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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 ...

November 13, 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 second set of six technologies presented here includes tools for network operations and development ...

November 12, 2014

This is the time of year when stores start to decorate with holly and tinsel, snowflakes and twinkling lights, as they prepare for the biggest revenue-generating season of the year. While online sales organizations do not need to hang any mistletoe, they should be preparing for what is becoming – more and more each year – their biggest sales season as well. As e-commerce represents a greater percentage of any company's revenue, the challenge to meet customer needs online is more important to the company's success each year. With this in mind, 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 first six technologies presented here start out with mainstream APM capabilities that are essential to e-commerce success ...

November 10, 2014
Matt Stevens

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, online retailers need to start preparing for an increased volume of website visitors and transactions. And, with more and more people turning to the Internet each year to purchase their goods and services, e-tailers must brace themselves for the biggest avalanche yet of online holiday shoppers. Remember the Target, Kohl’s and Walmart website crashes of holiday seasons past? Based on those incidents, e-tailers know they must ensure that downtime, performance issues or denial-of-service attacks don’t impact their service on those initial major holiday shopping days, and well into the holiday season, as that could hurt their bottom line or their business reputation ...

November 05, 2014
Patrick Carey

There are a lot of apps being developed and hosted in the cloud, and those teams have a significant need to monitor and manage app performance. But what about the customers of those apps and services – IT and business operations teams that purchase and maintain portfolios of cloud apps for their organizations? They still support users who expect them to maintain high application service levels regardless of where the app runs. Unfortunately, most APM solutions on the market today aren't well suited to their needs. This is why many organizations who already have a myriad of systems management and monitoring tools are seeking alternatives able to help them manage their cloud-based apps. It's this gap – and emerging IT business operations customer base for APM – that will define the APM landscape in the years to come ...

November 03, 2014

Gartner released the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring report, by Research VPs Jonah Kowall and Will Cappelli ...

October 22, 2014

Gartner, Inc. said advanced analytics is a top business priority, fueled by the need to make advanced analysis accessible to more users and broaden the insight into the business. IT and business leaders must expand their efforts to move their organizations from using only traditional BI that addresses descriptive analysis (what happened) to advanced analytics, which complements by answering "why", "what will happen" and "how we can address it" ...

October 15, 2014
Ofer Ronen

According to eMarketer, as of 2014 Americans consume more media using mobile devices than laptops and desktops combined. This shift in consumer behavior is also occurring within corporations, as employees increasingly rely on mobile devices for their work. With such a surge in mobile usage there is a growing need for corporations to ensure that their mobile experience is high quality and not broken. Since 86% of mobile experiences occur within apps and not mobile browsers, focusing on improving app performance has a larger impact on mobile quality. The following are 4 key differences that companies monitoring their server (and website) performance should consider when selecting a mobile app performance monitoring solution ...

October 10, 2014
Amir Rozenberg

Mobile monitoring is materially different from web monitoring, mainly due to the nature of the highly capable thick client. At the same time, the trends repeat: in the same way web monitoring quickly evolved to adopt the end user perspective through specific browsers and browser versions, also here, mobile monitoring is irrelevant if you’re not opting to adopt the end user perspective. With that in mind, there are more than a few choices when coming to select your mobile monitoring solution. Here are some principles you want to keep in mind as you decide about your initial foray into this space ...

October 02, 2014
Vess Bakalov

Our connected world continues to transform into a mobile one. The network is a constant and fascinating companion, which grants us 24/7 access where communication is instant and takes place across an array of devices, unconstrained by physical barriers. As a result, the IT infrastructure is more critical than ever for business operations. Companies and organizations are calling upon a variety of technologies that are changing the face of today’s network — from mobile devices, to cloud services, to web-based applications ...

September 25, 2014
Karun Subramanian

What is the best APM (Application Performance Management) solution out there in the market today? Unfortunately that question cannot be answered until your requirements are clearly defined. However, when shopping for an APM solution, there are certain qualities that you must consider in order to ensure maximum ROI (Return on Investment). The following are 8 qualities you must look for in an APM solution if your enterprise is primarily Java based ...

September 18, 2014
Atchison Frazer and Jason Dover

Moving your businesses' infrastructure, including the application layer and associated APIs, to the cloud, is a daunting task given today's plethora of digital tools available and heightened concerns of data protection, application performance and data integrity. One of the most conveniently accessible options is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery via cloud computing, which offers businesses a reliable, cost-effective way to manage and track company IT consumption without the burden of managing physical servers. But leveraging the public cloud introduces inherent challenges in terms of quality of application delivery and performance because a company's data now traverses through a series of externally maintained systems and security controls. Accordingly, enterprises looking to move to a SaaS app-delivery cloud model should consider the following ...

September 15, 2014

The team behind APMdigest has launched a companion site called the APM Buyers Guide at apmbuyersguide.com

The APM Buyers Guide is a directory of the vendors and their product offerings in the Application Performance Management (APM) market, as well as related markets including Business Service Management (BSM), End User Experience Management (EUEM), IT Operations Analytics (ITOA), Log Analysis, Performance and Availability Monitoring, Network Performance Management (NPM), and Application Testing. The purpose of the site is to present the many vendors in these technology spaces, clarify which vendors offer which product types and capabilities, and showcase the featured vendors and their products ...

September 04, 2014
Denis Goodwin

In order to properly manage your applications and user experience you need to start with monitoring them. Application monitoring is evolving — from its beginnings of simply pinging a server to see if it is up, to new, more sophisticated techniques which monitor every detail of a user interaction. How do you decide what techniques to use, should you abandon old methods for new? There are two main techniques used to monitor applications: Synthetic monitoring, also called directed monitoring, and Real monitoring, also called passive monitoring. What’s the difference between Synthetic monitoring and real application monitoring? ...

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