Mobile Application Performance Management – Common Perspectives



When comparing wired application performance management with mobile APM, you’ll notice several similarities, primarily: bandwidth constrictions, latency, congestion, application chattiness and network quality. While mobile APM perspectives lend themselves to wired methodologies, there are several elements that are unique in the realm of application performance management.

Mobile access is increasingly becoming the “go-to” method for accessing the internet and communicating with businesses. As the demand for mobile application access grows, so does the demands of businesses and IT departments. The mobile application industry is a diverse sector, which features significant variations between device specifications and the relationship individual applications have with a particular device. Since revenue and visitor loyalty is directly connected to user experience, effectively monitoring mobile application performance is paramount to the success of your business.

Mobile applications are vastly different in many ways from their wired counterparts. Traditionally, web applications are hosted on static servers, and all its transactions and patterns are executed within the server, not within the users’ browser. In the realm of mobile applications, the opposite is true. The device browser isn’t simply launching the application, it’s literally running the code. Therefore, to ensure continual performance and functionality, it’s essential to gain visibility into how well the application is performing.

This is where mobile application performance management comes into play. Although the current market features a wide array of toolkits and mobile APM solutions, the most effective at mobile application monitoring are those that provide detailed insights into the actual operations and visibility of each application. While there are many elements you must consider before adopting a mobile APM solution, there are four key capabilities you should look for when reviewing mobile APM tools:

  • Application Snapshot View – Monitoring the performance of an application from moment-to-moment is the only way to truly ensure its performance and availability. Therefore, only choose an APM interface that features contextual and graphic insights into the performance of each application.
  • Scripting – Running live applications directly on mobile devices is far more intricate and complex than with wired applications. Therefore, an APM solution must provide highly detailed insights into the performance of each application at the code, or script, level.
  • Detailed Application Insights – Being able to view the application details on the network level is an essential component to determine errors, make corrections, monitor connections between the app and users as well as review the impact of the app’s performance in regards to the user experience.
  • Timeline Reports – One of the most effective ways to monitor a mobile application is by reviewing timeline reports. Being able to monitor each event process through contextual and visual reports allow you to adjust settings and perform detailed tests, which work to maintain 100% application uptime.