Why Your Business Will Benefit From Application Performance Management

Mordor Intelligence forecasts that, from 2021 to 2026, the application performance management market will register a CAGR of 12%.

One factor is due to companies shifting from on-premises deployment to on-cloud. As companies grow, managing their applications becomes increasingly complex.

This is yet one more reason why application performance management is such a hot topic for information technology folks.

Small, mid, and large-size companies alike are looking for innovative ways to simplify their operations. They need tools to help them with peak performance and minimize the potential for downtime.

If you want to ensure that your business can perform at its best, keep reading for some vital solutions for the performance of your organization's applications.

What is Application Performance Management?

APM gives insight into your organization so that you can diagnose problems with application performance, no matter the level.

Enterprise companies experience application outages throughout the year.

Diagnosing and fixing these outages is complex, so it demands a simple solution to create efficiency.

That's why you need application performance management. It gets the performance insight you need to run your business.

This will show bottlenecks in the application code and their systems so that they can be diagnosed properly.

Diagnosis is key to fixing the issue, ensuring that you do not run into performance issues.

Why it Matters

The performance of your applications will directly affect the performance of your business.

Applications that run smoothly are vital to your company's operations.

They help you to:

  • Reach customers
  • Build and sell products
  • Provide services
  • Automate business processes
  • Perform tasks critical to the business

Today, applications are vital for companies to efficiently operate their businesses. But as they rise in importance, they also rise in complexity.

End-user mobility environments and microservices complicate matters.

Containers, hybrid networks, Saas, and operating in the cloud also complicate matters.

Visibility indicators of an application's performance, along with its availability, help information technology teams to be successful.

If there is a flaw in the service, it can slow down application performance or it can fail completely.

Continuing to monitor and analyze applications 24/7 ensures their reliability and that they are meeting the business's goals and objectives.

What Information Does APM Give?

You can build and deliver infrastructure and applications that are high performing. It does not matter if it is in the cloud or off the cloud.

APM will continue monitoring your applications with minimal overhead, and you will receive end-to-end visibility and insights around the clock.

APMs never sleep!

This includes application performance diagnostics that trace every transaction, all the way from the end-user to the back end.

You will understand the application dependencies as it has end-to-end distributed tracing.

It allows your IT team to expose and fix issues quickly that are difficult to detect, such as certain types of code, SQL, or web services.

Infrastructure monitoring will give continuous visibility to your dynamic infrastructure, which affects your applications.

Major Functionalities of APM

All APM software has functionalities related to maintaining and upholding the health of the applications for the business.

The following are the biggest ones you find.

EUAM (End-User Activity Monitoring)

This enables a company to monitor business applications as it relates to the user's perspective. It assures that the IT services deployed are quality across the whole organization. It also helps the information technology team to get visibility into the metrics for end-user satisfaction.

Server Monitoring

This helps collect data like:

  • CPU utilization
  • Memory usage
  • Server metrics
  • Trends over time

The team that is affected by it can see the data. That way, they have insight into the application and web servers.

Service-Level Management

It is important to manage the operational-level agreements to ensure they are following service-level targets. Under pre-defined conditions, it promises that your organization's operations will carry out as set in the agreed-upon timeline.

If there are bottlenecks in the application, the APM will provide visibility. If a problem arises, this enables the proper channels to work. You will not lose precious support time.

Performance Troubleshooting

If you have application performance issues, APM tools are well-equipped to handle them. From the application logs, APMs provide performance insights.

This can present you with component health metrics from one UI and give you a comprehensive view. Plus, APMs give details regarding the lifecycle of business transactions.

This is useful when you require swift monitoring simultaneously with all applications.

The monitoring you get is especially helpful if a transaction counters. It is also helpful if the transaction causes an issue to the system.

Database Monitoring

There is extra visibility for your database performance. This is through metrics like transaction monitoring. It can identify:

  • Sources of latency
  • SQL syntax error
  • Server-level errors

Really, APMs are great for monitoring a broad range of services. Each APM tool you have will specialize in a type of monitoring with a specific set of metrics. It provides insights that are based on them, too.

Types of Monitoring Tools

There is a wide range it offers for application monitoring software solutions. Each tool has different metrics to judge and analyzes application performance. The three most widely used are:

  • Application metrics-based tools
  • Code performance-based tools
  • Network-based tools

Along with these tools, there are must-have features, like:

  • Web request performance tracking
  • Code level performance segregation
  • Performance and usage tracking of application dependencies
  • Detailed information on individual transactions
  • Basic server metrics monitoring
  • Application framework metrics
  • Customer application metrics
  • Application logs
  • Application errors
  • Real user monitoring or RUM

This gives a glimpse into what your APM software should look like.

Now, all that said, does your business really need application performance management?

Absolutely! And here is why.

Benefits of Application Performance Management

A lot of businesses today have distributed teams. When leveraging an APM, it will provide an organization with a master key of sorts. This master key will pinpoint all potential and ongoing issues with applications that are business critical.

Cost Efficiency

An APM can ensure improved operational capabilities for applications with extensive monitoring. Indirectly, applications contribute to solid business results. When they are performing at their best, it brings down operation costs because it leverages features that have preventative measures.

APMs scope out hidden inefficiencies and minimize poor performance. When you can keep customers and offer quality service, this has a positive financial impact on the bottom line of businesses.

Business Continuity

There is less business downtime when application performance is optimal.

Operations will run a lot smoother with faster problem isolation. When you decrease the chances for downtime, there is less of a negative impact on business transactions.

The service-level agreement you offer, or SLA, has operational deadlines. With APM, you can honor those deadlines.

Better User Experience

You are always looking to be one step ahead of your competition. APM is great for this purpose too. You can identify plausible threats to the performance of your application like:

  • Data vulnerability
  • Suboptimal SQL queries
  • Isolated network issues

When a customer uses your application end-product, you want to offer fast response times, including effectively identifying threats. This improves the user experience overall.

Increase Productivity

That has such a lovely ring to it, doesn't it? Anytime you can achieve higher productivity without breaking the bank, you must do it!

Troubleshooting repetitively and redundantly for known issues is a waste of personnel. APM tools reduce such working hours on tasks like these.

In fact, the insights you get are vast. They identify market trends for improved performance to recognize potential problem areas, which are key to business effectiveness.

Less Dependency on Experts

You are less likely to need application experts when you have end-to-end visibility for your entire application infrastructure with the help of an APM tool. You can train multiple employees on how to take care of a known application failure.

With less dependency on subject experts and application experts, this is a pathway for companies to scale up in their market. They will not need to rely on only a particular set of people handling all the burden, either.

Innovation Opportunities

Anytime you have better application insights, it means that you also have better data analytics. This helps to make business decisions faster.

Application performance management makes it easier for teams to collaborate because it provides a common ground. This is how you can create a pathway to drive innovation.

Ask NETdepot About APMs

Established in 1994, NETdepot delivers the best in satisfaction to our triumphant customers with cutting-edge technologies. We help with cybersecurity, managed services, data protection, cloud services, and IT operations management.

The more complex your applications are, the more benefits you can reap from application performance management. We are happy to speak in further detail about it with you. Contact us now, and let's talk APMs.

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