Performance in 2019 — Predictions
What do industry leaders predict for performance monitoring in 2019? Listen to consumers to know how metrics need to change.
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Given the speed with which technology is changing, we thought it would be interesting to ask IT executives to share their predictions for the future of performance in 2019. Here's what they told us:
Blind Jenga: Transitioning from Running to Transforming the Business. In today’s hybrid IT world there are many organizations struggling to shift their resources from running the business to growing the business to remain relevant and competitive. As their industries are serially disrupted by new models there will be an unprecedented level of scrutiny to withstand: security, privacy, industry regulation, audit compliance, and government regulation. This will heighten the stress - and risk - which companies will face as they adapt to the new Europe, and bear in mind there are scarce reference cases to try and learn from. Tackling the unknown in a void. Otherwise known as blind jenga.
Re-skilling, not replacing IT professionals. For the foreseeable future, I don't see IT teams shrinking in size. There has been an industry-wide push for efficiency, but what we can expect in the next few years is re-skilling our employees to accomplish new and innovative initiatives.
GPUs redefine query-speed for Analytics and AI applications.
2019 is the year of performance! The percentage of tech teams doing structured, regular performance testing will go from 10% to 40%, and the number doing some performance testing from 50% to 80%.
Single page apps will surge. As providing a streamlined user experience continues to emerge as the name of the performance game, single page apps (SPAs) will explode in 2019. From ease of deployment and maintenance, to no reload requirements and a simple, easy-to-use interface for the end user, the SPA will eclipse the convoluted multi-page application.
Marketing and web team collaboration will become instrumental to prevent page bloat -- and drive good user experiences. Web content is only getting denser as we head into 2019, adding to the weight of the average web page. Innovations like AR/VR and 360-video content are driving next-generation web features end users are increasingly demanding to enhance their experience. The ironic reality is that these heavy assets, if not managed and optimized properly, can literally weigh down the page and negatively impact that experience.
In 2019, it will be paramount for marketing and web teams work together to leverage real user to evaluate the impact of these new assets and whether integration is truly worth it. For example, will adding a 15-second runway walk video for every gown on a retailer’s site drive a better experience (and ultimately conversion), or will the 4-millisecond delay actually hurt it? Data-driven conversations like this between marketing and web team will become critical to keeping website weight down and experience up.
Page load time loses relevance as the performance KPI. Gone are the days in which simply the fastest app or website wins. Yes, page load time is important -- but in 2019, performance as a practice will emphasize removing barriers to a good experience versus simply pushing for speed. Business will instead look to real user insights that look at metrics like “perceived performance” and “time to interactive” -- meaning the time between when a feature loads that allows a user to interact with the page as the rest of the page catches up in the background. These insights paint a better picture of end-user interaction and the experience the user is actually having, allowing web teams to uncover potential performance issues they were previously blind to.
Monitoring is the new testing (again). At the current and future scale is not possible or practical to test all possible scenarios and more fruitful to monitor for live issues and correct in short cycles. It requires a DevOps culture and fast iterations.
In the coming year, the digital transformation trend will continue to grow as companies increasingly push to become digital enterprises. A key enabler of this trend will continue to be in-memory computing. As part of a rapidly growing trend over the past several years, we have seen companies of all sizes increasingly adopt in-memory computing platforms to achieve the application performance and scalability they need to achieve digital transformations. Companies like ING, American Airlines, eTherapeutics, Finastra, and more rely on in-memory computing to drive key components of their business. High performance, in-memory computing is becoming standard technology as companies worldwide deploy technology to enable their digital transformation initiatives and provide their customers with the real-time interactions required to remain competitive in an ever accelerating business environment. New computing approaches such as hybrid transactional/analytical processing (HTAP) or hybrid operational/analytical processing (HOAP) will increasingly be used to unlock the value of data in real-time and drive business results.
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