Managing Digital Experience Using Synthetic Monitoring

IT monitoring and management have traditionally been focused on an enterprise’s IT backbone; e.g. its data centers, servers, networks, etc. However, with more and more employees working from home these days, and customers or partners scattered around the world, organizations have all found it is critical to monitor and manage an extended network connection to ensure a supreme digital experience for their employees, customers, or partners.


Incorporate Datadog Synthetic tests into your CI/CD pipeline

Testing within the CI/CD pipeline, also known as shift-left testing, is a devops best practice that enables agile teams to continually assess the viability of new features at every stage of the development process. Running tests early and often makes it easier to catch issues before they impact your users, reduce technical debt, and foster efficient, cross-team collaboration.


Website Benchmarking: An Example on How to Benchmark Performance Against Competitors

Time to first byte, first contentful paint, DNS response time, round-trip time, and the list goes on and on. With all of these metrics, how are you supposed to know which are the most important ones that you should monitor? To understand what those numbers are supposed to look like, you’ll have to get a reference point. Something that’s supposed to give you a starting point.


Best practices for maintaining end-to-end tests

In Part 1, we looked at some best practices for getting started with creating effective test suites for critical application workflows. In this post, we’ll walk through best practices for making test suites easier to maintain over time, including: We’ll also show how Datadog can help you easily adhere to these best practices to keep test suites maintainable while ensuring a smooth troubleshooting experience for your team.


Test on-premise applications with Datadog Synthetic private locations

Synthetic monitoring lets you improve end user experience by proactively verifying that they can complete important transactions and access key endpoints. But your applications serve many users, from customers to all the employees who run your business. This makes testing the performance of any internal-facing services within your private network just as critical as monitoring your external-facing applications.


Improve Website Performance and Availability with Synthetic Monitoring

Enterprise monitoring tools have traditionally paid attention to the performance of monolithic applications hosted on physical and virtual infrastructure resources. The adoption of cloud native and microservices architectures has brought greater focus to end-user experiences delivered by web applications across different global locations. The bar for a great digital customer experience has never been higher.


User experience monitoring: using synthetics to prioritize end-users

Whether you call it end-user experience monitoring or user experience monitoring, getting insight into how your customers struggle with your product is the first step to improving. If you’re not already monitoring user experience, we created this simple guide to help you get into the habit and start identifying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for your website or application’s user experience. First, you need data on your current user experience.


Why Synthetic Monitoring is a Must for SaaS-based Solutions

Bounded to service level agreements (SLAs), vendors must monitor performance of their SaaS-based solutions for an optimal user experience. Monitoring performance of a SaaS-based solutions is a challenge since it varies extensively across user locations and geographies. These applications and their content need to travel a rigorous path of geography-specific variables (CDNs, local ISPs, etc.) en route to users. This level of complexity can eventually effect the experiences of end users differently.