The digital customer experience encompasses every step in the digital user journey as it relates to a company's brand. From user-centric perceived performance metrics like first contentful paint to credit card payments and user clicks, the digital user experience takes all of these interactions into account.
DevOps solutions help teams quickly identify issues that impact users.
- A great digital customer experience is critical as the buyer journey shifts online.
- Many companies are undertaking digital transformations or becoming digital-first organizations.
- Modern architectures make it challenging to pinpoint user issues.
Today’s customers are more discerning than ever. A delay, a bug, or a broken link can cause a customer to leave your site and not return. One poor digital experience can decrease customer loyalty, or worse, cause a customer to churn.
With about two-thirds of the buyer’s journey taking place in the digital realm, it’s imperative that businesses invest in their digital capabilities. Studies have also shown that customers value a seamless online experience and are willing to spend more if they are satisfied with their digital interactions.
For product and DevOps leaders, there is constant concern about how to balance innovation and risk. Long development cycles resulting in big releases are now a thing of the past. Instead, the focus is on delivering value to the customer continuously through small releases via an increasingly complex web of infrastructure, such as microservices, containers, and serverless functions in cloud and on-prem environments.
This shift unlocks innovation, but it also creates challenges to the user experience. For instance, heterogeneous user traffic, such as NA-EAST users, Chrome users, and those running Safari on applications, makes it hard to tune in to the specific signal you need to manage a user’s digital experience. As businesses become more dependent on digital services they need to quickly resolve issues and design reliable and secure experiences.
Manual tracking of where problems occur delays fixing issues and subsequently creates dissatisfied customers. Further, digital transformation and cloud migration create expanding attack surfaces that put the security of your digital experience at risk. A PwC study of over 15,000 global respondents found that more than 50% of customers would pay more for a seamless, speedy and efficient digital customer experience.
Unified telemetry allows product owners and DevOps teams to tie application performance directly to user experience. Generally, you’ll want to be able to track every user interaction and trace it across the application and infrastructure layers. This will help to quickly understand bottlenecks; identify application errors that impact engagement, conversion and acquisition; and see how components impact user experience across geographies, device and browser type. This allows teams to focus on the signals that matter: content delivery network (CDN), application or infrastructure performance.
Ensuring the reliability and security of modern applications is critical to optimizing the digital customer experience:
Observability and application performance monitoring (APM)
Application performance monitoring measures application and infrastructure performance to manage the reliability of modern apps. Observability provides visibility into all of your data, including performance metrics, logs and events, and distributed transaction tracing. That way, you’ll know immediately when noteworthy changes happen in your production applications that can impact user experience.
Real user monitoring is important in understanding application performance. It helps observers to understand how users interact with apps, and if their experience is satisfactory or not. For example, there are many factors that contribute to the overall level of user satisfaction when a user navigates throughout your website. There may be many different components that affect how the page renders inside the browser, such as DNS resolution, SSL handshake, request, response, downloading and the rendering of UI in the browser.
When it comes to troubleshooting issues that impact digital customer experience, anomaly detection that uses machine learning and correlated telemetry can not only identify component irregularities but also identify the root cause of application issues by establishing an activity baseline and surfacing only high deviation events of interest.
Cloud security monitoring
To make it easy for teams to prioritize and investigate security insights within your infrastructure, you’ll want a solution for data monitoring and analysis that generates actionable security awareness for your cloud and on-premises environments. Let’s break down each capability:
Security monitoring identifies relevant security insights across users, devices, IPs, networks and databases based on the desired requirements for the tools you want to monitor.
Security analytics dig into specific messages to identify security insights or summarize a broad data set to accelerate threat detection and gain insights into ongoing security threats.
Sumo Logic provides visibility into the performance and security of modern applications, powered by high-fidelity open telemetry and real-time analytics. Learn more about how Sumo Logic’s APM and cloud security monitoring and analytics solutions ensure an optimal digital customer experience.
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