December 18, 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 3 focuses on IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) ...

December 17, 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 2 features visions of expanded capabilities of Application Performance Management solutions ...

December 16, 2015

A forecast by the top minds in Application Performance Management today, the annual list of Application Performance Management (APM) predictions is 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 2016 ...

December 14, 2015

Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, retailers and buyers alike must ensure that their resources are dependable. Not only will stores need to utilize advanced shopping technology, but also systems to support their apps and devices that are running on all cylinders ...

December 02, 2015

EMA surveyed 306 respondents in North America, England, France, Germany, Australia, China and India about digital and IT transformation. The goal was in part to create a heat map around just what digital and IT transformation were in the minds of both IT and business stakeholders. One of the key lessons learned was that digital and IT transformation really do go hand in hand and both require a laser focus on obtaining the highest level of service performance and user experience ...

November 23, 2015

The Black Friday digital swarm is approaching. Are you prepared? Sure your infrastructure is ready to scale, you've issued a production code freeze, and you're actively monitoring your applications with Application Performance Management (APM), but many organizations are overlooking one major component that can have a direct impact on Black Friday revenue: the mobile app ...

November 19, 2015

APMdigest asked experts from across Application Performance Management (APM) and related markets what they see as the most important way application performance impacts the business. The fourth and final installment covers business impacts you might not have thought about ...

November 18, 2015

APMdigest asked experts from across Application Performance Management (APM) and related markets what they see as the most important way application performance impacts the business. The third installment covers the internal impacts of application performance on your teams ...

November 17, 2015

APMdigest asked experts from across Application Performance Management (APM) and related markets what they see as the most important way application performance impacts the business. The second installment covers some of your key corporate goals ...

November 16, 2015

Application Performance Management is a top priority for many IT organizations, and the companies they support. Achieving high application performance is not a goal unto itself, however. The reason application performance is so important is that it impacts business success in today's application-based economy. To explore this topic further, APMdigest asked experts from across Application Performance Management (APM) and related markets what they see as the most important way application performance impacts the business. The goal of the list is to highlight how many diverse ways application performance impacts business results.

The list will be posted in four parts over the next four days. First, the list will cover the main impacts to business, and later installments will introduce you to less tangible — but no less real — impacts that you may not have considered. The first installment covers interactions with your customers ...

November 09, 2015

The importance of Application Performance Management is at an all time high. The overall importance of Application Performance Management for the IT Service, Application and Operation Management space as a whole, is still growing every year. This makes it worthwhile to look ahead to see what the future will look like for the Next Generation of Application Management solutions ...

November 02, 2015

eCommerce is ever-changing and so are the customers, who are the raison d'être of eCommerce. As you expand your offerings and start catering to different demographics, your competitive landscape becomes more complex. Now you are competition against the companies in your market as well as your historic self. Don't ignore your current and returning customers while running after the new ones. When a single second of page load delay and every instance of poor performance directly hits your bottom line, make baselining the first step of your performance optimization strategy ...

October 29, 2015

All companies rely on having a fast and efficient network. Ensuring optimal network performance is no easy feat for IT teams that are tasked with keeping networks running efficiently and effectively around the clock. A new report from Ipswitch proved that this is a major concern for IT teams coping with increasing complexity – when asked what their top challenge would be in 2016, IT infrastructure and application performance monitoring was the second-leading response ...

October 27, 2015

Recent advances in end-point monitoring are going in the direction of precise user experience measurement as opposed to conventional performance/machine-level monitoring. Knowing that systems are up and running is not the same as knowing that users are getting efficient use of them. These two elements generate data streams revealing distinct realities; while an enterprise's APM tools may indicate that specific applications are humming right along, it may not reveal frequent, frustrating wait times and access problems encountered across much of internal users' usage time ...

October 26, 2015

Mastering digital performance is one of the leading challenges of the web economy, and requires a joint effort between IT and the lines of business. It means measuring and managing the end-to-end transaction delivery and translating it into actionable information. This will allow you to deliver an engaging digital experience, thus maximizing revenue and improving brand loyalty. This gets a lot easier if you simply monitor a handful of key application performance metrics. This blog describes four good ones to get started with ...

October 23, 2015

Performance Testing (aka synthetic testing) and APM (Application Performance Management and monitoring solutions) are often regarded as two competing solutions, as if one were an alternative to the other. They are actually perfect complementary tools to achieve optimal performance for your application. Whether you develop web applications, SaaS products or mobile apps, you‘ll find both approaches to be absolutely necessary in your software operations. Here, I explain why ...

October 15, 2015

Because good things come to those who refuse to wait! Your customers don’t want to wait as your website takes more than a blink of an eye to load. They won’t forgive you for slower websites or ill-functional apps ...

October 13, 2015

Let's go back in time. Think of when your applications used to run from a single server and when the monolithic enterprise management software approach was more than enough to effectively monitor them. I know those days may have been just 10 years ago, but given the fast pace of the tech industry, those are officially our dark ages. Now, let's fast-forward to the present application economy in which your customers are demanding higher quality applications faster than ever before. To meet these new expectations, the infrastructure of the application has evolved; inevitably becoming more sophisticated and ultimately more complex ...

October 09, 2015

It probably seems obvious to you that Application Performance Management (APM) is important, but you will likely need to answer the question of APM importance to someone like your boss or the company CFO that wants to know why she must pay for it. In order to qualify the importance of APM, let's consider the alternatives to adopting an APM solution and assess the impact in terms of resolution effort and elapsed downtime ...

October 07, 2015

Legacy performance management solutions were architected for smaller, less-complex and static computing environments that did not change much from year-to-year. When all an IT team had to worry about was measuring infrastructure availability and utilization these tools were sufficient. But time has passed them by ...

September 29, 2015

Gabriel Lowy, Founder of Tech-Tonics, looks at Application Performance Management (APM) from the investor's perspective ...

September 17, 2015

Companies today waste too much time on fragmented tool functionality. The infographic below, based on an Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) study, shows the current state of monitoring tool use ...

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 ...

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