Application Performance Management

Charles Rich

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Nastel is announcing its 2014 APM TechTalk lineup. The sessions are led by Albert Mavashev, CTO and Richard Nikula, VP Development and cover topics such as: analytics, tracking, performance monitoring, self-service, log analysis and middleware. Please join us at one or more of the sessions and be sure to bring your questions.   The APM topics include: Smart Logging for DEV, Test, QA & Production. Tracking Messages Through DataPower How to handle cascading problems with applications interconnected via middleware Self Service for MQ II Nastel AutoPilot – tracking, monitoring and analysis: a demo Message tracking through multi-middleware Use analytics to detect anomalies in composite applications The Security Model in WebSphere MQ Real-time Monitoring for Auditing and Compliance If you miss any of them live, they will be available on-demand the following day at the sam... (more)

Self-service, the DIY for WebSphere

  The DIY (do it yourself) movement while ageless, is experiencing a rising tide of popularity possibly due the economy’s lethargic performance.  You can judge it’s popularity yourself, just based on the number of cable channels dedicated to building anything from a bookshelf to an entire new house.  Homeowners needing to do more with less take on tasks that previously they would have called in an expert or specialist to do.  With a little help from the DIY channels, they get the job done.   What about IT Ops and DevOps?  While company profits have increased, the budget’s for ... (more)

A Thanksgiving APM Adventure

Thanksgiving, after dinner with my extended family drinking coffee and nibbling on the many desserts everyone brought to our house seemed a great respite from the hectic days working for an APM software vendor.                       But alas, peace and tranquility was lost as the smart phones, tablets and laptops appeared on the table next to the flour-less chocolate cake and pumpkin pie.  Suddenly, we were all shopping for Hanukkah and Christmas presents. And then the phrase recently only associated with healthcare.gov was heard, “That &#%!@ website!!!” I tried to ig... (more)

Lessons from Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013

We had a great time at Gartner Symposium in Orlando last week meeting existing customers and making friends with new ones.  It was especially interesting to hear a set of common themes from the executives we met with.  We heard over and over again the following: “It is time to move up from our basic application performance monitoring (APM) solution to something more robust that provides greater visibility…” “We monitor the network and get a rough idea of application availability, but require more detail…” “We need an end-to-end view of our healthcare claims, order management or ... (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)