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Modern Application Performance Management (APM) solutions can be tremendously helpful in delivering end-to-end visibility into the application delivery chain: across all tiers and network sections, all the way to the end user. In previous blog posts we showed how to narrow down to various root causes of the problems that the end users might experience. Those issues ranged from infrastructure through application and network, and through the end-user client application or inefficient use of the software. When the problem comes from the end user application, e.g., a Web 2.0 Web site, user experience management (UEM) solutions can offer broad analysis of possible root causes. Similarly, when an APM fault domain algorithm points to the application, the DevOps team can go deep into the actually executed code and database queries to identify the root cause of the problem. ... (more)

Let's Not Play Blame Games

When the operations team gets an alert about potential performance problems that users might be experiencing, it is usually either the infrastructure or the actual application that is causing those problems. Things get interesting when neither the ISP nor the application provider is willing to admit fault. Can we tell who is to blame? Could it be that it is neither the ISP nor the application provider? The IT department of our customer, SerciaFood, a food production company from Sercia (names changed for commercial reasons), received complaints about the performance of one of it... (more)

Can You See the Storm Coming?

As much as we try to avoid performance problems, they do happen. It is inevitable. But it is possible to learn to react fast, and in some occasions fast enough that the impact on the end users is negligible. Despite operators' best efforts, 73% of performance issues are reported by users, according to "APM: Getting IT on the C-Level's agenda" report by Aberdeen Group. This number is quite large considering that less than 5% of all users typically bother to complain at all. User Experience has a significant impact on business success. According to the Aberdeen report, poor perform... (more)

Part 4 | Five Steps to Improve E-Commerce Performance for Increased Sales

Our client TescaraHats (name changed for commercial reasons), a European market leader in manufacturing customized hats, set up an e-commerce site in hopes of increasing its market share and boost its sales. This did not happen. TescaraHats learned quickly that there is much more to e-commerce performance than simply putting an e-commerce service online. In Parts 1-3 of our e-commerce performance mini-series we discussed why focusing on page rank is not enough and that we should look at your performance at the back end and potential network-related problems. In Part 4 we will s... (more)

Application Performance Problems? When to Blame the Untrained End User

In my previous posts I wrote about how important it is to have end-to-end visibility into SAP in order to avoid serious problems in our delivery chain or to discover that application performance degradation was caused by malfunctioning hardware. One of our New Zealand customers, Fonterra, who is the world's largest exporter of dairy products, uses SAP to support its delivery chain of dairy products made from 22 billion liters of milk collected each year. In this article we show how Fonterra uses a new generation of APM tools that provide both user and transactional insight, as we... (more)