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In less than 5 years, “the Internet of Things will transform the data center,” says Gartner. This transformation is predicted to trickle across industries and affect business models, how we market products and even inspire new technology developments. With a sensor on absolutely everyt...
It’s no news that microservices are one of the top trends, if not the top trend, in application architectures today. Take large monolithic applications which are brittle and difficult to change and break them into smaller manageable pieces to provide flexibility in deployment models, f...
Women in Technology is a hot topic that has gained a lot of traction over the past few years, specifically in the Bay Area, where the deficit of women is noticeable in almost every office you set foot in. As people and companies come together to solve the issue, one thing has become cr...
Recently, we had a guest post by Brandon Bichler of Elixirr. He discussed how the role of the CIO has transformed to be the epicenter of innovation within their company.  As new C-level roles emerge, such as the Chief Digital Officer (CDO), the IT budget allocated to the CIO is se...
Government IT executives are looking for a solution that gives them real-time information about how their critical applications are performing, while they are trying to meet key initiatives like moving to the cloud and data center modernization. The AppDynamics solution gives them end-...
The age of experimentation with digital is over. Enterprises are transforming into software-defined entities at an ever-accelerating pace. E-commerce is growing at double-digit rates in the US and most European countries, and is booming across Asia. Companies from the entire spectrum o...
AppDynamics started its “Women In Technology” community group about two years ago, on a sunny and warm July afternoon. After a couple months of informal conversations, we decided this was an effort we needed to focus on as a company, and set up our first official meeting. For the first...
Recently, we’ve been moving our Browser RUM agent from JavaScript to TypeScript. Though it’s been a challenge, we enjoyed seeing how the change will benefit us and it’s been fun learning a new language in the process. Let me share a little of how we migrated to TypeScript, some of the ...
This was the theme for Gartner’s Application Architecture, Development & Integration (#GartnerAADI) conference, held in London on the 18th and 19th May 2015. We attended and showcased our Application Intelligence platform, and being an ex-Forrester employee I was excited to see how...
I was able to spend time in Tallinn at the first TopConf conference focused on DevOps. The conference had a good turnout of over 80 attendees for its first year. The list of speakers was excellent at the conference, including technology companies such as Skype and SoundCloud and though...
My previous alma mater, Gartner, is gearing up for two major events for infrastructure and operations professionals. These two conferences consist of IT Operations Management Summits in both Orlando (June 15th to 17th at booth #403) and Berlin (June 1st and 2nd at booth S1). I’m going ...
I spend a large portion of my time working with customers to review performance issues in production environments. I was asked by some colleagues to share some insight into some of the more interesting findings. Before launching into a list of offenders, I think it’s worth explai...
One of the most overlooked parts of .NET is the glue that links your application through to a database known as ADO.NET (an evolution of ActiveX Data Objects). The lowly connection string is the only real access we get to the underlying technology. I was with a client recently and noti...
Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins of distributed applications that enables them to build, ship, and run any app anywhere. Docker allows applications to run on any platform irrespective of what tools were used to build it making it easy to distribute, test, and run...
As we’ve all seen over the last several years, there’s been a dramatic re-allocation of budget and focus to move innovation from systems of record to systems of engagement. In its research report, “The Seismic Shift in Application Portfolios,” Forrester describes how companies us...
Are you a brogrammer just “crushing” code? Maybe you’re a buzzword bandit quick to use “SoMoClo” and other trendy terms? Or maybe you’re just not sure which stereotypical bucket you fall under. That’s why we created this highly scientific perso...
“CIOs should build a platform for innovation to unlock its potential.” Technology-driven innovation is everywhere. It’s in our electronic devices and in almost every product or service we use as customers in some shape or form. From enterprise social media to algothyt...
In my previous post, I discussed how AppDynamics Application Analytics can rapidly troubleshoot gradually degrading apps. In this blog post, I’ll discuss how IT can redeem themselves from unfortunate outages leveraging ITOA or application analytics. With so many factors impacting...
In post 1, I walked you through the metrics 1 through 5 on how to properly monitor and analyze performance metrics. These stats include app crash rate, API latency, end-to-end application latency, app loads per period, and network errors. By properly monitoring and optimizing for these...
There are lots of ways DevOps can fail. For all the revolutionary promise of the idea, it takes a tricky cultural shift to get Development and Operations working together. Many companies—especially big ones—take a top-down approach. C-suite execs trumpet a Brand New DevOps Initiative, ...
In my earlier post, I talked about the different methods mobile app developers can monetize their apps. Discussing the comparisons between free vs. paid apps, in-app purchases, and e-commerce apps.  In this post I’d like to look towards the future. How can mobile developers ...
For me the mantra of achieving speed via automation tools is nothing new. In fact I was ‘automating’ Citrix Metaframe builds using windows scripting techniques back in 2004. The market though, has become awash with different automation products and it’s fair to say that many enterprise...
For many, and for myself, the basis of modern Lean principles come from Toyota and the Toyota Production System. If you want to read about this in detail then I would recommend The Toyota Way, by Jeffrey Liker, a book that I read a couple a years ago and enjoyed. Often referred to as L...
Just to set the stage for this blog post, according to BCG, Banks handled $410 Trillion (yes, with a T) dollars in non-cash payments in 2013. These days, nearly all businesses are becoming software-defined, and much of that software business is increasingly becoming mobile business. Ac...
Recently, I was able to meet and chat briefly with Kalpesh Vadera, Computer Services Manager for Prospects — an online seller of higher education study guides. Since Prospects is ultimately an e-commerce site, their performance is crucial to their bottom line. Any outages or stal...
The last couple articles presented an introduction to Application Performance Management (APM) and identified the challenges in effectively implementing an APM strategy. This article builds on these topics by reviewing five of the top performance metrics to capture to assess the health...
Google, with one fell swoop, changed their search algorithm and changing the lives (and livelihoods) of billions. Enter Mobilegeddon. With smartphones becoming as ubiquitous as ever, people are increasingly using them for tasks that they used to do on their PCs, like search. And just ...
As an engineer who started my career working on real-time embedded systems for industrial automation, I can tell you what a Herculean task it can be to get a tiny piece of hardware to run very sophisticated software on comparatively low spec CPU. All the while having it execute quickly...
There is a common theme among the stories told by our new enterprise customers freshly adopting our AppDynamics platform. As their application grows in scale to meet their customer demands, their time to diagnose performance issues were painfully increasing, too. Operations and develop...
In my previous post, I discussed the value of monitoring performance metrics. Analyzing app crashes, API latency, application latency, app load per period, and network errors will ensure your app is running optimally and your users are able to access your mobile app in a timely manner....
Sourcing strategies are evolving rapidly. CIOs have to handle this shift, where innovation isn’t coming from the usual vendors. There is a clear movement toward those who can facilitate the most critical agendas to enable digital business. New organizational structures are requir...
In my previous post, I discussed the importance of APM. The APM market has evolved substantially over the years, mostly in an attempt to adapt to changing application technologies and deployments. When we had very simple applications that directly accessed a database then APM was not m...
The primary objective of a platform should be to provide a high-level of automation. This provides easy management of applications and services, while delivering consistent and error-free deployment of applications. While this high level automation provides a critical foundation, addit...
One of the greatest benefits of my job is the first-hand insight I gain about our customers’ experiences with AppDynamics. I have the privilege of understanding the impact their technical challenges have on their business execution and how AppDynamics can help them reach their op...
Mark your calendars for Nov 30 – Dec 4 When we were planning our first user conference last year, we knew AppSphere would be special, but it was even more incredible than we had imagined. We hosted hundreds of attendees from over 350 companies, 20 countries, and countless discipl...
What’s old is new again. That maxim is no truer than in the white hot Application Performance Management (APM) market. A decade ago APM was a dusty corner of enterprise IT, focusing on keeping creaky enterprise apps up and running. Today, the world has changed. Applications have ...
A decade ago, when I first learned of Apdex, it was thanks to a wonderful technology partner, Coradiant. At the time, I was running IT operations and web operations, and brought Coradiant into the fold. Coradiant was ahead of its time, providing end-user experience monitoring capabilit...
Smart mobile teams know that developing and releasing a mobile app is just the first step in the long journey to delivering a successful and 5-star mobile app. If you have to make your app successful (however you define success – improved brand, more money, more engagement), you ...
Application Performance Management, or APM, is the monitoring and management of the availability and performance of software applications. Different people can interpret this definition differently so this article attempts to qualify what APM is, what it includes, and why it is importa...
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Jonathan Victor, COO at Oceanwide, a leading insurance software company. Jonathan and I discussed the challenges they faced prior to implementing AppDynamics APM, such as gaining visibility into their cloud operations and diagnosing the r...