Absolute Commerce help Harvey Nichols launch Fenty by Rihanna

Harvey Nichols were expecting a huge amount of traffic for their brand launch of Fenty by Rihanna, so they reached out to Absolute Commerce to help prepare their Magento website environment. The brief was to ensure their heavily customised Magento 1 website could handle the large influx of additional orders and traffic expected, and still remain a responsive and pleasant experience for their customers.

Having worked with Joseph in the past, I was confident in the level of support and expertise we would receive from Absolute Commerce under a very tight deadline.
The guys came in and quickly laid out an action plan with us to identify and resolve all the key bottlenecks in our system, and help us load test our environment to prove it could handle the expected levels of traffic. We were extremely pleased with the end result and would happily work with Absolute Commerce again when the opportunity arises.
- Ziggy Fried-Jones, Head of Web at Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols already has a great team in place, whom we worked closely with during our initial investigation and throughout. Using New Relic to dive deep in to the performance bottlenecks we were able to identify a number of slow transactions and subsequently optimise areas of code where we could gain a lot of performance whilst maintaining functional parity and mitigating risk.

Using BlazeMeter to run JMeter tests we were able to run load tests with the expected volume of traffic in order to track the gains these improvements introduced. During these tests New Relic data was analysed to monitor the performance of the stack as a whole to make further changes as required. The end result was a very stable environment churning through a large numbers of orders per minute and remaining responsive, even under heavy load.

The guys at Absolute Commerce are very easy to talk to on both a technical and personal level.
Any suggestions or solutions put forward were pragmatic, striking the correct balance of risk versus reward. I enjoyed working together with them to bring this project to a very satisfactory conclusion, and would look forward to working together again.
- Cris Pini, Web Technical Lead at Harvey Nichols

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Have a look at the screenshots below of Fenty by Rihanna, or head over to HarveyNichols.com to browse the range!

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