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Webinar: APM Best Practices to Improve DevOps Success

Riverbed Technology March 15, 2018

Register for our webinar on using APM to improve DevOps

The DevOps movement continues to gain impressive traction at the enterprise level. Today, 84% of enterprises report practicing some form of DevOps[1].

Most of these organizations have realized that balancing automation and service quality is paramount to more successful DevOps practices. As a result, they’ve identified that application performance management (APM) tools can play an integral part of the DevOps toolchain—boosting developer productivity, software performance, and customer satisfaction.

Better yet, they’re starting to realize that APM can be instrumental in driving cultural change with respect to core DevOps principles like better collaboration, measurement, and sharing.

Of course, to realize these outcomes, you need the proper DevOps monitoring strategy in place. We’ll give you some tips to get started in our upcoming webinar on March 22, aptly titled “Fast-Tracking Your DevOps Monitoring Strategy.” Read on for a quick summary of what to expect.

APM—no longer a tool for production and ops teams only

APM tools are best known for their value in helping teams identify and resolve production performance problems in even the most complex and distributed of environments. They’re worth their weight in gold for that reason alone. This is particularly true in a DevOps environment where accelerated rates of change can strain IT teams and increase the likelihood that problems pop up in production.

But APM isn’t for production environments only. During the webinar, we’ll show you how developers, QA engineers, and others can benefit from APM when they leverage it as a common, centralized analytics engine.

Use APM as part of an integrated toolchain
Integrating APM throughout the software development lifecycle drives increased operational efficiency.

People and processes—just as important as APM products

As I alluded to earlier, DevOps represents a significant cultural shift for today’s IT organizations. With that shift, you might expect teams to seek slightly different skill sets to round out their practices. And you would be right. While performance engineering skills are still an absolute must, what other characteristics should you look for in DevOps practitioners?

Similarly, what types of processes are important to develop when you build out your monitoring strategy? We’ll cover why it’s important to consider these other two Ps (people and processes) in parallel to the third P, (APM) products.

Eliminating the perspective bias when instrumenting your environment

If DevOps is to promote stronger collaboration, trust, and transparency, teams must eliminate the silos of tools that often exist with today’s monitoring practices. And they must ensure the right data—with the right level of granularity, and from the proper perspectives—is accounted for to eliminate the finger-pointing that often exists when assessing application performance.

Domain-specific tools lead to a performance perspective bias
Domain-specific tools complicate DevOps monitoring practices because they can’t provide a true understanding of the user experience, creating a perspective bias that leads to finger-pointing and wasted time.

We’ll provide some examples of why teams often encounter this perspective bias. Then, we’ll show how an integrated toolset and common data sets are critical for fostering a blameless culture that’s at the heart of DevOps.

DevOps monitoring strategies need to be as dynamic as today’s infrastructure

Today’s applications are more distributed than ever before, consisting of microservices from different locations and extending into the cloud. The very nature of these new architectures, coupled with higher rates of code deployments, means components and dependencies change all the time.

Is your monitoring instrumentation able to keep pace? We’ll cover seven attributes you should consider when evaluating APM solutions.

It’s time to register!

These are just some of the topics we’ll cover, so please register for our webinar on March 22 at 11:00 a.m. PDT/2:00 p.m. EDT for a deeper dive into these areas and more. We hope to see you there!

[1] RightScale, “2017 State of Cloud Report”

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