Transaction-Based APM in Production – Why Every Organization Should Do It

Ask any CIO if they would release a major application into production without conducting a performance test, and the answer of course would be “No!”  Ask the same CIO if they have the ability to automatically discover, dynamically trace, and continuously monitoring all production transactions end to end with transaction-specific diagnostics, the answer is again (and unfortunately) “No.”

What if I told you that it would take you less time to install OpTier APM 5.0 in test and production to provide full horizontal (end to end) and vertical (deep dive) visibility to ALL transactions than it takes to create a good performance test for that same application?

It’s true and it’s not even close.  I spent more than ten years helping hundreds of customers address the need to perform functional and performance tests.  One must plan, perform script creation, test design, test parameterization and environment configuration before even running testing and evaluating results.  A old colleague of mine from those days characterized script creation (for performance testing or synthetic monitoring) as “climbing up Mount Everest and when you finally get to the top, there is a treadmill there.”  This is an apt analogy that reflects the work to create scripts and tests as well as maintain them once you’re done.  That said, every IT organization, as they should, has dedicated testing teams and has invested millions of dollars in testing tools.

It takes dramatically less time to install OpTier APM in test and production than to create a valid performance test.  Once installed, OpTier APM shows how users from different locations and channels (mobile, web), access pages and transactions, where those transactions flow in and out of the data center, how long they take (both end to end,as well as on and in between each tier across which they flow) and deep dive diagnostic information in a transaction context (method level timing, SQL).

OpTier APM’s capabilities enable production support to be better at being reactive, cut problem isolation times to near zero, move from being reactive to proactive, target performance optimization efforts, plan capacity and answer business related questions regarding their key applications.   OpTier APM enables testing teams to understand if their tests are running as they expect and perform rapid hotspot detection which allows testing teams to find and fix more problems yielding applications that perform better on day one.

And that’s not just our view.  According to a recent TRAC Research report, 81% of companies use a silo-based, infrastructure-elements approach to monitoring.  The report also notes that the average mean time to repair is over 3.5 times long for silo-based APM vs transaction APM.  Obviously, many more companies should use transaction APM.

If you don’t have full horizontal and vertical visibility of all of your business critical transactions in production and test, what are you waiting for?  It will take less time than it took you to design the performance tests for your key applications… much less.  Give us a call or contact us online, we’ll provide you unparalleled visibility into your business transactions – in no time. Or check out our APM white paper to learn more.

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