about our Performance by Design approach on our website.

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Intechnica Technical Director on why fastest is not always best

Throughout December, Stoyan Stefanov‘s Planet Performance blog hosts Performance Calendar – one web performance post a day from different authors, including experts such as Steve Souders, Paul Lewis and Tammy Everts. The 21st day this year featured a post by Intechnica’s own Technical Director, Andy Still.

Andy’s post, entitled “It’s not just about being the fastest…” explains the business barriers to implementing better performance and how these can be overcome. Andy also discusses the difference between “super ultra performance” and “appropriate performance”, and the dangers of over-optimisation.

Read Andy’s post here, and while you’re at it, make sure you go back and read all the other posts in this year’s calendar. It’s a fantastic, must-read resource for those interested in performance!