April 04, 2017

IT staff can't afford to waste time by manually comparing results from multiple different tools to determine the status of their important applications and identify the causes of performance issues when they arise. IT personnel need to think about solutions that deliver more accurate, real-time insights into virtual environments, so they can keep the business humming and end users productive. Here are a few tips on how IT teams can avoid or resolve application performance issues quickly and easily ...

February 24, 2017

Global revenue in the BI and analytics software market is forecast to reach $18.3 billion in 2017, an increase of 7.3 percent from 2016, according to the latest Gartner forecast. Gartner believes the rapidly evolving modern BI and analytics market is being influenced by the following 7 dynamics ...

January 06, 2017

Big data continues to be the fastest-growing segment of the information management software market. New findings released by Ovum estimate that the big data market will grow from $1.7bn in 2016 to $9.4bn by 2020, comprising 10% of the overall market for information management tooling ...

January 05, 2017

Apica highlights the following trends and predictions for 2017, covering the API Economy, ecommerce, analytics and more ...

December 13, 2016

The advent of the Holiday Season means it is time for the annual list of Application Performance Management (APM) predictions, the most popular post on APMdigest, viewed by tens of thousands of people in the IT community around the world every year. Industry experts — from analysts and consultants to users and the top vendors — offer thoughtful, insightful, and often controversial predictions on how APM and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2017. A forecast by the top minds in Application Performance Management today, here are the predictions ...

December 01, 2016

In my last blog, I expressed my opinion that IT operations teams may be about to enjoy a renaissance rather than dismally fading away — but only if they adopt new ways of working, measuring themselves and interacting with business stakeholders. In this blog, I'd like to discuss how technology investments can help smooth the way toward operational transformation with a few examples from recent interviews. More specifically, I'd like to focus on three key areas of innovation, all in some way related to Advanced IT Analytics ...

November 22, 2016

It's safe to say that the role of IT Operations is changing, but beyond that there are countless opinions about just why and how. Lately I've been hearing a growing number of doomsday prophecies about how operations professionals are going away as they shrink in importance to managing an infrastructure already being replaced by cloud. However, I see a strong and consistent trend that isn't a move away from operations, but rather a deliberate transformation of how IT operations teams work. So which vision is correct? Gloom and doom or new levels of empowerment and rebirth? ...

November 21, 2016

Over the past few years, IT service management (ITSM) has become increasingly important to an organization's IT strategy, and companies are seeking new ways to improve IT service delivery and efficiency via better ITSM processes. Using advanced IT analytics, managers can identify blind spots and hidden gaps in their ITSM process as well as make accurate decisions by monitoring key metrics. Here is how advanced IT analytics can make the best of your IT service desk ...

October 24, 2016

Gartner highlighted the top technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2017. Analysts presented their findings during the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo ...

October 11, 2016

The first post in this two-part series introduced machine learning analytics as a new way to find and fix the root cause of performance problems to help meet SLAs. This post explains three ways MLA can be used to better utilize resources for optimal performance ...

September 27, 2016

How can you be responsive to user demands and support the apps they require? The first step is to optimize your data center. Data center monitoring that provides analytics about your entire IT infrastructure, whether it's on premise, in the cloud or a hybrid environment, is the foundation for this process ...

September 21, 2016

While the layers of abstraction created in virtualized environments afford numerous advantages, they can also obscure how the virtual resources are best allocated and how physical resources are performing. This can make maintaining optimal application performance a never-ending exercise in trial-and-error. This post highlights some of the challenges encountered when using traditional monitoring and analytics tools, and describes how machine learning, as a next-generation analytics platform, provides a better way to meet SLAs by finding and fixing issues before they become performance problems ...

July 27, 2016

Today's IT managers and engineers have an incredible arsenal of powerful tactical tools; APM, NPM, BSM, EUEM and the list goes on. The strength of these tools, their narrow, bottom-up focus, is also the cause of a real problem for businesses. These narrow tools miss issues that stem from the hand-off from one node or application to the next. The monitoring tools can't see the data falling into the gaps ...

June 24, 2016

APMdigest asked the top minds in the industry what they feel is the most important way APM tools must evolve. The recommendations on this list provide a rare look into the long-term future of APM technology. Part 2 covers the evolution of the relationship between APM and analytics ...

June 16, 2016

In this blog I'd like to highlight one very critical area of AIA that came out in my research: the growing role of security as an integrated requirement for performance, change and capacity management ...

June 03, 2016

Without the proper expertise and tools in place to quickly isolate, diagnose, and resolve an incident, a quick routine error can result in hours of downtime – causing significant interruption in business operations that can impact both business revenue and employee productivity. How can we stop these little instances from turning into major fallouts? Major companies and organizations, take heed ...

May 20, 2016

All businesses are fully aware of how much data they're swimming through on a daily basis. And because its buzzy and trendy, most of these businesses are looking to do more with their data, striving to implement cool sounding technologies like machine learning and predictive analytics. But a startling number are overlooking a crucial factor that could make or break the success of these investments: the quality of their own data ...

May 10, 2016

Why do outages of mission-critical applications still happen? Aren't there multiple solutions that can alert IT teams to problems? Yes – and that can be part of the problem. One alarm goes off, and then another and another until the team is quickly overwhelmed. By the time an incident like this is brought under control, the company may have lost on average as much as $750,000 for a 90-minute outage. Ask these 5 questions before moving forward with a monitoring solution that can address application outages ...

May 09, 2016

Today IT Operations Analytics technology detecting the latest state of the hybrid cloud environments and tracking history of the introduced changes is essential to creating visibility into an otherwise black box of the cloud ...

May 03, 2016

APMdigest asked experts from across the industry – including consultants, analysts and the leading vendors – for recommendations on the best way to ensure application performance in the hybrid cloud. Part 2 covers BTM, NPM and ITOA ...

May 02, 2016

For years the IT industry debated about whether and when IT organizations would move everything to the cloud. Today's answer to this question is the hybrid cloud or hybrid IT – a combination of private and public clouds with traditional on-premise infrastructure, leveraging the best of all three worlds. It is clear that hybrid cloud offers many advantages. However, as more enterprises move to hybrid cloud, they face new challenges for managing the performance of applications, such as limited visibility and control. To address this new set of challenges, APMdigest asked experts from across the industry – including consultants, analysts and the leading vendors – for recommendations on the best way to ensure application performance in the hybrid cloud. The result is a detailed list of tools and approaches, and related insights, to guide enterprises as they migrate to hybrid cloud. Part 1 covers APM and End-User Experience Monitoring ...

April 27, 2016

The findings outlined in Part 1 of this blog point to a need for "smart" APM solutions supporting automation of change monitoring, performance and availability management, and production troubleshooting functions. With such capabilities in place, Dev and Ops resources could be freed up to deliver the new software products that have become the lifeblood of the agile business ...

April 11, 2016

There is a lot of confusion about what is Application Performance Monitoring, Application Performance Management (APM) and IT Operational Analytics (ITOA). To help clarify this rather muddy set of terms, we use two models which we find are much clearer and logical, and have less ambiguity than the APM and ITOA definitions ...

April 06, 2016

How can we use IT Operations Analytics to effectively improve IT operational excellence? How can it help us make better decisions? And most importantly, how can it help prevent downtime and service disruptions? Continuity Software recently conducted an infrastructure resiliency survey, with the goal of helping IT infrastructure and operations executives benchmark their organization’s performance and practices against their peers ...

March 22, 2016

When I talk with clients, deployments and even when I take time out to read the headlines, I still believe that the industry is confused about how Advanced IT Analytics (AIA) is evolving. Here are three big reasons why, as supported by our current data ...

March 21, 2016

New EMA research is just in on advanced IT analytics (AIA) and the results are telling. I'll be giving a webinar on April 13 with much more detail and insight than I can present here, but in this 2-part blog I wanted to share a few highlights — and a few opinions about the data — in advance ...

February 11, 2016

Moogsoft conducted an IT monitoring survey with attendees at AppDynamics AppSphere. A variety of questions were asked, from the number of monitoring tools they use, to the time it takes to detect and resolve incidents, to what they hope to see from vendors in the future. While some responses were predictable, some were actually rather surprising ...

February 10, 2016

To optimize application performance, IT teams need to proactively ensure the optimized performance of every underlying infrastructure component, including physical and virtual servers, networks, storage devices, databases, end-user services and cloud and big data environments. It is imperative that they not only identify and resolve issues quickly, but also pre-empt potential issue before there's an adverse impact on the user experience. Below are six key requirements that can help you achieve these objectives ...

January 27, 2016

While IoT is gaining traction with consumers, it's already having a transformative effect on the business world. Companies can analyze the volumes of data connected devices supply to improve decision-making processes and to help employees be more productive. However, as an enterprise brings more connected devices online, IT will struggle to maintain adequate application performance levels. Implementing application performance monitoring (APM) establishes the end-to-end visibility IT needs in order to immediately identify what's causing an application to perform poorly ...

January 15, 2016

According to Brocade, moving into 2016, more businesses are expected to leverage smart machines and transformative technologies to give them a clear competitive advantage. Brocade outlines the top transformative technology trends in networking to watch for in 2016 and beyond ...

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