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This Simple Trick Can Net You Faster Apps | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps #WebPerf

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:15:00 EST

I am often humbled by the depth of insight of those who toil in the trenches of the enterprise data center. At our Agility conference back in August, my cohort and I gave a presentation on the State of Application Delivery. One of the interesting tidbits of data we offered was that, over the course of the past year, our iHealth data shows a steady and nearly even split of HTTP and HTTPS traffic. To give you an example, my data from October was derived from over 3 million (3, 087, 211 to be precise) virtual servers. Of those, roughly 32% were configured to support HTTP, and another 30% were supporting HTTPS.

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Turning IT Departments into Superheroes | @CloudExpo #ITaaS #Cloud #Virtualization

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:15:00 EST

Nerdio is an IT-as-a-service platform with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology at its core. It is designed for IT departments that need a way to easily manage their ever-increasing workloads. Nerdio allows users to efficiently manage their complete IT environments by giving them full visibility and control of users’ desktops. In addition to virtual desktops, the platform includes unlimited virtual servers, Microsoft Office 365 security, and disaster recovery and 24/7/365 support.

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[session] #IoT Software Delivery Challenges | @ThingsExpo #M2M #API

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:30:00 EDT

Developing software for the Internet of Things (IoT) comes with its own set of challenges. Security, privacy, and unified standards are a few key issues. In addition, each IoT product is comprised of (at least) three separate application components: the software embedded in the device, the back-end service, and the mobile application for the end user’s controls. Each component is developed by a different team, using different technologies and practices, and deployed to a different stack/target – this makes the integration of these separate pipelines and the coordination of software updates for IoT more problematic. How do you coordinate the diverse moving parts that must come together when developing your IoT product or updating each of its components?

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M2C Container Teleports | @CloudExpo @GregoryJOconnor #IoT #API #SDS

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:00:00 EDT

It's been a busy time for tech's ongoing infatuation with containers. Amazon just announced EC2 Container Registry to simply container management. The new Azure container service taps into Microsoft's partnership with Docker and Mesosphere. You know when there's a standard for containers on the table there's money on the table, too. Everyone is talking containers because they reduce a ton of development-related challenges and make it much easier to move across production and testing environments and clouds. Containers are the technology that, many believe, deliver on the long-promised portability in the cloud to avoid vendor lock-in, and put developers, system administrators and their enterprises in the driver's seat.

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[video] Bringing IoT from Industry to Society | @ThingsExpo @Ericsson #IoT

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:30:00 EDT

It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his Day 2 Keynote at @ThingsExpo, Henrik Kenani Dahlgren, Portfolio Marketing Manager at Ericsson, discussed how to plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world and how it starts with business models and monetization strategies.

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In Defense of Java By @AppDynamics | @DevOpsSummit #Java #DevOps

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 16:00:00 EDT

So we have an eBook, The Top 10 Java Performance Problems, that we tweet out from time to time. Without exception, a few people reply with some version of “the problem is you’re using Java.” Java, apparently, is constantly criticized, and people have been predicting its demise for some time. Sure, it’s not as cool, flexible, or fun as some of the newer, more dynamic languages such as Python, Node, or Ruby, however, Java remains an important language for applications everywhere.

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Join Agema Systems at @CloudExpo | #API #Cloud #BigData #Microservices

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 20:30:00 EDT

SYS-CON Events announced today that Agema Systems will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Agema Systems is the leading provider of critical white-box rack solutions to data centers through the major integrators and value added distribution channels.

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Data Lake and Data Refinery | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API #InternetOfThings

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:30:00 EDT

The concept of a ‘data lake’ was coined by James Dixon of Pentaho Corp. and this is what he said – If you think of a datamart as a store of bottled water – cleansed and packaged and structured for easy consumption – the data lake is a large body of water in a more natural state. The contents of the data lake stream in from a source to fill the lake, and various users of the lake can come to examine, dive in, or take samples. Think of a data lake as an unstructured data warehouse, a place where you pull in all of your different sources into one large “pool” of data. In contrast to a data mart, a data lake won’t “wash” the data or try to structure it or limit the use cases. Sure, you should have some use cases in mind, but the architecture of a data lake is simple: a Hadoop File System (HDFS) with lots of directories and files on it.

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Software Is Eating IT By @LMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps #Containers #Microservices]

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:45:00 EDT

Software is eating the world. Everywhere you look there's an app for that. And I'm talking everywhere - including places and activities that maybe there shouldn't be an app for. No, I won't detail which those are. The Internet is your playground, I'm sure you can find examples. The point is that software is eating not just the world of consumers, but the world of IT. While most folks take this statement to mean that everything in IT is becoming software and the end of hardware is near, that's not really what it's saying. There has to be hardware somewhere, after all. Compute and network and storage resources don't come from the Stork, you know. No, it's not about the elimination of hardware but rather about how reliant on software we're becoming across all of IT.

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Four Ways Technology Is Advancing Business By @FrankMakesSense | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:00:00 EDT

Technology is advancing all around us. From our TV's that we use in our homes to the smart phones we ever so mindlessly use on a day to day basis, and they're becoming more and more connected to each other too. Technological advancement and connectivity are driving forces in businesses large and small; minimizing costs and effort, and maximizing productivity. Here are just a few of the newest ways in which technology is advancing business.

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Cloud Is Great, But What About C/C++ & COBOL Apps? | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:00:00 EDT

Platform as a Service vendors in public cloud are mostly focused on the platform for Java, PHP, Python, Ruby and other programming languages. But what about C/C++ and COBOL apps, which continue to be mission-critical for enterprises? Do you bring such apps to the cloud? If so, what are the options for transitioning to cloud? Or would you rather leave such apps on-premises, possibly in a private cloud, and only worry about integrating these applications with new applications in the cloud?

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LendingTree Debuts Small Business Loan Marketplace

Wed, 20 May 2015 16:00:00 EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LendingTree, the nation's leading online loan marketplace, today announced the official launch of its small business loan marketplace, as it continues to expand its offerings. The company's network of small business lenders already includes traditional, alternative, peer-to-peer and specialty finance lenders, bringing forth a multitude of funding options for small and mid-sized businesses. 

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AJAX Being Adopted by Retailers in Web 2.0 Era

Wed, 20 May 2015 08:30:00 EDT

'AJAX is arguably the best rich internet application available to developers right now, but its complexity and the disruption to traditional development processes seems to be hindering the widespread adoption predicted by many experts,' said Mark Fodor, senior vice president with Brulant's web development consulting company, whose clients include Hallmark, Borders and other leading retailers.

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SafeLogic “Sponsor” of @CloudExpo New York | @SafeLogic [#Cloud #IoT]

Thu, 14 May 2015 04:15:00 EDT

SYS-CON Events announced today that SafeLogic has been named “Bag Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo® New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. SafeLogic provides security products for applications in mobile and server/appliance environments. SafeLogic’s flagship product CryptoComply is a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic engine designed to secure data on servers, workstations, appliances, mobile devices, and in the Cloud.

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If SDN Is the Answer What Was the Question? By @LMacVittie | @CloudExpo [#SDN #Cloud]

Sun, 10 May 2015 11:00:00 EDT

SDN is a still simmering trend. It's not boiling over like cloud did in its early years but rather it's slowly, steadily continuing to move forward as more organizations evaluate, pilot and implement pockets of SDN within their organization. stage of sdn deployment 2015 But it's not all rainbows and unicorns. A mere 8% of organizations in our State of Application Delivery 2015 reported having SDN deployed in production. Another 8% were in their initial implementation, but a whopping 43% had no plans to deploy at all.

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Announcing @CodeFutures Named “Sponsor” of @CloudExpo New York [#Cloud]

Sat, 02 May 2015 10:00:00 EDT

SYS-CON Events announced today that CodeFutures, a leading supplier of database performance tools, has been named a “Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. CodeFutures is an independent software vendor focused on providing tools that deliver database performance tools that increase productivity during database development and increase database performance and scalability during production.

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Collaborative AJAX Project Dubbed XML11

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 22:30:00 EDT

'The goal of XML11 is to help programmers write AJAX applications without requiring any JavaScript knowledge,' Puder said. XML11 allows developers to write an application in Java which is then translated to JavaScript so that it can run inside any browser. 'Users will be able to gain access to AJAX from their desktop,' Puder said.

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Would You Hire This Guy for Your SOA or AJAX Start-Up?

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 17:00:00 EDT

Do you want your employer to separate you from the rest of the inferiors with whom you'll have to work? Do you absolutely need that gym membership and company car? If so, maybe you're the author of an amusing job application by a prospective start-up CEO that's now making the rounds of the blogosphere.

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Comprehensive AJAX Platform Released as Open Source

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:00:00 EDT

ClearNova announced the release of ThinkCAP JX, -- a rapid application development platform for building rich Internet applications that combines the power of AJAX, J2EE and open source to help organizations and their developers quickly and cost-effectively build intuitive and responsive Web-based applications while leveraging skills and infrastructure already in place.

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Bain Capital Ventures Prediction 'Ranking' By @AriaSystemsInc | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 22:00:00 EST

Enterprise resource planning systems like SAP ran manufacturing-economy companies that made widgets. In the digital economy, systems like Aria are the new ERP. Seventeen of the Fortune 500 companies launched on the Aria Active Monetization platform in 2014. Event-oriented non-blocking reactive applications will be ever more important. In late 2014, Amazon announced AWS Lambda, a distributed compute service that runs code in response to events and manages the compute resources automatically and elastically for you, so you don’t have to think about machines, disks, memory and queue servers. I made two investments in this theme. One is Typesafe, the company that’s commercializing Scala, Akka and Play, the language and frameworks that promote event-oriented reactive programming. The other is Iron.io, which provides an AWS Lambda-like queuing and execution service on all clouds (not just Amazon) and also on-premise.

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Internet of Things and the Smartwatch Market | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:00:00 EST

Smart watches, which pioneered the wearable technology sector, earned collective revenue of US$700 million in 2013 with the sale of 3.1 million units. The sheer magnanimity of these watches can be inferred from quick sale they made and acceptance they received. Smart watches are nothing but wearable computing devices that a user wears for its functional capabilities supported by a matching smartphone.

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Do You Need PaaS for Cloud Microservices? By @IoT2040 | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:30:00 EST

Cloud computing adds flexibility to enterprise IT. When companies wish to take advantage of this, they are finding they need to turn to microservices instead of their traditional, monolithic architectures to accommodate frequent change. Microservices can overcome the challnges presented by frequent change, “by splitting monoliths into multiple independent services, each with its own simple business logic,” according to Sergey Sverchkov, a Solutions Architect with Altoros. Doing so leads to another issue: “choosing either PaaS or IaaS for microservices is an open question, “ he says. Sergey recently posted a thoughtful piece on the topic of PaaS vs. IaaS when implementing microservices on the Altoros blog. Altoros provides system integration services for a worldwide client base with the Cloud Foundry PaaS, yet Sverchov's piece takes a balanced view of which approach to take. His fundamntal point is that a DevOps team will be spending a lot of time monkeying around (my phrase, not Sergey's) when companies work straight to the bare infrastructure; taking the PaaS approach. “An automated PaaS is a bigger investment,” he writes, “but it can shrink release cycles from weeks to hours and even eliminate some downsides of the microservices model.” In his post, Sergey covers six different areas regarding the implementation of microservices, and the differences between IaaS vs. PaaS in each of these areas, summarized as follows: 1. One service for one job. With IaaS, “every service is deployed as an (IaaS) instance; DevOps ar responsible for configuring valid communication interfaces.” With PaaS, “scalability can be controlled by a developer. Communication endpoints are served by the PaaS.” 2. Using different tools to implement different services. With IaaS, “DevOps needs to configure an application runtime.” With PaaS, “an application runtime is automatically deployed in a PaaS container.” 3. Loose coupling. With IaaS, “The DevOps team manages IaaS instances used for service deployment.” With PaaS, “containers are isolated elements for application deployment. Container lifecycle is managed by the Paas.” 4. Developer independence. With IaaS, “ DevOps may need to create multiple IaaS environments for each of the development groups.” Alternatively, with PaaS, development groups can be managed (using Cloud Foundry terminology) as “organizations” and “spaces.” 5. Continuous delivery. With IaaS, “DevOps engineers need to install and configure build-automation tools and integrate them with a project repository.” Specficially with Cloud Foundry, “build-automation solutions can be deployed as a regular application.” 6. Integration with external services. With IaaS, “the DevOps team deploys external services. Applications connect (to them) using properties.” With PaaS, “a service broker can be used to deploy and publish some external services. Service binding makes it easier to connect an application instance to external services.” In addition to the item about IaaS/PaaS and microservices, Sergey has authored a much longer technical whitepaper on the general topic of microservices vs. monolithic architectures, available through the blog section of the Altoros website. I heard a lot of talk last year about major public cloud infrastructure providers starting to subsume PaaS into their offerings. Besides the potential for a new era of vendor lock-in, the IaaS vs. PaaS deba[...]



Top 10 Startup Tips for 2015 By @SMEStorage | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 22:00:00 EST

I’ve been working in small and large software startups for the last 20 years and currently have the privilege of being the CEO of a startup, Storage Made Easy, for the last 3 years. With the advent of 2015 I have not doubt that there will be many people considering whether to take the plunge and commit to founding a startup. There are a diverse number of resources on the web all offering advice and to that mix I add 10 tips of my own. I’ve tried to keep them to things I wish I had known before commencing my own journey.

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BYOID Exposes the “Digital Divide” Between IT and the Business

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:29:00 EDT

A growing number of websites allow visitors to log in using a digital identity from a trusted 3rd party -- like Facebook, Microsoft, PayPal, or Google. The fancy term for this is “federated identity,” but most people call it Bring Your Own Identity, or BYOID.

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The Log – So Important It Deserves a Book

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:01:00 EDT

In my opinion, this is one of those articles that comes around once a generation! I don’t think it’s overstating the case to say that this captures all the most important lessons about big data, Internet of Things, massively scaled-out services in the cloud, growth hacking etc. It’s up there with the 1988 paper that introduced the data warehouse concept and it does capture the future of enterprise architecture in a narrative that is refreshingly philosophical and erudite (at least for a tech blog post).

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Analyzing Web Site Performance Made Easy

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:15:00 EST

Compuware APM is pleased to announce the latest update to our FREE Compuware/dynaTrace AJAX Edition which now also supports Firefox 3.6 until version 25 and also Internet Explorer 6 through 10 + Experimental IE11 Support. Download it for free from our AJAX Edition Download page. To show new users the capabilities of this free tool we want to keep the tradition of analyzing some websites to show ease of use and usefulness of the tool. As it is online shopping season I picked a couple of web shops and highlight the key optimization tips that the Performance Report provides.

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Tactical vs. Strategic Enterprise Mobility

Sun, 13 Oct 2013 13:00:00 EDT

In the recent survey I conducted titled "State of Enterprise Mobility 2013" I asked the question, "Does your company view mobile solutions as tactical (LOB or process specific) or strategic (critical to the success of the company)?" Over 220 participants answered the question with 71.3% answering strategic, and 28.2% answering tactical. However, when I filtered for just the answers from end-users (removing analysts, consultants, software and mobility vendors), then 48% answered tactical, and 52% answered strategic. There are still a lot of enterprises that view enterprise mobility as merely a tactical solution. What is the difference between strategic and tactical enterprise mobility? I think it relates to the scale and transformational nature of your implementations. For example, if your CPG (consumer packaged goods) company had 27 food processing inspectors that needed mobile apps to conduct in-house inspections, then I would consider that a tactical implementation of a mobile solution. However, if your company implemented an enterprise-wide mobile app to facilitate better enterprise collaboration, then that might be strategic. Strategic mobile applications fundamentally change the way a company operates.

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What Are WebSockets?

Sun, 06 Oct 2013 16:00:00 EDT

WebSockets provide new protocol between client and server which runs over a persistent TCP connection. Through this open connection, bi-directional, full-duplex messages can be sent between the single TCP socket connection (simultaneously or back and forth). Because it is an independent TCP-based protocol, it doesn’t ideally require HTTP tunneling (similar to Netflix and other streaming services), allowing for simplified communication when sending messages. WebSockets come after many other technologies that allow servers to send information to the client. Web applications that use Comet/Ajax, push/pull and long polling all do this over HTTP. Other than handshaking the Upgrade Header, WebSockets is independent from HTTP.

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Moving to Hybrid Cloud: Top Five Considerations

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:00:00 EDT

Businesses are embracing public cloud because it promises increased agility and scalability. But it can also introduce complexity, interoperability, and security concerns. Hybrid cloud is emerging as a way to mitigate those concerns by providing the right combination of internal controls with the ability to securely scale to meet business demand for IT resources. As you contemplate moving various pre-production and production workloads – and your mission-critical and sensitive data – to the cloud, be sure to develop a strategic approach based on your business and IT objectives.

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A Discussion on Top Performance Problems for Hadoop and Cassandra

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:00:00 EDT

In the last couple of weeks my colleagues and I attended the Hadoop and Cassandra Summits in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was rewarding to talk to so many experienced Big Data technologists in such a short time frame – thanks to our partners DataStax and Hortonworks for hosting these great events. It was also great to see that performance is becoming an important topic in the community at large. We got a lot of feedback on typical Big Data performance issues and were surprised by the performance related challenges that were discussed. The practitioners here were definitely no novices, and the usual high-level generic patterns and basic cluster monitoring approaches were not on the hot list. Instead we found more advanced problem patterns – for both Hadoop and Cassandra.

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Advanced Performance Analysis

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:03:00 EDT

Just in time for our speaking session at SenchaCon 2013 we are happy to announce the latest version of Compuware APM/dynaTrace AJAX Edition. Version 4.2 now supports the latest versions of Firefox (FF 21 & FF 22). Download the latest version from ourAJAX Edition website. If you happen to be at SenchaCon 2013 then consider checking out our session. I will show you how to best leverage the AJAX Edition to analyze and optimize Page Load as well User Interaction times of modern web applications for both Internet Explorer as well as Firefox. We start by giving new AJAX Edition users a brief introduction on the core functionality but will then mainly talk about advanced features and Best Practices on both browser-side performance but also the impact that modern browser technologies have on the overall application performance – especially under load.

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Optimize Front-End Web Performance to Ensure Highly Satisfying Experiences

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:45:00 EDT

Today’s end users demand highly satisfying and interactive web experiences, such as automatically populated search suggestions and dynamic menus. To make applications more engaging, technologies like AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) have emerged. AJAX works by dynamically displaying and allowing users to interact with presented information – think of when you enter a Google search and results are produced as you type. AJAX does this by sending data to, and retrieving data from, a server asynchronously in the background, without interfering with the display and behavior of an existing page. While AJAX can make websites and web applications seem faster and more engaging, it also results in more application logic sitting in the web browser than ever before. This produces a greater impact for browsers overall on end-user experiences, which makes it critical to measure and optimize the performance of dynamic web applications at the browser level.

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Filling the Citrix Visibility Gap with an Application-Aware Network

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 17:00:00 EDT

Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop is a perfect fit for lowering the costs of desktop management and simplifying access to the hosted applications from any device. Last week we discussed some challenges to application performance monitoring (APM) introduced by Citrix. Apart from getting yet another component in the data center to take care of, the virtualized application delivery becomes "black boxed" from the APM perspective. It gets harder to isolate the fault domain to the network, the infrastructure, or the applications themselves. In the previous post we presented the case of The National Bank of San Borodin (NBSB –name changed for commercial reasons). The bank decided to expand its reach beyond the small island of San Borodin and render the access to its banking applications by its agents through Citrix XenApp. Ensuring good quality of service imposed additional challenges on the operations team. We analyzed how to discover and handle performance issues that can happen in the Citrix enabled environment in the last post. Today, we’ll look into monitoring the end-user experience of applications delivered through Citrix.

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Don’t Miss 50% of Your Paying Customers on Their Mobile Devices

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 EDT

“We expect that the revenue made via our mobile apps will cross the 50% mark within this year!” Most of our eCommerce customers are starting to say this to us. These customers have driven their businesses to the web and have successfully applied Real User Monitoring (RUM) for web. They have found and fixed many of the common performance problems described in Top 8 Performance Landmines, 5 Steps to improve eCommerce Performance and What if A/B Testing fails to improve conversions. As these customers start seeing an increase in revenue from mobile they have to extend their RUM capabilities from Web-only to all end user devices including mobile web and mobile native apps.

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TraceView Data API

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:00:00 EDT

I’m excited to announce a new feature to TraceView – the Data API. In a nutshell, the Data API exposes all of those high-level metrics you’re collecting in TraceView over REST, formatted as JSON. Now you can take that data, jam it into your own system and do whatever you need to make sure everybody in your organization sees what they need, when they need it. We’ve also wrapped our configuration API into the same place, so you can interact with all our services in one place. If you’re itching to get to it, head on over to the docs. If you’re still not convinced, read on! Let’s take a look at what you can do with this.

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Analyzing Webpage Performance with AJAX Edition 4

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:00:00 EST

It’s been a while since we released the last major version of Compuware dynaTrace AJAX Edition. With AJAX Edition 4 we introduce the capability to test across all versions of Internet Explorer (IE) starting with IE6 and all versions of Firefox starting with 3.6. Why is this important? Well, check out the test results of several pages we tested on IE6, 7 and 8 and contrast them with tests of the same pages using Firefox 16 and 18. A product page on Zappos.com loads in 1.3 seconds in Firefox 18 as compared to 5.6 seconds in IE6. That is four times slower on IE’s rather ancient browser. Despite a concerted effort by the industry to get people to use updated browsers (including this one by Microsoft), we’re still seeing a big mix in the browser versions people use to access websites. That means it’s important to analyze webpage performance across browser versions to ensure your site functions and performs as it’s supposed to. In this blog post I want to show you how to do it and what the typical differences in performance are.

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Compuware APM Announces Annual Best of the Web Award Winners

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:00:00 EST

Compuware Corporation on Thursday announced the 2013 winners of its annual Best of the Web awards honoring the top performing web, mobile and streaming sites. The annual Best of the Web awards recognize the ‘best of the best’ companies across six major industries -- banking, brokerage, insurance, media, retail and travel. The winners in each industry earned top honors for web, mobile, or streaming performance excellence based on the average response time, availability and consistency of their sites throughout 2012. The Best of the Web award winners work hard all year to ensure that their web, mobile and streaming site performances are differentiators that drive business. They also make a commitment to continuous improvement, as they evolve their sites to meet customers’ needs and expectations and to provide exceptional customer experiences.

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Is Offshore-Agile a Bad Idea?

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:00:00 EST

Yes … if you have a co-located cross-functional team … and … there is no pressure or compulsion to shift part of the work offshore. Yes … if you do not feel any necessity or face any difficulty in scaling the team. In all other cases offshore-agile may not be such a bad idea. If you must offshore … for whatever reason Is Offshore-Agile still a bad idea?

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Where Is My Disk Space?

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:00:00 EST

Before buying more storage space it's a good idea to make sure your existing space isn't filled with redundant or old data - or hundreds of downloaded cat videos. Disk capacity is increasing and while prices continue to drop, those savings are offset by demands for new capacity to store more and larger files. Not only does this mean more primary disk space, but 2x that amount for backups. Zetta co-founder Lou Montulli may have the answer to this problem. Recently Lou combined his experience with browsers and storage in creating an open-source tool - a File System Visualizer (www.wheresmydiskspace.com) - for analyzing storage usage. Lou was a founding engineer at Netscape in 1994 when he helped create the first commercial web browser Netscape Navigator. Over the years he's been responsible for the development of many browser related innovations, and co-founded Zetta.net in 2008 - where he continues to serve as VP of Engineering and Chief Scientist.

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Book Review: The CSS3 Anthology

Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:15:00 EST

The CSS3 Anthology by Rachel Andrews is subtitled instant CSS answers, how-to's, and examples. This subtitle clearly explains the goal of this book. The book consists of nine chapters. The first chapter is a quick review of CSS. The other chapters cover major topics such as text styling, image design elements, navigation, tabular data, forms and user interfaces, CSS positioning basics and CSS for layout. The topics in each chapter are laid out in the form of a question followed by one or more solutions and then a discussion explaining why that solution was offered. Here is an example of one of the questions: How do I remove the large gap between an h1 element and the following paragraph?

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Book Review: Learning Objective-C 2.0

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:00:00 EST

If I had to give this book a one word description, I would say it is 'balanced'. In the beginning of the book the author mentions that he does not want to right one of those books that list a little code and then explains the code, changes the code, explains those changes and so on and so on. At first he scared me. I have read some insanely wordy programming and engineering books. I have a much harder time getting through those than the type the author described. I was afraid this book would be one of those that I don't get anything out of except war stories from the author's career. That would not be all bad if the stories had anything to do with the book. I am happy to report that is not what happened.

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SYS-CON.tv: Cloud and Big Data – What's Working, What's New?

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:00:00 EST

Which of the recent big acquisitions within the Cloud and/or Big Data space have most grabbed your attention as a sign of things to come? In this Lunchtime Power Panel at the 11th International Cloud Expo, chaired by Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan, Treb Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer, Cloud Business Unit, at Dimension Data; Brian Patrick Donaghy, CEO of Appcore; Rags Srinivasan, Director of Product Management at Symantec’s Storage and Availability Management Group; John "Jay" Jarrell, President and CEO of Objectivity; Aaron Hollobaugh, VP of Marketing & Communications at Hostway Corporation; and Praveen Kankariya, Founder and CEO of Impetus Technologies discussed this topic and more.

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Gartner Releases Two Top 10 Predictions for 2013

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 01:41:00 EST

Gartner has released two sets of predictions for 2013 – back to back: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013: Technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2013 Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2013 and Beyond: Economic risks, opportunities and innovations that will impel CIOs to move to the next generation of business-driven solutions In short the first set of predictions are about technology and the second set of predictions are about business implication of technology. As you can expect, there are overlapping area. What are they really saying?

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Compuware Updating Support for dynaTrace Browser Diagnostics

Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:04:00 EDT

The Browser Agent now supports all major versions of Internet Explorer (IE6 - IE10) and Firefox (FF 3.6, FF 4-FF 16). This allows you to test your web sites across all the different browser versions your real end users are using to access your site. With the built-in screenshot capability as well as the regression analysis option in test automation it is very easy to identify problems that were introduced during development. For more information on how to use the Browser Agent to its full capabilities check out the following blog posts: You only control 1/3 of your Page Load Performance and dynaTrace AJAX Edition Premium.

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Diagnosing Stuck Transactions in Minutes

Sat, 27 Oct 2012 17:00:00 EDT

Does the following situation sound familiar? From one minute to the other, your production servers grind to a halt, terse emails are complemented by equally hectic phone calls, and the first order of business is to get back up and running. After the dust settles, you’re usually left with a pile of log files and the assignment of figuring out what happened, why it happened, and what to do to keep it from happening again. A common first step is trying to reproduce what has gone wrong. More often than not, this consumes a considerable amount of time that would be better spent on actually fixing the problem. In this first blog post of a series, I will present a Step-by-Step Guide to Diagnose Stuck Transactions within minutes and show how a modern APM Solution helps to pinpoint common production problems, without spending hours on reproducing it at first.

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HTML5 WebSockets Illustrates Need for Programmability in the Network

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 09:00:00 EDT

It's likely that IT network and security staff would agree that HTML5 WebSockets has the potential for high levels of disruptions (and arguments) across the data center. Developers want to leverage the ability to define their own protocols while reaping the benefits of the HTTP-as-application-transport paradigm. Doing so, however, introduces security risks and network challenges as never-before-seen protocols start streaming through firewalls, load balancers, caches and other network-hosted intermediaries that IT network and security pros are likely to balk at. Usually because they're the last to know, and by the time they do – it's already too late to raise objections. Aside from the obvious "you folks need to talk more" (because that's always been the answer and as of yet has failed to actually occur) there are other answers. Perhaps not turn-key, perhaps not easy, but there are other answers.

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Building Your Agile Infrastructure

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 07:00:00 EDT

Today’s data center infrastructure has to be more agile than ever before. It needs to increase efficiency while increasing agility, and providing more and more services. Having an agile infrastructure lets you change how IT operates. It lets you adapt to growth – even unexpected growth. It allows you to meet business challenges head-on, and make the fast adjustments that are often necessary in business. This agility spreads from one end of the data center to the other, and includes things like data storage, networking, virtualization, and more. If you’re looking to implement a new agile infrastructure, you need to cover certain essential areas. Here are some characteristics you need to make sure you’re getting from your infrastructure:

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Knoa Survey Results Identify Key Trends Within the APM Market

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 16:06:00 EDT

Knoa® Software, the leading provider of user experience and performance management software, today announced results of a survey conducted during its recent webinar entitled “Thinking of Application Performance Management? Don’t Do It. Find Out More.” Knoa polled global information technology professionals across a broad range of functions about their overall satisfaction with Application Performance Management (APM), features used, performance, diversity of use of APM tools, use cases for APM tools and other relevant information to the market.

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Do We Need to Define What Agile Is?

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 05:00:00 EDT

Assume that you are trying agile for the first time. If the project succeeds then everybody is happy. But… What happens if the project fails? Did the project fail because your agile implementation was wrong? …or… Did it fail it because agile was not the right methodology for your project?

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