Data Mining Problems in Retail

Highly Scalable

Retail is one of the most important business domains for data science and data mining applications because of its prolific data and numerous optimization problems such as optimal prices, discounts, recommendations, and stock levels that can be solved using data analysis methods.

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A retailer's guide to web performance

Speed Curve

I’m at this week, having really interesting conversations with online retailers. Making customers happy is the not-so-secret secret to retail success. Here's an overview of the most common performance issues on retail sites, and how you can track them down and fix them.

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eCommerce & Retail: There’s No Excuse to Ignore Performance


Whether it be time, money, or technical know how, every day we talk to eCommerce and Retail teams who explain why they aren’t monitoring their site’s performance. Performance can be intimidating to eCommerce or Retail teams with minimal technical experiences, but it doesn’t have to be.

Retailers Still Fail to Prepare Their Websites for Holiday Shoppers


I’ve spent some time for collecting meaningful metrics during Black Friday sales of our leading Retailers websites. The post Retailers Still Fail to Prepare Their Websites for Holiday Shoppers appeared first on Dotcom-Monitor Web Performance Blog. Performance Tech Tips Website Performance News user experience website performance monitoring

Five Reasons to Meet Rigor at eTail West


As a retailer, you know that conversion rates are the lifeblood of your business. One of the ways we helped that retailer achieve an increase in their conversion rate was by helping them get their third parties in check. Web Performance etail west retail rigor

From bare-metal to Kubernetes

High Scalability

This is a guest post by Hugues Alary , Lead Engineer at Betabrand , a retail clothing company and crowdfunding platform, based in San Francisco. This article was originally published here. Early infrastructure. Rackspace. Hardware infrastructure. The scalability and maintainability issue.

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WaI vs. WaP: Supermarket Sweep Edition

J. Paul Reed

retail human-factorsI was recently shopping at my neighborhood grocery store and encountered yet another real example of the omnipresence of work-as-imagined versus work-as-performed. With only 12 checkout lanes, this is a smaller store.

The Next Generation in Logistics Tracking with Real-Time Digital Twins

ScaleOut Software

Consider a retail chain of stores or restaurants with tens of thousands of outlets. It can receive telemetry from retail stores over the Internet using event delivery systems such as Azure IoT Event Hub, AWS, Kafka, and REST, and it can respond back to the retail stores in milliseconds.

Driving Bandwidth Cost Down for AWS Customers. - All Things.

All Things Distributed

For Amazon retail, some of those dimensions are low pricing, large catalog, fast shipping, and convenience. For example, when our retail customers contributed to create larger economies of scale for, we used the savings to lower pricing such that our customers could also benefit. All Things Distributed. Werner Vogels weblog on building scalable and robust distributed systems. Driving Bandwidth Cost Down for AWS Customers. By Werner Vogels on 29 June 2011 09:55 AM.

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Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For March 29th, 2019

High Scalability

million bits : information learned by average adult; 7.7% : Amazon's share of US retail sales; 100 million : Stack Overflow monthly visitors; $156B : Consumer spending in apps across iOS and Google Play by 2023; Quotable Quotes: John C. Wake up!

Challenges Testers Face for Testing SMAC


While keeping such reports in mind, organizations in different business areas like retail, banking, finance, insurance, games, etc. An Intro to SMAC. There is a lot of discussion going currently about SMAC – Social, Mobile, Analytics and the Cloud. SMAC is a new platform with a lot of growth expected in the years to come. Software testing is not only about testing individual parts of the application but also testing the integrated product associated with it.

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How to Perform Compatibility Testing Effectively


From ordering your favorite food to shopping from your favorite online retailer, everything is possible with a click of the button. Technology has seen some drastic changes over the past decade with the constant evolution of products. The industry has undergone a few major disruptions, giving rise to different types of practices and approaches in the software industry. The experts in the industry are trying to adapt to these changes.

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Banner Ad Study: The Female Gaze

Website Optimization

This article summarizes a study that examined the attention that female consumers paid to product-based personalized banner ads for online apparel retailers (Huang 2018). With the rapid growth of online advertising, viewer attention is becoming increasingly scarce.

Improved error handling for IBM Integration Bus (IIB) message flows


For example, the message flow depicted in the image below defines what happens when a Receive Retail Request is received by IIB through an MQ input node. Dynatrace news.

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Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For February 8th, 2019

High Scalability

Retail investors have to put their money somewhere. Wake up! It's HighScalability time: Change is always changing. What will the next 5 years look like? Do you like this sort of Stuff? I'd greatly appreciate your support on Patreon. Know anyone who needs cloud?

CPDoS Attacks: Why Global Monitoring Is Essential for Web Performance Management


For example, Rigor recently worked with a large, well-known retailer that has both a strong brick-and-mortar presence and an international ecommerce business. By implementing Rigor, this retailer’s team began global performance monitoring – reviewing their CDNs around the world.

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Monitor dynamic application workflows with placeholders and synthetic location context


Checking out of a retail site. Dynatrace news. Synthetic clickpath monitors are a great way to automatically monitor and benchmark business-critical workflows 24/7. Some common examples of such business-critical workflows include: Sign-up processes. Contact forms. Search. Pricing calculators.

Sampling RUM: When and why it's a good idea

Speed Curve

Whether you're a retail site, financial services, media or other, you likely have a smaller set of users that you are VERY interested in. Getting an adequate dataset for a retailer when the rate of conversion is really low (say 1-2%) may be really hard to do if your sample size is too small.

London Calling! An AWS Region is coming to the UK!

All Things Distributed

Mid-sized Organisations – Haven Power , Holiday Extras , ">Exeter Family Friendly , ">Royal Opera House , ">Total Jobs , Retail Companies – Shop Direct , Nisa Retail , Kurt Geiger , Sport Pursuit.

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For September 7th, 2018

High Scalability

Retail: $20 trillion. Hey, it's HighScalability time: Get antsy waiting 60 seconds for a shot? Imagine taking over 300,000 photos over 14 years, waiting for Mount Colima to erupt. Sergio Tapiro studied, waited, and snapped. Do you like this sort of Stuff?

Latency: Will it undermine the most interesting 5G use cases?


Successful implementation of a VR service could have massive implications for a number of industries, such as retail. Imagine virtual retail environments, where customers browse virtual shelves and products, and converse with customers who share interests and needs. One of the big topics at the OpenStack conference was how to prepare and implement a successful transition to 5G.

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For August 3rd, 2018

High Scalability

David Rosenthal : The margins on AWS, averaging 24.75% over the last twelve quarters, are what enables Amazon to run the US retail business averaging under 3% margin and the international business averaging -3.7%

Database Resolutions for 2018


And It isn’t restricted to financial institutions; fraudsters all over the world are figuring out how to make money illegally across a wide range of industries like telco, adtech, transportation, utilities, government, healthcare, and retail.

Organise your engineering teams around the work by reteaming

Abhishek Tiwari

Let's take an example of retail as a domain of interest. One way to create a Spotify model inspired engineering organisation is to organise long-lived squads by retail business process hubs - i.e. specialisation around business process.

Where microservice development benefits from automation

O'Reilly Software

For instance, the verbs on a retail site might include browsing, adding to a shopping cart, buying, and rating. A look at the stages of designing an API and service.

Monitoring: Why focus on the end user experience?


I recently was asked the following question by an online retailer: “Why should I invest in monitoring the user experience when I already have monitoring for our database, infrastructure, app server, and network?”. Or are you an eCommerce retailer?”

The Future in Visual Computing: Research Challenges

ACM Sigarch

cameras) in many usages ranging from digital security/surveillance and automated retail (e.g. The tremendous growth in visual computing is fueled by the rapid increase in deployment of visual sensing (e.g.

Updating graph databases with Cypher

The Morning Paper

Cypher is used in hundreds of production applications across many industry vertical domains, such as financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and retails, logistics, government, and healthcare. Updating graph databases with Cypher Green et al., VLDB’19.

Institutional Innovation - I Have a Dream

Edge Perspectives

Let me start by clarifying that the transformation I’m focused on isn’t the transformation involved in moving from one business to another (let’s say, moving from being a retailer to becoming a clothing manufacturer). Everyone talks about transformation these days, but the term is used so loosely that it’s begun to lose all meaning.

World’s Top Web Performance Leaders To Watch


Author of the Pocket Guide to Web Performance and co-author of Using WebPageTest , Andy is an independent web performance consultant in the UK who has helped many leading retailers, newspapers and financial companies make their sites faster.

What is BDD? An Introduction to Behavioral Driven Development


An example of such a user story would be: – As a retail customer, I want to return an electronically purchase merchandise within 14 days, so that the refund will be processed. What is BDD?

Google PageSpeed Insights - Scoring 100/100 with WordPress


Take these statistics from Google’s industry benchmarks for mobile page speed : That same guide also goes into detail regarding the page speed, page weight, as well as additional insights on specific industries, such as automotive, technology, and retail.

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Is Intel Doomed in the Server CPU Space?

SQL Performance

So far, we don't know the official base and turbo clock speeds, but there was a recent leak of partial specifications and pricing by a European retailer that listed max boost clock speeds of up to 3.4

We’re ready for the holidays, are you?


For most retail customers, this weekend marks one of the busiest times of the year. Whether you’re in banking, retail, or eCommerce, this holiday season impacts everyone so remember that you have the Dynatrace ONE team and our entire Technical Support organization here for you!

Web Development Trends 2019


Retailers like JCPenny are taking full advantage of users’ smartphone cameras to add new functionality to their mobile apps such as virtual dressing rooms. Smart developers are always looking ahead for ways to adapt in the ever changing world of web development.

Using SQLBCP Native/Format File vs Text File and the BOM

SQL Server According to Bob

Using SQLBCP Native/Format File vs Text File and the BOM SQL Server Bulk Copy operations (BCP.exe, OpenRowset BULK, …) have specific abilities depending on the data file format specified. Native (-n) or Format (-f) Files The data file storage is binary allowing character strings to be stored as single or multi-byte strings on a per column definition.

Batch Mode Bitmaps in SQL Server

SQL Performance

There are sadly no retail-build trace flags that report informational messages about batch mode bitmaps or pushed-down filter compilation. Background.

A case for ELT

Abhishek Tiwari

In our example retail organization, using data lake data scientists can perform analysis around product recommendations, customer propensity, pricing strategy, customer segmentation etc.

Nines are not enough: meaningful metrics for clouds

The Morning Paper

It also treats all outages as equal, whereas an outage on Black Friday for a retailer is much worse than an outage on a quiet day of the year. Nines are not enough: meaningful metrics for clouds Mogul & Wilkes, HotOS’19. It’s hard to define good SLOs, especially when outcomes aren’t fully under the control of any single party. The authors of today’s paper should know a thing or two about that: Jeffrey Mogul and John Wilkes at Google 1 !

The Fine Line Between "Stretch Role" and "Unqualified", Part II: The Growth Mask

The Agile Manager

By comparison, well established businesses in industries like air travel or retail banking are expected to be predictable. In contrast, retail firms haven't been so fortunate: ecommerce cannibalizes existing retail sales more than it increase them (to wit: Amazon's growth in retail has come substantially to the detriment of traditional retailers).

First Interactive Metrics Add New Dimensions To User Experience Data (9 min read)


Emily is the VP of Engineering for UGG, an American footwear and activewear retail company. Visual Metrics Alone Paint Only Half The Picture. Measuring and optimizing for user experience is the future of web performance.

First Interactive Metrics Add New Dimensions To User Experience Data (9 min read)


Emily is the VP of Engineering for UGG, an American footwear and activewear retail company. Visual Metrics Alone Paint Only Half The Picture. Measuring and optimizing for user experience is the future of web performance.

Hierarchical Navigation and Faceted Search on Top of Oracle Coherence

Highly Scalable

Some time ago I participated in design of a backend for one large online retailer company.