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How IT in the Age of Digital Transformation Is Like the Space Race By Susan Cole Next month will mark the 47th anniversary of Apollo 13. The film that recounts the story is a favorite of mine, probably because it so masterfully captures the incredible suspense, fear, and hope felt by people everywhere, that I personally recall very well. I also know how an organization’s digital transformation can generate similar reactions! Apollo 13 was likely a casualty of the space program’s incredibly aggressive schedule. NASA, with U.S. political and military leaders, was motivated by competition from the U.S.S.R. and fear of the potential consequences of not being first. Urgency often overruled caution. A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. “First” is a competitive imperative in business, too, creating an urgency around digital innovation. But unlike the s... (more)

Waterfall Analysis | @DevOpsSummit @Dynatrace #DevOps #WebPerf #Analytics

Waterfall Analysis Findings and Individual User-Action Instances By Philipp Kastner Waterfall analysis is a great tool for viewing detailed information about the various resources that comprise your user actions. When analyzing modern web applications, waterfall analysis can become quite complex and initially overwhelming. To make it easier for you to understand at a glance some of the key insights that Dynatrace discovers, we’ve introduced a Findings section to each Waterfall analysis page. For each user action viewed in Waterfall analysis, the following findings are now automat... (more)

The Myth of Mission-Critical and #APM | @DevOpsSummit @Dynatrace #DevOps

The Myth of 'Mission-Critical': Irrational Thinking in Modern IT Management By Susan Cole I was reading an article today that discusses managing “mission-critical” applications. I really dislike that term. It’s trite, it’s dated – even nonsensical. It suggests that applications fall into two groups – mission-critical, and…optional? marginal? unnecessary? one step away from being voted off the island? Here’s the fallacy with that view – people that run IT organizations are smart, and they invest in stuff that matters to the business. They don’t run apps that don’t provide value be... (more)

Trainmageddon: When the machines stop working, people get upset.

For the train companies of the United Kingdom, today was a tough one. How’s this for a headline (which we all gazed at during our morning coffee break): If you haven’t heard, you can read all about how the poor train companies of the UK copped a battering by commuters on social and traditional media for a ticket machine malfunction. I feel for the commuters but my sympathy today lies with the train companies. Well except for the ticket collectors that obviously didn’t get the memo, and handed out fines to those that boarded without a ticket! Coverage: UK Express Computerweekly ... (more)

OpenStack monitoring beyond the Elastic Stack – Part 1: What is OpenStack?

We’ve been talking a lot about OpenStack over the past few months, and with good reason. Its explosive growth in popularity within the enterprise has enabled large, interoperable application architectures and, with this, a need for app-centric monitoring of the OpenStack cloud. There are several open source monitoring tools for OpenStack out there, but are they mature enough for the challenges posed by its complexity? Can they effectively monitor hundreds of nodes, while simultaneously keeping an eye on hundreds of apps? This post is the first of a 3-part series where we will tak... (more)