Application Performance Management

Charles Rich

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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)

Bursting Big Data’s Bubble: Playing the Pattern

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)

Are You Riding the Java Performance Rollercoaster?

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)

Bain Is Going to Flip BMC – Are You At Risk?

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 ‘flip’ BMC. In the real es... (more)

Goodbye OpTier

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 out-of-the-bo... (more)