As a development team, we have multiple applications running at the same time on multiple servers. It’s important to know how efficient a particular application is running in order to troubleshoot and improve. Slack offers many integrations that allow us to see in real-time how our projects perform. Another method is synthetic monitoring, which allows you to simulate users for an application. This will allow you to test the performance and uptime of your application so that you can optimize your users’ experiences. Using AI, synthetic monitoring reenacts users’ path from start to finish on your site. This type of monitoring can be applied at the firewall level to notify if there is a technical problem or outside of the firewall to offer insight about performance.
It’s obvious that everyone (users, developers, and administrators) have one aspect at the top of their priority list: performance. That means that the site is loading efficient, quickly, and correctly. As we know, any hiccup in load time can cost a company (too) many users. Synthetic monitoring double checks performance at every level of the development process. This way, if there are any issues, developers know exactly what code to review. Furthermore, the fact that synthetic monitoring is automated, set up is minimal and hassle-free. It’s even less hands-on if you let Sevaa Group implement it for you.
With synthetic monitoring in place, you can resolve issues before actual users find them. I might also go so far as to say that this type of monitoring could also give you insight into user stories. There is plenty of synthetic monitoring software that allows you to see the paths of your users. This can help you see exactly what actions users might take on your website and can help you optimize your marketing strategy as well.
As mentioned, there are plenty of options for synthetic monitoring software. Some of the biggest advantages include:
- Detailed reports and scores that show you everything from load time for all pages to significant user actions.
- Routine tests every minute or as often as you want. You can control which tests are run and when.
- Minimal setup – especially if you go through Sevaa Group.
- Fits right into the testing process that the development team should already have in place.
- A great way to compare A/B testing strategies on your website and determine user stories for marketing.
- When an issue does arise, you’ll get an immediate notification and a detailed rundown of the source of the problem.
Testing should be a top priority for your site: automated end-to-end testing, continuous testing, browser testing, synthetic monitoring, you name it; there are plenty of testing options out there (we personally prefer Cypress). It can get overwhelming trying to decide which testing strategy to use or if you should use a combination of all of them! Sevaa Group can help you narrow down your goals and find the right path.