What’s up dev? Bugsnag hops into application stability management trends

Are we all feeling stable right now, in 2021?

No need to answer that question, obviously.

But, in fact, application stability management is now a defined parameter for software application developers and data engineers to consider when building applications.

The appropriately named Bugsnag works specifically in this field to offer actionable error monitoring to help enterprise programmers to stabilise, prioritise and fix bugs. 

The company’s technology falls into the observability and release management category and so its Application Stability Index: Are your Apps Healthy? report is designed to analyse the performance of approximately 2,500 top mobile and web applications (by session volume) within its customer base.

The report suggests that reveals the median stability of mobile applications is 99.63%, while the median stability of web applications came in at 99.39%. 

CEO of Bugsnag James Smith says that to help engineering teams understand the stability and reliability of their apps, his company has compiled data on the session-based stability of leading mobile and web applications across market segments to set a benchmark for app health. 

Compared to the 99.999% industry target for most IT infrastructure groups, also known as ‘five nines’, a median stability of 99.63% presents a significant opportunity for engineering organizations to invest in measuring and improving application stability and customer experience.

Key findings include:

  • Android and iOS native applications tend to have a higher median stability as specialised developers working on these applications have the expertise required to understand and address stability issues effectively.
  • Android applications tend to have a slightly lower median stability compared to iOS applications. As Android presents a much less constrained development environment compared to iOS, it is inherently more difficult for Android development teams to test their applications. 
  • Web applications have a lower median stability compared to mobile applications, indicating modern web development frameworks may provide more resources to manage errors.

“Although stability is commonly a KPI owned by engineering organisations, it has a significant impact on overall business performance and growth,” said Smith. “Engineering organisations can no longer separate business metrics from the stability of their applications — they must standardise error monitoring and stability solutions across the stack and across multiple teams.”

The company also says that there is correlation between size of the engineering team and median stability scores. 

The full report is linked above in this story.

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