The possibility to understand: SaaS Product Metrics

Colorful Rulers to Measure
Do you measure up?

Part of the compelling nature of SaaS Products is the possibility to understand the user and improve on the go. Any Product Manager will literally have to understand what are the use-cases for customers and how to focus on the important areas. Just recently our team led the debate which metrics would be the right ones to focus on.

Nancy Wang, Head of Product Management at Amazon Web Services, highlights six product metrics enterprise SaaS companies should track.

In this Article, Nancy Wang, head of Product Management at the most successful cloud service providers, shares her insights on important metrics to keep an eye on. The possibility to understand often goes overboard and requires focus.

The case under discussion in the article revolves around paid products. Derived metrics are a foundation that serves as a blueprint to other products in the SaaS space. Goals differ, but ultimately, to make a product successful, it requires an understanding of how successful customers were, using the product. Following the established funnel pattern, users are being segmented into funnel. Along that funnel, the metrics acquired need to reflect the stage of the journey the user is on.

At the top of the funnel, most often the interaction is anonymous and requires profiling to understand the audience coming in. Further down in the funnel, metrics capture engagement and transaction. Towards the end of the funnel, the metric needs to relate to retention.

Source: Do You Measure Up? Metrics for Enterprise SaaS Product Managers

Mozilla unveils YouTube recommendation horror stories

Somehow, a fun read. Still problematic, and somewhat scary, at the scale YouTube relies on recommendations.

YouTube Horror Stories
YouTube Horror Stories

Mozilla gathered 28 user-submitted stories, detailing incidents where YouTube’s recommendation served videos featuring racism, conspiracies, and violence.

Source: Mozilla unveils 28 horror stories about YouTube’s recommendation algorithm

Fastly went public.

Already on Friday, Fastly, one of the more prominent representatives of the Website acceleration technology business, went public. Despite two days old, still worth mentioning. The San Francisco based company can be found under the label NASDAQ: FSLY. Measured by the initially offered price of 16$/share, the first day of trading close at $24.20 can be considered a successful IPO.

Fastly's Initial Public Offering
Fastly went public

Today, we listed on the New York Stock Exchange, marking our first day of trading as a public company.

Quote from the article.

Source: Fastly’s Initial Public Commit

A quick introduction to web security

CORS, CSP, HSTS, and all the web security acronyms!link.medium.com/jMrLJYrzBR

BOX-256

Box-256 is a browser game Bildschirmfoto 2016-09-04 um 18.38.57
where you need to solve
small tasks, e.g. let a program draw a square, in your browser. Through writing assebly. Since I wrote quite a bit assembly throughout my career, I thought this is interesting. Still, I failed at level one. Mostly because of impatience.

Source: BOX-256 – Tiny game about writing assembly to pass the graphics tests.

Visual Studio now open source

Microsoft announced it will be open sourcing Visual Studio Code at it’s connect(); developer conference. Code is available over at github. Alongside, MSFT released a preview extension that will allow debugging Linux applications using GDB, too.

Microsoft doubles down on cross-platform software development.

A huge move forward.

Quelle: Ars Technica

django-braces

Nachdem die view-decorators seit der Einführung von Class Based Generic Views nicht mehr funktionieren ist ein Ersatz oft gebraucht. brack3t/django-braces fasst die gängigen Funktionen, wie beispielsweise LoginRequired oder PermissionRequired, sinnvoll zusammen.