Real-Time IT Visibility Through Integration for Efficient Application Performance Management
August 08, 2012

Suvish Viswanathan
ManageEngine

Share this

Though Application Performance Management (APM) has been in use for a long time, you all must have observed a sudden rise in the usage of APM from the past few years. Earlier the industry was all going gung-ho about several other topics including Business Service Management (BSM). BSM includes managing your business-critical services with an ITIL twist. Here I am not trying to be anti-BSM but in today's challenging economy, where expectations from IT to deliver and cater to businesses is higher than ever, it is imperative to manage your business-critical applications by keeping the end-user experience in consideration.

We have seen several outages in the past year. There was RIM's major outage, Amazon's IaaS division has gone down couple of times, and several other small outages that have happened. What do all these outages have in common? IT is the first to get blamed. And why shouldn't it? It's IT that gave confidence to businesses to deliver, and when it fails no one else is to take the blame.

Digging deeper into these outages, one can come to an easy conclusion of lack-of-visibility that resulted in taking wrong decisions based on assumptions. Apart from the businesses’ losses, who loses the most? It's the end users who put their trust in the application.

The Art of Realizing Efficient APM

When APM was introduced, it was just used to monitor and manage applications. Today, however, it has become more complex. Today APM is a type of system-management application which focuses on monitoring and managing resources that in turn determine the health and availability of all Web and non-Web-based business-critical applications. We could say that virtualization and cloud has enhanced the efficiency and productivity of IT.

However, we also cannot deny the fact that it has also brought in a huge management complexity. Amidst this complexity APM cannot just be about dashboards with green and red lights showing availability of resources. Today an application is inter-linked with hundreds of other devices.

Efficient APM is all about giving insights into the inter-dependency of all devices and showing various business transactions that are taking place to realize what an end-user is experiencing. Here I remember one of my previous blogs on the 5 dimensions of APM. At the end of the day, the ultimate goal is to create systems that are robust and can give real-time visibility into events and transactions that are in progress or complete.

Integration and APM

One of the major (and most common problems) I have observed is the lack of visibility into the IT infrastructure. This leads to not being able to prioritize events based on their importance to business. An effective APM strategy allows organizations to view the impact on businesses and map them to different transactions. But how can one adapt an efficient APM process when different monitoring solutions are being used?

Unless IT operations and IT service management are brought together it’s nearly impossible to analyze the following:

- Which component is impacting what applications

- How various transactions are being experienced by end-users

- What’s the SLA breach with status of various technicians who have been assigned to manage tickets

Yes, I am talking about that holistic solution which will give you visibility into all that is happening in the real-time IT environment on a single console.

Such solutions will:

- Enhance productivity and efficiency between teams

- Help in prioritizing events that have an impact on business transactions and can be viewed with interdependency mapping

- Allow proactive monitoring and management of systems as thresholds set for one application will take care of all the other underlying configured-system components

- Enhance the end-user experience as visibility allows in optimizing the resource-allocation process

- Allow accurate decisions to happen as KPIs will indicate the overall performance and with integrated CMDB and other ITIL processes like Change and Incident management. This makes decisions even easier as all data related to configurable items are stored in a single location

- Optimize budget allocation and management

A complete APM strategy and solution offers benefits that are measurable. The result is an agile and productive environment. This allows enterprises to break IT silos and view IT as a single entity. Organizations can concentrate more on innovations that make end-users lives easy, than falling behind in fixing system issues.

Suvish Viswanathan is Sr. Research Analyst, Integrated IT Management, for ManageEngine.

Related Links:

www.ManageEngine.com

5 dimensions of APM

Delivering Deep Insights Into End User Quality of Experience

Share this

The Latest

November 14, 2019

A brief introduction to Applications Performance Monitoring (APM), breaking it down to a few key points, followed by a few important lessons which I have learned over the years ...

November 13, 2019

Research conducted by ServiceNow shows that Gen Zs, now entering the workforce, recognize the promise of technology to improve work experiences, are eager to learn from other generations, and believe they can help older generations be more open‑minded ...

November 12, 2019

We're in the middle of a technology and connectivity revolution, giving us access to infinite digital tools and technologies. Is this multitude of technology solutions empowering us to do our best work, or getting in our way? ...

November 07, 2019

Microservices have become the go-to architectural standard in modern distributed systems. While there are plenty of tools and techniques to architect, manage, and automate the deployment of such distributed systems, issues during troubleshooting still happen at the individual service level, thereby prolonging the time taken to resolve an outage ...

November 06, 2019

A recent APMdigest blog by Jean Tunis provided an excellent background on Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and what it does. A further topic that I wanted to touch on though is the need for good quality data. If you are to get the most out of your APM solution possible, you will need to feed it with the best quality data ...

November 05, 2019

Humans and manual processes can no longer keep pace with network innovation, evolution, complexity, and change. That's why we're hearing more about self-driving networks, self-healing networks, intent-based networking, and other concepts. These approaches collectively belong to a growing focus area called AIOps, which aims to apply automation, AI and ML to support modern network operations ...

November 04, 2019

IT outages happen to companies across the globe, regardless of location, annual revenue or size. Even the most mammoth companies are at risk of downtime. Increasingly over the past few years, high-profile IT outages — defined as when the services or systems a business provides suddenly become unavailable — have ended up splashed across national news headlines ...

October 31, 2019

APM tools are ideal for an application owner or a line of business owner to track the performance of their key applications. But these tools have broader applicability to different stakeholders in an organization. In this blog, we will review the teams and functional departments that can make use of an APM tool and how they could put it to work ...

October 30, 2019

Enterprises depending exclusively on legacy monitoring tools are falling behind in business agility and operational efficiency, according to a new study, Prevalence of Legacy Tools Paralyzes Enterprises' Ability to Innovate conducted by Forrester Consulting ...

October 29, 2019

Hyperconverged infrastructure is sometimes referred to as a "data center in a box" because, after the initial cabling and minimal networking configuration, it has all of the features and functionality of the traditional 3-2-1 virtualization architecture (except that single point of failure) ...