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Choosing the right APM – A fool with a tool is still a fool

I remember the days when to find someone arguing about a niche technology on the Internet, you had to use a BBS. Now everything that is published can be commented on via dozens of social networks. Links for Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and so on are present everywhere and everybody can express their thoughts. Sometimes the comments are even more interesting that the post itself.

As I’m passionate about software performance, I recently stumbled upon a post about Application Performance Management (APM) tools and their features. It was interesting because almost every person that was involved in the discussion worked for a company selling a specific tool and, of course, pushed the magnificent features of his product, sometimes playing down the competitors and making some errors in their attempts.

It was interesting because I had the chance to find out about Application Performance Management products that I didn’t know at all and I realised that the market is growing fast. There are a lot of different products, each with very specific features. So, now more than ever, it’s very hard to say that a product is better than another. In my opinion, you can’t say that one product is the best. It depends on which features are important for your specific needs.

So my mind went back at when I was an Enterprise Architect for a tier-1 telco where one of my duties was software selection. When a company like that decides to buy a product that can cost several millions of pounds, it explores the market, analyses the products, and evaluates them against a list of requirements. When a company decides to buy a tool, it must create value, satisfy specific needs, and ultimately solve problems. To make a long story short, it must implement a strategy.

What still surprises me is that the performance culture isn’t yet widespread, and often managers buy software or services that are very appealing or trendy, but aren’t actually an element of any strategy.

Web performance is a war that must be fought every day. Every day customers ask for new features and expect quicker systems. You can’t think that a tool like Application Performance Management is a magic wand that can solve all your problems forever. First comes the strategy, then the budget, and then, only then, you can look at the market to choose your tools. This is a process we often help our customers to understand.

Otherwise, you risk becoming a fool with a tool.

Cristian Vanti

This post was written by Cristian Vanti, a Solution Architect at Intechnica. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

Ian is the Head of Performance at Intechnica

Performance Testing and APM part 3 – AppDynamics

The current topic of the Intechnica Performance Podcast is Performance Testing and APM (Application Performance Management), with a focus on aligning APM tools with performance testing.

In each episode, Intechnica Head of Performance Ian Molyneaux (author of “The Art of Application Performance Testing”) has been detailing a specific APM tool and its individual capabilities and idiosyncrasies around integration with performance testing. In part 3 we’re focusing on AppDynamics.

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Performance Testing and APM part 2 – New Relic

Welcome once again to the Intechnica Performance Podcast series!

Our current topic is Performance Testing and APM (Application Performance Management), with a focus on aligning APM tools with performance testing.

In each episode, Intechnica Head of Performance Ian Molyneaux (author of “The Art of Application Performance Testing”) goes into some detail around a specific APM tool and its individual capabilities and idiosyncrasies around integration with performance testing. In part 2 we’re focusing on New Relic.

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Performance Testing and APM Week 1 – Dynatrace

Welcome once again to the Intechnica Performance Podcast series!

We have a new topic starting this month: Performance Testing and APM (Application Performance Management). You probably do performance testing, and you might have an APM tool you’re using for monitoring or troubleshooting. But are you aligning the two? This series aims to demonstrate some of the whys and hows.

Each week, Intechnica Head of Performance Ian Molyneaux (author of “The Art of Application Performance Testing”) will go into some detail around a specific APM tool and its individual capabilities and idiosyncrasies around integration with performance testing. In week 1 we’re focusing on Dynatrace.

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Performance Analysis Week 3 – Application Performance Management

This month’s topic is “Performance Analysis”, hosted by Intechnica Head of Performance Ian Molyneaux (author of “The Art of Application Performance Testing”).

For week 3 of this series, Ian is talking about APM – Application Performance Management – and the key role this tool set plays in Performance Analysis.

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What Affects Website Response Time? Industry Leaders Weigh In

As readers of this blog will know, website response times matter – both to web users and businesses. The longer your visitors are left waiting for their content to load, the less likely they are to stick around or come back. This costs businesses money online every day. So what’s causing websites to be slow in the first place?

Of course, there are many reasons why a site might not be as fast as we want it to be (if it was easy to diagnose we might be out of a job, after all). APMDigest recently quizzed some of the top experts in the field on what the top culprits of slow website response times are, from their own experience. In the article one of our own Senior Performance Consultants, Larry Haig, pitches in his own thoughts on where some sites are going wrong.

The top offenders listed by the panel includes complexity, latency, page size and demand peaks amongst others.

Part one of the article is available to read via this link.

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How well does APM scale for Enterprise businesses?

We are very well versed in the world of APM – Application Performance Management – which we see as a invaluable tool in root cause analysis of performance issues, from development and test all the way through to operations. We have years of experience helping our clients select and implement all the major APM tools at the top of the marketplace today.

This allows us to take an objective view of each tool, and one question we often come across, especially when helping Enterprise businesses, is how these tools stand up to extremely high transaction volumes.

Senior Performance Consultant Larry Haig recently addressed this question in an APMDigest post, “APM for Enterprise: How Does It Scale?” Head on over to read it in full.

Need to implement, optimise or get more out of your current investment in APM? Arrange to talk to one of our specialist consultants today.