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)
At the time when we were looking for a monitoring solution (2006-2007) APM as
we know it today had yet to be defined.
There was no Gartner MQ, real-user-monitoring (RUM) was too high level,
“agent monitoring” brought concerns of overhead and complexity,
instrumenting the application meant to ARM it (i.e., Application Response
Measurement), and transaction tagging was a pipe dream.
This created a fierce debate on the risks and rewards of agent vs. agentless
monitoring, read The Monitoring Duality of APM. So, when we were developing
our monitoring approach, our first priority was t... (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)
As enterprises embrace the DevOps philosophy, and the coalescence of the
Development and Operations continues, I foresee the conditions ripening to
foster innovative methods of making application performance better and code
deployments smoother. To me, the argument that system monitoring is just a
“nice to have” and not really a core requirement for operational
readiness dissipates quickly when a critical application goes down with no
Application Performance Management (APM) has been bred with all the right
elements to give us the insights we need to see the health of ... (more)
Maximum productivity can be achieved more efficiently through event
correlation, system automation and predictive analysis. Making that a reality
however, requires consideration on how to manage the integration touch points
from multiple toolsets and openness to the intrinsic value that this
integration can provide.
A focus on integration techniques, and not necessarily the monitoring
technologies themselves, may be a better use of time to achieve a state of
harmony within the event to incident flow. When rolling out an Application
Performance Management (APM) solution, selectio... (more)