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Increase in demand for application performance management: Report

New AppDynamics research analyses the online behaviours of IT decision makers to determine changes from before the pandemic to now

Increase in demand for application performance management: Report

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. AppDynamics research shows that before the pandemic, 71 per cent of consumers admitted digital services were so intrinsic to their daily lives that they didn’t even realise how much they relied on them.

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.”

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, resources on the AppDynamics website about implementing a comprehensive end-to-end APM strategy saw a 35 per cent increase in web traffic, and information about application performance testing saw a 24 per cent increase in traffic during that same time frame. The Core APM class has seen a 233 per cent increase in attendance through AppDynamics’ Premium University education program.

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.

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 per cent 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 our website related to Kubernetes monitoring increased by 20 per cent and demand for resources about best practices for instrumenting containers increased by 33 per cent.

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