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The Cure for CIO Performance Anxiety?

Performance monitoring is making CIOs anxious.  According to IDG Research, 80% of CIOs rank application and network performance as a top priority, but only 16% believe they are doing it well. What is holding them back?  A lack of visibility, to start CIOs don’t have the benefit of unified, dashboard-level insights into their domain that their CMO and CFO counterparts enjoy. CMOs can easily see the results and plans of… read more

Using Dynatrace to Monitor RPA (Robotic Process Automation) Robots and BotFarms.

“What are you doing Dave?”  I’m writing a blog article on using Dynatrace to monitor RPA bots Hal.  Automation is a hot topic these days in most IT departments. There has been an industry rush to automate the enterprise and the burden to do this has fallen squarely onto the IT department’s lap.  As per usual vendors are pushing a variety of RPA platforms into organizations and most… read more

Auto-Mitigation with Dynatrace AI – or shall we call it Self-Healing?

After our AI-Driven DevOps webinar with Anil from Verizon Enterprise I got into a debate with my colleague Dave Anderson on how to call the auto mitigation approach we discussed during the webinar: Is it “auto mitigation”, “auto remediation” or shall we be bold and call it “self-healing”? Instead of getting caught up on terminology I thought to write this blog post and explain our thoughts and let… read more

Managed Kubernetes on Azure? Check.

It is difficult to go a day without hearing about container technology. And the most impressive announcements are still the ones about the growing adoption of Kubernetes. It was just two weeks ago that Docker announced native support for Kubernetes, and the multi-cloud story continues: last week, Microsoft launched AKS, a managed Kubernetes service on Azure. It’s not a typo: ACS is now AKS If you are familiar… read more

Monitoring for digital attackers: Closing the divide between biz, dev and ops for accelerated digital transformation

I like the term “digital attacker” because it conveys the exact goal and endpoint of digital transformation: turning IT into the enabling source for sustainable, competitive advantages.  An old mentor of mine described it well by saying, “I feel like I’m constantly being chased by a big boulder–the competition–and IT enables us to run faster to stay ahead of that boulder instead of getting crushed by it.”  In… read more

For containers and microservices, gen 2 monitoring won’t cut it

Microservice architectures and containers are exploding in popularity, with the number of containerized applications expected to rise by 80% over the next two years. Source: A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell EMC, Intel, and Red Hat, January 2017 This shift represents a paradigm change in how applications are designed, deployed, and operated. So, it only makes sense that it also requires… read more

What are containers, how they relate to Kubernetes, and why this matters to OpenStack

Containers and Kubernetes are hotter than hot because they let developers focus on their applications, without worrying about the underlying infrastructure that delivers them. And while OpenStack didn’t replace AWS, it clearly is a success story in the open infrastructure space. Here’s what you need to know about them, and why they matter to each other. What’s up with containers? If you’ve been in IT for a long time, you… read more

Using Dynatrace AI based Monitoring to Ensure Blockchain Performance

The explosion of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency has been a proving ground for Blockchain transactions.  Blockchain is a constantly growing list of records called blocks, which are connected and secured using cryptography (1).  Blockchains provide permanent verifiable means of recording transactions between two parties.   Serious actors in Finance, eCommerce and IT are massively investing in and building out Blockchain frameworks.  Blockchain by its very nature requires tremendous processing power and… read more

Announcing Dynatrace availability in the SAP App Center and how to get started

At the SAP TechEd event in Las Vegas, we announced our availability in the SAP App Center. Customers can now leverage full insights into their application ecosystem running on the SAP Cloud Platform with zero manual configuration. I was joined on the beanbags with Pieter Van Heck to discuss the announcement. Getting started and deploying your first monitored app is simple as Alois Mayr explains in this… read more

Cloud infrastructure monitoring checklist: Are you covered?

Recently I got a glimpse into one of our latest customer’s cloud migration story, and how they got their cloud infrastructure monitoring needs covered. They happen to be one of the biggest industrial companies worldwide, actually. The company recently implemented a cloud-first initiative. Accordingly, they migrated their previously outsourced enterprise business critical applications into an internally managed AWS environment with a “lift-and-shift” approach. Their new environment, made up of… read more