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Mobile Apps Will Require Application Performance Management 2.0

Application Performance Management (APM) 1.0 was defined years ago by Gartner as application performance monitoring for client server applications. Players such as CA, Wily, IBM, HP and BMC dominated the landscape, which was characterized by delivering real-time “status” of how a customer’s infrastructure was running in production. Then, as new web applications started appearing around 2001, a new set of players began to emerge. These included Gomez and Keynote, which added monitors around the end-user experience. Then recently, another breed of APM vendors came along focusing on monitoring customer transactions. These vendors include OpTier, AppDynamics and New Relic. In general, companies have two or three vendors’ monitors tracking their production status. Is this true management?

Today’s customers are looking for the next generation of Application Performance Management tools, tools specifically built for mobile applications and which track all aspects of performance. We’ll call this Application Performance Management 2.0.

There are two components of APM 2.0. The first is the delivery of a single real-time view of all performance metrics on the same timeline. This enables companies to drill into performance data much deeper/faster because it’s all located in the same place thus giving these companies, in effect, a multi-dimensional view of their performance data. Why is this so? Performance issues occur from a cascade of events eventually leading to latency or even a crash. Multi-dimensional views get to the problems quicker.

The second component of APM 2.0 is the need to add simulation to their platform. Today, companies can only react to a fire drill. Instead, companies want to prevent this fire drill from occurring in the first place. To do this requires the ability to simulate hundreds of different scenarios, which include massive loads, unique devices and many other variables.

Preventive maintenance through simulation will be the key to 2012 APM 2.0 tools for almost every mobile app builder.


Tom Lounibos

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Tom Lounibos

As CEO of SOASTA, Tom brings more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. Tom is a regular speaker at both cloud and testing events, and has become a leading advocate in using the cloud to empower individuals and accelerate changes in how applications are built, tested and deployed. Most recently, Tom served as President and CEO of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, he was CEO of Dorado Corp., a financial services software provider. Previous to Dorado, he was EVP of Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners, and held executive positions at Digitalk Corp., Knowledgeware (KWI) and Encore Financial Services. Tom also serves on several boards in the Silicon Valley.