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Often abbreviated “APM”, Application Performance Monitoring is precisely what it sounds like: a means by which you can monitor the performance of a given app.
What Is Application Performance Monitoring?
There are many different APM options out there, and virtually all of them seek to expand operational visibility of whatever apps you’re using APM software to monitor.
That being said, it’s important to delineate between application performance monitoring, and management. APM in a monitoring capacity simply reports on functionality, while management helps to augment functionality.
Monitoring And Management Differences
As an example to help get your head around it: a monitoring solution will keep tabs on how CPUs in servers are functioning, it will help make web server access logs more or less visible, help you hunt down errors, identify traffic across the network as well as that which slows down operations, make key metrics visible, and co-opt Google Analytics for varying purposes.
So if you had a cloud-facilitated design app that for one reason or another suddenly began to run slowly, APM software built around monitoring could help you identify where the problem is, and what’s causing it.
Meanwhile, a management approach will leverage data from monitoring options to help you actually maintain your app. It will take information like deployment history, locations where apps are installed, server instances, availability, traffic, error rates, and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) into account.
When you’ve got a proper picture of your application as painted from available data, you can tell where you need to “fill things in” or rework them, as it were. Error logging, reporting, and visibility are key in maintaining an app. It’s also a good idea to centralize everything so anyone working on your app can access all relevant data in one place. This simplifies management.
Overcoming The Turbulence Of A New App
Newer developers are going to deal with a certain level of turbulence. For one thing, when you start out, you likely won’t have as much traffic as you would prefer. Well, that’s going to mean you won’t need the bandwidth you will need. But as your app becomes popular, you must upgrade. Monitoring keeps you from being caught with your digital pants down, so to speak.
It’s integral to keep yourself up-to-date through resources like Stackify.com, which provide the latest information pertaining to application design and management, as well as best practices in general for designing this kind of software.
Because Moore’s Law stipulates a doubling of computational potentiality at eighteen-month intervals, new means of reaching clientele and designing apps will always be available. This means new fixes for old problems, and new “bugs” that have never been encountered before.
Beta testing will never go out of style, because it is fundamentally necessary to any software programming operation. You’ll have to beta test any application. Errors will manifest that result from things no one could have anticipated on your team. If this happens when you’ve gone mainstream, it will reflect bad on your app, and the brand you designed the app for.
Time Management And Effective APM Utility
One of the most important things your app can do is facilitate more effective time management. Certainly apps can be used as a fun means of getting prospective clientele to interact with your marketing materials, leading to a sale. Oftentimes designing an app to save your clients time will make it useful, and so they’ll keep using it as a matter of course.
Naturally, any app that’s convenient can’t quit working when someone taps a button or changes the service zone they’re in. APM solutions are key to ensure things are working as they should.
From there, management options should be put to use as a means of correcting issues and optimizing apps for best forward functionality. Tactics like these maximize app success through maintaining effective forward functionality.