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September 21, 2012

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News of the Week in Application Performance Management and IT Operations – September 21

This week’s feature articles includes contributions from Jonah Kowall of Gartner, Cameron Laird of Real User Monitoring, Charlie Betz of EMA and more. Without further adieu, here are our highlights from the world of APM and IT operations:

1) Jonah Kowall of Gartner, mentioned upcoming research on the future of APM:
http://blogs.gartner.com/jonah-kowall/2012/09/20/research-as-a-result-of-inquiry-and-monitoring-trends/

2) Cameron Laird of Real User Monitoring discussed the need to customize your APM for your organization’s needs:
http://www.real-user-monitoring.com/customize-your-apm/

3) Charlie Betz of EMA released new research regarding the current IT management challenges in large organizations:
http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php/2378/From-IT-Financial-Management-to-Technology-Business-Management

4) APMDigest examined which APM analytics matter most in the context of Big Data:
http://www.apmdigest.com/analytics-that-matter-for-apm-generated-big-data

5) Nick Heath of TechRepublic made the case why IT pros must evolve or die:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/cio-insights/it-departments-warned-evolve-or-die/39749435

September 14, 2012

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News of the Week in Application Performance Management and IT Operations – September 14

This week’s feature articles includes contributions from Larry Dragich of APMDigest, Cameron Laird of Real User Monitoring, Jim Rapoza of the Aberdeen Group, and more. Without further adieu, here are our highlights from the world of APM and IT operations:

1) Larry Dragich discussed real-time monitoring metrics on APMDigest:
http://www.apmdigest.com/real-time-monitoring-metrics-the-magical-mundane

2) Cameron Laird of Real User Monitoring shared tips for scripting Oracle Forms WebLogic:
http://www.real-user-monitoring.com/scripting-oracle-weblogic-and-other-resources-another-level-of-refactoring/

3) Jim Rapoza of Aberdeen Group released his latest report, “Overcoming Application Performance Walls.” which examined organizations who have successfully centralized performance management operations:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/aberdeen-publishes-it-security-retailconsumer-networkingapplication-performance-scm-research-2012-09-13

4) Website Monitoring News reviewed MySQL performance, mobile app integration, and performance metrics in their weekly tips:
http://www.website-monitoring.eu/2012/09/12/this-week-in-website-performance-10/

5) Tech Republic contributor Toni Bowers examined how IT pros must step up to solve Big Data challenges:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/big-data-analytics/bi-still-dependent-on-it/106

August 3, 2012

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News of the Week in Application Performance Management and IT Operations – August 3

Including articles about infrastructure trends, Oracle Forms and IT skills, here are our highlights from this week’s news in the world of Application Performance Management and IT operations:

1) ODTUG interviewed Justin Kestelyn, of Oracle Technology Network, at the Oracle Forms conference Kscope:
http://blog.odtug.com/kscope-interview-with-oracle-technology-networks-justin-kestelyn/

2) EMA released its latest research report titled, Integrating Applications Across the Cloud: An Industry Survey:
http://www.apmdigest.com/new-ema-research-examines-integrating-applications-across-the-cloud

3) Ron Miller at Real User Monitoring discussed the RBS outage as a cautionary tale to IT pros:
http://www.real-user-monitoring.com/it-needs-to-keep-its-eye-on-the-ball/

4) Larry Dragich of APMdigest examined the various facets of event management and its impact on improving application performance:
http://www.apmdigest.com/event-management-reactive-proactive-or-predictive

5) The IT Pro shared the best practices for evaluating SLAs in the cloud:
http://www.theitpro.com/author.asp?section_id=1949&doc_id=248283

July 27, 2012

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News of the Week in Application Performance Management and IT Operations – July 27

Including articles about infrastructure trends, Oracle Forms and IT skills, here are our highlights from this week’s news in the world of Application Performance Management and IT operations:

1) Gartner released a new study finding that IT spending is a top priority among corporate board members:
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/072312-gartner-survey-says-it-spending-261086.html?source=nww_rss

2) APMDigest highlighted the importance of end-to-end visibility in your IT infrastructure:
http://www.apmdigest.com/you-cant-manage-what-you-cant-see-the-importance-of-visibility

3) Mahmoud El-Sayad discussed new performance tips for Oracle Forms:
http://mahmoudoracle.blogspot.com/2012/07/oracle-db-11g-new-feature-read-only.html#.UBKfjqOfgoo

4) Ron Miller at Real User Monitoring discussed the planning necessary to prepare the Olympic website for the heavy traffic it will face after this weekend’s kickoff:
http://www.real-user-monitoring.com/olympic-web-site-prepared-for-traffic-onslaught/

5) CIO writer Hamish Barwick discussed performance management tips presented by IDC Research at the 2012 CIO Summit:
http://www.cio.com.au/article/431237/cio_summit_2012_performance_management_tips/

July 20, 2012

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News of the Week in Application Performance Management and IT Operations – July 20

Including articles about infrastructure trends, Oracle Forms and IT skills, here are our highlights from this week’s news in the world of Application Performance Management and IT operations:

1)  Julie Craig of EMA released her new survey on integrating applications in the cloud:
http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php/2327/Integrating-Applications-Across-the-Cloud:-An-Industry-Survey

2) APMDigest dissected application operations and transaction visibility:
http://www.apmdigest.com/application-operations-and-end-to-end-transaction-visibility

3) Michael Azoff discussed the diversity of the APM market:
http://www.sdtimes.com/THE_DIVERSE_MARKET_FOR_PERFORMANCE_MANAGEMENT/By_MICHAEL_AZOFF/About_APM/36796

4) Mahmoud El Sayad shared some performance tips for Oracle Forms on his blog:
http://mahmoudoracle.blogspot.com/2012/07/play-with-null-value.html

5) Cameron Laird of Real User Monitoring took his own spin on Craig’s and Azoff’s latest work:
http://www.real-user-monitoring.com/varieties-of-application-performance-management/

July 6, 2012

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News of the Week in Application Performance Management and IT Operations – July 6

Including articles about infrastructure trends, Oracle Forms and IT skills, here are our highlights from this week’s news in the world of Application Performance Management and IT operations:

1) TRAC research released a survey stating most traditional APM tools fail to prevent performance issues:
http://www.apmdigest.com/61-percent-of-apm-deployments-fail-to-prevent-performance-issues-survey-says

2) Dennis Drogseth of EMA research examined advanced performance analytics in the era of big data:
http://www.apmdigest.com/advanced-performance-analytics-big-data-in-multi-dimensional-context

3) Maymoud El Sayad shared some helpful tips for Oracle Forms users on his blog:
http://mahmoudoracle.blogspot.com/2012/07/center-canvas-and-window-in-oracle.html

4) Bernd Harzog of The Virtualization Practice covers Dell’s purchase of Quest:
http://www.virtualizationpractice.com/news-dell-transforms-virtualization-management-with-quest-acquisition-16757/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheVirtualizationPractice+%28The+Virtualization+Practice%29

5) Cameron Laird of Real User Monitoring discussed the reliability of cloud-based applications:
http://www.real-user-monitoring.com/reliability-of-cloud-based-applications/

June 22, 2012

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News of the Week in Application Performance Management and IT Operations – June 22, 2012

Including articles about infrastructure trends, Oracle Forms and IT skills, here are our highlights from this week’s news in the world of Application Performance Management and IT operations:

1) Gartner downgrades enterprise app revenue forecast:
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/062012-gartner-downgrades-enterprise-application-revenue-260366.html?source=nww_rss

2) Mahmoud El Sayad shares some tips for Oracle Forms users:
http://mahmoudoracle.blogspot.com/

3) Bernd Harzog of The Virtualization Practice discusses the benefits of virtualizing business critical apps:
http://www.virtualizationpractice.com/rethinking-your-already-virtualized-low-hanging-fruit-16642/

4) An APMDigest survey reveals application performance is a top priority in 2012:
http://www.apmdigest.com/application-performance-management-priority-2012

5) The Real User Monitoring blog outlines how to improve ROI through end user monitoring and data reduction:
http://www.real-user-monitoring.com/improve-your-roi-by-monitoring-user-experience-and-reducing-data/

June 15, 2012

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News of the Week in Application Performance Management and IT Operations – June 15, 2012

Including articles about infrastructure trends, Oracle Forms and IT skills, here are our highlights from this week’s news in the world of Application Performance Management and IT operations:

1) Dennis Drogseth of EMA Research discusses user experience management:
http://www.apmdigest.com/data-on-user-experience-management

2) The Oracle Forms Users Group examines the upcoming Kscope conference on their blog:
http://blog.odtug.com/kscope12-odtugupdates/

3) IT spending weakens according to CIO magazine’s latest survey:
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/061312-it-spending-260163.html?source=nww_rss

4) APMDigest highlights 8 ways application performance management tools can save companies money:
http://www.apmdigest.com/application-performance-management-saves-money

5) Ron Miller at Real User Monitoring covers the LinkedIn security debacle and lessons learned:
http://www.real-user-monitoring.com/linkedins-sloppy-security-should-be-a-lesson-to-all/

November 18, 2011

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Is BSM Dead?

An event occurred recently which marked the end of an era. BSMdigest, an online publication covering our space, relaunched as APM digest. What exactly does this mean? This proves that the term BSM was never well equipped for describing our industry. The term should have never been applied in the first place. In my view, BSM is dead for a multitude of reasons.

The crucial problem which caused the demise of BSM is the actual products never lived up to the hype. The industry began overusing the term almost immediately after its initial inception. BSM became a fancy marketing term for several, incredibly varied products. Furthermore, if you look at most of the BSM tools available versus the marketing terminologies used to describe them, there is an enormous disconnect. BSM is a catch-all phrase for anything and everything. However, some BSM products are simple remedy tools. None of the BSM offerings could offer you a full view of your IT from a transactional perspective.

Here is an example which helps illustrate these problems. I recently took a look at a BSM company’s website to view their offerings and product descriptions. They had 36 products all grouped under BSM! This three-letter company put more emphasis on utilizing the term than describing what the products actually do.

The industry has been trending away from BSM for a little while now. The launch of APMdigest seems to be the exclamation point. Going forward there are still many interesting points to consider though. What exactly is the right term for our industry? Is it APM? Something else?

Do you think BSM is dead? What do you see as the correct term for our industry?