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 easy to use […]

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 identity.   Legacy […]

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 you can leverage […]

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) […]

The new battleground in Analytics Part 2: Transforming APM into Application Intelligence

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about my transition from the world of Analytics into the APM space and my assertion that APM is simply another form of Analytics. It’s turning large amounts of data into information you can use to take quick action. Like other forms of Analytics it can help you […]

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 turning it into […]

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 […]

Design For Success – Design, Implement, Refine, Succeed

When an organization gets to the point where they realize they need an Application Performance Management (APM) solution, things are usually on fire and getting more unmanageable by the day. For any organization, the purchase of an APM toolset is a large budget item and the pressure is getting these new tools into production and […]

IT holds more business influence than they realise

A ‘well oiled’ organization is one where IT and the rest of the business are working together and on the same page. In order to achieve this there needs to be good communication, and for good communication there needs to be a common language. In most organizations, while IT are striving to achieve their goal […]

Intelligent Alerting for Complex Applications – PagerDuty & AppDynamics

Today AppDynamics announced integration with PagerDuty, a SaaS-based provider of IT alerting and incident management software that is changing the way IT teams are notified, and how they manage incidents in their mission-critical applications.  By combining AppDynamics’ granular visibility of applications with PagerDuty’s reliable alerting capabilities, customers can make sure the right people are proactively […]

Introducing AppDynamics for PHP

It’s been about 12 years since I last scripted in PHP. I pretty much paid my way through college building PHP websites for small companies that wanted a web presence. Back then PHP was the perfect choice, because nearly all the internet service providers had PHP support for free if you registered domain names with them. Java and .NET wasn’t an option […]

How Application Performance can define your Brand

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. The interesting thing about “brand value” is that it’s difficult to […]

The Power of the Business Transaction

In our last post, we talked about the importance of business transactions for applications in the cloud. They’re also crucial for managing highly distributed applications. But what is a business transaction? Consider a business transaction to be a user-generated action within your system. The best practice for determining the performance of your application isn’t to […]