IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager Competitors and Alternatives

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AH
ITM Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Agent can be unreliable, but is able to display detailed process information at the OS level

What is our primary use case?

We use IBM Application Performance Management for modifying .NET and Tomcat applications, as well as regular system updates and monitoring. Currently, we have around 10 people who use it, with two people in operations support who work with it on a daily basis. The rest of the team are busy with the various projects which we deliver to customers.

Pros and Cons

  • "Because we have partnerships with other partners, I can share a bit about what I've noticed with IBM APM compared to other vendor solutions. Specifically, with IBM, the visibility into detailed process information is more tangible. On the OS level, APM displays all processes (or the top 10 processes) that are consuming CPU or resident memory. This is the most important thing that is not always available with other vendors."
  • "With APM, we noticed that the agent can cause a lot of issues for the application, making the agent very unreliable. Many issues are happening, and we've had to discuss it with support to try and get a fix. It affects application availability, and sometimes actions fail because of the agent, degrading the performance of the application."

What other advice do I have?

If you are going to use IBM APM, it's better to avoid applying transaction-checking and diagnostics because these are the main components that cause issues on the application level. These issues can affect both availability and performance. So if you are interested in transaction-checking and diagnostics, it's better to search for another vendor. I would rate IBM Application Performance Management a five out of ten.
JM
Sales Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Scales well and automates all our end-to-end monitoring processes

What is our primary use case?

Our major use case for Dynatrace is end-to-end performance monitoring and other types of monitoring for business transactions, commerce transactions, websites, and so on. We have about five to twenty users, though their usage depends on a few different factors. Some users make intense use of Dynatrace while others use it on a less frequent basis. I use the managed version of Dynatrace, which means that it is deployed like a cloud solution but our data is stored on-premises.

Pros and Cons

  • "Dynatrace is heavily automated which is a big advantage. You don't have to configure a lot, it installs and it runs straight away. There's direct return on investment and you can focus on more interesting stuff than always have to configure and change the configurations. Issues or problems in detection is also fully automated, which is great."
  • "I think they're working on even more integration from external third party input, but that is ongoing. So the faster it's there the better. Clock monitoring is one of these areas where improvements can be made."

What other advice do I have?

I will continue using Dynatrace and I can confidently recommend it to others. I would rate Dynatrace a nine out of ten.
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