We’re always keeping watch for the latest analyst report on the Application Performance Monitoring (APM) market and few have caught our eye more than the report recently released by Gigaom Research entitled “Sector Roadmap: Application-management solutions for distributed and cloud environments.”
Written by well-known APM expert, author and analyst, Bernd Harzog, the report delves into the numerous current challenges for APM and identifies six “Disruption Vectors” — what he describes as the “key technologies and market forces” in which the top APM vendors “will strive to gain advantage in the sector.” The Disruption Vectors, which were weighted in terms of their relative importance to one another, are:
- Ease of deployment and operations (30%)
- Mobile and end-user experience monitoring (20%)
- Transaction tracing (20%)
- Application topology mapping (10%)
- Breadth of language support (10%)
- Cloud-ready (10%)
Gigaom Research determined these Disruptions Vectors to be the “requirements for leading-edge vendors who are innovating and disrupting the market.” The firm’s analysis process assigned a rating of 1 to 5 to each APM vendor they examined in each vector. By combining those scores while factoring in the weighting of those vectors, Harzog and the firm arrived at a company index for each vendor across all vectors and produced the diagram below. In the diagram, the score indicates each company’s strength across all vectors. The size of the ball indicates the companies’ relative strength along the individual sector.
Ease of Use and Transaction Tracing Rule the Day
The Gigaom Research report offered extensive analysis and deep insight into the APM market and the current key players disrupting it. It’s a highly recommended read!
Throughout the report, Harzog’s theme, and most-emphasized point, is the importance of ease-of-use with applications. We couldn’t agree more. Applications exist because of end users, which means that everybody is asking questions like “How well does the main page work in Asia? And did the latest release go out smoothly?” Nobody wants to ask questions about how to configure APM solutions. The best product is the one that people will actually use.
Of course, every application is a bit difference, but modern tools have made it easy for applications to start small and scale as needed. This has real implications for modern tools. 10 years ago, it was feasible to build an application, promote it before launch, and expect success or failure on day 1. The risk was huge, but because the fixed costs of development were so high, it was worth it. Today, it’s easier than every to build a prototype that serves real customers.
When it comes time to scale that prototype, it suddenly becomes much more important to trace distributed transactions. Mature applications can maintain the same look and feel as the original prototype, but behind the scenes, their complexity is dramatically higher. Managing this complexity is the root of modern APM, which involves following transactions through different languages, frameworks, and servers.
Transaction tracing is one area where AppNeta scored highest in this report, along with ease of deployment and operations. They are two of the most important areas considered in the study and two vectors totaling 50% of the weighting.
With this analyst research report, the AppNeta team is honored to find that we are more than just considered one of the leading vendors in the crowded APM solutions market. We’ve achieved the second highest rating and demonstrated strength (and our competitiveness) in the more heavily weighted (and most important) vectors.