Automation

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

3 years of AI at Dynatrace. What it takes to succeed.

In the three years the Dynatrace artificial intelligence (AI) engine has been in production, we’ve seen what it takes to solve real problems. While our competitors are finally entering the world of AI, I’m skeptical whether their approaches will work without a fundamental re-engineering of their products. Here’s why. AI is only as good as the data that feeds it As Data Science advisor… read more

The top 5 reasons you can’t compare AppDynamics to Dynatrace for APM

When customers are selecting an APM solution we at Dynatrace are often shortlisted alongside Cisco AppDynamics. I’ve heard all sorts of stories as to the claims, half-truths, and false statements that are shared to try and sway the customer. The reality is, because of our relentless innovation, we are no longer ‘like’ other APM providers such as AppDynamics. It pays for the customer to stay up to… read more

Six mistakes in your OpenStack monitoring process…and how to fix them

Many cloud admins unwittingly sabotage their OpenStack monitoring processes. I collected a few common mistakes and what to do instead to make your OpenStack troubleshooting easier. Mistake #1: Investing a lot of time and effort into configuration Let’s get this straight: most commercial and open source monitoring tools avoid talking about how much effort you must invest in their configuration, let alone in their maintenance. So first try to… read more

Escape Application Performance "Groundhog Day" with Culture Change

I love movies.  There is just something about them that can teach us a lot about life.  One of my favorites is Groundhog Day. The construct of this movie is that the main character Phil, played by Bill Murray, is trapped having to live the same day over and over again.   This is what it can be like for IT when it comes to managing… read more

Performance In Development Is The Chief Cornerstone

In Roman architecture the stone in which a construction project was started from was called the cornerstone or foundation stone.  It was the most important because this was the stone in which all other stones would be based off of.  Great care was taken in making sure that the angles were correct.  If there was a slight deviation, even one degree, it could cause structural issues for a foundation.  When… read more

Proactive vs Reactive: How to prevent problems instead of fixing them faster

I consistently stand in front of customers wanting the same thing from their performance monitoring tool sets.  “We want to be more proactive,” they proclaim in desperation.  “We need to have a tool that will automatically alert us to a problem” they demand.  “We want to address a problem before it becomes a problem.”  This is a constant challenge for Operations.  Think about it.  How many times have you said, “I will… read more

Website Performance: Designing a Test Strategy to Evaluate CDN Performance

Moving static content to a CDN (Content Delivery Network) is a proven and relatively simple way to improve perceived website performance. By using a CDN to cache data on servers near the “edge” of the internet, you will not only enable faster access for the user, but also reduce your data center requirements. The easiest and least expensive content to move to the edge is static data - images and text files that change infrequently. But how do you decide which CDN to use? read more

Video: Defining the New Application Performance Management Market Space

I recently spoke with Steve Tack, Compuware’s CTO, about the upcoming merge of DynaTrace and Gomez APM in the application performance management market space. This video is no longer available. The video covers 3 questions: What’s driving the need for a next generation approach to APM within the application performance management marketspace? What value does the Dynatrace acquisition by Compuware offer current and future Gomez APM customers? How is… read more