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Today we’re happy to officially introduce AppMaps. What’s AppMap? As you can see below, AppMap is a map-like visual representation of your complete application architecture. AppMaps show which components are communicating with which components, at what throughput and latency, at what n...
Do the ‘darker’ channels and means that exist for searching the web in anonymity ultimately spell doom for the wider march towards open data? So-called ‘open data’ is supposed to be an instrument for breaking down information gaps across industries and letting companies share benchmar...
When you’re building a monitoring solution or evaluate existing ones, what do you look for? Probably these four core aspects of functionality: Collection and display of metrics Alerting based on metric values and anomalies Collection and display of server and application logs and ...
Notwithstanding my exhortations against digital marketing creepiness, B2C digital marketers love to circumlocute around the notion of the purchase. “It’s all about the customer journey!” they exhort. Focusing on the purchase transaction, it seems, is too mercenary for today’s enlighten...
Farmers once sold their harvest bounty directly to their customers from beneath the branches of their fruit trees. Customers had a direct face-to-face relationship with the farmer and could express their preferences and demonstrate their buying patterns to the farmer. Over time farme...
With worldwide spending on cloud services and infrastructure growing by 23% in 2015 to $118B, it is clear that cloud services are here to stay. Yet, the rate of cloud adoption varies by companies and markets around the world. With thousands of outages and hijacks across the Internet ev...
User expectations and rethinking of business productivity are having a profound impact on how business applications are used, designed, and leveraged to help buyers, sellers, and employees do their jobs better.
Knowledge management, in business terms, refers to saving, developing, sharing, and effectively using knowledge for the benefit of organization. It refers to a multi-disciplined approach of achieving organizational objectives by making the best use of knowledge. Scientia potentia est ...
A website visit may involve a wide range of components many of which are off-site or not easily monitored. So what do you have in your toolbox to help address this? Load testing, real-user monitoring and site instrumentation all help you prepare for and monitor your website visitors’ e...
Conservation International (CI) in Arlington, Virginia uses new technology to pursue more data about what's going on in tropical forests and other ecosystems around the world. As a non-profit, they have a goal of a sustainable planet, but we're going to learn how they've learned to m...
Technology changes at the speed of light. To say it can be hard to keep up is an understatement. For performance engineers, taking charge of your own continuing education is one of the most important things you can do to remain at the top of your game.
Windows Server 2003 End of Support is here and there is little most enterprises can do at this point to change the fact that they are now dependent on an unsupported operating system. Here we are at Microsoft's World Wide Partner Conference again, muttering "I'm late, I'm late," just l...
When moving towards a cloud environment, organizations – both large and small – have a lot of choices to make. There are a lot of vendors out there who are “capable” of hosting information, websites or other workloads directly in the cloud. However, remember that not all cloud provider...
Today enterprises are facing a massive challenge that will require new strategies and investment. In fact, 80 percent of survey participants reported that increasing demand for mobile apps is forcing IT departments to rethink and change how they have designed IT environments. Rethinki...
Who would have thought that providing a better experience for people viewing internet content would be so controversial? You may know by now that Apple announced a new Safari release bringing content blocking extensions to iOS and Mac OSX, emphasizing user experience and the impact of...
Web-scale companies like Facebook and Google are popularizing a new title within IT operations teams: the Site Reliability Engineer (SRE). For some, this role is referred to as a Production Engineer, while others have even more obscure titles, like Airbnb’s “Developer Happiness Enginee...
SaaS businesses can be overwhelmingly complex. If the multi-tenant, cloud-based technology isn’t enough, there’s the recurring revenue model which creates all kinds of challenges from accounting to sales compensation to funding. Then, there’s the marketing. Getting noticed on the Inter...
This three-part series explores the definition and benefits of using log data streams and real-time analytics for some common IT Ops uses cases. Analytics tools are often focused on analyzing historical data. Taking a sample of data from historical events, you can perform calculations...
It’s easy to invent additional C-suite job title designations. We might conjure up Chief Data Analytics-Insight Officer (CDAIO - pronounced “see-day-oh”) for example. Equally, we can see that the role of the CIO quickly gained additional layers some time ago – and we now see the CSO (...
It is often regarded that the core component of a business should always be done in-house. This is not only because it is your intellectual property, but also because the learnings you gain from building the product will give direction to your business' strategy in the long run. Given ...
As virtualized and cloud systems are so prevalent and integral to data storage, the need to migrate data from a legacy storage system to a virtual or cloud-based one is inevitable. But, here’s the rub: migrating data is a lot harder than you might think, despite all the marketing noise...
A smart APM strategy enlists the help from these three entities: the Witness, the Watchman, and the Agent. You start by listening to the testimony from the eye-witness (aka. wire data), collecting the observations from the watchman (aka. web robots), and analyzing details from the age...
I’m not a big fan of meetings. I particularly dislike useless meetings – those of the ‘dog and pony show’ persuasion, or those where it seems like the individual who organized the meeting is simply looking for a soapbox to drone on and on endlessly rather than try to get anything usef...
Business service management and data access improvements at a Swiss insurance company and a Turkish mobile phone carrier lead to new business and IT benefits. The next BriefingsDirect applications performance management case study panel discussion explores how improved business servi...
Database administrators are responsible for key tasks throughout the organization, including maintaining data performance and security, among plenty of other critical roles. With so many responsibilities and first-hand experience, DBAs have the pull to request funding for projects. Unf...
When business disruption, occurs, it is more likely to sneak in through your defenses than it is to overwhelm you by fire, flood, earthquake or hurricane. Instead of breaking in through your walls and ceilings, it sneaks in through your defenses to steal data, install malware or freeze...
Everyone from pre-teens to granddads does social media today. With Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and many newer ways to stay in the know popping up every day, picking the right platform can be a difficult task. While the personal value of this modern convenience seems obvious to most, t...
Gundavelli: We are empowering data management for the Enterprise and have an array of products to fit different enterprise needs and industries including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, telecom and government.
Log data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. Success or failure of e-Commerce s...
I just read a new booklet from O’Reilly called The Software Paradox by Stephen O’Grady. You can access it here. Here is a direct quote: “This is the Software Paradox: the most powerful disruptor we have ever seen and the creator of multibillion-dollar net new markets is being commerc...
Can wearable technology help to prolong your life? We already know more conventional forms of tech, can save lives in a definitive manner, as well as keep people in comas and other unconscious states alive for an indeterminate period of time, but how can smaller, wearable gadgets help ...
Many people recognize DevOps as an enormous benefit – faster application deployment, automated toolchains, support of more granular updates, better cooperation across groups. However, less appreciated is the journey enterprise IT groups need to make to achieve this outcome. The plain f...
AlertSite is now integrated with Ready! API. This means that developers, testers and operations teams can collaborate together on API quality using the same tests and metrics, simplifying configuration of monitoring assets and ultimately turning around performance problems in real tim...
With careful planning and the right technology, Federal, State and Local Government IT Leaders can overcome fears of data migrations, breaking free from archaic procedures to lead the pack . Jurassic World, the latest installment in the Jurassic Park film series, opened this week - an...

Transparency and collaboration are at the core of DevOps philosophy, and ChatOps is an important aspect of both. ChatOps puts an entire team or organization’s work in one place – everyone’s actions, notifications and diagnoses happen in full view. A native PagerDuty chat client woul...

Today, more organizations are looking at new technologies and applications for their operations. There is a convergence of industries that were thought to be independent which are now interdependent. What is missing is the ability to find common ground in definitions of infrastructure ...
Over the last couple months, in between some video coverage for events, I’ve been writing a series of IoT stories. From the basic What are These "Things”? and IoT Influence on Society to the descriptive IoT Effect on Applications and the IoT Ready Infrastructure. I thought it only fair...
It is a human nature to make mistakes, but mistakes in source code can lead to expensive consecutive mistakes if not fixed in time. Unfortunately, black box testing often cannot fully cover software. And even if it does, fixing a bug found by QA is at least two times as expensive as fi...
Has technology forever changed selling? There's no question about it - Over the last two decades selling has changed, massively. Is it for the better or are we worse off from where we started? Sales has moved on a great deal from my early days of a fax machine, no mobile phone and a ...
Technology is advancing all around us. From our TV's that we use in our homes to the smart phones we ever so mindlessly use on a day to day basis, and they're becoming more and more connected to each other too. Technological advancement and connectivity are driving forces in businesses...