Feeds

Hey app developers, here's a way to monitor your users for free!

Also we can offer you an excellent deal on used souls

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Compuware's latest foray into mobility is a free bundle of cloudy code for dropping into mobile apps, which it will then monitor and measure for developers' (and Compuware's) benefit.

Compuware's Application Performance Management (APM) lurks quietly in the corner of an app, reporting back every now and then but mostly watching for a show-stopping event to let the app's developer know what went wrong and how it might be avoided next time.

Their website describes it thus:

This new generation of application performance management provides the only unified coverage of the entire application delivery chain – from the user, through the cloud, to the data center -- with the deepest 24X7 application visibility by tracing every transaction in production from user-click to code-line.

Compuware's APM was hitherto a paid service under the Gomez brand, but now APM will monitor mobile apps for free and provide devs with basic analytics, though one has to cough up for the paid version to access in-depth analytics going back more than a week.

This isn't a new idea. Flurry is widely installed, but making money from the process is more complicated. Flurry funds its free edition with an advertising platform and by upselling users to its AppCloud services, while Compuware reckons it the money's in a premium software offering.

Flurry is also more concerned with mobile app use, while Compuware focuses on performance and failure; reporting environmental variables such as battery life and having the ability to track failures down to the line of code which failed to execute. Both features, however, increase the amount of monitoring which goes on and so the number of clouds to which its code reports.

Smartphone users already leave a cloudy trail across manufacturers and platform providers, network operators and app developers, and increasingly third parties like Compuware. But remember, citizen, it's all for our benefit. Of course. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'
Plus: Condoleezza Rice at Dropbox 'maybe she can find ... weapons of mass destruction'
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates
Nearby Friends feature goes live in a few weeks
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.