Vendor Forum

August 17, 2016
Ted Wilson
SL Corporation

Monitoring your middleware platforms with a consolidated monitoring application has been shown over and over to reduce the frequency and duration of severity 1 and 2 incidents and prevent losses of revenue attributed to downtime. However, making a strong business care for end-end monitoring and middleware monitoring can be challenging and can present unique learning opportunities. Here are some recommendations to help you make a better business case ...

August 15, 2016
Matthew Carr
Savision

As machine and IT event data continue to become more complex – and massively abundant – IT departments are trying to manage a plethora of information. In many cases, IT departments – as well as business practice groups – manage IT data by silo, each concerned solely about their particular piece of the puzzle, and not focusing on the whole picture required to understand where their piece fits ...

August 12, 2016
Mehdi Daoudi
Catchpoint Systems

One way top-tier e-commerce companies maintain their prestige and keep customers coming back is by delivering an exceptional customer experience. Users can depend on these sites for fast, reliable web interactions, and speedy and convenient transactions. Catchpoint just analyzed and ranked the top performing e-commerce companies and one thing is clear – they all make performance optimization a priority. The top three performers – Target, Apple and Walgreens – shared best practices that have allowed them to achieve their competitive edge ...

August 11, 2016
Sven Hammar
Apica

Web application load times can make the difference between your e-business thriving or dying. Speedy load times are so essential to a web application’s success that they should be considered a key performance indicator ...

August 10, 2016
David Hickman
SL Corporation

I’ve heard people say that they are super busy with production deployments and fast-moving projects. They haven’t had much time to think about a performance monitoring strategy for their new applications. But waiting until your applications are already in production is a mistake. However, it’s one that you can avoid. Develop, test and deploy your applications with monitoring already in place and save yourself a lot of headaches. Let me count the ways ...

August 09, 2016
Robin Lyon
AppEnsure

How many of us IT professionals have been in a meeting similar to this: The chairs of various departments throughout the company are sitting around a long table and are giving a monthly summary. IT presents that the applications, network and servers were some amount of 9’s available and may explain an outage. The meeting goes on and then one of the heads explains a failure to meet department goals by stating some application was "slow" ...

August 08, 2016
Ann Ruckstuhl
SOASTA

Americans are increasingly turning to their computers and mobile devices to stock up on back to school essentials. With this increase in mobile traffic comes a heightened expectation. Consumers will only give an online or mobile store two seconds to work — if a site or app jams or is slow, then it's hasta la vista ...

August 05, 2016
Mike Sargent
Riverbed

The vast majority of companies surveyed, 85%, are likely to more closely monitor the performance of their applications and networks, including Wi-Fi, specifically because of potential strain due to employees accessing Olympic content, with 42% of these same companies being very likely to monitor more closely, according to The Riverbed Global Network Strain 2016 Snapshot Survey ...

August 03, 2016
Payal Chakravarty
IBM

In July 2016, the world of gaming was taken over by a new phenomenon – Pokémon Go. With popularity comes scale, and with scale comes an overload of requests to the gaming servers. Here is my list of probable solutions Pokémon Go could employ to improve the experience for their users and avid fans ...

August 02, 2016
Gustavo Gómez
Bizagi

A recent study conducted by Bizagi revealed that 79 percent of businesses with high levels of digital change cite changing customer expectations as the key driver for transformation. But that transformation is no easy task. Only 25 percent of businesses globally are highly agile, revealing that there is room for improvement across regions when it comes to incorporating fresh strategies and processes ...

August 01, 2016
Matthew Carr
Savision

When business service teams run into technical issues and alert storms, they want and need them resolved immediately, so these problems don't negatively impact their workload, deliverables, or client service. They call on their IT department for help, and their request then goes into the queue as an alert first, then multiple tickets later. Sounds simple, but in reality this has become a complex problem that's causing much confusion for downstream managers ...

July 29, 2016
Kong Yang
SolarWinds

System Administrators (SysAdmins) are every organization’s unsung heroes. Whether it’s diagnosing performance bottlenecks or preventing data loss, application downtime, service outages and more, SysAdmins keep data centers running and work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep all the technology modern businesses have come to rely so heavily upon running smoothly. SolarWinds has developed these e-cards as a fun way to say “thank you” ...

July 28, 2016
Robin Lyon
AppEnsure

IT has access to an amazing amount of data. Often we collect hundreds of data points on one server such as individual processor load, thread state, disk throughput both in and out etc. We then store this in a bin and use this to create a metric called something similar to server performance ...

July 27, 2016
Dave Page
Actual Experience

Today's IT managers and engineers have an incredible arsenal of powerful tactical tools; APM, NPM, BSM, EUEM and the list goes on. The strength of these tools, their narrow, bottom-up focus, is also the cause of a real problem for businesses. These narrow tools miss issues that stem from the hand-off from one node or application to the next. The monitoring tools can't see the data falling into the gaps ...

July 21, 2016
Dirk Paessler
Paessler AG

One of the most common problems network monitoring tools are employed to solve are problems with bandwidth. Availability is critical for IT departments of all sizes, and slow bandwidth creates productivity problems and even outages that have a real effect on businesses. Identifying the problems behind bandwidth drains can be difficult, so to help, I’ve put together a list of the five most common causes of sudden traffic spikes ...

July 20, 2016
Marcel M. Karman
IBM

In 2014 Gartner predicted that "75 percent of IT organizations will be bi-modal in some way by 2017." We are in the midst of this two-speed IT approach that organizations are adopting at an increasing rate to stay relevant for their customers. Speed 1 is the traditional IT that is being managed by the IT Operations persona and Speed 2 is the agile IT where within the organization especially the Developer persona and the Line of Business Persona are involved to get the most out of the digital innovations that flood our daily lives. One thing that these personas have in common is that they have a need for monitoring. In this blog I will focus on the needs of the various personas ...

July 19, 2016
Ricardo Belmar
InfoVista

While shoppers enjoy the bargains on Prime Day – a 24-hour sale on Amazon – few may realize that the success of such massive events hinges on network and application performance ...

July 18, 2016
Paul Higley
Aternity

I am constantly hearing the common theme that organizations want to make their IT-dependent employees and customers top priority in order to better support business growth. However, what I then find contradictory is while the desire is there, it's a significant challenge for organizations to actually achieve this. Here are four common barriers to business transformation initiatives – and suggested steps enterprises can take to overcome them ...

July 15, 2016
Saba Anees
AppDynamics

You already see the potential of adopting an Internet of Things model into your enterprise, but are you doing it in the best way? The following are four questions you and your team should be answering to determine how to find the right opportunity in the IoT space for your business ...

July 13, 2016
Brad Denniston
AppEnsure

The correct response within the expected time – those are the two main benefits your data center provides. If you don't provide those benefits your business loses customers. It will filter down to you through sales, then marketing, then the CIO then – what are you going to do now?

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