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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...
  We’ve never been before, but we’ve heard great things about O’Reilly’s open source conf in Portland, OR. Here are a few reasons why we’re excited to be going (and why you should be, too): 1. Some great sessions from some superstar AppDynamics employees: The Secret Diaries of a P...
Everyday in our life we rely on services provided by other people. Making a phone call, getting a car fixed, or ordering a pizza – and yet we want those things to happen as quickly as possible, because time often means money. If you take your car to a Mercedes or BMW dealer, you will u...
When application issues land on the front page of the news you know it’s no longer just an IT problem. Application performance and availability is a key element of your organization’s brand, especially if a substantial percentage or the entire business is done online.
In honor of the summer blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, let’s take a look at one of the most celebrated heroes in history—Batman. (Okay, granted, he’s not real. But that doesn’t mean he can’t help us understand some best practices regarding application uptime and availability, right?...
Its always great when customers want to build their own applications on top of your data and platform. A few weeks back one of our customers in Europe decided to build their own mobile application, so they could monitor the performance of their mission-critical business transactions fr...
Let me guess: you’re probably expecting AppDynamics to be “another monitoring solution” for Windows Azure. You’re expecting it to show you basic server metrics like CPU, memory and disk I/O, along with a few CLR counters thrown in for good measure. Well, I’...
A week has passed since we officially launched our free version of AppDynamics Lite for .NET to the public, and so far its been garnering attention and positive reviews from the APM community. For example, someone from a major Canadian telecommunications company downloaded .NET Lite an...
A frustrated user calls to inform you that your .NET application is running slow in production. Pop quiz hotshot, what do you do? The most obvious choice would be to check system resource of your IIS web servers that run your application. For example, Performance Monitor (Perfmon) in W...
If you’d asked me 12 months ago whether I’d be sat in a luxury hotel, on the spanish island of Mallorca, hosting AppDynamics first ever EMEA customer conference with 50+ attendees. I would have kindly asked you to put your crack pipe down. Yet, over the past few days that’s exactly wha...
“Support from AppDynamics is the best I’ve ever received from any vendor. Once again, you’ve met your norm. Thank you for the excellence so many other vendors no longer offer.”   -AppDynamics Customer If you’ve been following our blogs regularly, you might...
Last week I flew into Las Vegas fully suited and booted in my big blue costume (no joke). I’d been invited to speak in a vendor debate on User eXperience (UX): Monitor the Application or the Network? NetScout represented the Network, AppDynamics (and me) represented the Application, an...
As data has grown exponentially at many sites, companies have been forced to horizontally scale their data.  Some have turned to sharding of databases like Postrres or MySQL , while others have switched to newer NoSQL data systems.  There have been many debates in the last few years ab...
Imagine you’re an operations guy and you’ve just received a phone call or alert notifying you that the application your responsible for is running slow. You bring up your console, check all related processes, and notice one java.exe process isn’t using any CPU but the...
Round Two – Last time I wrote a blog comparing APM versus network-based APM tools, which I still consider NPM at it’s core regardless of what some critics and competitors claim. Let me make one thing clear though, NPM is great for equipping IT network administrators to see ...
Another three-letter acronym I see frequently mixed in with APM is NPM which stands for Network Performance Management. At first glance they look very similar. The distinction appears very subtle with just a one letter difference, but it speaks volumes because their core technologies a...
There’s been a generational shift in how Java enterprise applications are created: they have been broken down from a monolithic architecture into multiple services, and they’re highly interconnected and distributed. How can Java developers and Operations teams adapt to thes...
The X-Ray competition winner from last quarter came from an online travel company in France called Karavel who kindly documented their success with AppDynamics Pro. Karavel has been using AppDynamics extensively with custom dashboards, pro-actively alerting and also for optimizing slow...
A new year, a new iPhone and a new quarter. What else is new? How about a new company? Last month I was fortunate enough to join a stellar marketing team at one of the fastest growing enterprise software startups in the bay area. The company you ask? AppDynamics.
Last week a performance engineer called Ben Bramley published a blog entitled “APM Market Disruptors – AppDynamics and New Relic“. The purpose of his article was to provide an overview of AppDynamics and New Relic, whilst also summarizing the key approaches each vendo...
I have yet to meet anyone in Dev or Ops who likes alerts. I’ve also yet to meet anyone who was fast enough to acknowledge an alert, so they could prevent an application from slowing down or crashing. In the real world alerts just don’t work, nobody has the time or patience anymore, ale...
AppDynamics has experienced significant growth over the past three years, here’s a quick summary of our key highlights.   Embed this image on your site: Source: AppDynamics: Application Monitoring Company
When I joined AppDynamics less than a year ago we were situated in a 6,000 sq ft “cosy” office on 2nd and Brannan. On my first day I was greeted with a MacBook Pro and was asked to find a spare desk amongst the boxes and carnage of a typical startup environment. To my left ...
It’s been a great start to 2012 for us at AppDynamics. Last week, we were recognized by Forrester Research in their APM market overview, and at the end of 2011, Gartner included us in their report “APM Innovators: Driving APM Technology and Delivery Evolution” which w...
Interest in the Application Performance Management (APM) category is very high right now.   To stay one step ahead of their clients, the Industry Analysts who cover the category and write research to advise their clients have been very busy.  In December alone, there were six different...
2011 was an amazing year for AppDynamics. We experienced tremendous growth and success, largely down to the many customers around the world who believed in our vision, technology, and ability to help Dev and Ops teams better manage application performance in production. The Application...
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Hey Santa Claus, what’s happening man? Well, it’s that time of year again where unfortunately I have to work. Gift orders are up 50% and my elves are working their socks off right now stocking my warehouses for the big day. I honestly don’t know how I would have coped...
We recently finished conducting our annual Application Performance Management survey. Over 250 IT professionals participated, and they shared insights such as: - Many Ops and Dev teams are anticipating growth in their applications by 20% or more - Over 50% are planning to move to the c...