Kent Alstad

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Kent is an entrepreneur, software architect, and technology innovator. Before taking his former role of VP Acceleration at Radware, Kent was CTO at Strangeloop Networks, where he was instrumental in authoring all of Strangeloop’s issued and pending patents. Prior to helping create Strangeloop, he served as CTO at IronPoint Technology. Kent also founded Eclipse Software, a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider, which he sold to Discovery Software in 2001. In more than 25 years of professional development experience, Kent has served as architect and lead developer for successful production solutions with The Active Network, ADP, Lucent, Microsoft, and NCS. ”Port View”, an application Kent architected for the Port of Vancouver, was honoured as ”Best Administrative System” at the 1996 Windows World Open Competition.

Performance Bottlenecks Evident in the Top 50 Sites of Multiple Industries

Web pages are trying to do too many things, and often failing to optimize along the way. It’s not just ecommerce sites, either: for...

We’re Not There Yet: Images, Scripts and Redirects Are Slowing Down the Top Mobile Travel Sites

It was inevitable: travelers are utilizing their smartphones to research and make arrangements for their trips, as smartphone and data network penetration...

When Research Findings Challenge Our Conventions

What do you do when you discover something that might be disruptive in your field? For some, the notion of sitting on...

Processing Fluency: The Missing Link in UX

Web performance has operated under a certain precept for some time: “Faster is Better.” We all know the “Three Second Rule” about...

Déjà vu all Over Again with Page Bloat in the World’s Top 100 Ecommerce Sites

As we do every quarter at Radware, we're releasing a new "state of the union" report – an in-depth snapshot of web performance of...

Yes, It Is Slower. News Sites Take Notice of Slow Load Times

Yes, the Internet is getting slower, and people are noticing. The issue is going beyond the sphere of wonks and site admins to...

The (Context) Sensitivity of Speed

Traditionally, when we look at web performance, we create a time-series graph that focuses on dimensions like browser or page template. These...

New Findings: State of the Union for Ecommerce Page Speed and Web Performance [Spring 2015]

There are compelling arguments why companies – particularly online retailers – should care about serving faster pages to their users. Countless studies...

The Case for Auto-Preloading: The Anatomy of a Battle-Tested WPO Treatment

In this post, I’m going to tell the story of how we came to recognize the incredible value of auto-preloading, and how this single technique doesn’t just make individual pages faster — it accelerates a user’s entire flow through a site and ultimately delivers the best possible user experience.