Eliminating Roadblocks To Effectively Managing Application Performance

By Jim Metzler

Published January 2007; Posted August 2007



Over the last couple of years, assuring acceptable application performance has become a hot topic. As a result, a growing amount of attention has been paid recently to a wide variety of issues that affect the ability of the IT organization to manage application performance. The vast majority of this attention has focused on technologies that can be used to improve the performance of networks and applications. These technologies include compression, caching, protocol and application acceleration as well as server offloading.

Technology is clearly a critical component of a network and application management solution. However, the effectiveness of any network management solution has historically been affected significantly by issues that have no basis in the technology itself.

As will be demonstrated in this article, the primary impediments to effectively managing application performance have little to do with technology. In particular, the goal of this article is to examine some of the organizational dynamics that affect the ability of the IT organization to effectively manage application performance. We will also make recommendations for how IT organizations can overcome the roadblocks created by these dynamics.


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About the author:

Dr. Jim Metzler has been an application developer, marketing manager, product manager, engineering manager, IT manager, research director and consultant. Along with Steven Taylor, Jim is a founding member of Kubernan, an analyst firm.


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