It’s a surprise because AppDynamics was one day away from its IPO, giving nary a hint of courting a suitor. That would be an awfully expensive and troublesome camouflage. And if it was camo, it was amazingly airtight in this notoriously leaky information age. (As I write this, several press outlets report the deal went from idea to agreement in three days.)
It’s not a surprise because:
· AppDynamics’ APM competitors have been rapidly broadening their monitoring to yield better analytics with fewer blind spots. Cisco gives AppDynamics an exceptionally clear view of network performance and AppDynamics gives Cisco a clear view of application performance. APM solutions must continue to expand their data ingestion to provide optimum value.
I cover the APM market for I&O professionals, and it seems that every week I am briefed by yet another vendor entering the APM market. I wonder “What’s the attraction? Why is APM so hot?” Maybe it’s the mess.
I’m weird. I like cleaning up after Thanksgiving dinner. Why? Because it’s a huge mess. A little effort produces the dramatic result of a clean kitchen, ready for the next attack: leftovers.
The Wave evaluates fourteen vendors on twenty-eight criteria. We selected these fourteen as key players based on their functionality, market presence and the fact that they are most frequently mentioned in our conversations with clients. Of course there are more than fourteen APM vendors in the market.
Consumers and businesses around the globe have entered the mobile era, and technology management leaders are shifting their organizations’ business applications toward mobile. In order to effectively make this shift, mobile teams must change their practices to simultaneously improve agility and ensure a good customer experience. This is even more critical in China — a market with unique business scenarios, technology landscapes, and competitive environments.
I’ve recently published two reports focusing on using the mobile IDEA cycle for customer engagement, including part one and part two. In these reports, I assess the current state of mobile application development planning in China and highlight four key areas that enterprise architecture (EA) professionals should focus on in each stage, namely “Identify”, “Design”, “Engineer” and “Analyze”, to enable the success of the mobile IDEA cycle. I also provide examples of how to unleash the power of digital business by analyzing the strategic mobile practices of visionary Chinese firms and highlighting how they use systems of engagement. Some of the key takeaways: