An app failure can be devastating for a business. Lost users, lost potential transactions, and reallocation of resources to fix the problem are just a few of the challenges this occurrence brings with it.
Many developers think that an app failure is inevitable at some point. However, there are many proactive steps businesses can take to ensure that they avoid a costly app failure at all costs. Here are some things you should be doing to keep your applications running smoothly.
Have Strong Application Performance Monitoring Systems
In many ways, a business is only as good as the tools they use to get things done. The same idea applies with Application Performance Monitoring (APM). Using programs to provide around-the-clock monitoring for your key systems will identify any upcoming problems so that your team can do what needs to be done to correct them.
Additionally, having a strong APM system in place will allow you to automate certain processes for if a problem does arise. For example, if you discover that you’re running short on memory for some reason, your system can be set up to automatically increase memory as a temporary fix while you find the underlying cause and correct it. You can also set alerts that will tell you when something is going awry so that you can respond immediately.
Having a centralized APM system will also reduce the human error caused by miscommunication, and ensure that nothing falls through the cracks when trying to prevent or correct a problem.
Keep it Simple
It can be tempting to go all out with your app to create something that’s eye-catching, practical, and profitable. However, unless you have the budget and the bandwidth to create something incredible, it’s important to know your limits.
Keep things simple when designing your app. Resize your images so that they fit the app, rather than trying to be the next Instagram. Start with the basics rather than jumping into all the various bells and whistles that you want to include. Once you know those are running smoothly, start to build and expand. Finally, keep things clean on the back-end. Ensure that your coding is neat and that everything makes sense to avoid glitches.
Always Remember the User Experience
Things such as long loading times and a poor user flow will ultimately cause your app to fail on the market, in addition to any technical issues you might face. Whenever you do something, think about how it will impact the end user. If you aren’t sure, then conduct some beta testing to get feedback from potential users and identify any bugs with the app before you put it into cyberspace.
Before making changes, take the time to consider not only how it will impact the app’s performance, but how it will change the experience in use. It’s essential for developers to consider both of these aspects when implementing changes. Remember, if Apple can’t launch a system update without having to add a few patches, you’re likely to run into some problems eventually as well.
By taking a logical, market-driven approach to app development, you can work to prevent app failure both in terms of technical issues and marketing problems. Keep it simple, collect data through your APM, and keep the user at the forefront of your mind.