Do you face visibility and performance issues at least once a day while managing your IT? That calls for a discussion over your performance monitoring strategies and solutions.

With all the competition in the market today and a demanding user base with skyrocketing expectations on IT organizations, it is difficult to manage an IT ecosystem without full-stack visibility. It is important to know about every functioning element in your application stack to ensure high availability and uninterrupted services. If you are monitoring your IT from multiple screens and Command Line Interfaces (CLIs), it is going to be a rough road to attain such visibility. You need a capable application performance monitoring solution to understand, centralize, and visualize IT to improve overall application performance and meet end-user demands.

How does application performance monitoring help?

Monitoring and observing application performance helps you to:

1. Keep an eye on critical application components:

Application performance monitoring through a dedicated interface extends your visibility to the depths of your application infrastructure and helps you monitor the behavior of key performance indicators like response time, throughput, error rate, and application uptime efficiently. It paints a clear picture of how and when potential performance issues like app slowdown, memory overload, high response time, etc. arise. This helps you strategize your moves to tackle such issues and plan enhancements that help you improve overall application performance. You will be able to manage all your sites, databases, and processes from one console.

2. Improve overall IT performance with proactive monitoring:

A good application performance monitor not only helps you understand your IT performance in real time, but also offers futuristic insights about potential network traffic, surges in data requests, end user demands, and resource requirements based on periodic data. With detailed visibility into application performance across the stack, you will be able to identify when resources are over-consumed or under-provisioned. This helps you upsize or downsize your infrastructure according to the system and user demands. It also aids you in speculating resource and capacity utilization for a longer run, with which you can accommodate higher workloads accurately. With such data, you will be able to plan the growth of your IT and extend your services to a bigger consumer base.

3. Understand client expectations:

Improving end user experience can improve conversions by 83%, according to a survey from Outbound. This is why most organizations actively work on improving the front-end performance of their IT to enhance accessibility and end user satisfaction.

Performance monitoring strategies like digital experience monitoring and real user monitoring (RUM) help you gain clear insights into site performance and application usability. You will be able to observe site performance, availability, uptime, latency, and synchronization at once. It helps you understand end user satisfaction well and aids in improving user experience. Utilizing synthetic transaction monitoring and real browser monitoring techniques help admins to trial and test your front-end IT architecture in pre-production environments over multiple demographics and optimize it to withstand a given user traffic and meet specific user demands. It also helps you identify and tackle performance issues like page buffering, Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) and First Contentful Paint (FCP) in time, and optimize Apdex score.

4. Yield root-cause analysis:

There are a lot of factors that impact the overall performance of your IT, mean-time to resolve (MTTR) is one of them. High MTTR not only affects user experience but can also project issues like server slowdowns, performance bottlenecks, and many more if not improved. Application performance monitoring helps you dive deep into your application infrastructure and identify the root cause of performance anomalies at code-level. This brings down the meantime to detect, and thereby reduces MTTR.

With an application performance monitoring solution that can provide you with clear visibility into your application stack, you will be able to analyze performance anomalies at code-level, locate problematic elements, and alert concerned teams before they lead to bigger issues like server slowdowns and website crashes. You will be able to enhance overall IT performance and end user experience by optimizing algorithms and keeping clear of anomalies at code-level.

5. Unlock smart alert management:

When you are working with an enterprise-level IT architecture, you would want a comprehensive report on each incident detected in the deepest layers of your IT to ensure no major slowdowns. A smart alerting system makes the job easy for you while detecting incidents, assigning severity badges and escalating it to the right DRI in time. Automating alert escalations based on severity helps you eliminate manual delays and errors while addressing an incident. It helps in prioritizing your tickets and working towards fixing critical issues first. With a system that can automate responsive actions you will be able to reduce MTTR and MTTD significantly, ensuring seamless end user experience.

Configuring adaptive thresholds for dynamic attributes will aid in bringing down alert noise and redundant alarms. It also takes the load of manually updating dynamic thresholds off the back of admin teams while working with a growing IT infrastructure.

Why choose Applications Manager for application performance monitoring?

ManageEngine Applications Manager has been in the APM game for over 20 years. Its support ranges from traditional technologies such as IBM AS/400 to latest technologies like Kubernetes and microservices. It supports a diverse, hybrid business infrastructure that include servers, application servers, web servers, services, databases, ERPs, VMs, cloud apps and many more—from a single console.

Here are some capabilities Applications Manager has to offer:

1. Real-time monitoring:

Applications Manager helps you to track your KPIs efficiently and draws performance data in real time. It helps identify and predict performance anomalies before they affect availability and application health and thereby impact end users.

2. Deep APM with byte-code instrumentation:

Applications Manager helps developers and operations teams to identify and resolve performance issues within complex, distributed applications with the aid of code-level diagnostics. It leverages byte-code instrumentation to dive into the application code and provides intricate insights into the performance and behavior of an application’s underlying code.  These include:

  • Spotting performance bottlenecks and slowdowns within the application code.

  • Tracing the execution path of transactions to pinpoint the root cause of issues.

  • Studying how CPU, memory, and database queries are used at the code level.

  • Catching errors, exceptions, and other anomalies within the application code.

  • Giving developers the visibility to fine-tune and debug the application with greater ease.

Applications Manager also offers automated service maps, thread profiling, custom transaction tracking, and can be used in dev, QA, and production environments. It supports applications written in Java, .NET, .NET core, Python, Node.js, PHP and Ruby languages.
With such visibility and detailed analysis, you will be able to improve overall application performance and scale to a larger user base.

3. User-experience monitoring:

The Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM) module in Applications Manager comes with real user monitoring(RUM), Synthetic transaction monitoring (STM), and API monitoring capabilities. These capabilities help you understand and optimize the end user experience of your digital services.

4. Smart alerts:

The tool’s AI-driven alerts help you reduce false alarms and alert noise, and enable you to focus on the incidents that matter. With automated alert escalation and dynamic threshold updates, you will be able to allocate more time for addressing critical performance issues.

5. Customized dashboards and futuristic reports:

Applications Manager’s dashboard view lets you draw and access all your application performance statistics from one screen. You will be able to customize the views and leverage widgets to visualize the behavior of your business critical KPIs efficiently. It also offers over 500 prebuilt reports, with real time and historical data, which can be generated without any need for code/query language. It lets you poll performance data over a given interval and schedule report generation. These comprehensive reports help you understand performance trends, forecast attribute behavior, and aid you in preparing your application stack for growth. You will be able to visualize and publish these reports graphically on the tool’s interactive dashboards and share them with relevant stakeholders in your business.

This is just a peek into Applications Manager’s capabilities. It also offers application discovery and dependency mapping (ADDM), bi-directional CMDB integration, multi-cloud monitoring, cloud cost monitoring, AI-powered anomaly detection, ChatOps integration, enterprise mobile apps, and much more. Over 15,000 administrators across the globe love the tool for its feature-rich catalog and ease of use. Applications Manager offers transparent and affordable licensing plans with zero hidden costs and is scalable for both SMBs and enterprises.

Now let us go back to the question at the top. Do you face visibility and performance issues at least once a day while managing your IT? Let us see how efficiently Applications Manager can enhance your visibility, locate performance anomalies, and resolve them in time. Download the free 30-day trial to check how it suits your requirements.