Application Performance Management

Charles Rich

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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 their solutions. 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 that name APM is also a bit misleading. Few customers use it. It seems to be more of a creation of analysts and the media in some conspiracy theory to sell more newspapers.  Well, probably not newspapers…but you get the idea. Few enterprises have a division of IT called APM. The real chall... (more)

Making Big Data into Small Data

It isn’t every day you get to write about Immanuel Kant and Big Data in the same blog post but last week Gartner Analyst Will Cappelli did just that. As you’ll see in his post, “AI and IAM: Will Two-Tier Analytics Become the Norm for IAM?” context is the key. Cappelli addresses Kant’s conclusion that human reasoning is a two-tier process that first involves what is—the contextual lens in which we view our existence—and how the pieces all relate to each other. From this standpoint, we reason and make decisions.   In technology, our view and approach to something like Big Data is im... (more)

How a “Momentum Oscillator” Helps with Performance Monitoring

Your day is going great.  Traffic was light, coffee is good this morning and the application release that you’ve been working on forever is being released today. One more acceptance test run and it’s a go!  Life is good….. until the call from server support. During final testing, the application started hoarding resources, otherwise known as a leak. Abnormal usage continues to rise.  Support had no idea that there was a problem. The server has failed.  Everyone from the CIO to the guy in the mailroom is in a panic.  This has happened more times than anyone wants to admit. In mos... (more)

Where Is Your Focus for Memory Leak Detection?

*&%#* The system is running slow again!  Now what? Is there a space hog application sucking up all my resources?  Did we just crash? No, must not say that word...must not say that word...  ...still running, just sloooowly.  I wonder if anything new has been installed… Nice if they told me. I overheard that something new might have been installed  last week.  Could there be a memory leak?  Are they checking for one?  Are they looking in the right place? Hide and seek with a leak is NO fun.  How many times have you sat staring at your monitor until your eyes burn and blur, trying t... (more)

Application Performance Monitoring Checklist for Your CIO

CIOs are under extraordinary pressure from their boards to better manage competitive pressures, accomplish sustainable cost reduction, and meet regulatory compliance standards. While they often look to their Information Technology (IT) organizations to deliver on these requirements, IT itself isn't always sure just how it will get this done. But, there are approaches to effectively responding to this set of challenges - Application Performance Monitoring (APM) is one of these. IT can utilize APM to proactively resolve application performance situations before there is significant... (more)