What Do You Know About Application Performance Management?

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Do you know as much about application performance management as you think you do? Take the following quiz to find out. It’s only five questions long, so it won’t take much of your time.

1.  Application performance management is a silo-based management software.

True or False.

2.  Silo-based management describes application performance management tools that only measure or monitor the performance of a single aspect of the IT enterprise.

True or False.

3.  Application performance management saves businesses more than it costs to implement.

True or False.

4.  IT can use application performance management software to monitors networks.

True or False.

5.  A business can use application performance management software to prevent service interruptions.

True or False.

Now let’s see how you did.

1.  Application performance management is a silo-based management software.

True and False. There are many different APM products on the market. Some are silo-based in that they only monitor a small segment of the IT stack. Other APM products monitor and assist with the management of all the applications that execute across the entire IT stack. Knowing what the APM software you are considering is capable of delivering is vital for a fit that meets your business needs.

2.  Silo-based management describes application performance management tools that only measure or monitor the performance of a single aspect of the IT enterprise.

True. Silo-based management has been the standard performance management approach for many years.  A silo-based management tool tends to monitor a single application or a segment of the IT enterprise, such as the hardware, servers or networks. There are still vendors who are primarily silo-based who call their monitoring package an APM solution.

To truly fit the current definition of APM, the solution needs to offer a broad range of functions

3.  Application performance management saves businesses more than it costs to implement.

True. Most businesses see significant reductions in Severity 1 issues. These are issues which significantly hurt the bottom line. They also see a rapid decrease in tier 2 and tier 3 support issues.

4.  IT can use application performance management software to monitor networks.

True and False. In general, application performance management software falls short of network monitoring. This is generally a function of NAPM (network application performance monitoring) products. There are partnerships emerging in the marketplace which are linking network performance management and application performance management solutions.

Even if an application performance management product doesn’t provide network monitoring, it can still be a good fit for your business if it is designed to work with your existing monitoring tools.

5.  A business can use application performance management software to prevent service interruptions.

True. Application performance management is one of the best ways to ensure your business is proactive in its approach to problem prevention. If the APM solution has complex event processing (CEP) based correlation and deep-dive capabilities, it could also offer automated problem repair and response. Only the APM vendor can tell you whether the specific application performance management solution is able to identify business abnormal behavior and prevent it from cascading into a service impacting event.

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