AppDynamics and IBM Unlock Mainframe Transactions
March 17, 2017
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Today’s digital businesses rely upon a large amount of software systems built throughout the history of the organization. Much of the focus to date has been on systems of engagement such as mobile and web applications, but there are countless systems underneath these newer modern applications.

As applications themselves evolve to the next computing paradigm, whether that be voice, virtual, or augmented reality, enterprises will build these new applications on new infrastructures, spanning hybrid cloud computing. Based on the 2017 Gartner CIO Survey, 44% of IT spending will be on digital by top performers in 2018. Yet shifting additional revenue to digital introduces risk. IDC estimates that unplanned downtime costs businesses between $1.3 – 2.5 billion per year.

AppDynamics has focused on these new applications, which are paramount to digital transformation. Enterprise customers leverage AppDynamics to monitor, troubleshoot, and gain insights into their businesses. The goal is always to improve visibility across all components critical to their digital businesses. Oftentimes, heritage systems such as IBM z Systems mainframes remain critical to enterprises. Examples of this are most prevalent in industries such as finance, insurance, healthcare, and government services. One example of this is card transactions — more than $6 trillion in card payments are processed annually by mainframes.

IBM and AppDynamics already have a strong partnership across a number of different areas, and now we’re thrilled to announce that this partnership is taking the next step by offering deep product integration between both companies. Together, we’re working to integrate IBM’s OMEGAMON Application Performance Management product with AppDynamics to provide transaction visibility into the mainframe.

This product integration extends the visibility of AppDynamics’ Map iQ and Diagnostic iQ into mainframe subsystems such as CICS and DB2, allowing for faster problem identification and isolation from a single end to end transaction path. This integration leverages the most popular monitoring platform on mainframe, built by the creator of the mainframe. This provides the much-needed visibility to the teams managing today’s most complex and mission critical digital business channels into a core technology of these businesses, the mainframe. This data sharing will facilitate collaboration between these often siloed organizations, and enable DevOps teams to understand the mainframe dependencies and performance. This is the deepest partner-driven integration by AppDynamics to date, and there are many exciting plans to continue collaborating to drive this new product offering forward.

The partnership between AppDynamics and IBM will be swiftly followed by a public beta of this product integration. The team looks forward to inviting mutual customers to use this integration and provide feedback during the development and general availability of this product offering.

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