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With the holiday shopping season kicking off later this week, the big question is: Will IT Complexity Jeopardize Retailers’ Digital Performance this Black Friday/Cyber Monday? According to recent data, this Cyber Monday is expected to be the largest online shopping day in history, with...
The stats about China’s e-commerce industry continue to make my head spin. We’ve just seen Singles Day 2016 break more records than ever before (US$1 Billion in 5 mins) and China is now sitting comfortably as the largest retail e-commerce market in the world: Total sales this year will...
Many blog posts have been written about the Dyn DNS DDOS attack  on October 21st. Dyn itself was very open with the problem and kept updating their customers and users impacted by the attack through their blog and twitter feed. My colleague David Jones (aka Jonesy) blogged about how ou...
Last week, I was trying to come up with a term for the opposite of war room. Why? I made a note a few months ago while reading a Gartner paper extolling the virtues of wire data, specifically as applied to the modern data center’s availability and performance management disciplines. Am...
We have all experienced the excitement of bringing a new technology or architectural pattern — like microservices — on the design table: “It is really powerful and exactly what we need to meet our challenges, so let’s start implementing it!” I feel the same way about micros...
We are 24 hours away from the end to the 2016 Election Cycle, and as a historic campaign comes to a close all eyes turn toward the “battleground” states. With fears of cyber attack being discussed in the media I decided to place some synthetic monitoring on the main election pages for ...
I was honored to do a DevOps Handbook Lessons Learned webinar with the DevOps “Godfather” Gene Kim earlier this month. In preparation for it I not only started reading his new DevOps Handbook, but also revisited the main messages of his previous DevOps book – The Phoenix Project....
Amazon AWS re:Invent 2016 is quickly approaching and Dynatrace is proud to be participating for the third year in a row, this year as a platinum sponsor.  With an expected 24,000 attendees, this will be the largest gathering of the Amazon Web Services community. As the only fully-autom...
It’s the race that stops Australia. TAB claims they handle 3000 transactions per second at the peak of the betting splurge – across desktop and mobiles in all parts of the country. You can imagine, preparing for peak digital performance is a major priority for all betting agencies at t...
Microservices are a great architectural pattern. Not completely new – but – either because of  the name, or just having the right people at the right time promoting it, microservices have gained widespread acceptance. The more software applying this new architectural approach, the more...
Dynatrace announces OpenStack support at Barcelona Summit OpenStack monitoring In today’s world, applications are the lifeblood of your business. When problems arise, reactive troubleshooting is no longer good enough. You can take control with 24/7 visibility into applications and clou...
The goal is now in sight – if not yet in reach: a fully-automated operational production environment. The rise of DevOps shows the progress we’ve made in automating the provisioning and configuration of ops, as well as application deployment. Management of the ops environment isn’t far...
DNS Incident, Friday, October 21, 2016 Update: 11:00pm EST Reports of this issue impacting regions outside the US are coming in.  Dave Anderson, VP, EMEA and APAC Marketing for Dynatrace highlighted some issues being seen in Australia.  Here is some additional detail as to why Australi...
One of the hot topics currently in the .NET community is CoreCLR and ASP.NET Core. As most probably you already know: Microsoft decided to create a cross platform, high performance version of ASP.NET, which they even open-sourced. What is ASP.NET Core? There are many great posts about ...
While the words “Digital Transformation” can mean many things, in the case of Liferay, we regularly see how organizations have transformed and enriched online journeys and experiences for their customers and employees by unlocking rich data, information, and applications hi...
Website performance is incredibly important for most companies. This is especially true in situations where a website might be accessed by a huge number of customers within a short period of time (think Black Friday or a utility company with a widespread outage). While performance can ...
Transforming from Agile to Continuous Delivery by embracing DevOps Best Practices and a high degree of Automation is a desirable goal for many IT organizations. The biggest challenge I’ve seen when recently talking with companies such as Capital One, BCI, BCP, BBVA, and even our own en...
In my role as a Dynatrace Consultant I’ve had the opportunity to visit customers repeatedly over extended periods of time. This has allowed me to contribute to different approaches to solving problems, and to observe how well the solutions fit the unique needs of each customer. It help...
Last night was reportedly the most watched presidential debate ever. Some are estimating over 100- million viewers watched Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump go at it. I set up some Dynatrace Synthetics tests to compare the sites that would be live streaming the debate. I monitored from ...
Customer-centric innovation, more frequent deployments, the adoption of new stack and PaaS (Platform as a Service), as well as breaking up the monolith into micro-services, are several of the trends we can’t escape when following the hot topics at conferences or when talking with enter...
No eCommerce platform can be operated without a proper monitoring solution in place. In fact monitoring or analytics alone isn’t enough. If you are serious about your online business you need to do all of it: continuous performance management, user analytics, marketing analysis, ...
We’ve just wrapped up first round of EMEA and Asia Pacific Perform Days, talking with over 1,500 customers across 18 cities. There were so many extraordinary customer stories I wanted to share, and these are only a few of the highlights from the events I could attend. It really didn’t ...
On the evening of Monday, August 29, at the Dynatrace Partner Summit in Chicago, we recognized our top North America partners in the categories of VAR/Consulting, Digital Agency, SI/Performance Engineering, and ISV. The Partner Excellence Awards recognize those Dynatrace partners who h...
Perception drives end-user experience.  Ryan Bateman and I came across a very interesting article by Bryan Gardiner in Wired Magazine describing some of the science around waiting for a page to load.  At Dynatrace we are REALLY passionate about this and got to chatting about it.  We co...
What’s your most memorable “blame the network” anecdote? If you’re in network operations, you will likely have many from which to to choose. After all, doesn’t the network always get blamed first? To be fair, other teams often feel the same. Citrix and VMware admins have alternately be...
Most Application Performance Management (APM) tools became really good at detecting failing or very slow transaction, and giving you system monitoring and code level metrics to identify root cause within minutes. While Dynatrace AppMon & UEM has been doing this for years, we took i...
Application performance problems can be quite challenging to resolve and even more difficult to predict. In my role as Dynatrace Guardian Consultant - leading the implementation of APM best practices with our customers - I've experienced quite a few "head-scratcher" situations. In this...
I recently wrote an article for Forbes on Best Western Hotels and Resorts’ digital transformation efforts. For this article I interviewed its Chief Digital Officer Greg Adams and Chief Marketing Officer Dorothy Dowling. There were two sides to this digital transformation story. The mos...
Update: August 3, 2016 We are days away from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil and reports abound that the state of preparedness is in question. For several weeks now, the team here at Dynatrace has been investigating whether or not Brazil is digitally prepared for the upcoming games....
Yesterday we completely refreshed and relaunched our website. I’m in Asia this week, so I woke up early to check everything was ok overnight. This blog is a simple overview of what I looked at, step by step, as I drank my morning coffee. I’m not in the development team, I’m just one of...
What are hybrid applications? Google says: “Hybrid applications are web applications (or web pages) in the native browser, such as UIWebView in iOS and WebView in Android (not Safari or Chrome). Hybrid apps are developed using HTML, CSS and Javascript, and then wrapped in a native appl...
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring runs tests against a web application and provides users with information on application performance and availability. This includes alerts whenever performance or availability go below defined thresholds. However, the process by which alerts are received,...
Providing fast feedback is a key aspect of continuous integration, so kicking off a new build when changes are committed is a common practice in modern software development. One cool visualization of the current builds (trunk and latest sprint) are our Pipeline State UFOs, located arou...
Recently, someone asked me the following question: “Can you explain to us why the same page, optimized to be mobile friendly, takes 4.5 seconds to open on the desktop Chrome browser, but takes almost 15 seconds on the mobile Chrome browser”. So I checked to see if they had followed the...
Update: Wednesday, July 13th 2016 10:35PM ET So another Prime Day has wrapped up.  I’ll be getting my $10 five pound bag of gummy bears soon.  By all reports Prime Day has been a success for Amazon; TechCrunch reports that Amazon says it was their “biggest day ever” a...
Cultural change, automation and continuous delivery allow companies like Amazon, Etsy, Facebook, Target, CapitalOne, Verizon, Netflix and others to deliver more frequent successful new software releases “at the speed of business” (every 11.6 seconds for Amazon). And do it with a 99.9% ...
How important is APM to your organization? Assuming you’re reading this in the 21st century (if not, come back to the future!), the answer is probably pretty important. Your applications are the business. The digital experiences of your customers depend on them, as does the productivit...
The fourth annual Perform 2017 conference takes place February 7 – 9 2017 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas! Two-and a-half days, 60+ sessions, 75+ industry thought leaders, and over 100 hours of training. We are scheduling speakers and creating an agenda that you don’...
With the Brexit decision over, financial markets are reacting to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.  Below is a view showing the performance of various financial services websites, aggregated by industry and country. The most immediate impact has been with UK based b...
Can you imagine automatic problem detection being a reality?! What would it take to make it possible, practical and functional? Over the years we at Dynatrace have seen a lot of PurePaths being captured in small to very large applications showing why new deployments simply fail to deli...