Application performance management

Application monitoring redefined – full stack application performance management for the customer-centric era

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Reflecting on the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring (APM)

For a sixth consecutive year, Dynatrace* is positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring (APM) report”. This caps a record-breaking year for Dynatrace. In May, Gartner named Dynatrace the worldwide APM market share leader, with 12.5% of Revenue Share in the global market in 2014†. This is more than three times the revenue of other new generation APM vendors. The company is the industry’s… read more

Dynatrace in Leaders Quadrant of 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring (APM)

Here we are again, 405 days from last year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant for APM and we are proud and humbled to be in the Leader’s quadrant for the sixth consecutive year*. We’ve had an amazing and transformational year, and we are excited to see that our passion and undivided focus on the APM segment resulted in this placement in the MQ. View the full report In… read more

Enterprise web front-end performance tuning – worst practices case study

In a recent blog I discussed Enterprise web front-end performance tuning, extending the tuning recommendations to include characteristics of the enterprise data center/private cloud. I left with a promise to nominate a case study for exactly what not to do – let’s call it frontend worst practices. I had an example in mind from the not-too-distant Compuware past, and managed to find it in my stash. I’ll begin with a… read more

Use Visibility & Facts to Avoid Lengthy War Rooms & Miscommunication

A few days back I was called into a war room situation with the hosted services group of our partner hybris. They were facing issues with the eCommerce site of one of their customers, a large UK based luxury clothing retailer. The situation was quite critical. Even though loadtests were conducted and everything appeared to be optimal, the eCommerce site encountered issues during a recent customer promotion which required… read more

Detecting network errors and their impact on services

Detecting errors like dropped packets or retransmissions on the network level is relatively easy. Figuring out if those errors affect the performance and connectivity of your services is however another matter. Some network errors are mitigated and compensated for by network protocols and active networking components, like network interfaces. Meanwhile, other network errors lead to performance problems that negatively affect your services. Following is an overview of common network errors… read more

Boost Java application performance (almost) automatically

Is it possible to speed up a complex Java application by more than 10% in a few simple steps without changing code? Yes, if you configure your Java VM correctly. One of the most resource-intensive components of a Java VM is the garbage collector (GC) which automatically reclaims unreferenced objects and makes their memory available for further allocation. With millions of objects to be reclaimed at a time, your application… read more

Production: Performance where it REALLY matters!

“Production is where performance matters most, as it directly impacts our end users and ultimately decides whether our software will be successful or not. Efforts to create test conditions and environments exactly like Production will always fall short; nothing compares to production!” These were the opening lines of my invitation encouraging performance practitioners to apply for the recent WOPR24 (Workshop On Performance and Reliability). Thirteen performance gurus answered the… read more

Last-Minute Black Friday Rescue & Cyber Monday Readiness

In order to be ready for Christmas season, online retailers typically bring their shops into shape right before Black Friday. Together with Cyber Monday this is the most important day in the retailer’s year. Stilnest.com (@Stilnest) is a publishing house for designer jewelry, running their online shop on Magento. While the guys at Stilnest did a good job in preparing their environment, the interest in… read more

EnterpriseJS Boston Summit Highlights

I was fortunate to be in town at the same time EnterpriseJS Boston Summit was taking place earlier this week. I am just starting to wrap my head around Node.js (being a guy with a background in .NET and Java) and, therefore, not at all an expert in the field. Check out EnterpriseJS.io which is “A COMMUNITY FOCUSED ON ELEVATING JAVASCRIPT DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ENTERPRISE THROUGH COLLABORATION, CONVERSATION, AND EDUCATION“. NodeSource, Intuit,… read more

Web Performance Tuning & the Enterprise Frontend

We’re all aware of the impact that user experience and page speed have on business results for online shopping sites; much has been written about the correlation between web performance and business metrics such as conversions, revenue and brand image. Comparing Page Load Time to Conversion Inside the enterprise, though, we don’t really talk about conversions or abandonment – we have a captive audience, right? Instead, conversations about… read more