AppDynamics is moving to turn its application performance management (APM) software into an application intelligence platform. With the unveiling today of AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform, AppDynamics is layering application intelligence applications on top of its service while at the same time inviting third-party organizations to build complementary applications that leverage AppDynamics data that can be accessed via RESTful APIs.
AppDynamics CEO Jyoti Bansal says the company wants to take APM to the next level of intelligence by allowing organizations to correlate application data to performance issues to make better business decisions. Instead of simply being confronted with graphs showing how certain applications are performing, Bansal says the AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform makes it easier to understand the risk to the business that those application performance issues might actually represent.
To that end, AppDynamics today also launched an AppDynamics Transaction Analytics application. This tool makes use of the AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform to track in real time transactions and their specific value to the business. In general, Bansal says that AppDynamics provides insight into enterprise applications in a way they can be configured in a matter of hours. In contrast, legacy APM tools can take months to set up while other APM services are not capable of providing the depth of analysis required by enterprise IT organizations.
In effect, Bansal is make a case for an approach to APM that provides end-to-end visibility across an applications environment without the complexity normally associated with such tools. Specifically, the AppDynamics framework makes use of agents to track transactions across a distributed enterprise. A transaction auto-learning engine inspects execution code, payload, libraries and methods. Real-time service discovery renders architecture topology to automatically map relationships and dependencies.
Ultimately, Bansal says that measuring applications and IT infrastructure availability is simply no longer enough. Businesses today want to be able to correlate that information in a way that makes it easier to identify how specific events affect the business. Driving that trend says Bansal, is the simple fact that now that every company relies more on software than ever, those events directly affect every aspect of the business. The degree to which business users have come to view IT as the fundamental engine that drives their business is, of course, going to vary widely. But the one thing that is for certain is just about all of them would like a lot more insight into just how any given IT event does actually impact the business.