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What Is IT Operational Intelligence

Knowledge is more important than ever in businesses of all types. Each time an engineer makes a decision, the quality of outcomes (always) hangs on how current and thorough the data that brought about their knowledge is. This data-decision relationship brings to mind the idea of operational intelligence (OI). Operational intelligence is a combination of two terms that together, are responsible for the success of businesses through decisions made from fresh knowledge. This post discusses OI concepts. After a quick list of its benefits, we will clarify the elements of OI and suggest how to attain it. Find out more from Taurai Mutimutema on Enov8’s blog. 

Stored XSS, Explained: How to Prevent Stored XSS in Your App

Web applications are one of the most targeted assets these days because they’re both open to the internet and have a larger attack surface. Attackers find various ways to hack web applications. And among all of those techniques, some make it to the OWASP Top Ten list of security risks. Cross-site scripting (XSS) has been one of the consistent toppers of this list, and in this post, we’ll discuss in detail one variant of cross-site scripting—stored XSS. Learn more from Omkar Hiremath on Sqreen’s blog.

How Does Page Load Time Affect Your Conversion Rate?

As a consumer, you know how you respond to slow sites. You hit the back button or close the browser. As a business owner, you’re well aware of this. You’re a consumer, too, after all. So, you know page load time and conversion rate are related. But how exactly? How does it affect the bottom line? In this article, we’ll analyze how page load time affects conversion rates and by how much. Marjan Venema can fill you in on Solarwinds’ blog. 

Application-Centric and Database-Centric Monitoring: Why You Need Both

How would you like it if your application shut down or started running slow without any warning? Let’s say, for instance, users who like your application try to access it, but aren’t able to. How would you know whether low traffic to your site is because users weren’t satisfied or because they simply weren’t able to access it? Users definitely won’t be satisfied when your application starts crawling with long response times. Learn more from Ukpai Ugochi on Solarwinds’ blog.

Streaming analytics is a powerful platform for system observability. It’s a way to monitor your infrastructure and respond to real-time events. Your clients expect you to respond to issues quickly. They expect your systems to always be available. If you want to remain competitive, you need to stay on top of your systems and respond to issues as soon as they occur. As a matter of fact, preventing issues would be an even better option! Streaming analytics makes these things possible. Find out more from Eric Goebelbecker on Testim’s blog. 

Technical Interviewing: 3 Actionable Tips to Hire Well

In 2020, we saw many things about our world change, from the financial markets through sports and up to retail and leisure activities. The HR field and hiring are no exceptions to this trend. To hire well in 2021 and beyond, organizations need to optimize their hiring process—to be able to adapt to the challenges that a remote workforce and a remote hiring process bring. This post lists three actionable tips to hire good technical candidates in this new world. Learn more from Alexander Fridman on CoderPad’s blog. 

Unit Test vs. Integration Test: Tell Them Apart and Use Both

We also updated a post this week on unit tests versus integration tests. Many people, upon hearing “automated testing,” automatically think of unit tests. That’s understandable; after all, unit testing is one of the most well-known types of automated tests. However, it’s far from being the only one. We have UI testing, end-to-end testing, load testing, and that’s just to name a few. Today’s post—as you can see from the “unit test vs. integration test” in its tile—focuses on two types of automated tests and how they relate to one another. Find out more on Testim’s blog.