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Demand For Application Performance Management On The Rise: Report

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Angie Mistretta, AppDynamics
Angie Mistretta, AppDynamics

Global APM vendor AppDynamics has announced new data revealing a surge in demand from technologists for Application Performance Management, Cloud Monitoring and Microservices support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has required enterprise organisations to shift overnight to an almost completely digital world, leading to unparalleled demand on their IT organisations as they strive to deliver high performing digital experiences to their customers and employees through digital services including websites applications, IoT devices and wearables.

AppDynamics research shows that before the pandemic, 71 percent of consumers admitted digital services were so intrinsic to their daily lives that they didn’t even realise how much they relied on them. Today, digital services are essential in keeping workforces productive at home, allowing people to shop for groceries online, helping patients connect to tele-health professionals to report symptoms, access testing and so much more.

Angie Mistretta, Chief Marketing Officer, AppDynamics, “Applications have quickly become the gateway to the critical digital services we now rely on to function day to day, both for personal and professional needs. This means application owners are getting hit with record usage, while under intense pressure to get products, services and information to their customers quickly – all while maintaining a great digital experience.”

Knowing that IT teams are now navigating an increase in demand and expectations, the firm wanted to better understand key areas where it could help.

“To do this, we analysed the online behaviours of IT decision makers to determine changes from before the pandemic to now,” said Mistretta. “Our data analysts examined organic surges in traffic to our company website, reviewed trending web search terms related to application performance, our most frequently attended training courses and compiled the most commonly asked questions from our customers between March 1 and April 4, 2020, a peak period of intensity in the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The aggregate of these findings identified three core trends outlining where IT professionals are looking for help right now:

 

Demand for application performance management is on the rise

As IT professionals struggle to respond to surges in application use and new pressures on the user experience, many have recognised the need for application performance management solutions.

When analysing the trending organic web search terms relating to application performance, “APM”, “Application Performance Monitoring”, and “Digital Experience Monitoring” ranked in the top 5 most frequently searched and viewed terms globally. Additionally, the firm found that resources on the AppDynamics website about implementing a comprehensive end-to-end APM strategy saw a 35 percent increase in web traffic, and information about application performance testing saw a 24 percent increase in traffic during that same time frame.

Another place the company is seeing an increase in demand for APM related information is through its Premium University program. Its Core APM class through AppDynamics’ Premium University education program has seen a 233 percent increase in attendance.

IT and business leaders are recognising that they must actively evaluate the performance of their digital experiences in response to increased demands and added pressure from users. Their business success depends on having the tools to accurately monitor and manage their application technology stack, from the user experience to the network.

 

Cloud support is now critical

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for businesses to predict demand or rely on capacity models built without accounting for the sudden behaviour changes prompted by the pandemic. This means that the IT teams need the flexibility to quickly scale resources up and down, and are increasingly looking to the cloud to help them.

Validating this need for agility, the company found that search terms related to cloud services like “cloud operations”, “Azure”, and “AWS monitoring” are trending. Additionally, AppDynamics reported a more than 40 percent increase in traffic to cloud monitoring related pages on its website.

Some organisations that previously used on-premise software deployment are now in a position where they need to enable a remote workforce and provide access to business critical data in real time to team members in numerous working locations. Under the current climate, the path to the cloud is no longer a luxury for businesses – it’s a critical necessity.

Developers are turning to microservices to scale new demand

As businesses become completely reliant on the quality of their digital experiences to stay competitive, developers are under intense pressure to write new code faster, update features and fix bugs quickly. To do this at scale, the developer community is turning to microservices to develop, test and deploy code at an extraordinary rate.

The analysis showed a 21 percent increase in traffic to resources on the AppDynamics website related to addressing challenges with microservices adoption and how to use microservices.

Likewise, IT teams are turning to container orchestration technologies like Kubernetes to manage and prioritise workloads. Traffic to resources on the company website related to Kubernetes monitoring increased by 20 percent and demand for resources about best practices for instrumenting containers increased by 33 percent.

“It’s clear that our newfound reliance on digital is sending IT departments around the world scrambling to manage and scale services without falling short of experience expectations for users.”  Mistretta concludes, “IT professionals need additional support and tools in order to combat these new challenges, because they know the quality of the digital experiences they deliver today will impact their success both now, and after the pandemic subsides.”

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