APM TechTalks 2014

Nastel TechTalks on APM for 2014Nastel is announcing its 2014 APM TechTalk lineup. The sessions are led by Albert Mavashev, CTO and Richard Nikula, VP Development and cover topics such as: analytics, tracking, performance monitoring, self-service, log analysis and middleware.

Please join us at one or more of the sessions and be sure to bring your questions.   The APM topics include:

  • Smart Logging for DEV, Test, QA & Production.
  • Tracking Messages Through DataPower
  • How to handle cascading problems with applications interconnected via middleware
  • Self Service for MQ II
  • Nastel AutoPilot – tracking, monitoring and analysis: a demo
  • Message tracking through multi-middleware
  • Use analytics to detect anomalies in composite applications
  • The Security Model in WebSphere MQ
  • Real-time Monitoring for Auditing and Compliance

If you miss any of them live, they will be available on-demand the following day at the same link.  Hope to see you there! The link for the TechTalks is here.

Self-service, the DIY for WebSphere

DIY or do it yourself for WebSphere MQ (WMQ)

 

The DIY (do it yourself) movement while ageless, is experiencing a rising tide of popularity possibly due the economy’s lethargic performance.  You can judge it’s popularity yourself, just based on the number of cable channels dedicated to building anything from a bookshelf to an entire new house.  Homeowners needing to do more with less take on tasks that previously they would have called in an expert or specialist to do.  With a little help from the DIY channels, they get the job done.   What about IT Ops and DevOps?  While company profits have increased, the budget’s for many IT teams has remained flat. And yet, there is still work to do. The concept of “self-service” is the IT world’s answer to DIY.  One area needing self-service is WebSphere management and monitoring.

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A Thanksgiving APM Adventure

Thanksgiving, after dinner with my extended family drinking coffee and nibbling on the many desserts everyone brought to our house seemed a great respite from the hectic days working for an APM software vendor.

Thanksgiving APM Adventures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But alas, peace and tranquility was lost as the smart phones, tablets and laptops appeared on the table next to the flour-less chocolate cake and pumpkin pie.  Suddenly, we were all shopping for Hanukkah and Christmas presents. And then the phrase recently only associated with healthcare.gov was heard, “That &#%!@ website!!!” Continue reading

Getting to the Root of Root Cause Analysis

Root cause analysis in often referred to as the “Holy Grail” of monitoring.

Getting to the root cause of APM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, if I have my Arthurian legends straight, it was never found.  We won’t count the Indiana Jones re-write of the legend… In fact the Holy Grail is more of an ideal and not something you ever fully accomplish.

Nevertheless, it was considered the most worthwhile pursuit; even if it is always a bit out of reach.  The same holds true for application performance monitoring. Continue reading

Join Nastel at Gartner Symposium

Visit with Nastel at Gartner Symposium booth #404Nastel will be in booth #404 at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, October 7th – 10th.  Please stop by our booth, #404 to enter a drawing for a Tablet, spin our wheel and try to win some cool prizes and talk to our experts on Application Performance Monitoring (APM).

We will demonstrate AutoPilot’s capabilities for Self-service, Preemptive Analytics for APM and real-time compliance monitoring.  In addition we have new version of our UI we would love to show you that was specially designed to run on mobile devices. And we have some new customer wins we would be happy to tell you about.

We hope to see you at the show!

The user community reviews Nastel AutoPilot

Reviews of Nastel AutoPilot on IT Central StationThere have been some very positive user reviews of Nastel AutoPilot posted in the online tech community review site, IT Central Station.   The reviews were written by actual users, audited by IT Central Station for authenticity. The reviewers themselves ranged in title from an IT Administrator up to the VP level. Some snippets are shown below.

A VP of Architecture at a large Insurance company described AutoPilot as dynamic and client driven.  While, an  IT Director at another  firm described the product as flexible and feature rich.  An IT Administrator described the product as very simple to use.

Check out the reviews yourself and let us know what you think.  If you are a Nastel AutoPilot user, please consider writing your own review.

Nastel: a Gold Sponsor of the MQ Tech Conference

Win a tablet at the Nastel booth at the MQ Tech ConferenceMeet Nastel at the MQ Technical Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky Ohio.  We will be there for three days, from September 23 – 27.

Don’t miss the raffle we are sponsoring for a Galaxy Tablet.

Nastel will have a live demo of AutoPilot and is happy to answer all of your questions on real-time middleware-centric application performance monitoring.

In addition, Nastel’s VP of Engineering, Richard Nikula will present a session, entitled: Using a Simple Benchmark to Understand Your Queue Managers

 

Bain is going to flip BMC – Are you at risk?

Who will watch over your middleware?

Nastel Technologies - 5 Great reasons to switch from BMC to AutoPilot

Recently, BMC one of the “big four” software firms was acquired by a group of investors led by Bain Capital.  This is good news for Bain as they generally make a lot of money from their purchases before they divest what is unprofitable and milk whatever they can from those stuck with one of their products.  But, is it good news for you?

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