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Sentry takes hold of Specto mobile app performance platform

ByCindy J. Daddario

Nov 24, 2021


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Newly created Unicorn Sentry has stepped up its app monitoring intelligence by acquiring Specto, a mobile app profiling tool that makes it easier to collect performance metrics for iOS and Android apps.

Specto represents Sentry’s first known acquisition in ten years of existence.

Founded in 2012, Sentry is an Application Performance Monitoring (APM) platform used by companies such as Microsoft, Atlassian, and Disney to track their software behavior metrics over time and troubleshoot errors, resolve issues. performance bottlenecks etc. The San Francisco-based company raised $ 60 million in February, valuing it at $ 1 billion.

Going deep

Specto is a two-year startup founded by Indragie Karunaratne and Jernej Strasner, who previously worked on mobile app performance at Facebook. And that’s effectively what Sentry is buying – an APM that specializes specifically in profiling mobile applications, built by people with deep domain expertise.

“While we started with browser and server software monitoring, we now also serve a majority of mobile and desktop developers, who require much more specialized capabilities to be effective at the application level,” said the CEO. from Sentry, Milin Desai, to VentureBeat.

It should also be noted that while Specto offers deep profiling functionality for mobile applications, it does not offer some of the other common APM features offered by Sentry and its ilk such as analytics, crash reports, alerts, etc. It is therefore quite logical for the two companies to join forces in terms of the complementarity of their respective technologies.

While Sentry already offers its own mobile APM tool, Specto will help Sentry double down on mobile profiling at a time when smartphones have become the command center for just about every facet of our daily lives, from controlling smart home devices to watching movies. Crucially, everyone now expects their software to perform well wherever they are, with any lag potentially increasing the churn rate for businesses.

“Sentry’s existing APM product focuses on highlighting high-level performance information, such as API query or database query that slows down the user experience,” Desai explained. “Specto’s profiling solution goes one step further – it captures every function call that takes place in one of these operations. Historically, profiling data can be dense and difficult to navigate on its own. We believe [that] by combining their strengths, developers can have the best of both worlds; high-level information to guide you to problems; and profiling data to identify slow function calls that may be causing them.

Specto has amassed a pretty impressive list of clients since its inception in 2019, including Notion and Quora, which could also help Sentry unlock more business opportunities later on.

Going forward, Specto will cease to exist as a stand-alone product and will instead be shipped as part of the Sentry product suite. “Part of what makes us [Sentry] success is an integrated experience and workflows, and we will continue to focus on that as a priority, ”noted Desai.

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