HP Applies Big Data Analytics to Mobile Testing

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    With organizations rushing to embrace mobile computing, the development of mobile applications often becomes something of a hurried affair, resulting in low usage of these applications.

    Looking to help organizations take a more structured approach to testing mobile applications both before and after they are deployed into production, Hewlett-Packard today extended its portfolio of mobile application testing tools to include Big Data analytics that can be used to proactively discover and remediate a broad number of potential application adoption issues.

    Leveraging Big Data analytics technology in the HP Haven platform, HP has added an HP App Pulse Mobility tool to analyze mobile app performance, stability and resource utilizations. Unlike traditional applications, mobile applications tend to be continuously updated. John Jeremiah, technology evangelist for application performance management (APM) at HP, says the challenge is that a single bad experience can result in end users dumping that application in a way that results in developers never getting a chance to win back their loyalty.

    In fact, a new survey of 3,011 end users conducted by Dimensional Research on behalf of HP found that 80 percent will only attempt to use a problematic application three times or less and that 53 percent will remove an application that is perceived to have severe issues.


    To help identify those issues, HP App Pulse Mobility includes a “FunDex” score that not only identifies potential issues, but also recommendations concerning how to resolve them. That capability is critical, says Jeremiah, because organizations frequently underestimate the complexity associated with building mobile applications, which invariably need to invoke multiple backend services.

    In addition to providing HP App Pulse Mobility, the company today released a new version of its Agile project management software that integrates components of the suite more tightly while providing additional service and network virtualization capabilities to make it easier to test applications without having to first integrate with other applications and services that are running in production environments.

    When it comes to application testing inside the enterprise, HP has been a major player for years. But with the rise of mobile computing, a host of testing options has emerged and gained a significant amount of traction. By leveraging investments in Big Data technologies, HP is now looking to put a little distance between itself and providers of rival testing platforms that don’t have access to same level of depth and breadth in Big Data analytics.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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