When looking at every aspect of modern life, it is clear that we live in a digital, technology-based world. We spend a large portion of our waking hours looking at a screen, from the computers we use for work to the smartphones we use to control the televisions and monitors we watch for entertainment.
Technology and digital devices determine the way we interact with one another, do business, stay safe, learn and take in most of the relevant information that our brains see on a daily basis.
Within the screens we see and devices we use, there are a countless digital process, moving at nearly unimaginable speeds that compute and determine how these devices function.
The software and applications that we use in nearly every part of our normal lives depend upon healthy functioning and a properly working system in order to continue to move without problems occurring that could impact the entire systems.
Beyond typical consumer goods, major corporations, governments and entire economies also depend upon the same steady functionality on a much larger scale, or else there could be major problems that could impact us in even bigger ways.
This is why there has been so much attention paid to cyber-security and other technological safety measures in recent years.
While these larger-scale institutions employ entire companies to ensure the proper maintenance of their software, smaller level applications generally rely upon application performance management software.
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What APM Is
While it is a relatively new concept and the definition sometimes varies, application performance management (APM) is, in its simplest and broadest form, exactly what it sounds like.
It is a discipline that exists within the larger field of information technology that deals specifically with monitoring and managing the performance of software applications.
While this is the basic definition of the term, the recent explosion of APM software— particularly SaaS APMs– the discipline has become more diluted to the point in which the meaning is not as clear as it once was.
As much as anything else, APM refers to a booming industry in which services provide analytical data on the performance of software applications and the necessary tools for understanding the data. Still, the main goal of any APM software is to allow developers to understand the specifics of how an application performs in order to diagnose, prevent and repair problems, as well as improve the overall performance of the application.
How AMP Works
APM software is designed to collect analytical data on a number of levels including the performance, availability and user experience of any given application or set of applications.
It should also compile this data into an easily consumable format so that developers and managers can make use of it, as well as including several features for identifying, isolating and resolving problems as or before they occur.
The most important elements of application performance management include:
- Individual web request and transaction performance
- Application dependency usage including databases, web services, caching and others
- CPU, memory and other basic server metrics
- Application framework metrics
- Custom metrics as set by the business or developer
- Application log data
- Application error information
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Depending upon the individual needs and developer’s budget, there are number of options available for APM software, both on-site and SaaS choices.
While New Relic was an industry standard for many years in the field, it has quickly become overpriced and outdone by competitors as recent articles (https://stackify.com/new-relic-alternatives-for-developers/) have explained and proven. With the booming industry that is modern APM software, there is an option available to fit any need, budget and software.
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