A well-oiled APM solution comes from correlating bottom-up monitoring
(infrastructure monitoring) with insights from top-down monitoring (real-time
application monitoring) all within the context of the end-user-experience
But from what angle should we be looking at APM as it relates to IT strategy?
Consider Australia for a moment. Is it a country, a continent, or an island?
The answer depends upon your perspective, and, in much the same way, the
unique spectrum of APM can be viewed as a framework, methodology, or
platform. Understanding these attributes will help raise APM up the stack
into the wheelhouse of IT Leadership for greater visibility.
To complete this metaphor, think about the monitoring tools themselves as the
counties, cities, or streets on which APM is built. This parallels the idea
that APM has different facets to consider within its construct... (more)
Much like electricity, APM will take the path of least resistance when
entering into an organization, attracted to the area with the strongest need;
lightning, as soon as it is triggered, needs to find ground. It may be
brought in to help resuscitate an application that has recently become
lethargic or assist the team in rehabilitating an intrinsic codebase. Once
the goal is attained however, the propensity to pigeonhole APM as a point
solution is high.
Now contrast this with DevOps, which is moving forward with a momentum
permeating IT and giving us a means to change the way we... (more)
Your Next Move During an IT Postmortem Review Can a postmortem review help
foster a curiosity for innovative possibilities to make application
performance better? Blue-sky thinkers may not want to deal with the myriad of
details on how to manage the events being generated operationally, but could
learn something from this exercise. Consider the major system failures in
your organization over the last 12 to 18 months. What if you had a system or
process in place to capture those failures and mitigate them from a proactive
standpoint preventing them from reoccurring? How much bette... (more)
Monitoring application performance on the surface and the currents below is a
great way to build a performance baseline and provide application fluency.
Ironically, the deep dive tools sets in place today still may not provide all
the insight you need to quickly resolve anomalous behavior.
Standing back on the shore waiting for an event to go by may not be the best
approach for proactive monitoring. Synthetic monitoring (active monitoring)
is needed to help reduce the blind spots for critical business applications.
For example, we just experienced a production issue on a fully inst... (more)
In a perfect world, Application Performance Management (APM) has all the
right elements in place, providing value to the business and IT by giving us
the metrics we need and showing us the health of our applications.
It alerts us to anomalies when slowdowns occur, and shows us trends on
performance. But there are other elements in play that can make the
operations a little smoother and our days a little brighter. Neutralize
Having the ability to engage in a fact based conversation about the
end-user-experience, instead of “spinning” infrastructure metrics and
making ass... (more)