If you can’t see it, you can’t manage it – ITOA use case #1

“There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing…,” – Eric Schmidt, Former CEO, Google. If IT leaders hadn’t already heard Schmidt’s famous quotation, today they are definitely facing the challenge he describes. Gone are […]

Focusing on Business Transactions is a Proven Best Practice

In today’s software-defined business era, uptime and availability are key to the business survival. The application is the business. However, ensuring proper application performance remains a daunting task for their production environments, where do you start? Enter Business Transactions. By starting to focus on the end-user experience and measuring application performance based on their interactions, […]

The Incredible Extensible Machine Agent

Our users tell us all the time: The AppDynamics platform is amazing right out of the box. But everybody has something special they want to do, whether it’s to add some functionality, set up a unique monitoring scenario, whatever. That’s what makes AppDynamics’ emphasis on open architecture so important and useful. The functionality of the […]

Transforming IT: Building a business-driven infrastructure for the software defined business

Executives charged with building business-driven applications have an extremely challenging task ahead of them. However, the cavalry has arrived with useful tools and strategies built specifically to keep modern applications working efficiently. We partnered with Gigaom Research to carefully grasp, and articulate, how these modern methodologies are improving the lives of IT professionals in today’s […]

AppDynamics Brings Big Data Science to APM in Summer ’14 Release

Today I am pleased to announce the availability of the AppDynamics Summer ‘14 Release.  With this release, AppDynamics brings the first event store to capture and process big data streams in real-time to the APM industry.  Large and complex applications generate data at an extremely high velocity, requiring a monitoring platform to scale along with […]

The future of Ops, part 1

The disruption of industries through software Marc Andreessen famously stated in 2011 that “software is eating the world”. The world runs on software defined businesses. These businesses realize that in order to be efficient and stay ahead of the competition they must innovate or they will die. Technology is no longer secondary to your business, […]

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 full call stack) […]

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 (KPIs) to give […]

4 Reasons Why You Should Use APM When You Load Test Your Website

I wouldn’t do website load/performance testing any more without having an APM tool in place. Period. Full stop. End of story. I’ve been involved in website load testing for over 10 years, as a “end-user” when I was web operations manager for an online job board, as a team leader for a company providing cloud […]

Beyond DevOps … APM as a Collaboration Engine

In the beginning there was a simply acronym: MTTI (mean time to innocence). Weary after years of costly and time-consuming warroom battles, IT organisations turned to AppDynamics to give an objective application-level view of production incidents. As a result, application issues are swiftly pinpointed and fixed, accelerating time to repair by up to 90%. In […]

Tracking PHP Application Events with AppDynamics

Event Tracking All too often PHP engineers find themselves repeating the same tasks to triage their application problems. Issues can range from poorly written code to database bottlenecks, slow remote service API calls, or machine issues including I/O bottlenecks — whether hardware or network related. In certain cases, these issues are nearly impossible to discover […]

DevOps Scares Me – Part 2

What is DevOps? In the first post of this series, my colleague Jim Hirschauer defined what DevOps means and how it impacts organizations. He concluded DevOps is defined as “A software development method that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and information technology professionals with the goal of automating as much as possible […]