User experience is a critical part of the technology experience in 2017. As business moves from static experiences of previous decades and commerce becomes a critical piece of the shopping journey, organizations must acquire the appropriate infrastructure. If applications and infrastructure perform poorly, money will be left on the table and customers will go to other competitors.
For IT, understanding the user experience is becoming increasingly challenging as technology evolves. Even as applications are deployed through a variety of platforms and devices, organizations need to find ways to monitor user experience. In this blog, we explore three common approaches that are being used in the industry today.
- Server-Side Monitoring: Application monitoring on the server side is also a helpful way to track user experience. This works through agent-based monitoring for acquiring and transmitting data to watch user interactions in real-time such as slowness or application bugs. With the right tools applied, DevOps and IT teams can isolate performance issues to the level of specific application code and monitor specific hardware performance.
- Synthetic Transaction Monitoring: Finally, IT can also use synthetic transaction monitoring which simulates the activities of an end-user which can involve the use of external agents that execute pre-recorded scripts. These types of monitoring are very light and rarely disrupt the user experience. However, since the monitoring doesn’t actually monitor the activities of real end users, one’s ability to succeed with this methodology can be limited.
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