At SOASTA, our goal is to help you get the visibility into web performance you need to make your pages and apps faster. That’s why the mPulse team is very excited and proud to announce the Spring 2016 release of the SOASTA Digital Performance Management (DPM) platform.
Packed with many of the feature requests you all asked for — as well as some additional enhancements and expansions — this release has a huge impact on how you’re now able to monitor and optimize the performance of your websites and mobile apps.
New mPulse home page
When it comes to performance, milliseconds matter. That’s why we’re excited to provide you with a place where you can quickly get to your most used or urgent items:
- Click any link on the home page to navigate directly there in mPulse — from the dashboards you were working on the last time you used the app, to alerts and reports that need your attention now.
- The Quick Links section helps you take action fast by to create new dashboards, alerts, reports and apps.
- Customize what you see on the home page by clicking the “Edit Widgets” button.
Still prefer the old Central? Just click “Go to mPulse” to head straight into the app. You can always get back to the home page by clicking the “Home” link with the house icon from Central.
Learn more: New mPulse home page
Full single-page app support
Single-page apps (SPAs) have become a new standard for creating fast, adaptive websites. But SPAs also create some major complications for real user monitoring.
mPulse has always been ahead of the pack with single-page app support that includes Angular.js, Backbone.js and Ember.js. We’re staying ahead of the pack with our new React.js plugin, as well as a boomerang plugin that supports any custom SPA framework.
Get started: To use either of the new SPA plugins, you will need a boomerang upgrade. After that, simply select ‘React’ or ‘Other SPA’ in the app creation dialog and follow the rest of the prompts. Your new app will automatically monitor your users’ experiences in your SPA app.
Learn more: React and other SPA support
Support for Google AMP
mPulse is proud to be the first RUM solution to support Google Accelerated Mobile Pages. AMP is an open-source initiative that integrates many web performance best practices into a framework, allowing publishers to easily create fast mobile content for any platform. We worked directly with Google to modify the AMP template so it can support real user monitoring. (Read more about the AMP Project.)
Once you’ve enabled AMP analytics on your page, you’ll see a new AMP beacon type in mPulse. Select this option to include your AMP beacons in your mPulse dashboards and reports. (Look for another blog post about AMP and mPulse very soon.)
Learn more: Google AMP support
Monitor availability and diagnose performance defects
We’re excited to announce our partnership with Rigor. Rigor’s best-of-breed synthetic monitoring and diagnostic tools allow us to expand our Digital Performance Management platform. With Rigor, you can not only tell when a performance defect is impacting your digital business, but also identify precisely what to fix — prioritized according to ease of implementation — and how much it will cost you not to fix the defect.
Rigor can be integrated with mPulse as an external data source, so you can see your synthetic and RUM data in the same dashboards — side-by-side or even correlated.
We’ve also added the ability to keep any synthetic or bot beacons. No matter what synthetic solution you use, you’ll be able to track that traffic within mPulse as well. Synthetic traffic will be shown as another browser family so you can use that filter to include or exclude the data.
Administrative enhancements: New onboarding, SSO, and concurrent logins
You love mPulse and you want everyone in your organization to use it, so we’ve added some items to help you manage your mPulse instance and users as well.
- Single sign-on (SSO) allows you to integrate mPulse with your company’s existing SAML directory.
- Company Setting dialog lets you change many of the configurations you previously had to contact support for. These include: setting up SSO, adding or editing password complexity, changing default dashboards and turning off the mPulse Demo app.
- Concurrent logins let you be logged in to mPulse in multiple places such as your laptop and Digital or Network Operations center.
- Multi-tenant membership lets users with more than one tenant in their organization be a member of some or all of them
- New onboarding experience lets users explore mPulse, including Data Science Workbench, in a friendly, interest-based manner.
- No webperf expertise required!
But wait… there’s more!
In addition to all of the above, we’ve added the following features and enhancements:
- New dashboard creation interface lets you easily drag and drop widgets; metrics, timers, histograms and pie-charts, all from the left navigation. Reduce dashboard creation to just a few easy clicks!
- Time window granularity. Change the level of time granularity you view time series charts with.
- International currency support allows you to choose the currency and format to use for your revenue metrics and dashboards.
- Custom metric improvements allow you to track conversions either once per session (default) or once per page creating a more accurate conversion percentage based on how you track conversions for your site.
- Dynatrace integration (coming very soon) allows you to pull your Dynatrace APM data into mPulse and see it beside your RUM and synthetic data — giving you a full end-to-end view of your performance.
- And last but not least, we added weather to the globe! See live weather that might be impacting your user experiences or creating a spike in your traffic or otherwise changing how you need to operate your digital business. (To see what this looks like, check out the graphic at the top of this post.)
If you’re a new user: Start your free trial.
We hope you’re as excited as we are about this release. Happy monitoring!
About the Author
Ever since her first TI-99 when she was four years old, Lauren has been interested in computers and software. Her career started as a software design engineer in Test, until she realized that the best way to prevent bugs was to not design them in – and thus made the leap to product management. Today, as Director of Product Management at SOASTA – where she's responsible for mPulse – Lauren loves that her role brings together her love of testing and analytics, as well as her keen interest in everything that makes the internet run. Fun fact about Lauren: The first product she owned as a tester was Clippy from Microsoft Office!