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 ...

April 26, 2016

At a time when software is becoming increasingly business relevant, IT teams are, in too many cases, retreating to the silo monitoring techniques of the past to track and troubleshoot application performance ...

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 ...

March 31, 2016

This blog is an extract from Dr. Terry Critchley's upcoming book: High Performance IT Services, due mid-2016 ...

March 29, 2016

From an IT team's point of view, understanding the user experience of their applications is becoming challenging as technology evolves. Newer and more complex applications are being written using an assortment of languages. These applications are being deployed on a wide variety of infrastructure components. Fortunately, there are a few means available through which businesses can determine the user experience of their Web applications. Let's take a look at three common approaches ...

March 28, 2016

When it comes to developing, deploying, and maintaining a truly powerful application, performance needs to be a top priority. But that performance isn't only limited to the software your team builds and maintains. Moreover, the performance of an application depends on the performance of the APIs that power it. SmartBear Software recently released the results of a global API survey ...

March 24, 2016

In a perfect world, deployments would always go as planned – however in the world of IT we all know that is not the case. There's a long list of reasons why Application Performance Management (APM) deployments might fail. Some reasons can be aligned to people, others to process and finally some to product ...

March 15, 2016

In Part 2 of this blog, we highlight new regulations in the global securities industry that underscore the risks companies face when they don’t have a good handle on user experience or application performance across the application delivery chain ...

March 14, 2016

The PADS (Performance Analytics Decision Support) Framework recommends a more strategic approach to user experience and application performance. But deeper intelligence into the application delivery chain can also help companies meet compliance and security requirements more effectively in order to achieve their risk management objectives ...

March 10, 2016

A Tech-Tonics Advisors study revealed that among S&P 500 companies, those that take a unified approach to gain better visibility into user experience outperform their peer group in revenue growth, profitability and market valuation. We also found that companies with a unified approach deploy a fewer number of tools. This suggests that a higher level of efficiency with IT Ops data can drive sustained competitive advantage at lower total cost of ownership ...

February 29, 2016

When it comes to Application Performance Management (APM), there is a huge choice of solutions on the market, both from more established names as well as newer solutions. It can be hard for potential buyers to sort through the available options to really understand which solution will best fit their needs. IT Central Station helps to solve this problem, by providing a platform for real users to give in-depth reviews for a wide range of enterprise technology solutions. With an active community of over 130,000 users adding their expert reviews to our site, we’ve become a vital source of trusted information about enterprise technology. I’d like to share some of the newest APM reviews on our site, to help you make a more informed buyer decision ...

February 24, 2016

A lack of integrated monitoring capabilities impacts companies’ ability to optimize application performance and influence business outcomes, according to the AppDynamics Business Impact of User Experience survey. The global survey also found that only 38 percent of respondents quantify the dollar cost to the business of poor user experience ...

February 18, 2016

We are only limited by our beliefs and the perceptions we have of what is real and what brings us value. The end users of our critical business systems are no different, and with the convergence of technology finding its way to their own personal devices, meeting the expectations of a quality customer experience for everyone is much more difficult ...

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 28, 2016

Nearly one out of every three businesses (32%) become aware of most application performance issues from their end users, according to the ManageEngine Application Performance Monitoring Survey 2015 ...

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 11, 2016

A new survey revealed a major performance gap between the needs of business and IT’s current ability to deliver – 98% of executives agree that optimal enterprise application performance is critical to achieving optimal business performance. And yet, 89% of executives say the poor performance of enterprise applications has negatively impacted their work, and 58% say it impacts their work at least weekly. This performance gap is causing a series of problems for companies, from lost revenue and customers to lower morale to negative impact on brand image ...

January 06, 2016

It's a new year and the fight for market share amongst all enterprises has never been fiercer. Organizations compete for customers on multiple fronts — in person, on the web, and via mobile applications. Today, it's not enough to churn out applications, products, and services faster than the competition. Anything that fails to meet a high performance standard could cause a serious loss of brand value, revenue, and the ability to attract and maintain customers and competitive advantage. Here are three predictions for what we can expect in 2016 ...

January 04, 2016

One can safely say that Application Performance Management (APM) will grow even further in importance in 2016 as businesses turn to application software to operate their key internal and external processes. But we can also expect some changes in the focus of APM purchasers and software vendors in 2016 ...

December 29, 2015

As the IT world increasingly moves toward “single pane of glass” management consoles, customers are looking to understand ...

December 28, 2015

As foreseen in previous years, the Application Performance Management (APM) market continues to develop, both in terms of numbers of providers and inherent functionality, particularly with regard to end user visibility. However, a lack of fundamental differentiation between many of the providers means that consolidation is to be expected, either due to the collapse of (over geared) Vendors, or via acquisition ...

December 22, 2015

Industry experts — from analysts and consultants to users and the top vendors — offer predictions on how APM and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2016. Part 5, the final installment, highlights the evolving IT environment, and offers a few predictions on the Application Performance Management market ...

December 21, 2015

Industry experts — from analysts and consultants to users and the top vendors — offer predictions on how APM and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2016. Part 4 covers networking and NPM (Network Performance Management) ...

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