Application performance management and DevOps: A winning combination

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APM DevOps One of the biggest trends in IT organizations is the shift to a DevOps approach. By increasing collaboration between operations and development, DevOps has the power to help your business achieve faster time to market, decrease downtime and reduce defects. In fact, a recent IBM survey cited faster time-to-market as the single greatest driver for DevOps adoption.

Everyone has a DevOps strategy

The survey included results from over 500 companies across multiple industries. The vast majority of respondents had already adopted several key DevOps practices, such as increasing alignment between developers and operations. Of the companies that hadn’t started these practices, most planned to adopt DevOps within the next 12 to 18 months.

While many companies are implementing some components of DevOps to increase collaboration and speed the release cycle, the most advanced practitioners have already implemented continuous delivery—often pushing code updates multiple times a day. Users are beginning to expect this level of reliability, and they’re becoming less tolerant of application slow-downs. In other words, downtime is a thing of the past. If your organization is just beginning to adopt DevOps practices, how can you keep up?

Finding an edge with APM

Application Performance Management (APM) can be a critical tool for successfully adopting a DevOps approach at your organization. APM was once exclusively the domain of the operations team, but with DevOps, each side now has visibility into the processes and capabilities of the other. This allows development to take advantage of APM capabilities that were previously only used in production environments.

APM solutions critically support many of the goals of implementing DevOps. For example, to achieve the continuous release cycles that support the uptime and response time their users expect, DevOps teams need to know about potential issues before they affect the application. APM systems can help by providing predictive analytics to identify anomalies and alert the DevOps teams before service is impacted. In general, the faster an APM solution can identify a potential problem and the root cause, the faster the DevOps team can mitigate the impact. This supports the overall DevOps goals of faster development, deployment and updates. The chart below illustrates the overlap in APM and DevOps objectives.

APM DevOps

The transition to DevOps depends on many factors. Implementing an end-to-end APM solution is one way to help ensure your transition is successful.

Register for our June 14th APM and DevOps webinar here.

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