APM Best Practice Archive

How to Triage a Busy Thread Count Alert in 14 Minutes

This is a real example of troubleshooting a production application issue provided by an AppDynamics customer. What you are about to see is a combination of run time analytics, adaptive data collection, intelligent alerting, and a proven problem solving workflow. From first alert to DBA handoff took only 14 minutes. 5:26 p.m. ...Read More

Don’t Treat the Symptoms — The Importance of Finding the Root Cause

I was recently reading Freakonomics’ authors Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner’s latest book, Think Like a Freak, and passed over a quote that really resonated with me: So rather than address their root causes, we often spend billions of dollars treating the symptoms and are left to grimace when the ...Read More

AppDynamics and MongoDB Work Together to Scale Databases [VIDEO]

If you haven’t noticed, enterprise IT is going through a generational inversion. Not necessarily in people (although that seems to be starting too) but in technology. There is a move from on-premise to cloud. From difficult to use enterprise applications with extended training required, to consumer-grade, intuitive interfaces that are nearly as ...Read More

Thinking About APM? 4 Key Considerations for Buy vs. Build Your Own

Most technology folks have heard Marc Andreessen’s provocative statement, “Software is eating the world.”  Whether you agree fully or not, you’re realizing that your business critical software applications increasingly drive both the top-line revenue growth and the bottom-line operational efficiency of your company – and often form the pillar of your business ...Read More

Black Friday Horror Story Averted with Alerting and Monitoring

AppDynamics recently announced the launch of our Application Intelligence Platform, which is the underlying infrastructure that delivers our portfolio of products to customers. A key component of the Application Intelligence platform is the notion of extensibility – we can integrate with many of the existing tools you already have in place so ...Read More

The Intelligent Approach to Production Monitoring

We get a lot of questions about our analytics-driven Application Performance Management (APM) collection and analysis technology. Specifically, people want to know how we capture so much detailed information while maintaining such low overhead levels. The short answer is, our agents are intelligent and know when to capture every gory detail (the ...Read More

Replace your Legacy APM Solution with AppDynamics in 7 Steps

Have you been thinking of replacing your current APM solution with AppDynamics but don’t know where to start? This can be a very difficult decision given the time and effort invested by your company and you personally in getting your current APM solution up and running. Chances are, it took months or ...Read More

The new battleground in Analytics Part 1: Transforming APM into Application Intelligence

As a relative newcomer to the world of Application Performance Management (APM) and the larger category of Application Intelligence, I knew I had a lot to learn. I came into this market having spent the last 15 years in the Analytics space. The idea of taking large volumes of disparate data and ...Read More

Understanding Performance of PayPal as a Service (PPAAS)

In a previous post – Agile Performance Testing – Proactively Managing Performance – I discussed some of the challenges faced in managing a successful performance engineering practices in an Agile development model.  Let’s continue this with a real world example, highlighting how AppDynamics simplifies the collection and comparison of Key Performance Indicators ...Read More

Customer Success Driving the Top Line Part 3: Data Driven

In our first two posts we’ve discussed how building long-term relationships and focusing on ROI for your customers can help move the needle and drive the top line. In this post we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of how we make that possible. Previously, customer success was known simply as a qualitative process ...Read More
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