Holiday Readiness Services

Holiday shopping can account for as much as 30% of annual sales for retailers, with Cyber Monday being the most impactful day for most according to NRF. Depending on your systems’ ability to handle more traffic, that day can either be a great success or a huge fiasco. While managing systems for some of the largest retail brands for over a decade, we saw significantly stronger performance across customers taking advantage of our holiday readiness services. In fact, our largest clients experienced an average of 800% increase in user sessions this Black Friday and they trusted us for this busiest day of the year.

With that in mind, read on for the services our organization would be happy to assist you with during the lead-up to the holiday season.


Step 1: Code Review

The first step to prepare your systems for the optimal performance is to ensure that your application is running smoothly and there are no bugs or glitches in the code that could cause slow performance or even worse, an outage. Your commerce application is a very complex tool and issues might vary from performance and stability to identified bugs and repetitive code.

Our team of development experts will take 1-2 weeks reviewing the code and then provide a detailed document that will include:

  • A list of recommended application improvements
  • Specific actions that can be taken to improve the application
  • Our rationale for making the recommendations
  • And benefits associated with each change

Depending on the complexity of your application, the scope of the service can be defined prior to the review with the proposed budget associated based on the number of hours spent.  

Availability: ONLY available to Oracle Commerce, Hybris and Magento customers leveraging Managed Services of Spark::red, Tenzing or Thinkwrap.


Step 2: Load Testing

Another essential step of optimizing your systems for peak traffic is to identify what your current solution can handle and areas to tune first for maximum performance gains. Our professional services team designed a complete load testing solution to accurately mimic real traffic on your website and produce actionable insights into your systems’ performance. This solution includes:

  • Test Scoping
  • Test Scheduling
  • Test Development
  • Scripting
  • Testing
  • Test Troubleshooting
  • Analysis of the Results
  • Recommendations 

The results of the test help to determine not only how many users your current solution can handle but also what needs to be tuned as the next step of the holiday readiness process.

Availability: ONLY available to Oracle Commerce, Hybris and Magento customers. 


Step 3: Tuning

The next step is Tuning. Our team will provide an extensive analysis of your systems and provide a detailed list of recommendations for all areas that require improvement - from hardware, networks and all the way to the custom code and 3rd party integrations. All systems managed by our team will be tuned internally while some recommendations will be shared with your Systems Integrator and internal teams to follow up on. We can tune all of your systems including:

  • Hardware
  • OS
  • Middleware
  • Firewalls
Depending on the scope of work and quality of your custom code, tuning can take as little as 10 hours or many days. Reach out to us to evaluate the scope of work.

Availability: ONLY available to Oracle Commerce and Hybris customers. 


Step 4: Scalability Services

While your website traffic can vary throughout the year, its performance doesn’t have to. Our Scalability Services are designed to ensure your site’s availability and optimal performance during seasonal traffic increases. 

As part of this service, our team will analyze your requirements, add capacity, test and tune the scaled environment within 2-4 weeks depending on your system's complexity and business goals. This offering includes:

  • Requirements Analysis
  • Environment Sizing
  • Hardware Provisioning
  • Configuration
  • Tuning
  • Load Balancing

The Scalability Services are monthly-based which means that you only pay for additional capacity when you need it.

Availability: ONLY available to customers leveraging Managed Application Services of Spark::red and Tenzing.