Everything you wanted to know about APM but were too afraid to ask

What's all the fuss about?

Have you ever wondered why Cisco were happy to fork out $3.7 billion for App Dynamics back in 2017? Perhaps you want to better understand why monitoring experts have switched their focus to applications in place of infrastructure. Whatever your background, our complete guide to Application Performance Management (APM) has you covered.

But before we dive in, let's start with a quiz! Which of the following statements do you agree with?


A.  IT should focus on supporting business services, not just maintaining infrastructure. 

B.  Key revenue-generating applications should be monitored with top-of-the-line tools.

C.  But, these same tools are too expensive for monitoring every enterprise application. 


Bing bing bing! If you agreed with any, but preferably all of these statements, then read on to find out more about APM and how, together with Enterprise Application Monitoring (EAM), you can build a robust, centralized monitoring strategy that caters for all the needs of your IT and business stakeholders.

This guide is by no means a technological showdown between APM and EAM. In fact, EAM takes the service-centric approach to monitoring first used by APM and applies it to the masses – albeit at a different level of detail. For that reason your organization should have both these technology types on its radar. This guide, whilst focusing more heavily on APM, does include snippets of detail for EAM too. 

Right, let's get started.

Everything you need to know about APM


What is Application Performance Management?

Have you been tasked with writing your organization's APM monitoring strategy but been left scratching your head? Don't worry. We've got you covered with our accessible introduction to APM. During this blog we go through the essential components which make up any strategy, which companies are leading the way and discuss whether APM could be a good fit for you.


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The science behind APM - how does it work?

Are you buried beneath an avalanche of APM acronyms? Do you find yourself struggling to tell your agents apart from your synthetic transactions? Our article on the 'The science behind APM' takes a dive into how APM tools work beneath the surface. Essential reading for all techies. 


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Three ways APM will win over the business

Are you trying to persuade your boss that your business needs an APM tool? Like, right now? If so, you'll find a helping hand with our guide to the business benefits of APM. Click the big orange button below to learn how an APM tool will increase your sales, focus IT on the user experience, and improve IT productivity. 


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The challenges of choosing an APM tool

Watch out! You are about to be invited to another meeting where the sole purpose is to try and figure out which APM tool is right for your business. Newsflash, APM is not a one-size fits all solution. You might not have the budget for one of the main players, or industry regulations might limit you to vendors who are PCI compliant. Big problem. Click through to read about the perils you might face when it comes to choosing the right APM tool.


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Enterprise Application Monitoring: A cost-effective alternative to APM

This is it. The big one. You have read about the pros and cons of APM tools and considered whether it's the right solution for you. If you're sitting there and thinking - APM is not for me, my organization has hundreds of applications - I need a scalable, affordable alternative. Well my friend, Enterprise Application Monitoring just might be the right tool for you.  


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IT operations acronym buster

Whilst APM and EAM tools are two of the big players in the world of IT Operations Analytics (ITOA), there's plenty more tools ITOps should know about. Here we take a look at thirteen, yes thirteen, of the most popular acronyms currently used to described different types of ITOps tools. And be warned, we only stopped there because our Digital Marketing Manager ran out of steam...


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What is Enterprise Application Monitoring?

Businesses need IT services that work, and that means applications that that don't go down or slow down. And whilst you might know the status of your infrastructure, do you really know where to look when things go wrong?

Sure, Application Performance Management (APM) tools offer a lot of promise, but the nature of its evolution means APM is far better suited for monitoring web apps than any other. And with enterprise IT typically responsible for hundreds, if not thousands of applications - across Windows and Linux, SQL and Oracle, on-prem and the cloud - APM isn't necessarily the answer for the majority of your enterprise applications. This is where Enterprise Application Monitoring (EAM) comes in.

EAM scales application-focused monitoring to the masses, whilst APM tools deliver richer, code-level insights for a select few. The best bit? EAM utilizes your existing monitoring stack so there's no need for any news agents, databases or infrastructure. 


Cool, I'm interested. 

Great stuff. If you like the sound of APM but would rather a scalable, cost-effective alternative then congrats; you've finally found what you're looking for. Download a 30-day free trial of Squared Up to get started. If you have any questions we're always happy help.




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