Alexander Sommer

Alex is a Senior Technical Product Manager at Dynatrace. He has deep experience gleaned from the earliest days of web development, performance, and analytics for online businesses. He is the expert for real user monitoring at Dynatrace.

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Export Dynatrace user-session data for use in 3rd party systems

Dynatrace now provides a user-session export stream that enables you to leverage Dynatrace monitoring data for use within 3rd party big-data analysis systems, a BI warehouse, or other custom analysis. User session export automates the streaming of real user monitoring data, including all user actions, high-level timings, and error data. Once activated and configured, Dynatrace user session export sends a stream of continuous user session data to an HTTP/HTTPS web hook endpoint… read more

Real user monitoring: Support for Fetch API is now available

During the dawn of the web 2.0 era, back when web sites first began to evolve into the dynamic web applications that we know today, asynchronous web requests were sent via the XMLHttpRequest (XHR) API (commonly known as Ajax). Within the past two years, a new API type called Fetch API was introduced into all modern browsers to support such asynchronous requests. Beginning with… read more

User session analysis and search enhancements

As Dynatrace user session analysis has been in beta release for some time now, we’ve had a chance to address your feedback and improve the views and workflow for some of the use cases. Over the past weeks, we’ve made numerous small, but valuable, improvements to Dynatrace user session analysis and search views. This post brings you up-to-date with the latest changes. User tag and error events One of the most… read more

User-session search and analytics have arrived

The new User sessions search and analytics view enables you to search for specific users and analyze your user sessions across applications based on specific criteria. To access User sessions view, click the new User sessions link in the navigation menu. User sessions view (see below) displays your environment’s user distribution on a world map. It also displays your environment’s top users (based on user session count during the selected… read more

Now you can verify application accessibility to web-check IP addresses

Ensuring the worldwide availability of your web application is key to your business success. This is why we’ve made it possible to now check your application’s accessibility to the IP addresses that Dynatrace uses to deliver availability web checks. The external IP addresses of our web-check locations around the world are now included on each web check’s Monitoring schedule page. In this way, you can confirm that synthetic web checks will be… read more

Availability monitoring: Web checks now use Chrome 53

Dynatrace web checks use the Google Chrome browser to drive real web sessions with full HTML5/AJAX support during availability monitoring. We’ve upgraded the browser version we use for web checks to Chrome Version 53 in order to remain in sync with the most common web browser used worldwide. read more

Dashboard tiles: Key user actions, Overall conversion goals, and Individual goals

Not all user actions share the same priority for your business. User actions that are vital to the success of your business require elevated visibility. This is why “key” user actions—those actions that you’ve identified as being vital to the success of your business—now have their own standalone dashboard tile. We’ve also made it easier for you to track your business’ success toward conversion goals by introducing two new conversion-goal… read more