monitoring

Is APM limiting your IT innovation?

The aspiration of APM has always been to describe IT as Business, but for many companies this has failed to materialize, because the complexity of describing the workflows, decisions and procedures that make up the business processes has proven to be too complex for the systems being employed to do it. When synthesized down to [...]

The history of technology is one of abstraction

In the 1970’s a CPU such as the Z80 held about 8500 transistors, and in the 1980’s an 8086 processor held around 29,000 transistors, Todays top end CPU’s hold close to 20 Billion transistors. Systems used to contain 1000 bytes of Ram, today’s desktops generally contain 16,000,000,000 or more of RAM. Secondary storage of 10 [...]

Why Classic Monitoring Is Not Enough

"Round up the usual suspects." Monitoring your IT systems continues to be a critical part of ensuring that your business runs. But is it enough? With the continually increasing complexity of IT systems, many businesses struggle to ensure that everything continues to operate at levels that the customers demand. Monitoring systems generally track some or [...]

Application Performance Monitoring Best Practices – Dealing with False Positives

When monitoring any application for anomalies, the challenge can be that each individual parameter being monitored will stray outside of its expected normal range of operation, but unless other parameters are also showing stress this may not be important. But when a series of different parameters all start to show a change in the same [...]

What is IBM MQ?

IBM MQ (often called “MQ”, WebSphere MQ or “IBM MQ”) is IBM’s Message Oriented Middleware offering that enables an asynchronous program-to-program communication via queues. It has been designed to operate largely as a “black-box”, in that it supports unattended operations, and is largely transparent to applications, and runs as multiple background processes. It enables applications [...]

The Basic Ways of Monitoring MQ

There are several facilities and techniques available to identify and resolve problems with MQ Series. EVENT MONITORING MQ Series publishes several event messages in some special SYSTEM Queues to indicate a failure, potential slowdown, change in configuration, security violation etc., These events can be turned on or for the Queue Manager level and for Queues [...]

Improving MTBF and MTTR

I was having a discussion today with a customer about how they measure and reduce risk. And it came down to a simple understanding of MTBF and MTTR. If felt a little like going back to basics, but the simple fact is the basics are, the basics. MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) is a measure [...]

By |blog, monitoring, tracking transactions|

Intelligently Monitoring IOT

I was recently talking with a company that manages environmental and AV systems for large buildings. They use the most advanced technology, which in this case is IOT (Internet of Things). They setup control systems to control light, HVAC, window shades, door locks, AV displays, speakers and more. In a large building this can be [...]

By |monitoring, tracking transactions|

The Six levels of Application Performance Maturity

Level 1 Hope & Pray Many companies build business applications iteratively, starting with a proof of concept and then using creative internal and external talent to build out the concept into a working prototype. Which is then extended into product. I’ve seen systems built this way that deliver very powerful innovative ideas. The challenge is [...]

IBM Partners: Top Picks of Disruptive Offerings at Think 2018

In a recent Forbes article, leading industry analyst and Forbes contributor Jason Bloomberg lists his top picks from Think 2018 of disruptive capabilities and offerings complementary to IBM’s focus on cloud and data, artificial intelligence (AI),  blockchain and security. Among the vendors listed from Think 2018, he included Nastel's comprehensive monitoring capabilities across hybrid environments. [...]