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Application Performance Management (APM): What You Should Know

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The modern IT environment is becoming more complex, more dynamic and more distributed than ever before. As application technologies grow, so does the risk of potential malfunctions that can directly affect business. This is why application performance management/monitoring (APM) is critical in ensuring THE smooth performance of key business applications.

In this guide, we’re going to look at the various ways businesses embrace application monitoring and why finding the right APM tools and deploying them for cloud and mobile apps is vital to the health of any business.

Deploying Application Performance Monitoring

IT experts in charge of business applications are shifting their focus from monitoring applications to ensuring that user experience is prioritized. With the rapid growth in the use of web, cloud and mobile applications, the demand for application performance monitoring is on the rise.

Developers are using different approaches to deploy APM in organizations. Some need reliable support for older applications to deliver on performance analytics and track user experience while others need to monitor entire application networks while identifying issues.

To ensure successful deployment of application performance monitoring, business owners must work closely with their IT departments and take these steps:

  • Embrace new approaches and tools to better manage today’s dynamic applications
  • Choose tools that align with their application performance requirements
  • Ensure proper implementation and performance management processes
  • Involve IT departments and address the challenges they face

The right APM tools make problem-solving less disruptive to the customer experience and ensure a more efficient and faster deployment process. Stackify, an APM solutions provider, offers an in-depth look at critical features that ensure effective deployment: click through to this article.

Select the Right Monitoring Tools

Selecting the right APM tools calls for a clear understanding of a business’s applications and features. Developers in charge of application performance management must understand the benefits, the faults, the management metrics and other aspects of business app technologies.

This ensures that they’re able to approach challenges while implementing monitoring solutions that match the application’s complexity. According to TechRadar, the right APM tool should allow a business to quickly collect data and analyze it and also detect and diagnose application performance issues so that problems can be solved quickly.

A reliable APM solution should help businesses:

  • Understand where potential issues may lie in their applications
  • Carry out regular network performance tests
  • Conduct real-time data center monitoring to identify and solve performance issues
  • Avoid application meltdown

Keep in mind that APM tools differ widely in features and functionality, so select wisely.

Deploying APM for Cloud and Mobile Applications

More businesses are migrating their operations to private, public or hybrid cloud models. While managing cloud-based applications may seem easier, APM tools are a must have technology when it comes to ensuring the applications perform as expected.

Businesses must also have greater visibility into the performance of mobile applications. With a growing mobile workforce, APM solutions providers are now delivering software that offers the ability to monitor and manage mobile applications.

For effective mobile or cloud APM, businesses must take these steps:

  • Implement APM best practices to ensure smooth user experience
  • Look out for cloud and mobile visibility capabilities
  • Choose APM tools that can be deployed across diverse platforms

Bottom Line

According to Ariel Gordon, Co-Founder of VP Products at Neebula, businesses must have a good understanding of the impact of deployed applications and their performance in the cloud. Unlike managing applications in a normal environment, cloud APM must be done in real-time.

Apart from investing in APM tools, businesses must work with developers to come up with a comprehensive APM strategy that allows everyone to share data throughout the development process so that potential issues can be identified early and addressed.

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