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Demand for Application Performance Management, Cloud Monitoring and Microservices Support Is on the rise: AppDynamics


AppDynamics, the world’s largest and fastest growing APM vendor 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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has required enterprise organizations to shift overnight to an almost completely digital world, leading to unparalleled demand on their IT organizations as they strive to deliver high performing digital experiences to their customers and employees through digital services including websites applications, IoT devices and wearables. 

AppDynamics research shows that before the pandemic, 71 percent of consumers admitted digital services were so intrinsic to their daily lives that they didn’t even realize how much they relied on them. Today, digital services are essential in keeping workforces productive at home, allowing people to shop for groceries online, helping patients connect to tele-health professionals to report symptoms, access testing and so much more.

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.” 

When analyzing 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, we found that resources on the AppDynamics website about implementing a comprehensive end-to-end APM strategy saw a 35 percent increase in web traffic, and information about application performance testing saw a 24 percent increase in traffic during that same time frame.

IT and business leaders are recognizing that they must actively evaluate the performance of their digital experiences in response to increased demands and added pressure from users. Their business success depends on having the tools to accurately monitor and manage their application technology stack, from the user experience to the network.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for businesses to predict demand or rely on capacity models built without accounting for the sudden behavior 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 organizations 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.

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 percent 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 prioritize workloads. Traffic to resources on our website related to Kubernetes monitoring increased by 20 percent and demand for resources about best practices for instrumenting containers increased by 33 percent.

“It’s clear that our newfound reliance on digital is sending IT departments around the world scrambling to manage and scale services without falling short of experience expectations for users.” Angie Mistretta concludes, “IT professionals need additional support and tools in order to combat these new challenges, because they know the quality of the digital experiences they deliver today will impact their success both now, and after the pandemic subsides.”

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