APM

September 01, 2015

With the inevitable zombie apocalypse, having the right strategies to combat the plague will be essential. Turns out that trouble-shooting application performance isn’t much different. As any good zombie fighter will tell you, in a pandemic that threatens to consume all humanity, it’ll be important to find the first person infected – called “patient zero”. Knowing that sucker's history can help determine how and when the infection started, and with a bit of luck, a way to stop it. You might scoff, but there are many parallels between this and the way we manage application performance. Ok, perhaps not on a World War Z scale, but still troublesome enough to bite your business where it hurts most ...

August 31, 2015

In Part 3 of a three-part interview, AppDynamics talks about Unified Monitoring, analytics and the AppDynamics Summer 15 release ...

August 28, 2015

In Part 2 of a three-part interview, AppDynamics talks about Application Performance Management for cloud and mobile ...

August 27, 2015

In Part 1 of a three-part interview, AppDynamics talks about Application Performance Management, monitoring and the 2015 APM Tools Survey, conducted by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) ...

August 26, 2015

For the business, application performance is only relevant if it correlates to meaningful user experiences and conversion metrics. The most common challenge hindering companies from realizing the full promise of application performance solutions has been the lack of a common language, and business-relevant metrics to measure monitor and set targets for customer experiences. The organizational divisions that separate development, IT operations and business teams have led to varied and disparate perspectives on end-user experience, how performance impacts business, and the level of investments needed to consistently excel. To really move beyond the traditional APM mindset, where performance is seen as a technical problem, marketing and business leaders across global industries are in need of new approach to monitoring. An approach that starts and end with the user experience ...

August 10, 2015

EMA estimates that enterprise customers with cloud-based deployments are running an average of 20% of their workloads over public and/or private cloud. The problem is that cloud deployments often experience performance issues. Since traditional testing methods do not always catch these issues prior to deployment, optimization has become a requirement ...

August 06, 2015

In a recent interview, an IT operations director told us, “We frankly have too many tools, and many of them weren’t performing to our expectations.” If you are an enterprise ops leader managing complex applications, you can probably relate to that statement. At AppDynamics, we call this “Franken-monitoring,” a situation characterized by many, usually too many, siloed tools — for application, server, database, end-user client, etc. — that provide varying levels of disparate visibility into IT applications. We commissioned analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) to get to the bottom of this. In the 2015 APM Tools Survey, EMA found that a majority of surveyed enterprises have 11 or more commercial tools in their arsenal to manage application performance ...

August 03, 2015

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) has discovered that application performance data is extremely valuable when enterprises apply big data analytics to IT monitoring data, and it might be helping in the area where you least expect – Infrastructure capacity planning ...

July 23, 2015

Mobile apps are serious business, and mobile app performance is key. With this in mind, APMdigest asked industry experts – from analysts and consultants to the top vendors – to recommend the best ways to ensure mobile app performance. Part 3 of the list covers the production side including Application Performance Management, monitoring and more ...

July 16, 2015

Mobile apps and websites must be key to success? An app is critical to help you "play" in today’s digital retail market, but having an app alone will not guarantee success. So here are three reasons highlighted in the AppDynamics report An App Is Not Enough which are key for mobile app success ...

July 15, 2015

For today’s always-on consumers, the performance of retail websites and mobile applications is strongly linked to customer satisfaction, loyalty and spend, according to a new study by AppDynamics. The AppDynamics report An App Is Not Enough indicates that consumer expectations of retail websites and mobile apps are evolving in response to the growth of mobile and emerging technologies, with 70 percent of consumers stating that the performance of a mobile app impacts their perception of the retailer ...

July 13, 2015

Your enterprise network — and all the applications running on it — is the foundation for how every single employee gets his or her work done. E-mail, VoIP, CRM, ERP and every other custom or off-the-shelf application runs on your network. In order to provide these applications to end-users, more enterprises are adopting a hybrid enterprise model that incorporates a mix of on-premises and cloud-hosted apps, and of networks comprised of private, public Internet infrastructure. This makes monitoring applications and network performance a lot more challenging, more time-consuming and therefore costlier for IT. A key question you must ask yourself when determining whether you have the necessary visibility into your network and all the applications running on it: Do I know what I need to monitor? ...

June 22, 2015

The "point of delivery", which is where users access composite apps, is the only perspective from which user experience should be evaluated. Thus, the most relevant metric for IT teams is not about infrastructure utilization. Instead, it is at what point of utilization the user experience begins to degrade. This means transaction completion. If transactions do not complete, user experience suffers as does business performance ...

June 17, 2015

Dynatrace’s Chief Marketing Officer Nicolas Robbe talks about Application Performance Management (APM), and the company’s ongoing business transformation and future outlook – including the merger with Keynote announced today ...

June 09, 2015

The development of new and more complex business technologies happens so quickly now that they are starting to outpace the rate at which IT organizations can effectively monitor the entire IT infrastructure and react to problems. This is particularly true as more enterprises adopt a hybrid model with some resources managed in the data center and some in cloud or SaaS-based environments. Simultaneously, IT organizations have become increasingly siloed as different personnel develop skillsets specific to different pieces of the IT infrastructure, such as database management, the network, information security, etc. As a result, the “war room” – where IT personnel gather to diagnose and fix a problem – more often than not devolves into a session of finger pointing and delays. Remedying this situation demands a new approach to managing performance that enables IT to become more proactive instead of reactive, and more collaborative instead of siloed ...

June 05, 2015

The PADS (Performance Analytics and Decision Support) Framework is a more strategic approach to linking next-generation performance management and big data analytics technologies. It establishes best practices for assuring user experience, reducing risk and improving decision making. The Framework provides real-time intelligence that enables companies to build customer satisfaction and loyalty, and improve operational efficiency ...

May 29, 2015

IT Central Station — leading review site used by enterprise tech professionals to research APM and other solutions in order to make informed buying decisions — is offering a free report on APMdigest.

May 18, 2015

It is easy to feel that so called "second generation" APM tooling rules the world. And for good reason, many would argue – certainly the positive disruptive effects of support for highly distributed / Service Orientated architectures, and the requirements of many fast moving businesses to support a plethora of different technologies are a powerful dynamic. That leaves aside the undoubted advantages of comprehensive traffic screening (as opposed to "hard" sampling), ease of installation and commissioning (relative in some cases), user accessibility, flexible reporting and tighter productive association between IT and business – in short, empowering the DevOps and PerfOps revolution. So, modern APM is certainly well attuned to the requirements of current business. What's not to like? Could these technologies have an Achilles heel? ...

May 15, 2015

Reveille has compiled industry statistics to create a new infographic that reveals a lack of in-depth visibility into business-critical Enterprise Content Management (ECM) applications’ components, processes, and service levels.

May 13, 2015

The PADS (Performance Analytics Decision Support) Framework helps companies take a more strategic approach to user experience. It's a framework that lets IT and business management understand the link between next-generation Application Performance Management (APM) and big data analytics to enable improved application governance and operational performance. Across industry sectors, companies that unify APM and user experience outperform their peer group in financial results and market valuation. These companies also use 30% fewer tools to achieve these results. The majority have consolidated onto a core platform from one vendor, with tactical deployments of other vendor solutions for specific use cases, departments or technologies. They consistently deliver stellar user experiences with greater IT productivity and lower costs than their less-performing peers ...

May 12, 2015

We conducted a performance diagnostic session on a live e-commerce website, and after our first initial glance at their landing page we saw the usual performance suspects. Some of the highlights we found on the website we analyzed during the performance clinic are below ...

May 11, 2015

Last December, my APMdigest prediction for 2015 was:"The advent of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) will elevate the importance of implementing powerful, easy-to-use and cost-effective APM solutions as a rapidly expanding universe of end-points are connected by software-enabled sensors and systems." Less than halfway through the new year and we're seeing the market activity around IoT opportunities accelerate ...

May 07, 2015

In the world of Application Performance Management (APM) it is always better to enlist more than one entity to help solve the mystery of performance problems. Gathering facts related to a crime is essential, and can be likened to utilizing an APM solution for solving application performance problems. The more information about an application’s behavior that you can obtain, along with understanding its idiosyncrasies within the environment, the more likely you will be able to pinpoint root causes of performance issues ...

May 05, 2015

Companies are rapidly adopting DevOps practices to create higher-quality software faster and more efficiently to improve customer experience, lower IT costs and enhance productivity. But the key to success for software-driven businesses is delivering value with BizDevOps ...

April 29, 2015

The world we monitor has changed. This change all starts with shifts in software development, the Internet, and the expectations of end users — each evolving rapidly and because of each other. Software development has moved from one development team building end-to-end applications for a mostly homogenous set of users to many teams assembling software components into an application for a more diverse set of users. Now, they have high expectations for software performance, led by the prevalence of consumer applications such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, where everything is fast and mostly seamless. It is the confluence of these shifts that puts API performance front and center ...

April 21, 2015

Choosing the right IT management software is sometimes like looking for a needle in a haystack. There's so much to choose from, and it all seems to do the same thing and is claimed to be fantastic. But things aren't always what they seem. In a world that's changing faster than ever, virtualization and commodity hardware make it extremely difficult for your organization to choose the right tools. To point you in the right direction, I have set out 6 basic rules ...

April 16, 2015

True Application Performance Monitoring cross-cuts many IT tiers: network infrastructure, physical and virtual infrastructure, databases, mobile devices, etc. An ideal Application Performance Monitoring solution provides visibility over any infrastructure, for any app and any audience ...

April 03, 2015

Explaining why your CEO should care about APM is not always an easy task. Your CEO wants to know in as little time as possible what it is, why I need it, and how it works, perhaps in that order. Here is how to translate APM into CEO-speak and improve your chances of executive buy-in ...

March 27, 2015

After speaking to thousands of APM users during my time with Gartner, I have seen 5 key issues that cause APM failures ...

March 24, 2015

With the proliferation of composite applications for cloud and mobility, monitoring individual components of the application delivery chain is no longer an effective way to assure user experience. IT organizations must evolve toward a unified approach that promotes collaboration and efficiency to better align with corporate return on investment (ROI) and risk management objectives ...

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