IDC White Paper: Critical Application And Business KPIs for Successful Cloud Migration

Today, enterprises worldwide are moving towards a cloud-first strategy with the promise of benefits like agility, scalability, and innovation-at-speed.

However, migrating to the cloud can also present issues with security, compliance, performance, and more. As a result, it’s critical for businesses to understand the types of application and infrastructure monitoring, analytics, and performance information needed for successful migration.

To gain more insight into the best practices and KPIs for cloud migration, IDC surveyed 600 global enterprise decision makers about their cloud migration challenges and the information they needed to make informed decisions before, during, and post-migration.

Below are key findings from the IDC white paper, Critical Application and Business KPIs for Successful Cloud Migration (August 2017), sponsored by AppDynamics.

Application Performance Management (APM) is Imperative to Support Effective Migration  

To make smarter migration decisions, surveyed respondents reported a need for insight into KPIs for business and technical metrics, end user experience and business impact analysis, cloud capacity utilization, and cost-per-application evaluation. IDC’s research shows that application performance monitoring and analytics shed light onto these KPIs, making APM increasingly required to support effective planning and validation.

Cost Savings are the Biggest Benefit Expected of Migration to Cloud Infrastructure

Some 60% of respondents indicate that IT and development cost savings are the most important business benefits expected from migration. While the survey suggests that these expectations are often met, it’s important to note that this requires modernization of application architectures, supporting technology, people, and processes. In support of this, IDC highlights that containers are playing an increasing role in successful cloud migration, with almost two-thirds of surveyed respondents either currently containerizing new or existing applications, or planning to implement containers to support existing applications.

iOS and Android Applications are the Least Likely to Have Current or Planned Migrations

Enterprises no longer fear migrating existing applications. Nearly half (45.9%) of the respondents said they’ve already migrated some custom-developed browser-based applications to the cloud, and another 38.7% plan to do so within the next two years. Interestingly, iOS and Android applications are currently the least likely to have been migrated to date, but are important priorities for the next two years.

AppDynamics’ Role in Cloud Migration

The AppDynamics platform gives your enterprise real-time, end-to-end data about your users, transactions, code, and infrastructure to arm you with the information you need to support your application migration to the cloud. AppDynamics’ APM solution plays a central role in any cloud journey by offering:  

  • Breadth of visibility into complex and distributed applications, including every dependency, user experience, and transaction to help accelerate cloud migration evaluation and planning.
  • Pre and post-move business and technical KPI assessments to prove migration success.
  • End user experience and business impact analysis of cloud computing.

For additional data and insights, download the IDC white paper now: Critical Application and Business KPIs for Successful Cloud Migration.

Forrester names AppDynamics a Leader and Top Ranked In The Current Offering Category in latest APM Wave Report

In the newly released report, “The Forrester Wave™: Application Performance Management Solutions, Q3 2016” by Milan Hanson and Eveline Oehrlich, Forrester evaluated and analyzed 14 top Application Performance Management solutions. The firms were evaluated against twenty-eight criteria, which were grouped according to current offering, strategy, and market presence.

The report specifically recognizes, “AppDynamics’ App iQ Platform supports its suite of APM applications, providing insight into business transactions with discovery, tagging, tracing, and learning transactions that are important to the user.”

To emphasize how proud we are of our ranking, AppDynamics CTO Bhaskar Sunkara said “Every business is becoming a digital business and they are transforming the way they deliver valuable experiences for their customers.” Bhaskar continues “With AppDynamics’ App iQ Platform, enterprises have real-time insights into application performance, allowing them to accelerate their digital transformation and make key decisions that enhance customer experiences faster.”

Furthermore, within the current offering category, Forrester AppDynamics received a 5 out of 5 score in the following feature sets:

  •       Dynamic transaction topology
  •       Dynamic health overlay
  •       General infrastructure monitoring
  •       Off-premises infrastructure monitoring
  •       Microservices/containers monitoring (new)
  •       Analytics

Though this report is new, I think it further confirms what I’ve seen in my relatively short tenure at AppDynamics. After speaking with customers and learning about their use cases, we’re driven to continue innovating and helping our customers solve their application problems. NASDAQ Director of Operations Analytics, Eric Poon states, “It worked as it was advertised and it worked very easily. It was simple to deploy. It took minutes, literally. On our first proof-of-concept, we saw results within an hour.”

Read a complimentary copy of the Forrester report here.

EMA Report: The Need for Unified Monitoring [INFOGRAPHIC]

One of the first things I learned when I started working in application intelligence was how central the application economy is to connecting components like code, data, and design, with concepts like IoT. Applications drive the network between enterprise and their end-users. As its economy skyrockets, the back-end requirements to scale that growth clearly require the right APM solution with unified monitoring capabilities to ensure seamless transaction and performance throughout workflow processes. 

We partnered with Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) to understand more about this ecosystem, and the pain points observed by the professionals who build and optimize it.

One of the findings from the survey was extremely striking: The survey of over 300 application management professionals found that only 30% of companies have properly adopted application-specific solutions utilizing unified monitoring. The majority are still trying to manage complex applications within their ecosystem using siloed and underutilized tools. That leaves 65% of organizations who need over 3 hours to troubleshoot application problems–of which only 27% are detected overall. 

Find out more about the EMA’s research and insights with the full report on APM and Unified Monitoring at http://www.appdynamics.com/ema/. You can also read my colleague Anand Akela’s insights into the report here.

EMA Infographic: Unified Monitoring from AppDynamics

The Real Cost of Downtime, The Real Potential of DevOps

Hang around any IT department (or the AppDynamics offices) and you likely won’t finish a cup of coffee before somebody brings up the cost of downtime or the ascent of DevOps. And that’s a good thing, because these are two topics that are central to the value that IT brings to enterprises today and how that value will increase in the future.

IDC recently published research on these two topics in its report, “DevOps and the Cost of Downtime: Fortune 1000 Best Practice Metrics Quantified,” by IDC Vice President Stephen Elliot. (See the full report.) AppDynamics was happy to cooperate with the study, along with a select group of other enterprise software companies. The survey was conducted among a cross-section of IT personnel in Fortune 1000 companies.

The high cost of downtime

The research puts some dollar figures on what application downtime costs enterprises, and those numbers are eye-opening. An infrastructure failure costs $100,000 per hour, according to the survey respondents. A critical application failure costs a staggering $500,000 to $1 million per hour. A little more than a third of those outages last from one to 12 hours; 17 percent of infrastructure failures and 13 percent of application failures last more than a full day. All told, when you do the math, downtime costs the Fortune 1000 between $1.25 billion and $2.5 billion every year.

DevOps gaining momentum

According to the survey, more than 40 percent of the Fortune 1000 has a DevOps practice, and another 40 percent are actively investigating DevOps. Soon, the majority of Fortune 1000 companies will be employing DevOps practices. They’re expecting it to do great things for customer experience, productivity, costs and profitability, and speed of application delivery. They’ll deliver those benefits through increased capabilities in automation, continuous delivery, continuous integration, automated testing, and application monitoring.

Getting to DevOps isn’t an easy slam-dunk, though. Cultural inhibitors, process issues, and the need for executive support are just a few of the hurdles to putting together a DevOps practice identified in the research. And the same old tools aren’t likely to work in the faster-paced collaborative DevOps environment; those who try to fit old tools to DevOps have a failure rate of 80 percent.

A platform for the times

Looking at this survey data, it’s easy to see how the AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform aligns tightly with the needs of the software-driven enterprise, from minimizing downtime to supporting the new processes and dynamics of a DevOps culture. The platform brings a comprehensive, modern toolkit including new-generation APM, real-user monitoring on desktop and mobile, collaborative tools like our Virtual War Room, and Application Analytics, a powerful new solution for harvesting real-time data from applications.

Importantly, the Application Intelligence Platform adds an entire new dimension to DevOps. It focuses on the business transaction as the essential unit of measurement, and recognizes business stakeholders as essential members of the team. “BizDevOps” brings everyone with an interest onto the same page, looking at the way users interact with the applications and complete or don’t complete business transactions as defined by the team, seeing the impact of new releases, understanding fully what happens during an outage, and quickly seeing how to fix it. The business transaction is the common language for all the stakeholders, and ultimately the measure of both user satisfaction and business success.

So what are the key takeaways from this research? Do whatever it takes to maximize application and infrastructure uptime. And cultivate a culture and toolkit that supports the successful implementation of BizDevOps and all the benefits it brings for application and business performance.

The author of the report, IDC Vice President Stephen Elliot, will also be joining us on an upcoming webinar. Register now!

Also, be sure to download a complimentary copy of the entire report here.