Lifecycle Trends and DevOps

Topics of discussion here include cultural shifts and trends seen across Development, Operations, Test and beyond. Heavily covered topics include DevOps and other supporting principles like continuous delivery, continuous integration and agile and lean development as they influence IT attitudes and ultimately user performance.

How to Automate Enterprise Application Monitoring with Ansible

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In my last article, Top DevOps Tools We Love, I proclaimed the availability of deployment automation scripts for our Dynatrace products. Today, you will learn about the basic concepts behind Ansible, which will enable you to roll your own playbook for integrating insightful end-to-end monitoring with Dynatrace into every part of your enterprise application in under 60 seconds. Enterprise Applications and Distributed Architectures Enterprise applications are typically ... More >

5 SharePoint Deployment Performance Health Checks: Beyond Making Sure Its Running

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In my first blog I wrote about SharePoint System Performance Health Checks beyond looking at CPU and Memory Metrics. In this blog, I cover deployment related performance health problems that I always check when looking at a SharePoint Installation. Especially after deploying new hardware, new sites, pages, views, custom or 3rd party Web Parts (e.g: from AvePoint, K2, Nintex, Metalogix …) it’s important to perform certain deployment sanity checks. While you may have nobody ... More >

SharePoint Lessons Learned from SPTechCon Austin

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Yee-haw! Leading up to their first show in Texas, this was the message that adorned SPTechCon's website in large letters made of rope. At first, this reference to a caricature of Texas culture made me cringe, being a native Texan and all. However, to SPTechCon's credit, there is some significance to the phrase being used in relation with the subject matter of the conference. Much like the opportunity the Wild West represented to early Texas settlers, who likely coined the ... More >

How to Performance Monitor All Your Applications on a Single Dashboard

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It’s become easy to monitor applications that are deployed on hundreds of servers – thanks to the advances in application performance management tools. But – the more data you collect the harder it is to visualize the health state in a way that a single dashboard tells you both overall status as well as the problematic component. Eugene Turetsky (Dynatrace) and Stephan Levesque (SSQ Financial Group) shared their solution for monitoring large IT infrastructures which ... More >

The Art of DevOps: An Introduction to the Landscape

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Welcome to my four part series on what I’m going to call the Art of DevOps.  We will embark on a mission to reveal the extremely valuable intelligence that’s been collected about a unique strategy to continuously deliver assets to the operational battleground safely, securely and quickly.  This strategy drives optimal monitoring of the frontlines and enhanced communications with the troops supporting the initial development.  I do make the assumption that most of you are ... More >

Top 10 WebLogic Performance Metrics to Proactively Monitor a Server Farm

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In my years of experience with Weblogic monitoring, I came up with a list of key metrics that can help determine the health of my server farm. These early indicators allow me to set pro-active steps instead of waiting for end users to complain. The following screenshot shows one of my Dynatrace dashboards containing key health metrics captured through JMX: Metrics to become Proactive instead of Reactive Monitoring is a proactive, not reactive, approach to system ... More >

Top DevOps Tools We Love

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The word DevOps is a portmanteau of "development" and "operations". However, anyone who knows "The Phoenix Project" by Gene Kim et al. will agree that its radius is much wider than what the term suggests: it's a melting pot that combines principles from Agile Software Development and Lean Manufacturing with the aim to reduce friction and improve collaboration by honing a culture of communication, respect and trust across Product Management, Development, Testing, IT ... More >

Key Performance Metrics For Load Tests Beyond Response Time- Part II

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In Part I of this blog I explained which metrics on the Web Server, App Server and Host allow me to figure out how healthy the system and application environment is: Busy vs. Idle Threads, Throughput, CPU, Memory, et. Cetera. In Part II, I focus on the set of metrics captured from within the application server (#Exceptions, Errors, ...) as well as the interaction with the database (connection pools, roundtrips to database, amount of data loaded …). Most of the screenshots ... More >

Key Performance Metrics For Load Tests Beyond Response Time- Part I

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Whether it is JMeter, SoapUI, Load Runner, SilkTest, Neotys or one of the cloud-based load testing solutions such as Keynote, Dynatrace (formerly Gomez) or others, breaking an application under heavy load is easy these days. Finding the problem based on automatically generated load testing reports is not. Can you tell me what is wrong based on the following reports? My Key Metrics from Web Server to Database I’ve helped engineering organizations over the last 10 – 15 ... More >

4 Actions to help Marketing and support your Super Bowl ad performance

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While your marketing team/agency was figuring out how many puppies, bikini clad women or hashtags to incorporate into your upcoming Super Bowl ad/commercial, I sure hope someone has been planning for the increased attention your homepage or landing pages expect to get. There is a great chance marketing hasn’t thought this through, especially this year as some Super Bowl ad spots have only recently been sold. I really hope whoever is spending $4.4M for 30s of air time with ... More >