Using the portal, an administrator can click on an app, see the activities related to it, see color-coded performance summaries for each activity, and drill down into real-time analytics information for more details. The software can compare the event and transaction metrics against a baseline and then alert the administrator when it detects performance problems. A suite of tools can help identify the problem, probe for root causes, and fix it. Clicking on Host Resources shows a range of features and services used by the client app: Wi-Fi signal strength, transmit speeds, mobile CPU load, available local memory and even battery level.
Critically, Aternity MFPI then correlates all this data and these variables, allowing an administrator to determine that an email slowdown is caused by large files, not a weak Wi-Fi signal; or that one app is much more demanding of the battery, and alerting the user to use caution or recharge.
Aternity Mobile Frontline Performance Intelligence, for iOS and Android, is currently in beta, with an early access release scheduled by July. It will be available as a subscription service, as well as a perpetual license starting at about $75,000.
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