How To Enable Synthetic Transaction Monitoring With Katalon
What is synthetic monitoring?
Synthetic monitoring is a form of application monitoring that uses synthetic automated test scripts to simulate user behavior and interactions with applications and services. Synthetic monitoring involves creating scripts that simulate user actions such as page loads, form submissions, and button clicks. These scripts can then be run continuously or at scheduled intervals to monitor the performance and availability of applications and services.
Synthetic monitoring is an important part of modern application development and maintenance and is most often used to ensure the availability of mission-critical application services such as login/authentication. Synthetic monitoring can help you identify performance issues before they impact users and can be an important part of your overall performance monitoring strategy.
What is synthetic testing?
Synthetic testing is a technique used to simulate user interactions with a web application or service in order to test its performance and functionality. It is used to detect issues before they impact end users and can be used to test different scenarios, such as high traffic, low bandwidth, and different geographical locations.
Synthetic testing can be performed manually, but it is often automated using specialized tools like Katalon Studio. Katalon Studio is an automation testing tool that provides a comprehensive set of features for web, mobile, API, and desktop testing.
Using Katalon Studio for synthetic testing and monitoring
Katalon Studio provides a comprehensive set of features for web testing, making it an ideal tool for synthetic testing and monitoring. Katalon Studio supports various scripting languages, including Groovy and Java, and provides a user-friendly interface for creating and executing tests.
Using Katalon Studio, you can create automated scripts that simulate user interactions such as logging in, navigating to different pages, filling out forms, and submitting requests. These scripts can be run on demand or scheduled to run at scheduled intervals, ensuring that your web application or service is always tested and monitored to identify issues with minimal impact to the end user.
One way to enhance synthetic monitoring is to integrate Katalon Studio with application performance management (APM) vendors. Katalon Studio also supports integration with various monitoring platforms, such as New Relic, Dynatrace, or AppDynamics, allowing you to monitor your web application or service in real time. You can configure Katalon Studio to alert you when issues are detected, ensuring that you can take action before end users are impacted.
Synthetic monitoring is an essential part of modern application development and maintenance. It allows developers and IT teams to simulate user behavior and test the performance of applications and services under various conditions.
To adopt Katalon Studio for synthetic monitoring, follow these steps:
- Create a new test case or test suite in Katalon Studio.
- Use the built-in WebUI automation capabilities to create scripts that simulate user interactions with your web application.
- Set up the tests to run at scheduled intervals, such as every hour or every day.
- Use Katalon Analytics to view the results of your tests and identify performance issues.
- Integrate Katalon Studio with APM vendors.
Integrating Katalon Studio with APM vendors can enhance your synthetic monitoring capabilities by providing real-time visibility into the performance of your applications and services.
Here are some steps to integrate Katalon Studio with various APM vendors:
New Relic: New Relic provides a Java agent that can be used to monitor Java applications. To integrate Katalon Studio with New Relic, you need to install the New Relic Java agent and configure it to monitor your Java application. Once the Java agent is installed and configured, you can run your synthetic tests using Katalon Studio and view the results in New Relic.
Dynatrace: Dynatrace provides an API that can be used to send performance data to the Dynatrace platform. To integrate Katalon Studio with Dynatrace, you can use the built-in API testing capabilities in Katalon Studio to send performance data to the Dynatrace platform. Once the performance data is sent to Dynatrace, you can view the results and identify performance issues.
AppDynamics: AppDynamics provides an extension plugin for Katalon Studio that can be used to integrate Katalon Studio with AppDynamics. The AppDynamics extension plugin provides support for monitoring web and mobile applications. Once the plugin is installed and configured, you can create and run synthetic tests using Katalon Studio and view the results in the AppDynamics platform.
Ceeview: Ceeview provides a consolidated view of an organization's IT environment and services, improving business outcomes. Katalon integrates with Ceeview to provide insight into user experience and response times. This information enables improved user productivity and satisfaction, as well as overall better business performance.
Synthetic monitoring and testing are essential for modern application development and maintenance. By simulating user behavior and interactions with applications and services, synthetic monitoring and testing help identify performance issues before they impact users.
With automated platforms like Katalon, developers and testers can create and execute tests more efficiently and comprehensively, ensuring that web applications and services are always tested and monitored. Incorporating synthetic monitoring and testing into your overall performance monitoring strategy can help ensure the availability of mission-critical application services and improve the overall user experience.