Dynatrace Review
Customer service could be improved but dynaTrace is installed in half-a-day, fully operational...a preferred tool


Valuable Features

Track and tracing of each individual end user transaction throughout a complex Core Bank financial chain. Within 5 clicks you got the evidence why the performance is lacking. Also a problem could be analysed from different angles. One dashboard that provides the information and you can work independently (you don't need the presence of OPS people, and other tooling except Tibco EMS monitoring)

Improvements to My Organization

Our customer base is too immature on performance matters. Besides that, they are now working with Dev/OPs teams (more than 180!) where there is no governance overall. Every team can decide what they want to use with respect to tooling. There is no Business or Operational chain owner.

Room for Improvement

Message Bus monitoring: it is not possible to deep dive into the the Tibco EMS bus. The consequence is that we depends on EMS monitoring tools like RTView, Tibco Hawk, GEMS etc. These tools are lacking the functionality to track and trace individual Tibco messages, something you really need to do trouble shooting; Deployment of dynaTrace agent fixes per selected agents instead of all agents. Consequence is that if an Agent fix is corrupted or whatsoever, all agents are off-line; Eco system like AppDynamics (external parties can develop plugins). On the other hand, it has an disadvantage because your quality control must be very good to not jeopardize the tool stability.

Use of Solution

I have been using this solution for 2 years.

Deployment Issues

Not at all. This product is developed by guys who perfectly understand that a quick and seamless install is part of the customer experience. It is heaven if you compare this with IBM or HP stuff.

Stability Issues

Not at all. No crashes whatsoever.

Scalability Issues

I can't answer this question, because it is not deployed in a broader way. I'm not convinced to deploy a large scale solution, because it consumes an enormous amount of data resulting in a decrease of retention time. So I advise to deploy more DT instances where every Dev/OPS is responsible for their own DT instance.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: Could be improved, but has everything to do with the merge of Compuware and dynaTrace. There is a local office in the Netherlands, but available FTE is under par.Technical Support: It is good.

Previous Solutions

7 years ago I used HP Diagnostics. This was not an out-of-the-box instrumentation (1st gen diagnostic tooling). It took too much time to get added value out-of-it, too much interpretation. dynaTrace is installed in half-a-day, fully operational (including the dynaTrace agents, dynaTrace server and Collector). This is why this tool with all its functionalities is a preferred tool for performance troubleshooting, performance tests, test automation and full coverage production monitoring. It also works with a lot of performance test tools. I'm not impressed by the Dell Foglight diagnostics; I never see it working with SOA technology. AppDynamics: despite the fact that I didn't work with a full deployed installation of AppDynamics, you need a lot to do to get the information like dynaTrace provides.

Initial Setup

Straightforward

Implementation Team

We don't to depend on vendor PSO.

ROI

Can''t answer this question. The performance organisation is too immature to answer this.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Tool investment (initial 50 JVM agents, increased to 80). One time investment with yearly maintenance costs Total Stitching activities 20 days (due to Tibco wired /unwired mechanism and old JMS version usage); 5 days per week performance testing

Other Solutions Considered

No, I didn't evaluate other options. Reason: I'm not totally convinced about the products provided by vendors like IBM, CA, HP, BMC etc. Way-too-much consultancy, it takes a lot of time to generate added value, too difficult to work with etc.

Other Advice

Use it as fast as you can. List prices are negotiable. You get instant success!
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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1 Comment

it_user227253Real User

thanks for your frankness! It encourages me to recommend DynaTrace to Ops teams,

grtz, Erik

22 April 15
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