Sitting in traffic the other day reminded me of a stock trading company that
gets millions of system alerts a day. Millions!!! Do they all need
attention? Only some? How can you know without viewing them all? There
is no way to personally handle such an enormous amount of alerts. To have
someone sit and look through millions of messages a day and determine how
critical the alert is or the validity of the alert is just impossible.
Then, a car went by in the Carpool Lane.
It occurred to me, that a business system is much like the carpool lane.
The carpool lane allows vehicles with two or more people to be fast tracked
past the traffic. Like the carpool lane, there need to be parameters that
are able to identify which alerts are pertinent and allowed to speed through
and which alerts are not. We’re not suggesting that some messages hop
around others and get to... (more)
Recently, BMC one of the “big four” software firms was acquired by a
group of investors led by Bain Capital. This is good news for Bain as they
generally make a lot of money from their purchases before they divest what is
unprofitable and milk whatever they can from those stuck with one of their
products. But, is it good news for you?
I doubt it. The acquisition by a private equity firm is unlikely to be a
permanent state. It could lead to a company breakup with the parts auctioned
off to separate owners. But, it’s more likely that Bain intends to
In the real es... (more)
APM Technology Needs to Provide More Joy
By Cameron Haight
So, I've been at my new role for about a month now and I'd like to share with
you some observations that I've made with respect to the APM marketplace. In
my conversations with many of the leading APM providers, I've seen some
improvements in product integration, scale and in some cases, usability,
since my earlier foray into this market several years ago. There is some new
thinking about the need to support a broader range of users and environments.
And in a few cases, some new pricing approaches are being introduced tha... (more)
Four Reasons Why Microservices Resonate
We just finished the first O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference and
the overwhelming most popular topic was microservices. Why all the hype about
an architectural style?
Microservices are the first post-DevOps revolution architecture.
The DevOps revolution highlighted how much inadvertent friction an outdated
operations mindset can cause, starting the move towards automating away
By automating chores like machine provisioning and deployments, it suddenly
became cheap to make changes that used to be expensive. Some archite... (more)
Alexander Podelko, a performance expert working with Oracle, recently wrote a
blog post in which he takes a look at the current state of the APM market and
what he thinks needs to change in order for companies to get the most out of
In his post, Alex discusses the vagueness around the term APM – is it
Application Performance Monitoring or Application Performance Management? The
APM market is fairly crowded and not well defined – every solution claims
to be the best at monitoring all of your application performance needs;
however, that just isn’t the reality. And... (more)