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December 19, 2014

In addition to our predictions on APMdigest's list of 15 Predictions for 2015, AppDynamics offers some additional predictions ...

December 17, 2014

APMdigest's annual list of Application Performance Management predictions features industry experts – from analysts and consultants to users and the top vendors – offering thoughtful, insightful, and sometimes controversial predictions on how APM will evolve and impact business in 2015. Part 2 is all about analytics, Big Data, and dashboards to deliver that knowledge to diverse stakeholders ...

December 04, 2014

All organization should make user experience a top priority. After database, no software has become more strategic than a unified performance management platform. If applications don't perform to end user expectations, return on investment (ROI) and risk management objectives cannot be achieved. Employee engagement falters, customer loyalty erodes and the company lags behind its peer group in financial performance and market valuation ...

November 12, 2014

This is the time of year when stores start to decorate with holly and tinsel, snowflakes and twinkling lights, as they prepare for the biggest revenue-generating season of the year. While online sales organizations do not need to hang any mistletoe, they should be preparing for what is becoming – more and more each year – their biggest sales season as well. As e-commerce represents a greater percentage of any company's revenue, the challenge to meet customer needs online is more important to the company's success each year. With this in mind, APMdigest asked experts from across the APM industry for their opinions on how to best prepare for the challenges of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the Holiday Shopping Season. The first six technologies presented here start out with mainstream APM capabilities that are essential to e-commerce success ...

November 03, 2014

Gartner released the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring report, by Research VPs Jonah Kowall and Will Cappelli ...

October 30, 2014

John Rakowski, Forrester Analyst & Advisor Serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals, discusses "End-User Behavior" vs. "End-User Experience", Digital Business Transformation, analytics and where APM fits in ...

October 28, 2014

John Rakowski, Forrester Analyst & Advisor Serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals, discusses the concept of the Age of the Customer, and where APM fits in ...

October 27, 2014

APM tools have evolved over the last decade to cater to application complexity and yet be able to troubleshoot application performance issues quickly. Let us look at some of the key features and visualization techniques that are enabling quicker troubleshooting ...

October 22, 2014

Gartner, Inc. said advanced analytics is a top business priority, fueled by the need to make advanced analysis accessible to more users and broaden the insight into the business. IT and business leaders must expand their efforts to move their organizations from using only traditional BI that addresses descriptive analysis (what happened) to advanced analytics, which complements by answering "why", "what will happen" and "how we can address it" ...

October 21, 2014

Organizations that are "extremely successful" in advanced operations analytics (AOA) are 20 times more likely to be "very successful" in their hybrid cloud adoptions than those who were only "moderately successful" or less in AOA, according to a new Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) Research Report, The Many Faces of Advanced Operations Analytics ...

October 13, 2014

Last month I introduced some recent — and I believe highly significant — research into the area of what EMA calls "Advanced Operations Analytics" or AOA. In that blog, I defined AOA as "big data for IT" and went on to explain how it transcends operations to include all of IT as well as some business constituents. In parallel, AOA also supports many multiple use cases.Now I’d like to share some of the "use case" insights and perspectives we learned from the research ...

October 02, 2014

Our connected world continues to transform into a mobile one. The network is a constant and fascinating companion, which grants us 24/7 access where communication is instant and takes place across an array of devices, unconstrained by physical barriers. As a result, the IT infrastructure is more critical than ever for business operations. Companies and organizations are calling upon a variety of technologies that are changing the face of today’s network — from mobile devices, to cloud services, to web-based applications ...

September 29, 2014

IT Operations professionals are now facing overwhelming amounts of infrastructure-related changes - such as hardware upgrades, OS patching, software upgrades, and server consolidations. Based on the results of a recent survey conducted by Evolven, The IT Operations Analytics Report offers valuable insights into the challenges facing IT Operations, and how IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) can address these issues ...

September 19, 2014

Among the most embarrassing situations for application support teams is first hearing about a critical performance issue from their users. With technology getting increasingly complex and IT environments changing almost overnight, the reality is that even the most experienced support teams are bound to miss a major problem with a critical application or service. One of the contributing factors is their continued reliance on traditional monitoring approaches ...

September 17, 2014

EMA has just completed a groundbreaking research project assessing just how IT organizations are seeking to invest in, optimize, integrate and prioritize use cases for what we call "Advanced Operations Analytics" or "AOA" ...

August 06, 2014

Despite heavy investment in data management and monitoring platforms, the financial services industry still lacks real-time operational intelligence to enable better business decision-making and prevent systems and service failures and catastrophic trading errors. These outages expose institutions to undue risk and compliance violations that can cost organizations millions of dollars in financial losses and regulatory fines. They also undermine investor confidence and damage firm reputation ...

August 04, 2014

IT is mandated to build and maintain IT environments with the highest possible availability, within budget and available resources. Challenges faced by IT Operations have intensified due to both the rapid growth in performance and event monitoring data volumes. As a result, for many IT organizations, especially with limited resources and with specialists wearing many hats, they often spend too much time fighting fires with “maintenance & support” and not enough time proactively avoiding issues like performance or availability problems. The amount of time IT Ops spends firefighting not only hurts the IT department, but innovation across the entire company. So how can the IT pro, who is fed up with just handling crisis after crisis, better leverage limited resources and get onto the important issues ...

July 31, 2014

Bill Berutti, President, Performance & Availability, BMC Software, presents a vision of the future for Application Performance Management involving SaaS, mobility, cloud and Social IT ...

July 30, 2014

Our digital businesses depend on the user experiences delivered by our application. APM helps us proactively measure the end user experience, understand an applications flow through our architecture, and monitor the infrastructures that deliver the application: services, software, networks, servers and databases. And this has helped make us much better, yet we are still faced with many challenges ...

July 08, 2014

I put this blog together to support my new research report on Introducing Software Analytics, A Key Business Technology Solution. If you want to know why it’s key then please read on …

June 24, 2014

The ability to view things from the end user perspective and to drill down into the code level deep dive can be extremely powerful, and the information gathered from this ability provides DevOps teams with an instant view into the direct root cause of any user experience problem they may not otherwise have noticed ...

June 23, 2014

APMdigest rounds out the list with some final thoughts on the many valuable tools available – beyond what is technically categorized as APM – to support the goals of improving application performance and business service ...

June 17, 2014

While Application Performance Management is the focus of APMdigest, we have always maintained a very broad coverage of technologies that relate to application performance and business service. Rather than only discuss APM tools, we feature articles, blogs, news and other content on a variety of related tools, most of which you will see on the list. With this list, APMdigest is cataloging the many valuable tools available – beyond what is technically categorized as APM – to support goals of improving application performance and business service ...

June 13, 2014

Performance analytics in cloud platforms is becoming table stakes amid intensifying price competition for increasingly commoditized services. The ability to effectively manage application performance is a key component of every infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider’s cloud monitoring strategy. As a result, cloud platform providers must continue to add functionality due to fewer opportunities to differentiate on raw compute or storage resources ...

May 31, 2014

Aruna Ravichandran, CA Technologies Vice President, Product and Solution Marketing, Application Performance Management & DevOps, discusses the key must-have capabilities of an APM solution, and the challenges and future direction of the APM market ...

May 29, 2014

Aruna Ravichandran, CA Technologies Vice President, Product and Solution Marketing, Application Performance Management & DevOps, discusses the company's new APM Business Unit and and Application Performance Management product portfolio ...

May 09, 2014

Agile infrastructures demand that infrastructure and operations (I&O) managers acquire the performance management skills present only in Web-scale IT, according to Gartner ...

May 06, 2014

With every minute you can shave off root cause analysis, you get a minute closer to restoring the performance or availability of a process that's important to your business. But the plethora of monitoring tools used throughout your organization, each with its own root cause perspective about the IT environment, can lead to confusion, dysfunction and drawn-out debate when things go wrong. To get the most business value from these diverse views, you need to understand how they can work together ...

April 24, 2014

Jonah Kowall, Research Vice President, IT Operations Management at Gartner, discusses the changing and volatile APM market in 2014 and beyond ...

April 15, 2014

Helping data center personnel and enterprise IT professionals translate their data into information by isolating causal versus derived events is really relevant to businesses these days. In most of my explorations, I have discovered that organizations are using a best-of-breed approach to monitoring, in what has resulted in a sort of Balkanization of the data center ...

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