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It's Smart, It's Light, It's an App Owners Delight

Simplifying your application-monitoring needs

Surprisingly, one of the biggest roadblocks to successful APM Deployments is not technology. It is ownership. Who owns APM? At many enterprises it is a cross-department effort. While there are specific groups who own web servers, others who are in charge of databases, networking owners and even business process owners, This can lead to volumes of very detailed information which lack clear visibility into the application. We certainly need to ensure the application owners and that the technology deployed is focused on monitoring the results of the application and not just its activities.

The Primary applications are the lifeblood of the business. These applications are also often the most complex and expensive to manage. While these app owners care about cost, they are much more concerned about performance. In order to win over these primary applications, we need to make sure we are addressing their top concerns:

  • How you will guarantee Service Level Agreements?
  • Forecast performance issues to easily add or reduce computing capacity, and provide disaster recovery at a fraction of the cost?

Let's face it, application owners are getting more involved...

Application Owners care about application performance as it has a direct impact on customer experience, which is critical, one bad service experience can quickly go viral and could result in negative brand image

There are hoards of Application Owner Pain Points which need to be addressed

  • Are you an application owner, not a monitoring administrator? And you need something dead simple to use?
  • Are you looking for a small solution and want to use a hosted VM to run it?
  • Do your workloads come and go very quickly, and you need a nimble solution that runs in both development and production?
  • Do you have access or control to deploy a typical monitoring infrastructure in a public cloud?
  • Do you need to quickly see the performance and availability of your applications so you can rollback a change or spin up a new VM to balance the workload?

To address all these pain points and to develop a deeper penetration with its clients, IBMs effort in bringing SmartCloud Monitoring - Application Insight seems like a winner.

With its design which could be used in the development of web-based applications for public and private clouds, this solution also provides quantitative information on factors such as the application's response time or the end user's wait time. Using these insights, developers and app owners are better enabled to ensure both, a product that meets users needs and a process that helps reduce or avoid the significant expense of repairing applications after they are in production.

A few features that convinced me that this product has been designed keeping the app owners as the primary focus are:

  • Extremely intuitive, uncluttered dashboard
  • Simple "user experience" use case
  • Downloads in under an hour, installs in ten minutes
  • Monitoring is embedded in base images and discovered within seconds of being instantiated
  • Requires no installation in the cloud infrastructure
  • Monitoring is embedded in VMs under the user's control
  • Provides a quick view of the availability of http web applications
  • Observes real-time performance of the user experience of deployed applications and quickly respond

IBM SmartCloud Monitoring - Application Insight sure looks like a product designed for an app owners appetite.

You can read about the product and download the free trial here: IBM SmartCloud Monitoring - Application Insight Product Page

More Stories By Kushagra Sharma

Kushagra Sharma (Kush) has been with IBM for more than 7 years, and has around 9 years of experience in IT Services,Marketing, Account management, Social Media Marketing,Digital marketing, Customer Service, Technical Support, Sales and Software Testing across World-Wide markets. I am currently the WW Marketing Manager for Tivoli APM and Cloud solutions.Before moving into Tivoli, I was a part of the Rational software group where I had more client focused roles which included #mapping the service delivery processes # evaluating critical success points in the process # defining service standards and objectives for these essential points # establishing service delivery procedures to optimize service # creating/adhering to service level agreements and service level objectives for the complete Rational Software Portfolio.