More complex, more distributed and more dynamic than ever before, the modern IT environment needs application performance management (APM) that matches its agility. Inadequate application performance can directly affect a business, hurting brand image or cutting into revenue as customers struggle to complete transactions.

Embrace APM: Be proactive

APM is evolving and growing rapidly, shifting from the legacy of monitoring the network infrastructure to one ensuring the user experience performs well. The increased use of the Web, cloud and mobile applications demand complex products for network engineers and managers to track their performance.

There’s a variety of approaches for deploying APM in an organization. Some network engineers need support for traditional methods of tracking the user experience and delivering on performance analytics, while others require the ability to monitor the network while remaining cognizant of the system’s nuances. Check out these resources to learn the basics of APM, why to use it and how the technology is evolving into a network-based model.

Find the right monitoring tools

Network engineers are like doctors. They safeguard the network’s health from end-to-end – all the way from the infrastructure and backend to user applications. Choosing the right network monitoring and APM tools requires learning the differences between products and features. It calls for an understanding of the network – its benefits and faults – and grasping the various application performance management metrics needed to determine how the technology can meet the business’ needs.

Once the network engineer understands the different approaches, making application performance monitoring a priority is critical to match the network’s complexity. Businesses rely on quick data collection and analysis to predict when an application might fail. Ensuring IT decides what performance metrics are important for application performance tests, and keeping an eye on other technologies such as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) will be crucial towards guaranteeing the network delivers on its promises. Examine these resources for more information.

Deploy APM for cloud, mobile apps

APM tools are an essential “must have” technology as organizations migrate their business to a public, private or hybrid cloud model. This requires cloud application developers to pay close attention to the software lifecycle to ensure the application performs well and network engineers to closely monitor those cloud applications. Addressing any performance challenges from cloud applications will enhance the Quality of Experience for users in the organization.

Businesses also require network engineers to have greater visibility into mobile application performance. Bring your own device and the consumerization of IT demand APM tool suppliers to deliver software offering the ability monitor mobile applications for a growing mobile workforce. Read more about APM for the cloud and mobile applications.

 

 

This article originally appeared in TechTarget.  To read the full article, click here.