The Old Enterprise Sales Routine
When I was an IT Architect at a financial services company I got to interact with a lot of software vendors. Sometimes I had a great experience, sometimes it was terrible, most of the time I didn’t want to be bothered by the vendor. I really just wanted to test out their software to see if it met my needs.
In order to get my hands on their software I had to go through an initial sales call, scoping call, and convince the vendor that I was not just kicking the tires (even if that is exactly what I wanted to do). There were times when I was interested in certain technologies and wanted to understand how they worked so that I would be knowledgable and prepared when right time presented itself to implement the given technology. Regardless of my reasoning, I wanted to get my hands on certain software to try it out in my environment without all of the extra BS that the vendor was going to put me through.
When I finally did get the software into my lab environment I could usually see why the vendor was so guarded about letting people try to use it on their own. It simply wasn’t user friendly and it usually took a very deep understanding of the underpinnings to make it work (customization)in most environments. This is a major problem for most traditional enterprise software and it has been a significant inhibitor to the adoption of self service trials for many years.
There’s a Better Way
Thankfully there is a new breed of enterprise software emerging that is both easy to use and loaded with powerful features and functionality. This new paradigm in enterprise software has allowed vendors to implement self service strategies at varying levels. Most vendors are offering watered down, simplistic versions of their software to satisfy a check box on a requirements list while other vendors market their SaaS offering as something that it really isn’t.
Today AppDynamics has released a full featured self-service trial of it’s enterprise Application Performance Monitoring solution. There is no marketing fluff, no watered down functionality, just the full AppDynamics Pro software that our paying customers use every day. You sign up, you download, you implement, you use it, you determine if it’s right for your use cases. Want some help along the way? Fine, let us know and we’ll be there for you. Want us to stay away while you test it out? That’s fine too, just let us know if you have any questions.
Introducing AppDynamics Pro Self Service
Let’s walk through the process so you can see how easy it is…
Step 1: Head over to www.appdynamics.com, click the link to the the free trial, and fill in all of the relevant details.
Step 2: Verify your email address, click the continue button, and choose whether you will use a SaaS or on-premise installation (I’m going to use SaaS).
Step 3: Click the “Launch Management Server” button (if using SaaS, for on-premise you need to download and install the management server), click the “Start Monitoring Your Application” button, download the proper agent and follow the agent installation instructions (shown below).
Step 4: Watch as your application appears on the management server screen and follow the helpful instructions that pop-up to guide you along.
AppDynamics Pro is a fully functional self service SaaS platform that monitors your distributed applications. It’s not watered down; it’s not a marketing gimmick; it’s the full product that you can use to solve your application problems today. Click here to start monitoring your application in just minutes.