DevOps Pros Reveal Their Most Challenging Digital Performance Problems

Posted 6/6/2016 11:01:38 AM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

DevOps Pros Reveal Their Most Challenging Digital Performance Problems
SOASTA has released the results of a recent outreach survey conducted to determine common pain points and digital performance challenges facing the DevOps community, as well as a bonus question on their presidential candidate preferences.

The survey was fielded among 45,000 technology professionals and found that Bernie Sanders is a favorite with DevOps pros – 34 percent said they think Sanders would be the best president for the DevOps community, followed by Clinton (29 percent) and Trump (17 percent). 

On the technology front, the survey revealed that native mobile apps are creating the greatest performance monitoring challenges and that a majority of DevOps professionals thinks that all industries (38 percent), but especially retail (22 percent), could benefit from an all-in-one solution that combines real user monitoring (RUM), Synthetic monitoring and root cause diagnostics. 

When asked about technologies that were found to be creating performance monitoring challenges the survey revealed that the technologies giving DevOps 
professionals the most headaches are native mobile applications (38 percent), JavaScript errors (36 percent), single-page applications (25 percent), IoT (19 percent) and Google AMP (7 percent).

Sixty-two percent of the survey respondents said the top digital challenge their organization faces is reducing mean time to identify and remediate performance issues in production, and 61 percent say it is developing high-quality, high-performance web and mobile applications quickly. 

Another 45 percent say their greatest challenge is knowing how performance is impacting revenue and user experience, and another 44 percent said it is correlating metrics from various data sources and eliminating manual processes to reduce operational costs.

As for performance monitoring challenges, 58 percent indicated the biggest problem with today’s performance monitoring solutions is that the tools don’t provide root cause diagnostic and fix recommendations. 53 percent say there is too much focus on back-end performance instead of front-end performance, and 50 percent say there is no all-in-one solution combining RUM, Synthetic monitoring and root cause diagnostics.

When asked what the most important reason is to combine RUM and Synthetic monitoring, half (48 percent) said that it is important because Synthetic provides the best root cause analysis, and RUM tells them what it means to the user experience.  Another 41 percent said that it is important because Synthetic gives them the most detailed measurements, and RUM gives them the best coverage across all browsers, locations and pages.

When asked which industry most needs an all-in-one solution that combines RUM and Synthetic, 38 percent of the respondents say it is something all industries need. An additional 22 percent say retail, 12 percent say tech and 10 percent say finance.

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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