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Introducing Automatic mPulse Annotations for Akamai Script Management

September 15, 2019 · by Surbhi Arora ·
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Akamai Script Management, which helps manage and mitigate the impact of third-party scripts on your website, now offers annotations through Akamai mPulse. This new capability is designed to give you a way to instantly flag RUM data presented in mPulse or to mark an important point in time when a Script Management policy is activated.

A bit of background

Today, Script Management leverages mPulse’s real user monitoring (RUM) for metrics about script performance on your site. When you take an action on a problematic third party via Script Management, a “policy” is created that enforces those actions in the browser. With the new annotation capability, every time such a policy is created an annotation is automatically generated behind the scenes; that annotation is then exposed in your mPulse dashboards. These annotations serve as a historical reference point for when changes were made that could have impacted performance.

Specifically, here’s how it works: When you activate a policy via the Script Management UI in Akamai Control Center, you can then go into mPulse and see the annotation (sample annotation below) for when the new policy was applied, along with the corresponding performance improvement in your mPulse charts. When you hover over the caret in your mPulse dashboard, you’ll see critical information regarding your policy, including policy version, hostname, property name, and the user who activated the policy.

sample annotation
Sample annotation with exposed policy information in an mPulse dashboard

This is a great way for you to immediately understand how any changes made to your Script Management policy on your website impact user experiences.

What should you do next?

Script Management is part of the Adaptive Acceleration feature set in Akamai Ion. If you’re an Ion customer and you also have mPulse, you can start using Script Management annotations today.

If you’re not currently an Ion and/or mPulse customer, simply sign up for the free Akamai Developer Trial to test-drive both Ion (including Script Management) and mPulse.

To learn more about setting up and using Script Management, go into Akamai Control Center and refer to the Script Management online help and the Script Management topics in the Property Manager online help

Surbhi Arora is a software engineer at Akamai Technologies.