Responsible for the operations maintaining the performance of your application? Read this guide to find out how application performance monitoring can ease up your task.
By Swanand Kadam – Lead Architect at Kalaam.io
The core of any digital business is the application they serve to the end user. In today’s economy, an application isn’t just the part of a business but it is itself a business. From prototyping to actual development to deploying the app in production, IT teams have to make sure that the final application will check all the boxes and provide a seamless user experience to end users.As the digital economy thrives and consumer expectation keeps on rising, even a small drop in the performance of application can create obstacles to a company’s growth and future goals. Consumers love a smooth digital experience and that can only be possible if development teams prioritize the application performance from day one.
According to DataReportal’s survey, the number of active internet users across the globe is 4.4 Billion. We use applications to stream movies, shop online, order food, connect with friends, collaborate on a project and other work. Due to a plethora of options, we usually stick to an application which delivers consistent availability, fast performance and seamless UI. It’s always frustrating to experience an application which takes an eternity to load or decides to not load at all.
The variables that can hamper the performance of an application can vary from coding mistakes or ‘bugs’ in the software, database slowdowns, hosting and network performance, to operating system and device type support.
The websites, mobile apps, enterprise softwares may seem simple at first glance but they are a result of a complex interaction between frontend, backend and data layers hosted across multiple cloud services. Thousands of lines of code are written to implement the desired features of an application. This complexity keeps on increasing as the application development process progresses and might even cause code to break if best practises are not followed.
This is why Application Performance monitoring tools are widely used by development teams as it helps them to quickly identify the variables that are impacting the application performance. APM tools bring a new level of confidence to application release and improve productivity of IT teams. If it weren’t for APM tools, IT teams would have to spend a big chunk of their time and resources in manually tracking down the bugs that are impacting the app performance.
The key to improving an application performance is by understanding the health of every functionality that runs through your application in real-time. The end-to-end application performance monitoring works by:
APM tools track and collect information about the variables that play a crucial role in application performance. This are some of the most critical application performance monitoring metrics:
By correlating data across monitoring silos into a single source of truth APM saves IT professionals a ton of manual time searching through individual event logs.
To understand why your application is slow, IT teams need to gain complete insight into all aspects of user experience, business transactions, application performance and infrastructure health. A converged application and infrastructure monitoring strategy should be adopted to automate root cause diagnosis and simplify performance troubleshooting. From APM tools, you can get your single source of truth and ensure high performance of applications.
Application performance monitoring keeps on evolving due to the increasing need of stable and fast performance applications. If your IT team is equipped with the best APM tools in the industry from start, every application release will become a confident move. One of new trends in APM is related to use case based performance monitoring. In use case based APM, performance testing is not only carried out earlier in the development process, but also differently: based on specific use cases rather than overall database performance. We will talk about how use case based performance monitoring helps reduce the cost and improves productivity in detail in our next article.
While working on a complex application, IT teams might easily miss out on the true purpose of application: To improve the business. APM tools help IT teams stay aligned with this purpose by tracking down the performance issues in application to ensure consistent availability and better end user experience. We recommend you to follow along with performance management advancements from resources like Gartner, 451 Research, and other industry analysts.