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Welcome back to my series on Deploying APM in the Enterprise. In Part 6: Spread the APM Love we talked about ways to increase user adoption of your APM tool and thereby make your organization more successful. This week we focus on Dashboards and Reports. I’m a huge believer in unlockin...
Recently Jonah Kowall of Gartner released a research note titled “Use Synthetic Monitoring to Measure Availability and Real-User Monitoring for Performance”. After reading this paper I had some thoughts that I wanted to share based upon my experience as a Monitoring Architect (and cert...
Apple has done a stellar job with their development platform and iOS. In fact, they’ve done a stellar job turning my living room into an apple showroom. If you asked me 10 years ago whether my laptop, mouse, keyboard, monitor, phone, music player, TV and tablet would be colored w...
A few months ago I saw an interesting partnership announcement from Foursquare and OpenTable.  Users can now make OpenTable reservations at participating restaurants from directly within the Foursquare mobile app.  My first thought was, “What the hell took you guys so long?” That integ...
John Martin, Senior Director, Production Engineering, Edmunds.com Collaboration between Dev and Ops is a critical part of how Edmunds.com manages its 30 critical web applications. Development requires hard data from Operations so they can fully understand how to improve application per...
Kevin Siminski, Director of Infrastructure Operations, ExactTarget As a global Software-as-a-Service leader serving the world’s top brands, ExactTarget maintains an extensive .NET platform of several thousand nodes. In this session, Kevin will provide insight into how ExactTarget...
Bob Hartley, Principle Engineer from Family Search Family Search’s distributed platform generates over 1.5 terabytes of data every day, servicing a user base of 3 million (and growing). Furthermore, Family Search’s application environment is highly dynamic, with code releas...
Ariel Tseitlin, Director of Cloud Solutions, Netflix As an early adopter of many cloud technologies and the record-holder of the largest public cloud deployment, Netflix is often seen as a leading innovator in cloud computing. In this session Ariel will discuss the key drivers, challen...
Having Fun With DevOps In light of all the hype, we have created a DevOps parody Series – DevOps: Fact or Fiction.  For those of you who did not see, in October we created an entirely separate blog (inspired by this) – however decided that it is relevant enough to transform...
Here at AppDynamics we’re very proud of how easy our solution is to deploy and maintain. We also tout the fact that in many cases there is no configuration required to gain the insight needed to solve complex application problems. All of this is absolutely true, but does it mean ...
A week has passed since Black Friday, so I thought it would be a good idea to summarise what we saw at AppDynamics from monitoring one of several e-commerce applications in production. Firstly, things went pretty well for our customers who experienced between 300 and 500% increase in t...
Welcome back to my series on Deploying APM in the Enterprise. In Part 5: Alerts – Storm of the Century … Every Week! we explored just how important it is to your business to implement alerts the right way. This week we’ll take a look at one of my favorite aspects of deploying APM...
Edmunds.com, the leading online automobile resource, is in the fast lane to achieve $1.2 Million in savings using AppDynamics to monitor their web application performance. John Martin, Senior Director of Production Engineering, opens up about his road trip through managing application ...
Welcome back to my series on Deploying APM in the Enterprise. In Part 4: Path of the Rockstar, we discussed how to deploy your new monitoring tool and get maximum value from your time and monetary commitment. This post will cover one of the most important aspects of monitoring: alertin...
Welcome to Part 4 of my series Deploying APM in the Enterprise. In the last installment we covered how you find, test, and justify purchasing an APM solution. This blog will focus on what to do after you’ve made a purchase and started down the path of deploying your coveted APM tool (a...
I received a rather nice email last night from one of our customers Fox News: Hey Appman – we just had a KICK ASS night with elections coverage, and just so you’d know, we had AppDynamics to monitor our site and it helped us avoid a number of pitfalls… Just thought you’d li...
NEWS FLASH: People love news, and they love to have it fast. So when their favorite newsfeed or website doesn’t load fast enough—it can be seriously frustrating. Fox News, renowned news outlet with up to a billion page views per month – well over 32 million page views per day – takes i...
Welcome back to my series on Deploying APM in the Enterprise. In Part 2 we discussed APM maturity from an unusual perspective as maturity models go. In this blog we are going to discuss the process of getting what you want and need in the way of an APM product. Warning – This is ...
Application Performance Management (APM) solutions have been around for just over a decade. Unfortunately due to their high price tag the only organisations who benefited from APM in the last decade were large enterprises that had millions to spend. Today, things are a little different...
Welcome to Part 2 of the series “Deploying APM in the Enterprise”. In Part 1 I provided some background on what this series is all about and why you should continue reading. Part 2 will provide more foundation and my take on APM maturity. This will not be one of those borin...
It’s interesting as a parent watching your kids grow up and learn how to do things for themselves. I have 2 boys ages 6 and 7 and they often amaze me and confound me. There are times when I think they are absolutely brilliant and other times where I think that significant amounts of re...
If I had a dollar for every time I heard the phrase “We used to throw hardware at performance issues”–well, I wouldn’t be writing this blog; I’d be sitting on a beach somewhere in Hawaii, retired with millions in the bank and suffering from an addiction to...
Introduction If you already know what APMaaS is then feel free to skip to the next paragraph. For the rest of you, APMaaS is Application Performance Management as a Service. It is an offering that provides end user experience monitoring, application component discovery, transaction map...
Welcome Mike, let’s start with a quick introduction of who you are and what your role is at Apica? I’m Mike Howse, VP International Business at Apica and I’m responsible for the Apica/AppDynamics relationship. And what beer will you be drinking tonight? Guinness. It reaches the parts I...
It’s been a week since we hosted AppJam Americas, our first North American user conference in San Francisco. With myself as master of ceremonies, and a minor wardrobe malfunction at the start (see video at the end of this post), the entire day was a huge success for us and our customer...
It’s pretty amazing working a booth at one of the world’s largest Java conferences as an application monitoring vendor. You get to hear hundreds of opinions on managing java performance, along with stories from users of competing products and their mixed experiences. What was cle...
  We came to JavaOne for the first time in 2011, and we liked it so much that not only are we sponsoring the event again, but this year we’re pulling out all the stops. At JavaOne 2012 we’ll have a bigger booth (#5115 – come check it out!), more demo stations, mo...
We’re pretty excited about our first AppJam User Group Summit in the USA! Hosted by our very own App Man–who couldn’t write this post because he’s busy dry cleaning his costume–AppJam is an opportunity for AppDynamics customers to network, share best pract...
Before I jump into all the wonderful statistics, achievements and accolades AppDynamics has had recently, I first want to spend a minute talking about what we do. When an application slows down or crashes in production, we tell customers why in minutes so they can fix the app, and keep...
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has received a lot of success and adoption in the past five years, but not as much in the field of application performance management (APM) than it has in other markets. With Cloud computing gaining momentum, you’re likely to see SaaS APM adoption inc...
Our first North American user conference is coming up in a few weeks, and we’ve decided we’d like to take this opportunity to honor some of our awesome customers with a few awards, to be announced at AppJam: App Man of the Year. Also known as the “empty inbox” award, this award is for ...
We recently launched a new competition for our customers so they could share the success they’re having managing application performance with AppDynamics. It’s been just over a month since launch and already we’ve had some excellent submissions. Today I received anoth...
Application Performance Monitoring (APM) has been my life and world for almost a decade. I used APM as a developer, sold it as a sales engineer, built it as a product manager and now I’m evangelizing it as a superhero. In that time, I’ve seen APM evolve from being a pure Ja...
The word “analytics” is an interesting and often abused term in the world of application monitoring. For the sake of correctness, I’m going to reference Wikipedia in how I define analytics: Analytics is the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data. S...
I received another X-Ray from Covis Software GmbH in Germany who provides CRM solutions. They’ve been managing their .NET application performance with AppDynamics Pro for several months now in production. In the below X-Ray (as documented by the customer), Covis were able to rapi...
At AppDynamics we’re always looking to partner with vendors that can significantly enhance the visibility we provide our customers when it comes to managing application performance in production. One area we see synergies is in synthetic monitoring and load testing, specifically ...
As you may have heard by now, Stephen Covey – the author of “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” passed away this week. He published this book for the first time in 1989, just as I was entering the workforce and had a strong influence on how I analyzed about my own effectiveness. ...
I received an X-Ray from Covis Software GmbH in Germany who provides CRM solutions. They’ve been managing their .NET application performance with AppDynamics Pro for several months now in production. In the below X-Ray (as documented by the customer), Covis were able to improve t...
In my previous blog, I wrote at length about the complexities of running a data cloud in production. This logical data set, spread across many nodes, requires a whole new set of tools and methodologies to run and maintain. Today we’ll look at one of the biggest challenges in managing a...
Taken from JAX Conference Keynote 2012 in Mainz: Declaring yourself “Agile” no longer means you’re automatically cool or competitive. It might have in the olden days, when teams would be considered agile if they did 5 releases a year–but the word today has assum...