< Back to blog
Synthetic Monitoring
End-user experience

The importance of end user experience monitoring

Pattern Background

In 2024, customer experience will be the biggest driver of success. While the business world glances at the financial horizon with worried eyes, finding ways to retain users, capture new leads, and create meaningful, long-lasting brands is more critical than ever. According to Forrester, the ROI of customer experience is 9,900%.

For most businesses, the value of user experience is apparent—lower costs, improved loyalty, higher satisfaction, and a higher overall LTV. But finding ways to improve that experience can be elusive. How can your business capitalise on user experience? How can you improve how users navigate, consume, and interact with your apps? And how can you really discover and understand the user pathway?

These are all great questions. And they all have the same answer — end-user experience monitoring. Here's how an alphabet soup of UX acronyms (e.g., EUEX, DEM, etc.) can completely change how your business approaches user experience to help you maximise the value of every customer interaction.

The Value of User Experience Monitoring

Here's a question: how do most organisations handle the user experience component of their apps?

In traditional software development lifecycle settings, user experience is an ad hoc affair. Whether organisations use shift-left DevOps or standard waterfall methodologies, user experience is typically considered at the start of projects during the planning phase and after issues arise.

But does that really make sense?

Should you be fixing user experience problems after they happen?

For years, UX has been synonymous with fixing issues. UX often gets lumped in with "customer service" or "technical support," but in an age where the customer experience literally defines your brand, waiting until issues happen is a surefire way to stall your overall growth.

Case in point:

  • Around 40% of users will stop engaging with your app when loading times are too long.
  • 90% of users have stopped using an application due to performance issues.
  • 32% of customers will leave a brand they absolutely adore after one bad experience.
  • Only 1 out of every 26 customers complains about UX issues (the others churn without telling you).

In other words, user experience is the glue that keeps your customers stuck to your apps. It's a big deal—a big deal. Despite all these statistics, most companies still don't fully embrace UX.

32% of developers still learn about UX issues directly from users themselves. In other words, they don't know about a problem until their customers do. Here's the real kicker: 55% of companies don't do any user experience testing. Zip. Nada. None.

Excelling user experience requires a forward-thinking approach and the right technology. You want to monitor your application performance before launch and run through every possible customer pathway before your loyal consumers ever have a chance to touch your amazing apps.

But how do you do that?

Sure! You could hire a bunch of UX testers. But could they possibly test every nook and cranny of your app?

Alternatively, you could use agentless scripts that mimic customer behaviour to scout through your apps and alert you of potential UX issues or breakages. That's the goal of end-user experience monitoring.

Defining The Brady Bunch of User Experience Acronyms

The act of quantifying the subjective user experience has spawned a variety of acronyms. So, before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let's define a few of the key acronyms you'll see in this post.

  • End-user experience monitoring allows organisations to understand the impact of applications from the user's point of view.
  • Application performance monitoring allows organisations to monitor the overall technical health of their apps.
  • Digital experience monitoring combines both end-user experience monitoring and application performance monitoring to provide a more holistic monitoring solution. 
  • Agentless synthetic monitoring involves software robots acting like real users when monitoring applications.

Don't worry. We'll explain exactly how all these puzzle pieces fit together in this post. But for now, it's important to understand that end-user experience monitoring and digital experience monitoring aren't synonymous. Yet, end-user experience monitoring is a core component of digital experience monitoring, which has more to do with structure than technology.

Understanding End-User Experience Monitoring

Unlike application performance monitoring (APM), which monitors the technical health of application components, end-user experience monitoring (EUEM) monitors applications from the end-user point of view. This is typically done via synthetic monitoring—where scripts mimic user behaviours—or real-user experience monitoring, where actual user sessions are used to learn about performance.

Synthetic monitoring is the only one you can shift left in your tech stack to test for UX pre-emptively. Using synthetic (or agentless) monitoring, developers can run scripts that mimic user behaviours at every point in the SDLC. So, every time the app is updated, you can test to see how user experience is impacted. Every time you add a new open-source component, you can test to see how user experience is impacted.

The goal here is to figure out UX issues before launch.

Now, there's obviously the big lingering question here. What's the actual value of end-user experience monitoring? For stakeholders, quantifying the subjective nature of UX isn't just difficult, but it's the biggest barrier holding them back from investing in the right synthetic monitoring software.

So, let's quantify UX:

User experience isn't just a profit driver. It can completely transform your business. There's a reason Bezos invested 100x more in UX than advertising during Amazon's early years—he understood the raw power of a good user experience.

But what if you could test user experience and performance simultaneously? Welcome to the future of user experience monitoring.

Why Digital Experience Monitoring is the Future of Your Apps

Gartner defines digital experience monitoring as "a performance analysis discipline that supports the optimisation of the operational experience and behaviour of a digital agent, human or machine, with the application and service portfolio of enterprises."

That may sound like a lot to digest. So, let's break that down into simpler terms. Digital experience monitoring is about three things:

  1. The ability to monitor UX issues and performance issues early and often.
  2. Using the insights from these monitoring solutions to execute actionable changes.
  3. Creating a culture that breeds heightened performance analysis via the technologies supporting UX monitoring.

It's a way of completely optimizing user experience by using monitoring technology to breed more effective, impactful, and ultimately valuable applications.

To do this, organisations need to leverage user-experience monitoring solutions to optimise every facet of the user experience. From websites to apps to interfaces, discovering gaps in the user experience and patching them before they become tech support tickets is the key to unlocking the true potential of user experience monitoring.

The truth is that your customers don't understand how complicated it is to develop websites and apps. All the time you spend breaking down silos, implementing lean and DevOps strategies, and creating cohesive testing units is only valuable if the result is valuable. Customers only know when something isn't working. Sure! They can certainly enjoy something that's working well. But it's when things break that they really take notice.

There's a reason that 62% of customers share bad experiences with others. Poor experiences impact them. They notice when a page doesn't load when a script breaks, and when your links take them to the wrong page. Here's the big secret: Digital experience monitoring isn't about delivering an experience that will drop customers on the floor in a euphoria-induced bliss. It's about ensuring they don't smash their hands against the desk when that page doesn't load.

To do this, you need an agentless synthetic monitoring solution that can mimic real user behaviours, test your app at every stage in the SDLC, and break down potential issues in a way that's easy for stakeholders to digest. You need 2 Steps.

How 2 Steps End-User Experience Monitoring Solution Can Help You Maximize Your UX Ecosystem

Imagine discovering gaps in the user experience before your apps launch. Imagine getting video feedback on every UX issue that you can share with stakeholders. Imagine being able to plug and play an agentless synthetic monitoring solution that can run around the clock to detect UX issues before they become UX blunders.

That's the power of 2 Steps.

Not only does 2 Steps provide a best-in-class agentless synthetic monitoring solution that can be used across almost every OS and app ecosystem, but you can also get 2 Steps data fed directly into your Splunk dashboard. That means rapid agentless synthetic monitoring that makes data digestion easy and gives you the results-driven user experience solution to test better, faster, and smarter.

2 Steps is fully integrated into Splunk, Citrix-ready, and requires no scripting or Selenium to utilise.

At 2 Steps, we understand that putting a tangible value on the customer experience is difficult. You aren't sure how to communicate the value of UX to stakeholders when there's no clear-cut path to profit. But the value of UX runs deep. Early investors in user experience stand to reap the rewards of a cohesive business ecosystem that's customer-centric and value-driven during every consumer interaction.

We've worked diligently to address all the typical user experience, end-user experience, and digital experience monitoring pain points that stall actionable results.

  • Are you worried about adding another layer to your tech stack? We're fully integrated with Splunk to deliver the data you need into your dashboard.
  • Are you wondering how user experience monitoring saves time and money if you must script every bot? We've removed the middleman. 2 Steps automated scripting to create a seamless plug-and-play experience.
  • Trying to figure out how to communicate UX issues with stakeholders without throwing tech talk at them? We deliver high-quality videos of breakpoints that show you exactly what issues our scripts found.
  • Frustrated about finding ways to apply end-user monitoring across app ecosystems? Our solution works across all applications, including virtual platforms like Citrix.

Here's the secret: End-user experience monitoring doesn't have to be nightmare fuel. With 2 Steps, you can instantly start finding critical UX issues at every stage during the SDLC. Are you wondering what that looks like in real time? Book a demo and see the difference for yourself. The future of tech is in the user experience. Are you ready to embrace the future? 


©2024 2 Steps, All Rights Reserved

2 Steps is a registered trademark of 2 Steps Technology Pty Ltd.

Privacy policy

About us

Subscribe to our newsletter for valuable content and user stories