APM

January 20, 2017

Traditionally, Application Performance Management (APM) is usually associated with solutions that instrument application code. There are two fundamental limitations with such associations. If instrumenting the code is what APM is all about, then APM is applicable only to homegrown applications for which access to code is available ...

January 17, 2017

Choosing an application performance monitoring (APM) solution can be a daunting task. A quick Google search will show popular products, but there's also a long list of less-well-known open source products available, too. So how do you choose the right solution? ...

January 09, 2017

As an IT professional, I'm used to words that mean different things to different people. For example, "log monitoring" could mean anything from simple text files to logfile aggregation systems. "Uptime" is also notoriously hard to nail down. Heck, even the word "monitoring" itself can be obscure. This is why I'm not surprised that application performance monitoring (APM) can mean so many different things depending on the context ...

December 19, 2016

APMdigest's 2017 Application Performance Management Predictions is a forecast by the top minds in APM today. 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. Part 5, the final installment, covers the business side of APM ...

December 16, 2016

APMdigest's 2017 Application Performance Management Predictions is a forecast by the top minds in APM today. 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. Part 4 covers cloud, containers and microservices ...

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 07, 2016

Unfortunately, most enterprise IT teams still monitor and manage user experience from traditional technology domain silos, such as server, network, application, device, operating system and security. As workloads continue to shift to new architecture, this approach only perpetuates an ineffective, costly and politically-charged environment. A unified approach allows IT teams to help their companies leverage technology investments to discover, interpret and respond to the myriad events that impact their operations, competitiveness, security and compliance ...

December 06, 2016

In an age where a deeper understanding of customers is a competitive necessity, the inability to effectively correlate, analyze and act on all operational data represents a significant missed opportunity to improve decision outcomes and financial performance. Whether it is customers visiting your website, your employees engaging with them through a SaaS CRM application, an authorized executive accessing sensitive corporate data remotely, or an investor researching your investor relations site, secure UX (user experience) that meets the user's expectations is the hallmark of the secure UX enterprise ...

November 14, 2016

Is middleware resource monitoring the same thing as APM? No – but it is highly complementary with APM and organizations generally need both for complex, large-scale application environments that depend on middleware ...

October 13, 2016

Part 2 of this list of top factors that impact application performance covers more challenges in the environment, including containers, microservices and issues with the network ...

October 12, 2016

In 2013, APMdigest published a list called 15 Top Factors That Impact Application Performance. Even today, this is one of the most popular pieces of content on the site. And for good reason – the whole concept of Application Performance Management (APM) starts with identifying the factors that impact application performance, and then doing something about it. However, in the fast moving world of IT, many aspects of application performance have changed in the 3 years since the list was published. And many new experts have come on the scene. So APMdigest is updating the list for 2016, and you will be surprised how much it has changed ...

September 26, 2016

With the rise of microservices, developers need proper Application Performance Management (APM) tools to develop and operate their applications successfully. This blog examines the particular difficulties of monitoring microservices and what APM should be able to do to alleviate the major pain-points of monitoring and debugging them ...

July 20, 2016

In 2014 Gartner predicted that "75 percent of IT organizations will be bi-modal in some way by 2017." We are in the midst of this two-speed IT approach that organizations are adopting at an increasing rate to stay relevant for their customers. Speed 1 is the traditional IT that is being managed by the IT Operations persona and Speed 2 is the agile IT where within the organization especially the Developer persona and the Line of Business Persona are involved to get the most out of the digital innovations that flood our daily lives. One thing that these personas have in common is that they have a need for monitoring. In this blog I will focus on the needs of the various personas ...

July 11, 2016

APM tools must evolve to focus on the problems that users and customers are seeing from their perspective and give insight as to how to continuously diagnose and correct the digital user experience for them ...

July 08, 2016

APM technologies have evolved quickly over the past few years and, will no doubt, continue to accelerate during the coming years. One key area which APM vendors have to recognize is a current weakness that must be quickly addressed is that the compelling business driver is not just ensuring the health, availability, and performance of "applications" but the business services which they support ...

July 07, 2016

Delivering perfect production performance is always hard and ever changing. The fundamentals are very structured and logical, however, with so many end points in a dynamic, virtualized, distributed application topology. The only viable approach today is to understand the end user experience as measured by response time ...

June 30, 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 6, the final installment of the list, covers development and DevOps ...

June 29, 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 5 covers the impact of APM on the Business ...

June 28, 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 4 covers the end user experience ...

June 27, 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 3 covers the expanding scope of APM tools ...

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 23, 2016

At the end of every year, APMdigest takes a look into the future by asking experts to predict the changes that will occur within the Application Performance Management (APM) industry in the coming new year. With this new list, we are looking even farther into the future, to the evolution of APM. This list is comprised of expert opinions on how APM should evolve – an evolutionary wish list for APM. The recommendations on this list provide a rare look into the long-term future of APM technology ...

June 14, 2016

The global distributed performance and availability management software market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 13% until 2020, according to Technavio analysts.

June 13, 2016

If your company has experience in developing applications or performance management solutions, then you might want to consider joining an APM vendor's ecosystem to grow revenue. Here is how it should work: you develop market solutions incorporating your industry and technology experience, the vendor sells the solution globally through multiple channels, and you collect your check each month. The key is developing solutions for a market, not just one customer ...

May 26, 2016

Your applications should ensure end-user satisfaction and boost productivity for employees and partners. Therefore, IT pros implementing or monitoring applications should take the time to understand how end-users interact with their application, share the proper amount of information with the right stakeholders, implement the right workflows and ensure they are performing top-notch. Here are 10 quick tips to help you get started ...

May 17, 2016

The seismic shifts occurring in the enterprise network are presenting a number of interesting challenges for Application Performance Management (APM), both for today and the near future ...

May 13, 2016

"Tell me what to expect with APM of the future." I'm sure this is a question on the minds of many people who manage the performance of critical business applications. APM is fundamentally changing. Traditional rules and requirements don't apply anymore. Adapting to changes in the industry, APM needs to focus on 3 distinct areas ...

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 28, 2016

Ipswitch recently released a report, The Challenges of Controlling IT Complexity, that reveals IT teams feel they are at risk of losing control of their company’s IT environment in the face of new technologies. But what exactly is it about new technologies that is vexing today’s IT teams? A deeper dive into the research uncovers two major themes that teams are grappling with to better manage increasing IT complexity ...

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 ...

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