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February 19, 2015

Unplanned application downtime costs the Fortune 1000 from $1.25 billion to $2.5 billion every year, according to an IDC report: DevOps and the Cost of Downtime: Fortune 1000 Best Practice Metrics Quantified. The report brings to light the real costs and impact of outages, and offers real insights into the adoption and impact of DevOps practices in large enterprises ...

February 17, 2015

With agile and lean influencing our thinking, it’s perhaps no surprise that the impetus behind DevOps has come from development. That’s great for the speed side of the equation, but success requires that IT operations also modify their practices. This means ensuring that Application Performance Management (APM) tools and processes are not only supporting the resilience and service goals of production systems, but that they exhibit the functionality needed to help improve customer experience – even as applications are developed, tested, released and deployed. APM can accelerate the benefits of DevOps, but where do you start and what tools do you use? The tech landscape is littered with many products and services all claiming to be the secret sauce that’s going to support a DevOps-like culture. But don’t be fooled, modern APM can only accelerate DevOps when it exhibits four fundamental characteristics. Quite simply it has to be "EPIC" ...

February 16, 2015

Ensuring application performance is a never ending task that involves multiple products, features and best practices. There is no one process, feature, or product that does everything. A good place to start is pre-production and production monitoring with both an APM tool and a Unified Monitoring tool ...

February 13, 2015

APMdigest asked experts from across APM and related markets for their recommendations on the best ways to ensure application performance before app rollout. This final set of six recommendations covers topics including the development environment and deployment ...

February 12, 2015

APMdigest asked experts from across APM and related markets for their recommendations on the best ways to ensure application performance before app rollout. The second set of six recommendations includes testing and analytics ...

February 11, 2015

Ensuring application performance is not just about IT operations. Prior to app rollout, the role of development and DevOps teams, and even IT Operations, in preventing application performance problems cannot be underestimated. But how do these diverse teams accomplish this goal? How do they prevent – or even identify – application performance issues before the app is even in production? With these questions in mind, APMdigest asked experts from across Application Performance Management (APM) and related markets for their recommendations on the best ways to ensure application performance before app rollout. This extensive list includes processes, approaches and tools to consider.

APMdigest presents the 18 recommendations in three parts, with six categories presented each day. The first six recommendations presented here start out with development's performance basics including DevOps and APM ...

January 30, 2015

Of those surveyed, 95% of IT managers said the success of their data centers relies on proper performance analytics and IT optimization, with close to half reporting their data center is “extremely reliant” on these factors. according to TeamQuest's Global IT Management survey ...

January 28, 2015

In APMdigest’s recent article on predictions for 2015, I gave my insight on the year: "2015 will mark a significant shift in the way that APM tools are used by IT Operations teams." I wanted to elaborate on why this shift will accelerate in 2015 ...

January 26, 2015

eG Innovations released key predictions for the Application Performance Management industry in 2015 ...

January 21, 2015

Enterprises are not prioritizing holistic monitoring technology and are missing the opportunity for early issue identification that could prevent customer-impacting problems and, ultimately, damage to the company’s reputation, according to a study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Virtual Instruments ...

January 12, 2015

According to the 2014 Application Troubleshooting Survey, conducted by Stackify, 37% of respondents rely on user notifications to identify issues, and many problems take more than a half day to rectify. However, the survey also revealed that adoption of next generation unified application troubleshooting tools drastically improves response times and minimizes customer impact ...

January 08, 2015

The business cases for Application Performance Management (APM) are customer satisfaction and operational efficiency. When applications run well, companies are better positioned to achieve return on investment (ROI) and risk management objectives ...

January 05, 2015

Applications are the heart of all critical business functions and an essential component to nearly every end user’s job, affecting productivity, end user satisfaction and ultimately revenue. And at the heart of nearly every application is a database. This means when an application performance or availability problem arises, there’s a good chance it’s associated with the underlying database’s performance ...

December 19, 2014

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

December 18, 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. The final installment, Part 3 is all about all about cloud, virtualization and DevOps ...

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 16, 2014

A forecast by the top minds in Application Performance Management (APM) today, the annual list of APM Predictions is the most popular post on APMdigest, viewed by tens of thousands of people in the APM community around the world every year. Industry experts – from analysts and consultants to users and the top vendors – offer thoughtful, insightful, and sometimes controversial predictions on how APM will evolve and impact business in 2015. The first 5 predictions cover some of the hottest buzzwords in IT, including user experience, mobile first, borderless enterprise, holistic view and the soon-to-be-ubiquitous Internet of Things ...

December 12, 2014

Most security experts agree that the rapidly changing nature of malware, hack attacks and government espionage practically guarantees your IT infrastructure will be compromised. Once an attacker is within the network, it can be very difficult to identify and eliminate the threat without deep-packet inspection. The right APM solution that includes network forensics can help IT operations deliver superior performance for users, and when incorporated into your IT security initiatives, deep packet inspection can provide an extra level of support to existing antivirus software, Intrusion Detection System and Data Loss Prevention solutions ...

December 11, 2014

More organizations are discovering the efficiencies of adopting DevOps practices for application lifecycle management. As they do, they realize that Application Performance Management (APM) enables DevOps ROI (return on investment) ...

December 10, 2014

End user experience monitoring goes hand in hand with Application Performance Management (APM). It seems that every APM vendor includes End User Experience Monitoring as part of its solution. Yet, as enterprise IT Ops teams implement these solutions, they can still find themselves blind to what their workforce users are actually experiencing as they use the broad range of business critical applications in the enterprise portfolio. Explaining this conflict requires a deeper look at what other vendors classify as end user experience monitoring. Four different approaches commonly found in the market solve some of the problem some of the time, but each has important limitations to be aware of ...

December 08, 2014

In the past, technology evolution was quantified as generational. The interesting thing about the generational approach is that it has always been associated with linear progression and evolutionary growth. However the rapid technology evolution we are seeing today is more revolutionary than evolutionary, and IT is bearing the brunt of its impact ...

December 05, 2014

End users are increasingly demanding. ECM systems, and their supporting IT and application teams, know this all too well. How often have you heard, “It’s taking forever to download a document,” or “search is taking forever!” Two big problems are revealed - what do these ambiguous performance comments mean in terms of measured ECM application service levels AND why are you hearing about this problem from your end user? These problems lead to more questions. How do you diagnose the issue? What does forever mean? Why does the user know about their performance problems before you do? ...

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 ...

December 03, 2014

A new Tech-Tonics Advisors study links user experience to financial returns. Companies that take a unified approach to gain better visibility into user experience outperform their peer group in revenue growth, profitability and market valuation. Our conclusion is that ensuring applications perform to user expectations should be a top priority at every company ...

November 27, 2014

The Asia-Pacific APM market continues to grow strongly, driven by stringent regulatory norms and the growing dependence of business processes on applications, according to new research by Frost & Sullivan ...

November 20, 2014

Recently as part of an engagement reviewing a customer’s performance engineering maturity level and looking at what Application Performance Management (APM) tools best fit their needs I was asked, “Why not do it ourselves?” We didn’t have to go far in the analysis to demonstrate it was a non-starter for this customer, particularly as they rely on third parties and don’t have a large in-house development team who would have enough control to even start building this. But if you were going to create an OpenAPM yourself, would it even be feasible? ...

November 19, 2014

During APMdigest's exclusive interview last month, John Rakowski, Forrester Analyst & Advisor Serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals, outlined 10 must-have capabilities to look for when you are purchasing an APM solution. Not included with the rest of the interview, here is the list published for the first time ...

November 18, 2014

Security breaches are common today – from computer viruses, such as Bash Bug or Heartbleed, undermining the security of millions of websites, to credit card cyber theft experienced by big retailers. One effort to protect cardholder information is Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS), which is applied wherever cardholder data is stored, processed or transmitted. APM designed to capture and retain network application transaction data has the potential to violate compliance. Below is an outline of the 12 requirements to be PCI DSS-compliant and how to manage APM to avoid violations ...

November 17, 2014

Depending upon your specific industry, the holiday rush can account for 75% – 85% of your total revenue. You cannot be caught unprepared and your systems have to be able to handle the surge in traffic. So how do you make sure your systems are not going to let you down?

November 14, 2014

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 final set of six technologies presented here includes tools to manage availability, capacity and resources ...

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