Application Performance Management Survey: Apps On the Move
Application Performance Management company AppDynamics recently surveyed a group of professionals directly responsible for the oversight of application performance, specifically in Java and/or .NET environments. Based on the answers from over 150 respondents, certain themes came into focus:
- Agile Development and Service-Oriented-Architectures (SOA) represent the “new normal.” The vast majority of respondents release new capabilities multiple times per year and operate applications built with SOA architectures.
- Application professionals are optimistically moving forward with virtualization and cloud initiatives. They have identified the business reasons why moving applications into cloud and virtual environments makes business sense, and they anticipate financial and competitive advantages from the transition. However, in some cases, significant challenges have prevented those projects from being completed.
- Respondents agree that these new initiatives – agile, SOA, cloud, and virtualization – create new complexities and force them to confront a higher rate of change. The majority of respondents indicate that managing these new environments is harder than legacy environments.
- Application outages and performance failures in mission-critical continue to plague app owners, with many companies reporting serious problems that lasted more than several hours. As a result, respondents have begun to embrace “DevOps” practices and have started to look for application management tools that are suited to resolving issues quickly.
The overall picture of application performance suggests a continued state of change, complexity, and volatility – fueled by the rise of Agile/SOA as well as the continued migration of applications to the brave new world of cloud and virtual environments. The following summary provides more details around these insights.
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