Top APM Tools – 2016 Edition

Application Performance Management (APM) is a way for companies to monitor and manage their software applications and performance. It is a critical function managed by DevOps, IT operations, application teams, developers, support teams, business managers, and other application professionals.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 95,000 views of the top APM tools by real users in 2015 and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing APM vendors on IT Central Station.

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If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our APM section on IT Central Station at https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/application-performance-management#top_rated.

Want to learn more about the top APM solutions on the market? Watch our recorded PeerPanel Webinar – APM Solutions: A User Perspective Roundtable.

Top APM Tools

Application Performance Management (APM) is a way for companies to monitor and manage their software applications and performance. It is a critical function managed by DevOps, IT operations, application teams, developers, support teams, business managers, and other application professionals.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 70,000 views of the top APM tools by real users in the past year and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing APM vendors on IT Central Station.

See all APM reviews here.

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The most compared APM solutions for the first half of the year was CA APM v. New Relic with 774 comparisons by real users, while the most compared for the second half of the year was Appdynamics v. Dynatrace with 730. The most compared APM solutions of all of 2014 were Dynatrace v. New Relic, with over 1,127 comparisons on IT Central Station.

If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our APM section on IT Central Station at http://www.itcentralstation.com/category/application-performance-management.

Want to learn more about the top APM solutions on the market? Watch our recorded PeerPanel Webinar – APM Solutions: A User Perspective Roundtable.

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Review Round-up for Application Performance Monitoring

This week at IT Central Station we present a roundup of the latest reviews of application performance monitoring solutions from our growing community of real users. With so many APM products on the market, it’s hard to know which one is the right choice for your organization. Read what our real users have to say about these solutions: CA vs New Relic vs AppDynamics vs Fluke Networks.

Reviews of Application Performance Monitoring solutions From Real Users 

AppDynamics – “We have been able to proactively correct issues from newly launched applications without even receiving complaints from the end users, and the amazement of users when you notify them personally that an error they never reported has been corrected is priceless. AppDynamics is one of those rare companies that put the customer experience first. Once you become a customer you are appointed a technical account manager that helps you get the most out of your investment. I have a conference call with mine every other week and it really improves our understanding and use of the solution.” Read the full review here.

New Relic – “The database trace was the most useful service. This helped us to improve performance on our servers by more than 30%. I could spend less time verifying code and check for performance. I created accounts for my devs and integrated this into the KPI’s and also the test process. This in turn reduces the amount of money we were spending on our servers. The database performance was something we were able to greatly improve. The simple one line install was perfect and took us less than 1 minute to install. ” Read the full New Relic review.

CA APM – “Provided greater visibility to IT regarding necessary actions on its governance and relationship with suppliers and business areas. In the previous scenario, IT was surrounded by tools but did not possess a vision focused on quality of service delivery and end-to-end. With the adoption of CA APM, we have accurate mapping, we’re updated on what supports each business service and what, when, where an incident occurs and how it affects the business.” Read the full CA APM review.

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Fluke Networks – Application and network issues would inevitably arise within our infrastructure. These issues, no matter how minor, were hard to troubleshoot since each application integrates with multiple data sources. We evaluated multiple network monitoring solutions. Visual TruView was selected and deployed to solve our IT challenges and resolve the ambiguity associated with technical support calls.” Read the full review.

Dynatrace – “Dynatrace has made it extremely easy for us to identify the root cause of poor performing components of our applications. Generally their support is pretty good, but on occasion you can tell you get someone “new” in which you know more than they do.” Read the full review.

Visit IT Central Station to read more application performance monitoring reviews including, Performance Vision, DynaTraceProactiveNet,  Infrared360 and many more. You can also visit one of our APM comparison pages to see side-by-side reviews!

Year in Review: Congratulations to The Top Reviewers of 2014!

Thanks to all contributors for a great year of informative, dynamic and helpful reviews. Our community can only be as strong as the reviews we receive so we thank each one of you for your important part in our community’s growth!

Contributors Thank YouTop contributors have been recognized, vendors are joining—and best of all—the community, a leading source for real reviews from real users, is growing.

A special thanks to the following IT Central Station Top Reviewers of 2014.

Top Reviewers of 2014
# 1 Pablo Parnisari
Review of QlikView
# 2 Cecil Lozano
Review of Wrike
# 3  Jose Lopez Fernandez    
Review of AppDynamics 
# 4 Michael Foster
Review of HP LoadRunner
# 5 Guido Schade
Review of New Relic
# 6 Alex Baptista
Review of Fluke Network
# 7 Joseph DiVenere
Review of Dataflux
# 8 Todd Adams
Review of CA UIM (Nimsoft)
# 9 Isaac Earl
Review of Dell Foglight
# 10 Derek Hennessy
Review of Veeam Backup
# 11 Tom Ruediger
Review of MobiControl
# 12 Eric Johnson
Review of Aerohive WLAN

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PeerPanel Webinar – APM Solutions: A User Perspective Roundtable

exchange-of-ideas-222788_640On January 8th 2015 IT Central Station hosted a PeerPanel Webinar on APM Solutions. The PeerPanel event series provides an online platform for real users of enterprise technology to share their candid, real-life experiences researching, selecting and using enterprise technology products and services.

Application Performance Management is one of the most dynamic categories at IT Central Station. APM Solutions provide a way for companies to monitor and manage their software applications and performance, managed by DevOps, IT operations, application teams, developers, support teams, business managers, and other application professionals.

The distinguished panel included:

  • Marty Smith, CIO of GreenSky, a leading company in the consumer finance marketplace. Marty has experience with CA APM, Riverbed, BMC, AppDynamics, IBM, NetIQ, Mercury and HP Openview.
  • Manish Parikh, Engineer at a large fortune 100 bank based in the U.S. Manish has experience with CA APM.
  • Gil Bahat, DevOps Engineer at Magisto, an SMB in the technology space. Gil has experience with New Relic.

The event was moderated by IT Central Station CEO, Russell Rothstein and included many interesting discussions raised by dynamic questions from the audience, including Mobile APM, Root Cause, Pricing and other interesting topics.

For more information and a full video of the PeerPanel Webinar visit: http://www.itcentralstation.com/articles/peerpanel-webinar-apm-solutions-a-user-perspective-roundtable

 

 

PeerPanel: APM Tips from Real Users

We’ve all dealt with the time consuming sexchange-of-ideas-222788_640earch for quality advice about enterprise tech products. Unfortunately, for a long time this was the best way to research IT solutions. At IT Central Station, many of our users have helped to change this by sharing their input about various solutions. Fortunately for the enterprise tech community, these real users provide our community with quality and unbiased reviews of the most popularly used APM products.

Written reviews are great. But let’s say you want more details about what a reviewer has written. This is why we at IT Central Station have decided to host an APM Solutions User Perspective Roundtable. This will allow current users to voice their opinions, further explain their experiences and help guide community members who are currently considering investing in these products. Most importantly, it will allow those interested in APM solutions to ask any specific question which they may have.

The PeerPanel, which will take place on January 8th, will showcase a panel of real users of APM Solutions, including users of CA APM and New Relic, who will discuss the pros and cons of their solutions, tips and tricks, and the secrets they have learned along the way. These real users only goal will be to share their experiences with their peers and candidly answer any questions in an open discussion environment.

Join us on Thursday Jan 8 at 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm UK for APM Solutions: A User Perspective Roundtable! (Limited spaces left.)

 

APM Convergence: Monitoring vs. Management

Today’s guest blogger is Larry Dragich. Larry is the Director of Enterprise Application Services at The Auto Club Group and an Expert Reviewer on IT Central Station. He has written extensively about APM and runs the APM Strategies group on LinkedIn. Contact us if you would like to be one of our guest bloggers. Larry D

APM is entering into a period of intense competition of technology and strategy with a multiplicity of vendors and viewpoints. While the nomenclature used within its space has five distinct dimensions that elucidate its meaning, the very acronym of APM is in question: Application Performance … Monitoring vs. Management.

It’s strange to think that we would not normally use monitoring & management synonymously but when used in the APM vernacular they seem to be interchangeable. This may be a visceral response, but I see the APM idiom converging on itself and becoming a matter of expectations vs. aspirations.

Application Performance Monitoring is the expectation of the tool sets themselves and the “how-to’s” to implement them.  Gartner provides five dimensions that describe these technologies which are not meant to be so “prescriptive” as much as they are “descriptive”.

Application Performance Management is the aspiration of what we want the APM space to become. It is the umbrella over the other disciplines (e.g. enterprise monitoring, performance analysis, system modeling, and capacity planning).

To illustrate this concept consider The Principles of APM which gives you a blueprint of the high-level elements to include when implementing an APM solution. Each element goes deep as a broad category, and each category encompasses specific monitoring tools that support the end-user-experience (EUE).

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The EUE is at the heart of it all, and has become the focal point that allows us to make the connection to the business and speak to them in a language that they can appreciate. Understandably, the technology overlap across the elements can leave even the savviest IT leader perplexed about APM and what it means.

Application Performance Management has the potential to become an IT discipline, however the overall concepts outlined here need to penetrate deeper into the IT culture in order for this to emerge as a discipline. Just as the ground will heave in a winter frost and then relinquish its state during the spring thaw, so will the monitoring technologies expand and converge as the market demands and new ideas are born.

No matter where you believe APM’s heritage has come from (e.g. BSM, BTM, NPM, etc.); monitoring and management will both have their roles to play in the APM journey. APM is the translation of IT metrics into business meaning (value). How that is actually accomplished however, is another story…

Conclusion:

It’s important to consider that APM is more than just an acronym but a journey, a movement, a new way of thinking, and a new frame of reference that is stitching together business value with IT metrics. APM is promising to become the conduit that helps IT cross the chasm of “an expense to be squeezed,” and land as a true business partner providing value.

Related Links:

For more information on the basic Principles of APM and how it can be applied to any monitoring initiative or strategic discussion about application performance refer to webcast on BrightTALK.com:  Solving the Performance Puzzle: A Simple APM Methodology.

 

Visit the APM page on IT Central Station to read reviews of HP, Oracle, Riverbed, New Relic and other APM solutions. Have experience with an APM solution? Share your experiences with the community by posting a quick review today!

APM: Running With a Renegade — DevOps

This week’s guest blogger is Larry Dragich. Larry is the Director of Enterprise Application Services at The Auto Club Group and an Expert Reviewer on IT Central Station. He is a thought leader in the APM field and brings with him 24 years of IT experience. Contact us if you would like to be one of our guest bloggers. lDragich

Much like electricity, APM will take the path of least resistance when entering into an organization, attracted to the area with the strongest need; lightning, as soon as it is triggered, needs to find ground. It may be brought in to help resuscitate an application that has recently become lethargic or assist the team in rehabilitating an intrinsic codebase. Once the goal is attained however, the propensity to pigeonhole APM as a point solution is high.

Now contrast this with DevOps which is moving forward with a momentum permeating IT and giving us a means to change the way we think and operate as a partner to the business. From a waterfall perspective the sprints in scrum may have tainted the stream, but DevOps disrupts the flow entirely, rerouting the way we do work. The exploration of DevOps springs from the need to keep up with the insatiable expectations from the business without losing a competitive edge or operational stability.

As the definition of DevOps is distilled and actions are outlined for a common practice (e.g. “The Phoenix Project”), APM has the opportunity to expand its role as a strategic initiative. The areas of Development, Operations, and Network no longer need their own monitoring tools and APM can help fulfill this consolidation.

My suspicion however, is that most IT organizations are still accumulating duplicative tool sets across each segment of responsibility and have not yet selected one monitoring solution to cover their entire application lifecycle.

On its best day, with win-win as a goal, APM becomes altruistic, providing value to everyone who engages with it, transcending the singular stereotype its earlier success has garnered.

Since it has roots in BSM and is a close cousin to BI, it has the potential to become a charming and vivacious host to the business supporting their key strategic initiatives. Serving up real-time monitoring metrics for business reporting and trending will go a long way in providing value across a broad spectrum of requirements.

Convincing the astute executive to advance APM to a strategic level can prove to be challenging. Demonstrating how APM can help Operations lower their MTTR and assist Development with efficient code deployments is essential. Highlighting the big picture with APM extending to all areas within the SDLC will likely get a more positive response from the visionaries. For insight on this read: 3 Tips to Gain Executive Buy-In on APM.

Conclusion

As the coalescence of Development and Operations continues, APM stands ready to bridge the gap and facilitate a mind meld of sorts, becoming more than just a monitoring platform. However, with dozens of point solutions for monitoring already dotting the landscape, the transcendence of APM to a strategic solution may be short lived if a mutual benefit does not surface. Ironically, that benefit may be derived from supporting the very thing that could denounce APM as a point solution, DevOps.

Read reviews of APM solutions from real users at IT Central Station. See reviews of HP, Oracle, and other APM vendors.

This article was originally posted on APMdigest.com.

The Weekly Roundup – Application Performance Management Review Part 3

This week’s roundup is the last in a three-part series on application performance management solutions. There are so many solutions on the market and it’s hard to know which is best for your organization. For this final roundup, let’s see what our real users are saying about APM solutions from Nastel Technologies, CA, New Relic, and Microsoft. Here are a few highlights direct from IT Central Station users:

AutoPilot from Nastel Technologies was given 4 stars by Ralph A. Duminguez, VP for Architecture from a financial services firm. He says: “Vendor and products are dynamic and client driven”. It was also given 4 stars by director1265, IT director for a financial services firm. He says: “Flexible environment and rich features. Handles multiple middleware products”. User Manish, an IT administrator for a financial services firm, gave it 5 stars saying: “Very simple to use – a useful tool!”.

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Wily Intrascope from CA was given 4 stars by infra207,  an infrastructure expert at a technology services company. He says: “Excellent for APM, but it’s bit more expensive than other products in market”.

New Relic was given 3 stars by FrancisM, a data center head for a university. He says: “Great monitoring product. Potential privacy and security issues but the cons might just be too tempting not to try it.” It was given 5 stars though by fxober, a data center expert for a software vendor. He says: “Unique model, ultra-modern product”.

Finally, System Center Operations Manager from Microsoft got 3 reviews from EricL, an infrastructure expert for an insurance company. He says: “Good for Microsoft-centric environments”. It was given 4 stars by mgrops219, an operations manager for an outsourcing company. He says: “Expensive, but delivers what we need!”.

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