We are excited to bring you the news that iOS 11 devices are available for iOS test automation on Bitbar Cloud. It’s time to incorporate more iPhones and iPads in your device list for iOS app testing that enlarges your test coverage and improves your confidence before shipping your iOS applications to end users. Sign up now and check if your apps work on iOS 11 devices.
We’d like to first thank you for being our users and believing in our mobile DevOps vision. In October we will start using the new domain – https://cloud.bitbar.com for public cloud access, calling it the last step of rebranding from Testdroid.
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.
Like any team in the world, in the past years we have experienced multiple major changes in our development processes, product release cycles, team collaborations and overall company culture. The purpose of making changes is to be better, smarter and faster. As a Product Owner who is tightly tied with DevOps teams for planning, iterating and delivering, I’m really glad to speak publicly and start my journey of sharing our adoptions, changes and learnings in mobile DevOps.
One of the upsides by adopting synthetic monitoring is that you can gain lots of valuable metrics that depict the overall performance of your mobile apps. When you and your team agree on what app performance metrics to measure, it’s time to gather these data and push them to your own DevOps dashboards so every responsible individual/team has access to. But before you can actually get to your dashboard, you need to know how to collect these metrics and select the tool with which your dashboard is presentable.
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?
Today there are many automation tools that companies are working with. It’s evident that not every process around baking quality into mobile apps is perceived the same. In my 10 years working for enterprise and startups there always seems to be one thing that teams tend to overlook. It’s rather simple, but as engineers we sometimes make our lives harder than it has to be. This is especially true when we are faced with a business process related to do items.
If you’re working in a large organization you might know what I am talking about. It’s what you get asked for at the end of every sprint and before being ready to release to production. The “thing” I am referring to is a report.
Bitbar Monitoring not only helps you proactively monitor the end-user experience of your mobile applications, but also powers your team to resolve issues as quickly as possible so that your mobile business stays on track.