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May 27, 2015

Three seconds may not seem like a long time, but it could be the difference between making the online sale and losing a customer ... With the need for website performance in mind, APMdigest is exploring the factors you need to look out for. We asked industry experts – from analysts and consultants to users and the top vendors – to outline the most important factors that impact website response time. Each expert has given their opinion on which factor is the most significant, and the result is a well-rounded list that encompasses a wide variety of issues that can impact performance ...

April 23, 2015

Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders planning a bimodal IT strategy will miss out on the benefits of DevOps support for agile practices unless they transform their I&O culture, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner said that the implementation of a bimodal IT strategy requires careful planning and execution. Analysts predict that, by 2018, three quarters of enterprise IT organizations will have tried to create a bimodal capability, but that less than 50 percent of those will reap the benefits of improved agility and risk management. The following five-step approach will help I&O leaders achieve an agile I&O culture ...

April 07, 2015
Mike Azevedo

As the holidays are often the most profitable time of the year for retailers, Clustrix conducted the 2014 Holiday Shopping Season Trends Survey in January 2015 to identify the emerging consumer trends specific to the holiday season. Here’s what mattered to online shoppers ...

April 02, 2015
Kemal Balioglu

Doing the same thing again and again but expecting different results might be the basis for insanity. But in the case of disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), it pays to be repetitive. DRaaS or cloud-based DR strategies are now making data and system recovery plans far less complicated and highly efficient for businesses. With some DRaaS solutions, there is also computing capacity on standby to recover applications if there is a disaster. This can be easily tested without impacting the production servers or unsettling the daily business routine. But despite being able to re-think their DR plans in the cloud and make them so much easier, companies often overlook how DR testing can create IT value even in the absence of downtime, including saving time and money on application development and testing ...

March 10, 2015
Aaron Remaklus

If you're responsible for an e-commerce website, I guarantee you've been asked about, told about, or wondered about what kind of information and events you should be logging. Important things are happening all the time, and you need to know what's going on. There are lots of components and potential events that really matter when it comes to developing or hosting an e-commerce website. So where should you start? The following are the top five areas that should be the initial focus of your logging efforts ...

March 09, 2015

Although DevOps emphasizes people (and culture) over tools and processes, implementation utilizes technology. As a result, Gartner, Inc. expects strong growth opportunities for DevOps toolsets, with the total for DevOps tools reaching $2.3 billion in 2015, up 21.1 percent from $1.9 billion in 2014. By 2016, DevOps will evolve from a niche strategy employed by large cloud providers to a mainstream strategy employed by 25 percent of Global 2000 organizations ...

February 19, 2015
Steven Wastie

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 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 ...

February 04, 2015
Doug Roberts

IT is full of acronyms – so why should you care about Application-Aware Network Performance Management (AANPM)? Put simply, because it can save your organization time and money; help you manage your network, applications and services more effectively; and minimize downtime. The following are five reasons why AANPM matters in today’s enterprise networks ...

January 27, 2015
Aruna Ravichandran

A DevOps strategy helps drive tangible business benefits to enterprises, according to a new study conducted by Vanson Bourne for CA Technologies. Respondents with a DevOps strategy experienced anywhere from a 14 to 21 percent improvement in business in the form of increased numbers of customers, faster time-to-market and improved quality and performance of applications ...

January 20, 2015

Application traffic flows have become less deterministic, and infrastructure architects can no longer rely solely on centralized appliances to provide necessary application delivery and security services. New deployment models are emerging to help enterprises with this transition, and Gartner predicts that by 2018, at least three consolidated network service offerings will emerge with feature sets that span application delivery, global traffic distribution, optimization and security functions ...

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 10, 2014
Lee Guthrie

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 03, 2014
Gabriel Lowy

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 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 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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