Due to the protracted pandemic, most of the work issues have moved online. These are not only business communications or entertainment, but also trade, delivery, logistics and remote cooperation issues. In turn, many agencies, as well as QA outsourcing company, have already redistributed the priorities for interaction with the target audience to the mobile application market.
If just ten years ago, the application was tasked with collecting and systematizing information, today software must solve cardinally complex processes, including collecting big data and predicting events. In this regard, the process of producing software products becomes more complicated and, accordingly, the mechanisms for deployment, testing and launch become more complicated.
Separately, it is worth noting the testing procedures. In essence, this is an autonomous process in which various tactics can be applied. Based on the chosen development methodology, the team can test the product after each completed stage or test the already assembled module. At the same time, only after successful testing, you can start deploying and launching the application on the market.
What is the role of observability in testing strategy?
Observability throughout the work cycle chain allows you to control work processes and identify errors at the initial stage. Simply put, this is the ability to track events, performance indicators, traces, movements in one unit of time. At the same time, in addition to monitoring, the operator can identify bugs at the initial stages and apply appropriate solutions before the official release. The actual aspect is also devops testing.
Watching all the processes at the same time, it is easier to systematize the work, make complex decisions and respond to the difficulties that have arisen. Observability significantly exceeds the level of simple monitoring. Once the system detects a bug, the operator can trace the path of the bug, extract the breakability indicators and the degree of complexity. Detailed indicators allow you to better control the editing process and make changes with high accuracy and speed.
What are the benefits of observability?
As you know, most applications need frequent updates. These requirements are dictated not only by market conditions, but also by the requirements of trading platforms. In order to ensure the optimal update frequency, a detailed study of the application in a changing deployment environment will be required. In this case, we are talking directly about testing in the current conditions at the moment. Observability allows you to clearly capture changes in the software components of the application in the face of dynamic changes.
More than 90% of developers noted the strategic importance of observability in the product life cycle. In the context of testing, observability has compelling advantages:
- Development speed. Deadlines directly affect the cost of the project. In conditions of detailed observability, it is easier to identify bugs and, accordingly, it turns out to fix errors faster.
- Control. Perhaps the main function of observability. The ability to control all production processes allows you to optimally balance work cycles. At the same time, regardless of the chosen production methodology, the operator will be able to determine errors in event chains without being tied to the releases of each group. That is, the developer does not need to wait for the completion of the current stage in order to proceed to the next one.
- Flexibility. Observability is used throughout the life cycle of a product. It’s not just about testing. Through observability, it is possible not only to correct errors, but also to make forward-looking changes at the level of concept change. The total granularity of the errors that occurred shows the source of the problem, so the operator can eradicate the bug with a high level of safety in relation to parallel processes.
If traditional monitoring cannot provide control over technology stacks, it’s time to use professional platforms to combine testing and traceability processes to improve the efficiency of the production process.