Bitbar Monitoring provides a way to monitor mobile applications and APIs using real mobile devices in various location around the world with the option of using real carrier networks. The service supports running scripted mobile tests using eg. the Appium testing framework. Other supported frameworks are XCUITest for iOS and Espresso for Android applications.
In the last blog, we have covered how to start synthetic monitoring for mobile apps from preparing necessary files for monitoring checks to setting up checks on Bitbar Monitoring. We also unveiled some key findings during our continuous observations on the top US retail apps.
By the end of the last blog, you are supposed to be familiar with Bitbar Monitoring and have at least some simple test scripts for proactively monitoring your mobile apps.
App monitoring is a critical part of the mobile app development and DevOps process in the same way that test automation should be thought of as a foundational component of agile release cycles, regardless if it is a mobile website or an Android/iOS native mobile app. Without monitoring your mobile applications, it can have a serious impact on your digital business.
Most business leaders know that mobile app performance has a significant impact on revenue generation, user retention and customer loyalty – especially during the busy end of the year holiday season when users’ tolerance for slow response time, sluggish performance and dropped transactions is at its lowest. People know that mobile app performance is important but it is unclear what constitutes poor performance: When is your app fast? When is it slow? How do my competitors perform in this regard?
As you may know, we have been working on Bitbar Monitoring for couple of months. The beta version is available for application and will be soon accessible for all of you. At the same time, we are running a survey regarding our new product and how application performance monitoring is handled in your company.
In the past month, 91 participants have contributed to the development of Bitbar Monitoring by filling out the poll and giving their comments. We have taken some great tips and ideas into consideration and now are making these as features in the new product. If you’d like to help us build a better monitoring product that can actually benefit you in the future, fill out the survey here and leave your comments. We will share the results of the survey when the beta version of the product is available.
Over the past years, more and more organizations have been striving for the goal of a >99.99% availability to ensure that their users or customers can get access to their offerings at most of the time. Within the period of an unplanned downtime, the usage of the service is expected to be trivial in an attempt to minimize the loss. However, with 2.6 billion users globally that can access to internet via smartphone, the loss of a service downtime would be tremendous for any type of organizations. For SMEs a service outage may sabotage the growth or even lead to a business failure at worst, and it could also wipe whopping millions of revenue on large Enterprises’ annual report and negatively affect the brands.
In today’s mobile dominant world, end-user experience is one of the critical drivers to your business success. It costs so little or even zero for users to switch between alternative products in case that they fail to have a pleasant interaction with your mobile apps or websites. The load speed, response time, service availability, all of these affect how end users judge your products or even brands. And this is where mobile monitoring comes to play a role.
Today’s organizations with DevOps culture have ‘positive challenges’ when it comes to availability of Mobile DevOps tools. Not too long ago this segment was pretty static and didn’t provided any of agile tools that would help getting meaningful results out of the monitoring efforts. In addition, scaling up and monitoring with real networks has bring benefits of getting in shoes of the real end-user, but without asking them to be your test monkeys, use the exact identical environment to monitor mobile websites and apps.
In this blog, 4 upcoming trends in synthetic mobile monitoring are highlighted and discussed.
Mobile DevOps has significantly different requirements, expectations and criteria for usefulness when it comes to monitoring mobile performance and general health-level of mobile apps, websites and APIs. Those more traditional monitoring tools and methods have hard times to provide useful and reliable data about performance and user experience. Whereas Mobile DevOps approach can be highly useful to integrate with, it breaks down barriers between mobile development and operations, and also provides clarity to process and steps for mobile product development lifecycle.
We’ll take a look at how monitoring will be used while mobile apps and websites are under development, what the critical metrics organizations will get during the product development process, and how synthetic mobile monitoring can be an integral part of the DevOps activities.