Mobile app performance testing is the process of testing and reporting the time it takes your application to process a request or take an action – especially when large groups of users perform the same or similar action simultaneously.
Performance testing answers the question, “When and where does the performance and speed of my application degrade the user’s experience?” It also answers the question, “How many users can I have before my application crashes?”
Performing “At Scale”
“At Scale” is the current lingo for “many, many, many users and transactions”. Performing “At Scale” is a big concern when building software and especially mobile apps. Mobile app performance testing helps you understand the scale your mobile app can withstand before degrading or crashing. Most software development teams invest significant time and money engineering their mobile apps to perform at scale from the very beginning. This is generally a wise investment but only if you are willing to apply mobile app performance testing throughout the software development process. Otherwise, the software development team will not have the feedback they need during the software development process to measure and correct the scaling assumptions they had to make while building your software.
Performing “Good Enough”
If “At Scale” is not a critical business and technology driver for your mobile app, you still might need to be concerned about performance and mobile app performance testing.
- All mobile applications have performance limits
- When mobile application performance degrades and slows down, users abandon mobile apps.
You’ve invested serious time and money building your mobile application. Don’t you want to know how many people you can satisfy with your mobile application before they become dissatisfied?
There’s a big difference between engineering and performance “At Scale” and “Good Enough”.
Engineering and mobile app performance testing “At Scale” is an ongoing endeavor to insure that your mobile application will always be available to as many users as possible. This is an expensive process but worth it when your goal is performing “At Scale”.
Mobile app performance testing for “Good Enough” is an end-of-cycle process that determines “How many users can I handle before I need to turn on more servers?” This is a much simpler and less expensive process that gives you a finite number and an alert for when you need to add more servers in your AWS or Rackspace cloud.
If you aren’t required to engineer, build and deliver “At Scale”, then “Good Enough” may work best for you. A short engagement to determine “Your Number” will help you recognize and avoid a disaster where your mobile application performance degrades and you lose customers. You’ll use “Your Number” to alert you to add more server capacity before your known performance threshold and prior to any perceived slow downs by your customers.
Look Before You Leap
You want good testing results, of course. Or put another way, you want good testing value. That’s why it’s crucial to define the mobile testing strategy first, which includes performance testing, before thinking about a test plan.
Defining The Mobile App Performance Testing That’s Right For You
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