Mobile performance testing for enterprise mobility success
A well-defined performance testing plan is recommended before the mobile app is deployed
Deepak Dua and Megha Sahni
The idea of 'Mobile First' is a reality now. Most organisations are now increasingly realising this fact. With the explosive growth of enterprise mobility, mobile apps are becoming a critical part of organisations' core business in terms of decision-making, analytics and collaboration.
Organisations are now prioritising their enterprise mobility initiatives to build a seamless customer experience around their business and augment business productivity. However, consumers have high expectations of mobile apps.
This is where the performance of mobile apps comes in. It's the most important factor in delivering a satisfactory user experience. The reason: a rapid growth in mobile solution adoption and increased number of users can potentially overload the servers. This can impact the performance of the app. Slow performance, blip or interruption can send many potential customers to a competitor. And even affect the reputation of a business.
This performance impact can vary across different types of devices since a mobile platform does not have the luxury of a 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.
And in maintaining high performance of apps, even challenges with mobile performance testing are different, such as poor network quality, high latency, high volume of users, different types of mobile apps, diversity and mobile app security.
To address these challenges, organisations must prioritise based on their user experience, and performance should be the foremost consideration at every stage of the mobile development lifecycle.
Though the importance of fast delivery, quick upgrades, accelerated time to market can't be undermined, organisations still need to think in terms of emulating a realistic user, monitoring for bottlenecks and managing scalability issues during the design process.
In fact, a well-defined performance testing plan is recommended before the mobile app is deployed. A rigorous plan will enable organisations 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, we recommend that companies first focus on:
? Network capabilities,
? System integration
? Backend system
Then to make sure that the mobile app functions consistently even under heavy load, these tips can help while designing and implementing the performance testing:
? Analyse server, network and device condition
? Test the app in the production environment
? Rigorously check the app under anticipated peak load
? Run and test accurately for the mobile environment
? Check and test across geographies
? Test with real users for real time results
Now with the evolution of mobile application testing tools, performance testing is becoming even more exciting. Development stacks and frameworks are becoming lighter and more efficient. As the demand is rising, mobile performance testing tools will eventually become vital.
For detailed understanding of the topic, watch the webinar: 'Maximizing Enterprise Mobility- A role of Mobile App Performance Testing'.
Deepak Dua is a QA manager at OSSCube and carries more than 10 years of experience in software testing. Megha Sahni is a software quality engineer OSSCube.