DevOps

September 07, 2012

Once again, EMA finds itself in a situation where how we cover critical “hot topics” becomes an exercise in acronymic disarray. In this case the culprits are Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Service Lifecycle Management (the other SLM) and the now notorious “DevOps”. The three weave a stream of sometimes complementary, sometimes conflicting insights into what is primarily a schizophrenic situation for IT organizations ...

September 04, 2012

Imagine it's Black Friday, when all of the sudden … boom! Your most critical Web application goes awry, bringing your e-commerce operation to a screeching halt on the very day flawless performance is needed most ...

August 29, 2012

Software development teams face increasing pressure to deliver high-quality apps on-time and within budget. Unfortunately, according to recent study results, those teams aren’t often equipped with the right tools and appropriate technology to adequately meet the demands of customer needs at low costs and in short timeframes. This reality often translates into applications that reflect poorly on the business ...

August 23, 2012

A study conducted by Shunra revealed a stark difference between what application testers believe is important to achieve optimal application performance and what they are actually doing to achieve peak performance.

August 13, 2012

In my first two blogs I discussed how the ‘new world’ IT department is raising the profile of DevOps, and how this fundamental shift is making visibility across business risk and system metrics more important than ever before. Now I'd like to talk about how you can leverage this ‘new world’ by positioning your IT department to drive innovation at your company ...

August 10, 2012

There are probably more myths and misunderstandings about the term DevOps than there are hard facts. I recently sat down with Gene Kim and Patrick Debois - two of the DevOps movement's most widely practiced individuals - to cut through the noise. We swapped experiences and discussed how a CIO should be thinking about DevOps, when to consider a DevOps approach, the business case for adopting it, patterns of success and patterns of failure. We agreed that there are three general attributes that provide a good indication that DevOps might help your organization ...

July 26, 2012

In too many of today’s companies, people are still focused on their own stack of information and data, without the benefit of seeing how they all impact each other ... If companies were to move away from the silo approach, they would see that the collection, aggregation and correlation of application, server, log file and process data, along with key business metrics and performance data, would give everyone the same powerful view of the business ...

July 10, 2012

Businesses today are so dependent on applications that DevOps is now highly visible as it sits at the nexus between customers and business. Heavy burden? You bet, but also a tremendous opportunity to elevate the DevOps role and the entire IT department within the business ...

May 09, 2012

New applications bring the promise of increased productivity, happier end users and better business benefits. But if the new app stalls on the network, IT managers will only be hearing about the problems the technology causes. Here are a few fixes for often overlooked issues that can crop up when IT is rolling out a new application ...

April 24, 2012

If you're an IT executive trying to take control of your environment and optimize it for business outcomes — you're likely to be getting a lot of advice from a wide range of glib sources, and very little actual support ...

April 23, 2012

David Hurwitz, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Serena Software, discusses the challenges and advantages of DevOps ...

February 23, 2012

If an attacker were bogging down your apps, how would you know? You wouldn't, unless you bridge the gap between ops and security ...

January 30, 2012

Last month I attended the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas. This year, the hot topic was not only cloud computing but seems there were a lot of discussions around DevOps and analytics. Other topics of interest included Application Performance Monitoring (APM), End-user Experience (EUE), Business Transaction Management (BTM), Big Data and many more around IT operations. Take a peek at the few bits and bites I picked up ...

January 04, 2012

As a continuation of the APMdigest list of predictions for 2012, industry experts offer a range of predictions specifically on cloud management, and Application Performance Management in the cloud ...

December 20, 2011

Industry experts from analyst and consulting firms and all the top vendors offer thoughtful, insightful, and sometimes controversial predictions on how Application Performance Management and related BSM and ITSM technologies will change and impact business in 2012 ...

December 15, 2011

Instead of throwing applications “over the fence” blindly to operations, a fluid and much more effective DevOps process inserts transparency, efficiency and ownership into the art of developing, releasing and the production use of critical applications. It also binds the two traditionally siloed teams together. The following are six critical steps IT can take to improve DevOps collaboration and ultimately the business bottom line, profitability ...

November 22, 2011

To help retailers and businesses maximize the return on investments in these applications, the following are best practices retailers should implement when using an application performance monitoring solution in order to maintain these business-critical applications and ensure a good holiday season ...

November 11, 2011

Many things can, and will, go wrong during the development of an enterprise application. These issues underscore the importance of using test cycles to detect potential performance-robbing defects before the application is moved into production ...

November 11, 2011

Back in the “good” or “bad” old days, life used to be simpler for those of us focused on BSM. Application Management, though strategic, was domain-centric and BSM was where everything came together. But as technologies evolved, and a growing focus on real-time currency, in part due to cloud, caused a combination of panic and realignment in many IT organizations, APM became more cross-domain in nature and BSM became more of a watchword for strategies that get postponed for blue skies and quieter times ...

November 01, 2011

Will Cappelli, Gartner Research VP in Enterprise Management, discusses the past and future of APM, and its key components such as analytics and end-user experience monitoring ...

October 18, 2011

The difficulty of APM is that applications have many faces – kind of like multiple personalities ... The challenge is that each application has unique performance characteristics and user expectations that must be taken into account when managing performance ...

October 17, 2011

Alistair Croll, Principal Analyst at Bitcurrent and Content Chair of Cloud Connect, talks about the cloud market and the Cloud Connect event.

May 22, 2010

VMware's Javier Soltero, founder of Hyperic, talks about virtualization and BSM.

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