Applications are a growing necessity in today’s tech landscape and valuable tools within your IT infrastructure. Obtaining software to keep an eye on the health and efficiency of your applications can prove to be an invaluable as your company grows and becomes more reliant on you and your IT team. Whether it be alerts sent directly to you in real-time, or tracing transactions throughout your network, today we take a look at those as well as some other critical features to consider in your search for applications monitoring software.
One feature to strongly consider in your search is the ability to trace transactions between your applications and between your applications and the rest of your network. Visualizing where and how your applications are communicating amongst themselves and keeping track of the amount of bandwidth they are sucking up are two critical metrics to keep track of on a centralized dashboard. Peer to peer tracking and mapping the activity in charts that are aesthetically pleasing are a valuable tools that can help you keep track of everything in one place. A tracing feature can also break down individual transactions, which you can analyze in great detail and run a root cause analysis on any that may be causing you issues.
Alerts are the best way with any software to be notified in real-time of anything from security threats to potential exposure in bandwidth levels. Customizable thresholds can be predetermined to automatically get sent out anytime a certain criteria are met. While traditionally alerts have been triggered to be sent out via the software or potentially email, SMS alerts are now available to the critical alert just as you would a text message.
Automated report generation is another critical feature to potentially consider in your search for the best applications monitoring software for your company’s ever evolving needs. Whether your business is such that you require customized reports on a monthly, weekly or daily basis, having the ability to be automatically sent reports tracking your company’s key performance metrics can prove to be an invaluable feature. Report’s can be set up to track everything from errors per minute, mass transactions of any kind, take a look at error logs, application logs, bandwidth fluctuation and a plethora of other key performance indicators that every department can find value in.
While it is very commonly overlooked, and rarely talked about as relevant, a main user dashboard with an intuitive feel and ease of use can be a valuable feature that any software can benefit from. Some of the metrics you’ll want to consider keeping an eye on in your main dashboard include but are not limited to, end user response time, application requests, bandwidth levels, page rendering time, application errors, brute force login attempts and general coding errors. If your business is such that monitors a high number of transactions, a feature on your dashboard that measures the fastest and slowest performing transactions may be a good idea as well. Your applications monitoring software should be no different, as a friendly looking user interface will not only prevent any steep learning curves for you and your team, but entice your team to use all of the aforementioned features, getting you the maximum value out of your investment in your new applications monitoring software.
Obtaining an applications monitoring software is no doubt an investment both in money but also time. As with any investment you make, you’ll want to be sure to do your due diligence in the software itself. Downloading a free demo version of the software, is always a good place to start and most software available will offer this readily.