Vendor Forum

July 02, 2013
Sanjay Castelino

Network complexity has defined a new competitive skillset for IT professionals, according to a new SolarWinds survey ...

June 28, 2013
Jim Swepson

Attending Interop in Vegas last month, I was surprised to note the number of vendors exhibiting their wares under the banner of APM – Application Performance Management. With all the different offerings, it was rather confusing ...

June 25, 2013
Belinda Yung-Rubke

In a perfect universe, performance management is straightforward. When problems arise, they're easily detected, the source is obvious, and the trouble is quickly solved, never to return again. However, consolidated data centers aren't utopia and monitoring and managing network, application, and service performance isn't so simple. In many instances, performance degrades slowly over time, and problems come and go intermittently ...

June 24, 2013
Eran Kinsbruner

Here are some important guidelines to remember when you start to plan your mobile monitoring strategy ...

June 21, 2013
Matthew Selheimer

The Social IT Index, the first of its kind survey into the state of research and adoption of Social IT capabilities by IT organizations, reveals that Social IT research and adoption is quite active ...

June 20, 2013
Glenn Gray

Whether on vacation, working from home or on-the-go, an IT professional's work is rarely ever done. SolarWinds outlines five of the top IT challenges an IT pro may encounter when working remotely and offers practical tips for a real-time resolution ...

June 13, 2013
Vic Nyman
BlueStripe Software

APMdigest recently published a list of the top factors that impact application performance. Answers varied, but a common theme was that application complexity has become a major roadblock to high performance. EMA Analyst Julie Craig put it perfectly when she described an environment where the next problem could come from anywhere — not just from the application code. In this environment, Server Administrators face a huge challenge ...

June 11, 2013
Sasha Gilenson

IT Operations is now overwhelmed — by the volume, velocity and variety of change and configuration data, lacking insight or actionable information, all making change and configuration problems a chronic pain. As shown by recent surveys at the Gartner Data Center Summit and ServiceNow Knowledge13 conferences, where Evolven surveyed over 300 IT Operations professionals asking questions critical to IT operations management, 84% of IT professionals said that they want to significantly improve their IT operations management ...

June 10, 2013
Eran Kinsbruner

As the adoption and centrality of mobile business apps continue to grow, so does the need for enterprises and mobile carriers to ensure a flawless user experience. A recent report by Compuware highlights the increasingly high expectations that users have for accessing sites on mobile phones and tablets. 57% of surveyed users said that they would not recommend a business that had a bad mobile site. Moreover, 46% would not return to that website and 40% had turned to a competitor’s site after a disappointing experience. Clearly, bad performance is bad for business ...

June 07, 2013
Jason Meserve
CA Technologies

Cloud computing is exceeding expectations, according to The TechInsights Report 2013: Cloud Succeeds. Now What? commissioned by CA Technologies ...

June 05, 2013
Michael Butt

IT operations managers are taking a high percentage of the blame when apps and sites stop working. Here are a few pressure points on IT operations today ...

June 04, 2013
Antonio Piraino

I recently spoke with Rachel Chalmers, Research Vice President - Infrastructure Management at 451 Research, about being cost-conscious while managing Amazon Web Services (AWS). Chalmers said you can save a ton of money by introducing cloud resources, and then you can spend it by having to rebuild or go back to fix mistakes ...

May 28, 2013
Belinda Yung-Rubke

Data center consolidation is an IT strategy brought on by the changing IT climate to combine large amounts of servers into a compact, cost-efficient system. Here are five ways data center consolidation can benefit organizations ...

May 23, 2013
Kieran Taylor

In essence, the health of ERP application performance is a proxy for business health, and fast, reliable applications have never been more important. However, the increased complexity within modern application delivery environments makes it very difficult to ensure strong performance ...

May 17, 2013
Jim Swepson

We’re all way too technical and often a user reporting “The network is slow” is taken literally. Then an investigation of the network is performed to absolutely no avail, because the user(s) who reported it have no way on earth of telling if the network is slow or fast or anything else. They’re actually observing that their “Application is Slow” ...

May 01, 2013
Vikas Aggarwal

Always regarded as a non-critical part of day-to-day operations in the past, Big Data and its delayed analysis was relegated to batch processing tools and monthly meetings. Today, as the IT industry has snowballed into a fast moving avalanche of Cloud, virtualization, outsourcing and distributed computing, the science of extracting meaningful intelligent metrics from Big Data has become an important and real-time component of IT Operations ...

April 25, 2013
Donal O'Sullivan

“A company missing its targets is an underperforming company. A company missing its forecast is a company out of control.” This was a favorite saying of an old friend of mine in sales management, and while you could argue the merits of the first sentence, the second is fairly undeniable. And yet it seems to me that when it comes to APM, many organizations fail to qualify for either category – neither underperforming nor even out of control ...

April 23, 2013
Ennio Carboni

APM tools provide current and historical performance statistics of the overall application, but in many cases they overlook the critical dependencies – both between multiple applications and between applications and the underlying infrastructure that supports them. Given the increased complexity in the modern IT ecosystem, it is critical to understand these dependencies and the impact they have on the effectiveness of an APM solution ...

April 16, 2013
Jason Meserve
CA Technologies

Innovative business models and services such as cloud and big data analytics aren’t possible without a strategic Service Assurance portfolio underpinned by infrastructure management, according to a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of CA Technologies ...

April 08, 2013
Lawrence Baisch
Precise Software

There are two primary drivers which, when they come together, typically prompt a move to In-Memory. The first is the need for speed. The second is the phenomenal growth in data volumes. When both size and speed matter, the answer may well be In-Memory. Here are five points we recommend considering when moving to In-Memory ...