Real-User Monitoring and Session Tracking with AppDynamics


Real-User Monitoring (RUM) is a crucial aspect of application performance management that focuses on understanding user interactions and behavior. By tracking real users' interactions, AppDynamics provides valuable insights into their experiences, helping organizations optimize their applications for better performance and user satisfaction. In this tutorial, we will explore how to implement real-user monitoring and session tracking with AppDynamics. We will cover the significance of session tracking and its impact on identifying performance issues. By following the steps outlined here, you can gain actionable insights into user interactions and enhance the overall user experience.

Importance of Real-User Monitoring and Session Tracking

Real-User Monitoring (RUM) and session tracking offer several benefits, including:

  • Understanding User Behavior: RUM provides data on how real users interact with your application, helping you understand their preferences and pain points.
  • Identifying Performance Bottlenecks: Session tracking allows you to pinpoint performance issues experienced by individual users, leading to faster troubleshooting and resolution.
  • Measuring Response Times: RUM provides valuable insights into response times for different user interactions, helping you optimize critical workflows.
  • Improving User Experience: By analyzing session data, you can make data-driven decisions to enhance user experience and increase user satisfaction.

AppDynamics' real-user monitoring capabilities enable you to track user interactions in real-time and identify opportunities for performance improvements.

Steps to Implement Real-User Monitoring and Session Tracking

Follow these steps to implement real-user monitoring and session tracking with AppDynamics:

  1. Install and Configure AppDynamics Agents

    Begin by installing the AppDynamics agents on your application servers. These agents collect data related to user interactions and application performance.

  2. Instrument Your Application Code

    Instrument your application code using AppDynamics APIs or SDKs to capture user interactions and track user sessions. This step allows you to monitor user behavior and session-specific data.

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  3. Configure Real-User Monitoring (RUM)

    Enable Real-User Monitoring in the AppDynamics dashboard to start collecting user interaction data. This step will provide you with insights into user experience and performance metrics.

  4. Analyze User Interaction Data

    Use the AppDynamics dashboard to analyze user interaction data, including response times, error rates, and session details. This analysis will help you identify performance bottlenecks and prioritize improvements.

  5. Set Up Session Tracking Alerts

    Configure alerts in AppDynamics to receive notifications when user sessions experience issues or errors. Proactive alerts enable you to address issues before they impact a large number of users.

Common Mistakes in Real-User Monitoring and Session Tracking

  • Not properly instrumenting all critical user interactions, leading to incomplete data.
  • Ignoring the impact of third-party integrations on user experience and sessions.
  • Setting up overly sensitive or inadequate alerts that result in alert fatigue or missed critical issues.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How does AppDynamics capture user interactions in real-time?

AppDynamics captures user interactions in real-time through its agents and SDKs, which monitor application code and track user activities.

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2. Can I track user sessions across different devices and platforms?

Yes, AppDynamics enables session tracking across various devices and platforms, providing a comprehensive view of user interactions.

3. What metrics does AppDynamics provide for real-user monitoring?

AppDynamics provides metrics such as response times, error rates, page load times, and user session details for real-user monitoring.

4. How can real-user monitoring help in identifying performance bottlenecks?

Real-user monitoring allows you to see how individual users experience your application, helping you identify performance bottlenecks and their impact on user experience.

5. Can I integrate real-user monitoring data with other analytics platforms?

Yes, AppDynamics provides APIs to integrate real-user monitoring data with other analytics and business intelligence platforms for comprehensive analysis.


Real-user monitoring and session tracking with AppDynamics offer valuable insights into user interactions and behavior. By following the steps in this tutorial, you can configure AppDynamics to collect real-time data on user sessions and interactions. Avoid common mistakes such as incomplete instrumentation and poorly configured alerts. Regularly analyze real-user monitoring data to identify performance issues, optimize response times, and enhance the overall user experience. With AppDynamics, you can make informed decisions to improve application performance and increase user satisfaction.