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Customer Corner – Nordstrom, Citrix, Red Hat and more

One of the more rewarding parts of my job is working with our team on customer stories. I always feel like a great case study has so much external and internal value, that they should be shared as widely as possible. So, after just a few moments on our site and YouTube channel, I’ve collated a few stand outs to share in the first Dynatrace “Customer Corner” blog post. Nordstrom: From… read more

Detecting the N+1 Asynchronous Thread Problem Pattern

I’ve been offering my help in analyzing performance data for quite a while now. Most of the time when analyzing PurePaths, load testing outputs or production log files, I find very similar problem patterns. This fact inspired us to automate problem detection in Dynatrace AppMon 6.5. Even though I think we cover a big part of common patterns, I am always on the lookout for something new – something… read more

Sitecore Performance Tips: What’s Geography Got to Do with It?

It’s not very often that data aligns perfectly to illustrate a topic. Typically, there are very clear trends among the outlying data points that clearly support the topic in question, but it’s rarely absolute. So, while researching Sitecore performance topics this week, I spotted data points that almost perfectly align to support the premise of Geographical Performance Variance in User Experience, that is, in layman’s terms, the further away the… read more

Tracing is the new Debugging in Distributed App Development

Debugging is the developer’s best friend when it comes to understanding how code really executes – especially when trying to figure out why the code is not behaving as expected. Debugging works exceptionally well in monolithic apps or in service-oriented apps when you know exactly to which service instance you need to attach your debugger. In modern application architectures that embrace micro-services which either run on your machine, in a… read more

Why WAN optimization requires performance management

WAN optimization can only be as efficient as you let it be. Recently I’ve seen a good example that illustrates how, without diligent application performance management, multi-million WAN optimization investments can quickly turn into a lukewarm “implementation completed” outcome, to say the least. The challenge at one of our customers started in a typical way: a large company, with operations around the globe, facilitated by a large SAP ERP and… read more

Monitoring OpenShift Applications with Dynatrace

Based on Docker and the Kubernetes container cluster manager, Red Hat OpenShift is the next generation container platform for developing, deploying and running containerized applications conveniently and at scale. In this article, Chris Morgan (@cmorgan_cloud), Technical Director for OpenShift Ecosystem, and Martin Etmajer (@metmajer), Technology Lead at the Dynatrace Innovation Lab, discuss why OpenShift and the Dynatrace digital performance management solution are a perfect combination. The… read more

From 0 To DevOps in 80 Days: The Dynatrace Transformation Story!

Market disruption can spark innovation and radical change, and DevOps — as a set of best practices — has emerged from software industry disruptions. Why? Because, over the years, delivering software in many organizations has become harder, slower and more error prone. Outdated technology became a disadvantage for older, established companies competing against startups without years of accumulated technical debt. Rigid processes and an old fashioned mindset blinded these enterprises to new business models… read more

Transformation to Continuous Innovation and Optimization

Businesses have always had to transform to find better and more efficient ways to deliver value faster to their users, customers or consumers. The motivating factors are shorter lead times, automated and streamlined value flow, as well as reduction of overall costs and bound capital, requiring enterprises to transition to a continuous innovation and optimization model. Prominent examples can be found when studying the last decades in the automobile industry with Toyota and… read more

Analyzing DNS Outage Impact on 3rd party Applications

Many blog posts have been written about the Dyn DNS DDOS attack  on October 21st. Dyn itself was very open with the problem and kept updating their customers and users impacted by the attack through their blog and twitter feed. My colleague David Jones (aka Jonesy) blogged about how our Dynatrace Synthetic monitoring picked up the problem for our customers. Here is a screenshot showing how, for instance,… read more

Microservices: When Micro becomes Nano

We have all experienced the excitement of bringing a new technology or architectural pattern — like microservices — on the design table: “It is really powerful and exactly what we need to meet our challenges, so let’s start implementing it!” I feel the same way about microservices! It has a lot of potential and already has changed the way we think about development, automated testing and operations. However, introducing a new… read more