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"When you think about the data center today, there's constant evolution, The evolution of the data center and the needs of the consumer of technology change, and they change constantly," stated Matt Kalmenson, VP of Sales, Service and Cloud Providers at Veeam Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. 20th International Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterp... (more)

DevOps Trend | @CloudExpo @AppDynamics #APM #DevOps #Microservices

The Top 5 2016 Trends That Are Changing Software Development By Omed Habib Software development is a moving target. You have to keep your eye on trends in the tech space that haven’t even happened yet just to stay current. Consider what’s happened with augmented reality (AR) in this year alone. If you said you were working on an AR app in 2015, you might have gotten a lot of blank stares or jokes about Google Glass. Then Pokémon GO happened. Like AR, the trends listed below have been building steam for some time, but they’ll be taking off in surprising new directions before the end of 2016. Here’s an overview of what’s coming next and what software developers can do to prepare for it. 1. Linking Application Performance and Business Performance Application performance management (APM) has grown incredibly sophisticated over the past decade. By 2010, Gartner had define... (more)

Cloud Operating Model | @CloudExpo @JPMorgenthal #IoT #PaaS #AWS #Azure #OpenShift

Hard Choices Are Required When Adopting a Cloud Operating Model When was the last time you’ve ever heard anyone say “IT Applications & Operations”? Frankly, in my 30+ year career in IT, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone use this term. The typical term we hear is IT Infrastructure & Operations. These two go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly, which tells us a lot about how we view the field of IT. For those that may not be familiar with the role of IT Operations, Joe Hertvik does a great job here of describing IT Operations Management as someone engaged in the role of providing this service to the business. As you can see it’s very interesting how he specifically addresses the gap between responsibilities regarding IT Applications and IT Operations as a Venn diagram in which there is no overlap. However, as we progress from a pre-Cloud Operating Model world t... (more)

Digital Transformation in the Retail Banking Industry | @CloudExpo #Cloud #FinTech #DigitalTransformation

Digital Transformation in the Retail Banking Industry By Omed Habib Like other industries did before it, retail banking is riding a bucking bronco of digital transformation. While customer satisfaction levels drop and government rules and regulations continue to expand, retail banking seeks new ways to adapt to the massive changes in how consumers interact and use financial products and services. However, unlike other industries such as book publishing that have been rocked by the tsunami of digital changes in the marketplace, companies in the banking sector also have to comply with extensive regulations intended to protect consumers. In confronting this new landscape, banks are looking at better ways to use their existing data in real-time to improve customer experience and loyalty, comply with a growing number of government rules and privacy laws, and consolidate ... (more)

The Smoke and Mirrors of UX vs. Application Performance | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Monitoring

The Smoke and Mirrors of UX vs. Application Performance By Omed Habib Can a better UX simultaneously deliver a worse user experience? It sounds like a paradox, but it may be more common than you think. It describes a category of UX design practices that have little to do with improving the actual experience and everything to do with suggesting that the experience is a good one. The difference can be subtle, but true user experience improvement begins with precision application performance optimization that only an APM solution can provide. APM diagnoses the cause of a slowdown, allowing developers to address the root cause and not the surface symptoms. Ignoring the underlying performance bottlenecks and tricking the user with a UI bandaid is akin to placing tape over a crack in your drywall — you’re only covering up the symptom of an underlying problem. That’s the d... (more)

Out of This World Digital Experience | @CloudExpo #AI #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

Close Encounters with Out of This World Digital Experience By Aaron Rudger As technologists, we find ourselves in the middle of tumultuous times and radical change: cloud, containers, automation, artificial intelligence, mobility, the Internet of Things, cyberwarfare, digital transformation, and more! When the $&#! hits the fan, military strategists reference a mental framework called the OODA loop, to sort chaos into clarity. At Perform 2017, we were reminded of how customers continue to find clarity amidst today’s complexity by focusing on their customers. This year’s Digital Experience track at Perform reminded us all of how to successfully orient performance management around the customer. Adobe’s Operations Monitoring Transformation Story Think you’ve got a lot of change to deal with? Try transforming an entire multi-BILLION dollar business from selling license... (more)

Java Profilers: Three Types and Why You Need All of Them | @CloudExpo #Java #Cloud

Java Profilers: Three Types and Why You Need All of Them By Darin Howard Debugging performance issues in production can be a pain and in some cases impossible without the right tools. Java profilers have been around forever, but the profilers most developers think about are only one type. Lets dive into the three different kinds of Java profilers: Standard JVM Profilers that track every detail of the JVM (CPU, thread, memory, garbage collection, etc). Lightweight profilers that highlight your application with a bit of abstraction. Application Performance Management (APM) tools used for monitoring applications live in production environments. Standard JVM profilers Products like VisualVM, JProfiler, YourKit and Java Mission Control. Standard profilers certainly provide the most data, but not necessarily the most usable information. This depends on the type of debugging tas... (more)

Software Defined Management Dashboards | @CloudExpo #SDN #DataCenter

Six (or More) Data Center and Software Defined Management Dashboards Recently I found in my inbox a link to a piece 6 Dashboards for Managing Every Modern Data Center that caught my attention. I was hoping to see who the six different dashboard solutions were instead of finding list of dashboard considerations for modern data centers and data infrastructures. Turns out the piece was nothing more than a list of six items featured as part of the vendors (Sunbird) piece about what to look for in a dashboard (e.g. their product). Sure there were some of the usual key performance indicator (KPI) associated with or related to IT Service Management (ITSM), Data Center Infrastructure (Insight/Information) Management (DCIM), Configuration and Change management databases (CMDB), availability, capacity and Performance Management Databases (PMDB) among others. Space Inventory C... (more)

Insurance Industry's #DigitalTransformation | @CloudExpo @AppDynamics #ML

Digital Transformation in the Insurance Industry By Omed Habib The insurance industry is well aware that digital transformation is coming, even if some CIOs can’t really say what their individual companies will look like at the end of it all. In a survey of thousands of C-level execs around the world, insurance came in among the top five industries that are most likely to see “moderate to massive” digital disruption within the next 12 months. Only 20 percent of business leaders felt that they had the talent they needed to transform the enterprise, though. Here’s a closer look at what’s coming next in the exciting new era of software-defined insurance companies. The Growth of the Insurance Model The basic business model of the insurance industry hasn’t changed much since Edward Lloyd opened his coffee shop for seafaring folk in London in 1688. In the decades after Sh... (more)

Intelligenza artificiale: da Wall Street alla rivoluzione del digital performance management

By Redazione BitMAT Questi esempi mostrano che l’intelligenza artificiale, il machine learning e gli algoritmi sono ormai una tecnologia collaudata che può essere utilizzata per analizzare (e reagire) a enormi quantità di dati in tempo reale. Esattamente il tipo di cosa necessaria per affrontare la sfida della gestione della complessità che accompagna la prossima generazione delle applicazioni. Per questo gli analisti, come Jason Bloomberg, hanno descritto la necessità di una visione dell’intelligenza artificiale guidata dal Digital Performance Management, dove il machine learning può essere applicato agli insiemi complessi di dati generati da attività di Digital Performance Management. Read the entire article at http://www.bitmat.it/blog/news/62260/intelligenza-artificiale-wall-street-alla-rivoluzione-del-digital-performance-management ... (more)

The Black Hole in Digital Performance Management

For today’s enterprises, digital performance means far more than a snappy website and mobile apps. In reality, end-to-end performance is critical to keeping customers happy and, in turn, achieving the strategic goals of the business. End-to-end digital performance presents a tricky challenge, as every link in the chain must operate properly. Finding weak links quickly and resolving them immediately can be the difference between an online purchase and a lost customer. The Rise of Digital Performance Management To gain the necessary visibility, operations managers turn to a variety of monitoring tools. Web performance management for the front end, application performance management for keeping track of numerous apps, network management to ensure the underlying pipes are free from clogs—the list goes on. This piecemeal approach to operations monitoring, however, has pr... (more)