Mobile Performance Testing for Enterprise Mobility Success

The idea of ‘Mobile First’ is a reality now. Most organizations now quickly realize this fact.

With the explosive growth of enterprise mobility, mobile apps are becoming a critical part of organization’s’ core business in terms of decision-making, analytics and collaboration.

Organizations are now prioritizing their enterprise mobility initiatives to build a seamless customer experience around their business and upsurge business productivity. Plus, consumers have high expectations from mobile apps.

This is where the performance of mobile apps matters a lot. It is one of the most important factors in delivering a satisfactory user experience. The reason: the rapid growth in mobile solution adoption and increased number of users can potentially overload servers. This can impact the performance of the app. Slow performance, blip or interruption can send many potential customers to a competitor. Moreover, it can even affect the reputation of a business.

This performance impact can vary across different types of mobile devices because a mobile platform does not have the luxury like web/desktop platform. For example, a mobile app or responsive website may respond well on a high-end device but may not provide satisfactory experience on a low-end device.

In maintaining high performance of apps, the mobile performance testing challenges are different such as poor network quality, high latency, high volume of users, different types of mobile apps, and mobile app security.

To address these challenges, organizations must prioritize based on their user experience and performance should be the foremost consideration at every stage of the mobile development life cycle.

Though there is a great importance of faster delivery, quicker upgrades, and accelerated time to market. Still, organizations need to think in terms of emulating a realistic user, monitoring for bottlenecks and managing scalability issues during the design process.

It is better to create a well-defined performance testing plan before deploying a mobile app. A rigorous plan enables you to ensure that the app will function as intended on different devices with varying screen sizes, resolutions, internal hardware, and across diverse operators.

It also helps in creating a better customer experience and increasing app adoption rate.

For successful mobile performance testing, I recommend you to first focus on:

  1. Network capabilities
  2. System integration
  3. Backend system

Later on, make sure that your mobile app will function consistently even under the heaviest load. Below tips can help you while designing and implementing your performance testing strategy:

  1. Analyze server, network and device condition
  2. Test the app in the production environment
  3. Rigorously check the app couple of times under the anticipated peak load
  4. Run and test accurately for the mobile environment
  5. Check and test across geographies
  6. Test with real users for real time results

I believe you can benefit more if you’re able to understand the performance testing architecture on a more holistic level.

I look forward to your comments, and suggestions on how performance testing can be improved to make the world of mobile app delivery a better one.