New software lets IT groups deconstruct mobile apps running live on iOS and Android devices and uncover bottlenecks, glitches, and a whole lot of other pain points for enterprise mobile users.
The cumbersomely named Aternity MFPI (Mobile Frontline Performance Intelligence) adds some code to each app, whether native, Web, hybrid, or even virtualized. The code passes back to a server a continuous stream of information about particular events or groups of events in each app, as well as about the device itself, and the networks and services it uses. Server-based tools create a set of reports that show the app's performance as the end user is experiencing it and highlights root causes for slowdowns or other problems.
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The software is from Aternity, a software vendor that specializes in monitoring and managing end user performance. Essentially, it's a mobile version of the vendor's Frontline Performance Intelligence suite, originally developed for desktop and laptop PCs. The main product was updated about a year ago. The new Aternity MFPI can run on its own or can be integrated with the original product.
The heart of both applications is the company's core intellectual property, which is code that can deconstruct an app, identify the various input and output events that comprise it, and then link them together so the part or all of the application's events can be monitored and analyzed, according to Trevor Matz, Aternity's president and CEO.