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The intersection of Application Performance Monitoring(APM) and Application Lifecycle Management(ALM)

by Jonah Kowall  |  January 27, 2012  |  6 Comments

Last week I published a note with my colleague Tomas Murphy who covers the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) technologies, the note was about the intersection of Application Performance Monitoring(APM) and ALM. Although most of the APM buyers and end users I speak with come from an IT Operations or even an application support type role, I do speak to development organizations and quality assurance departments looking at these tools. When it comes to these organizational areas and even somewhat with application support the fit between the application lifecycle and proper measurement of performance before and after the release process is critical. This note talks about this intersection and why its critical, especially as we move towards agile processes and the implementation of DevOps within the release and support processes.

Have a look at the research:

Leverage Your Application Performance Monitoring Through the Application Life Cycle

Upcoming research will include how to dig out of event overload (ECA), as well as a vendor landscape for Network Performance Monitoring (NPM) and traffic aggregation vendors.

Category: apm  devops  it-operations  monitoring  

Jonah Kowall
Research Vice President
3.5 years with Gartner
20 years IT industry

Jonah Kowall is a research Vice President in Gartner's IT Operations Research group. He focuses on application performance monitoring (APM), Unified Monitoring, Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD), Infrastructure Performance Monitoring (IPM), IT Operations Analytics (ITOA), and general application and infrastructure availability and performance monitoring technologies. Read Full Bio

Thoughts on The intersection of Application Performance Monitoring(APM) and Application Lifecycle Management(ALM)

  1. Jonah,

    I’m wondering why the APM-NPM divide is there? It’s pretty obvious that application performance may be greatly influenced by the network conditions. In your opinion, would adding network information enhance an APM system usefulness? Are there APM vendors which consider state of the network already?

  2. Jonah Kowall says:

    Not relevant for this research which focuses on the ALM intersection with APM. Look for more upcoming research on NPM shortly. Its an interesting area with lots of growth and overlap with APM.

  3. Alex Forbes says:

    Hi Jonah,

    Before joining SmartBear, I was involved in rebranding MKS Inc. (now part of PTC) from a SCM vendor to an ALM vendor and have remained interested in this topic since joining SmartBear with its own ALM tool (ALMComplete) and web and mobile performance monitoring tools (through AlertSite).

    At the moment the focus has been on Web Services and API testing/monitoring (to deliver quality APIs and end-user monitoring for those APIs once in production) – See early announcement here:
    (more to come).

    I do see value in extending this to the ALM tool as well and it will make for interesting hallway conversation here for me.

    Thank you,

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