Jim Hirschauer

Jim Hirschauer

Jim Hirschauer is a Technology Evangelist for AppDynamics. He has an extensive background working in highly available, business critical, large enterprise IT operations environments. Jim has been interested in application performance testing and monitoring since he was a Systems Administrator working in a retail bank. His passion for performance analysis led him down a path where he would design, implement and manage the cloud computing monitoring architecture for a top 10 investment bank. During his tenure at the investment bank, Jim created new processes and procedures that increased overall code release quality and dramatically improved end user experience.



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Technical deep dive on what’s impacting Healthcare.gov

There has been a wealth of speculation about what might be wrong with the healthcare.gov website from some of the best and brightest technology has to offer. It seems like everyone has an opinion about what is wrong yet there are still very few facts available to the public. One of our Engineers (Evan Kyriazopoulos) at […]




Engineering

An example of how Node.js is faster than PHP

I wanted to see what all the Node.js hype was about so I decided to run some head to head load tests using Ghost (Node.js) and WordPress (php). The results were incredible with Ghost soundly trouncing WordPress. It was like watching a starship racing an airplane (well, what I imagine that would be like anyway). […]




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You’re costing your company millions with all of your hard work.

Failure to take action is costing your company millions in lost revenue and is hurting your personal life. Sometimes we are so busy putting out application fires and just keeping the lights on that we don’t think we have the time to tackle “yet another project”. Even when we know for sure that this new […]




Engineering

Moving the DevOps Needle in Enterprise Organizations

DevOps has proven itself across many smaller organizations but large enterprises are usually slow to change. It can be a daunting task even identifying where to make changes since there are so many processes and organizational silos to get in the way. As a veteran employee of small, medium, and large enterprises I have figured […]




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How I failed my company as a monitoring architect.

I didn’t realize it until recently but now I know that I failed one of my previous companies when I was their monitoring architect. It’s not easy to admit past failures but it’s an important part of growing as a professional and as a person. Before I explain how I failed let me provide some […]




Engineering

What is Node.js and why should I care? An operations guy searches for answers.

As an operations guy I really don’t keep up with the latest and greatest when it comes to software development. I often hear developers discussing new languages or libraries but rarely care enough to jump in and figure out why it’s important to me. I’ve heard a lot of discussion about Node.js and seen many […]




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Apdex is Fatally Flawed

I’ve been looking into a lot of different statistical methods and algorithms lately and one particularly interesting model is Apdex. If you haven’t heard of it yet, Apdex has been adopted by many companies that sell monitoring software. The latest Apdex specification (v1.1) was released on January 22, 2007 and can be read by clicking […]




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Server Monitoring – Think You’re Covered? You’re not!

Server monitoring a foundational component to any data center monitoring architecture but it has become a crutch and a deterrent to successfully building out a holistic monitoring platform. Servers exist to run applications and you will never properly monitor applications with server monitoring alone. In this blog we will explore what server monitoring is, some […]




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Percentiles Made Easy

Performance monitoring comes in all different shapes and sizes but the end goal is the same. Performance monitoring tools exist to help ensure a fast and stable quality of service. Statistically speaking there are many methods to determine just how good of an overall experience your application is providing but today we are going to […]




News

AppDynamics 3.7.8 – New Features Abound

I love it when my favorite applications release new features. AppDynamics has shifted to a new release model which enables us to release more features faster while maintaining high quality code. The end result is that you, the users, get the cool features you need without having to wait around for 6 months for a […]