Two items of interest to the APM space caught our attention this week, and
subsequently got us thinking.
CA announced CA APM 9.1 earlier this week, and Forrester released analyst JP
Garbani’s Market Overview report on APM for Q4. What struck Nastel in both
cases was the connection being made between end-user monitoring and APM.
The acronym APM stands for application performance management or more
correctly application performance monitoring which refers to the process for
defining and monitoring the performance of the components in a distributed
application, comparing actual performance to expected in SLAs and analyzing
whether problems impact the business.
CA APM 9.1 boasts a 360-degree view of the end-user experience. And the
Forrester report is heavily tilted toward end-user monitoring as part of APM.
We simply do not see it, or agree.
If an agent in a call cent... (more)
Nastel recently joined a conversation on Infoworld.com around what writer Dan
Tynan described as “IT’s worst addictions.” From our perspective, data
is one of these addictions, and by far one of the biggest pain points that
the IT industry is forced to deal with today. ‘Big Data’ is the hot
potato of 2012—everyone is talking about it and the term is increasingly
tossed around within operational circles in organizations. Everyone wants to
know “What are we doing about Big Data?” or “What’s our Big Data
strategy?” If you’re a vendor and you don’t have a solution to manage
it, ana... (more)
We all wish we could predict the future. It would be wonderful to tell when
a stock was going to go up before it did. Unfortunately, most of us are not
psychic. In order to be successful in the stock market, you need to be
lucky or spend a lot of time analyzing the behavior of the stocks.
Wouldn’t it be valuable if you were able to predict the up and down
performance behavior of your Java applications and make adjustments to avoid
unfavorable impacts on your company?
We find that one of the biggest impacts of not being able to predict
application behavior, is that companie... (more)
Recently, BMC one of the “big four” software firms was acquired by a
group of investors led by Bain Capital. This is good news for Bain as they
generally make a lot of money from their purchases before they divest what is
unprofitable and milk whatever they can from those stuck with one of their
products. But, is it good news for you?
I doubt it. The acquisition by a private equity firm is unlikely to be a
permanent state. It could lead to a company breakup with the parts auctioned
off to separate owners. But, it’s more likely that Bain intends to
In the real es... (more)
Unusual for a company’s demise, OpTier quietly disappeared without press
fanfare or news reports. According to Gartner Analyst Jonah Kowall, they
ceased operations in May 2014. Over the years, we crossed paths with them
many times, competing in large deals some of which we won and some we lost.
We both had NY offices, traded employees several times and at one trade
show our booths were right next to each other. However, even though they
were a competitor it was sad to learn they were gone.
The APM market has been rapidly evolving and customers are expecting more