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Charles Rich

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We all wish we could predict the future.  It would be wonderful to tell when a stock was going to go up before it did.  Unfortunately, most of us are not psychic.  In order to be successful in the stock market, you need to be lucky or spend a lot of time analyzing the behavior of the stocks.  Wouldn’t it be valuable if you were able to predict the up and down performance behavior of your Java applications and make adjustments to avoid unfavorable impacts on your company?  We find that one of the biggest impacts of not being able to predict application behavior, is that companies miss their SLAs.  This can result in fines or other penalties.  Chances are slim that with the hundreds of Java applications that our companies have running at the same time that the IT group will be able to monitor each of these applications and predict when there will be a problem.  User... (more)

Seven Ways APM Can Prevent Profit Drain

Routines — we all depend on them. When we don’t, not much gets accomplished. The same can be said of IT. If we don’t establish certain protocols, routines if you will, applications run amok. Business processes are interrupted and the business fails to accomplish its goals.   So what makes application performance monitoring (APM) such an important solution for keeping a business flowing smoothly, growing profits, letting everyone go about their normal routines without interruption? When the right application performance management system is doing its job behind the scenes, there a... (more)

You’ve Got to See It to Believe It

Is it a bird? Well no, but you can tweet about it. Is it a plane? No, but it does go on AutoPilot. Is it Superman? No. But it has super powers that allow organizations to get their business-critical applications running with the highest performance. It’s Nastel’s AutoPilot M6, an application performance management solution, providing enterprises a powerful mechanism for managing the performance of complex composite applications and their transactions. And the award-winning Nastel AutoPilot On-Demand for WebSphere MQ, a solution for self-service access to visibility and diagnostics... (more)

Life in the Slow Lane and Buried Under Event Big Data

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 vehicle... (more)

Bain Is Going to Flip BMC – Are You At Risk?

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 ‘flip’ BMC. In the real es... (more)