Feature Articles

July 22, 2014
Aruna Ravichandran

We live in a time when applications reign supreme. More and more of our interactions with business are done digitally via an app. Your software is now the face of your business. But how does your current software reflect on your brand and reputation? Does it give you competitive edge against more nimble, newer challengers? Recently, CA Technologies and Forrester conducted a survey to evaluate the impact of software modernization on a number of key business metrics.The findings were fascinating, and require us to rethink the way we develop, deploy, and refresh enterprise software ...

July 16, 2014
Dustin Whittle

Nearly 90 percent surveyed stopped using an app due to poor performance, according to The App Attention Span study, conducted by AppDynamics in partnership with the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths, University of London. The App Attention Span investigated the impact of the increasing importance and use of mobile devices on aspects of people’s behavior, and the corresponding business implications. It reveals that, as people’s attention spans for poor-performing apps shorten, the stakes are high for any business that depends on its website or mobile app ...

July 14, 2014
Matt Goldberg

The wireless landscape has changed dramatically in a very short period of time. Not only is there greater capacity demand, but wireless networks themselves have become infinitely more complex because of growing interconnectedness, new technology innovations, and shifting patterns of user activity. All of these factors mean that capacity planning models also have to change. There are more variables to monitor and more scenarios to consider. At the same time, the consequences of not being able to accurately predict bandwidth demand loom larger than ever. Capacity planning has to be a strategic priority, and capacity planning models have to reflect the new realities of network evolution in 2014 ...

June 23, 2014

APMdigest rounds out the list with some final thoughts on the many valuable tools available – beyond what is technically categorized as APM – to support the goals of improving application performance and business service ...

June 20, 2014

APMdigest continues the list, cataloging the many valuable tools available – beyond what is technically categorized as APM – to support the goals of improving application performance and business service. Entries 11-15 are all about the network ...

June 19, 2014

APMdigest continues the list, cataloging the many valuable tools available – beyond APM – to support the goals of improving application performance and business service. Entries 6-10 involve monitoring, testing and logging ...

June 17, 2014

While Application Performance Management is the focus of APMdigest, we have always maintained a very broad coverage of technologies that relate to application performance and business service. Rather than only discuss APM tools, we feature articles, blogs, news and other content on a variety of related tools, most of which you will see on the list. With this list, APMdigest is cataloging the many valuable tools available – beyond what is technically categorized as APM – to support goals of improving application performance and business service ...

June 10, 2014
Ennio Carboni

It’s been four years since the last World Cup and more than a few soccer fans around the globe are eagerly awaiting the big kick-off later this week in Brazil. So what does the World Cup mean for your network? A great deal actually.World Cup matches will often run during the American work day. You can bet that many of your employees will be streaming games and highlights across your network on their personal devices or company-issued laptops. As a result, traffic spikes will cause wireless bandwidth issues, network and application performance will take a hit, and along with that, so will employee productivity. Factor in the deluge of resulting help desk support calls and a little pre-emptive strike will go a long way. Here are five steps network managers and administrators can take to help prepare for the world’s most watched online event ...

June 05, 2014
Larry Haig

Tools enabling Real User Monitoring, or RUM, have proliferated hugely over the last 10 years, to the point there are now countless hopeful vendors jostling for contention. Here are 10 points to consider about your potential RUM tool ...

May 20, 2014
Trevor Parsons

Logs have moved beyond a basic tool for debugging during development. A recent survey shows that the most common use case is using log data for production monitoring, which has traditionally been the stronghold of APM and server monitoring tools. When using your logs for performance monitoring, here are some useful steps you can follow to dig a little deeper into any issues that you identify ...

May 14, 2014
Mike Marks

The Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) market is undergoing rapid change, in response to enterprises focusing on mobile to increase customer satisfaction and workforce productivity. Mobility programs like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) require the enterprise to develop policies that treat corporate mobile apps separately from the personal apps that employees run on their devices. In response, the lines have blurred between Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) vendors, as they evolve their product portfolios to provide more fine-grained control of mobile apps ...

May 09, 2014

Agile infrastructures demand that infrastructure and operations (I&O) managers acquire the performance management skills present only in Web-scale IT, according to Gartner ...

May 06, 2014
David Hayward

With every minute you can shave off root cause analysis, you get a minute closer to restoring the performance or availability of a process that's important to your business. But the plethora of monitoring tools used throughout your organization, each with its own root cause perspective about the IT environment, can lead to confusion, dysfunction and drawn-out debate when things go wrong. To get the most business value from these diverse views, you need to understand how they can work together ...

May 01, 2014
Vincent Geffray

For companies doing business over the web, any degradation of the customer online experience can have a negative and immediate impact. When a website does not operate fast enough on customers' screens and mobile devices, there's a serious problem. "Blamestorming" sessions are often useless, however. Almost every time, the cause will be found with one or several third-party content providers. Ironically, while the goal of these services is to enable rich end-user experiences, they can actually have the adverse effect of slowing down a site and driving end users away ...

April 16, 2014
Bob Wescott

Performance monitoring is about understanding what's happening right now. It usually includes dealing with immediate performance problems or collecting data that will be used by the other performance tools (such as capacity planning) to plan for future peak loads ...

April 10, 2014
Gabriel Lowy

The PADS Framework, for Performance Analytics and Decision Support, represents a more holistic approach to adaptive, proactive and predictive operational data management and analysis. The framework links advanced performance management and big data analytics technologies to enable organizations to gain deep and real-time visibility into, and predictive intelligence from, increasingly complex virtualized and mobile systems across the entire application delivery chain ...

April 08, 2014
Gabriel Lowy

A new Performance Analytics and Decision Support (PADS) framework linking advanced performance management and big data analytics technologies will emerge in 2014 ...

April 03, 2014
Josh Galde

Keynote recently conducted a survey of more than 1,600 mobile website and app developers, IT and quality assurance professionals, to help determine the state of mobile testing practices and tools. The survey, the largest of its kind ever undertaken, asked respondents about the structure of their organizations, their most pressing challenges, and what tools and processes they are utilizing to address those challenges and assure the highest levels of mobile quality ...

March 27, 2014
Sridhar Iyengar

In Part 2 of this article series, we will look at the rising popularity of Application Performance Monitoring (APM), the resurgence of BSM, and how APM and BSM are converging to achieve the goal of IT and business alignment ...

March 25, 2014
Sridhar Iyengar

Interest in Business Service Management (BSM) is resurging as companies strive to make their IT departments more responsive to their business needs. Simultaneously, APM has also emerged stronger in the last few years to encompass a broader scope in IT management. This two-article series looks at the evolution of BSM and APM, the key drivers for both technologies, and how we're seeing them converge to fulfill the promise of aligning IT with business ...

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