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10 months ago
Agree on all the answers posted here, and I especially like Dave's explanation on the more advanced solutions available on the market. Excellent call outs on the need for deep & well maintained relationship mapping to enable an AI's algorithm to connect-the-dots between…
About 3 years ago
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is IBM QRadar vs Splunk. People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out? I can speak from my personal experience on Splunk as a product & vendor, and I can speak to IBM…
Over 3 years ago
Hello Janet, Having used both the products you mention in my team's current scope of work I can say the features/functions of these tools are very similar, as one would expect from the two APM vendors leading in this market space. We evaluate tools in three areas -…
Over 3 years ago
Hello Russell, Dynatrace is best known for its AppMon tool in the APM space. DCRUM is a complimentary tool from Dynatrace Company, like Dynatrace Synthetic (formerly Gomez). I would love to comment on DCRUM in its current version and how it can be used along side the…
Over 3 years ago
Hello Russell, I missed your question until just now; Apologies for the late response. Just in the last few years, several solutions have come to match and/or exceed what TBSM/DASH provide. Keeping in mind that Tivoli is a framework of products that would arguably…
Over 3 years ago
Great review here, Nuno. Agreed on so much of your assessment, especially "room for improvement". Despite the high price, CA hasn't invest on UI improvements.
Over 4 years ago
Great write up, Louay! I really appreciate the candid comments on areas of improvement. Good to see you've compared to other APM solutions, too. We are prepping for our periodic standards review, and may end up with a different product in the end. This kind of input is…
Over 4 years ago
While I agree with your assessment of UIM (it is a leader in the NW monitoring space), I would urge you to compare these tools to vendor offerings. This company is less of an innovator and much more of an acquirer (Spectrum & NetQoS rocked, still do). If this is your…
Over 4 years ago
OK, my comment was based on this section of your product review. Other Solutions Considered: We didn't look at anything else. I have had the same experience with IBM's APM, and I've heard the same of HP's. If you have the opportunity, Dynatrace and AppDynamics…
Over 4 years ago
If you didn't look at any other APM solutions, you go ahead and give this one a 5 star. Take some time to PoC with other vendors. I think you might find some perspective from Gartner or Forrester APM reports, too. Don't forget, ITCS has a nice report based on our "Real…
Over 4 years ago
I agree with Aaron & Tom on their points. Along their use cases, I have been able to show more than Log data in Splunk views. We tested several plug-ins during a small pilot, and we were able to bring O/S (Win/Unix/Linux) & APM data metrics into the same views as Logged…
Over 4 years ago
Integration doesn't seem to be much of a focus for CA. Saw this with APM (Wily) and CEM, APM/CEM and ADA, APM/CEM/ADA & Spectrum, etc. Even on less intensive static historical data, we struggled to consolidate reporting. Professional Services were required to create…
Over 4 years ago
Wow! Sounds like you are making the most of what Spectrum has to offer. I have found it to be a pretty powerful toolbox, but I have yet to hear of such a comprehensive build. Impressive, and no doubt - a ton of work to capture the big picture. Agreed on the items listed…
Over 4 years ago
Having used AppD & several other APM approaches in our production work, I would agree. This vendor makes it easier to find the right data and trends, once agents are capturing. I find several clicks are required to get down into the thread/method level calls, but nearly…
Over 4 years ago
My experience working with this product matches many of the statements made. That said, I find it difficult to give weight to this review. It seems as to be oriented toward selling the product and consulting services to support, rather than an "unbiased review from the…
Over 4 years ago
Heh! Not my words, but .... Reviewer130173 is singing a song I know the tune to... ;-)
Over 4 years ago
Hi Kevin, My team is set to begin a pilot Moogsoft's solution within the next couple weeks, and NOI will stand up in parallel. With any learning algorithm, it seems time & data are key ingredients. We should have some idea of how these compare in coming months. Thanks…
Almost 5 years ago
** Altug, Your note is very helpful; Thanks very much! The outline of capabilities and requirements is insightful and echoes personal experience. I can see even without product names, you've almost certainly work with and hit your share tooling challenges. The products in…
Almost 5 years ago
Thanks for sharing, Mike! I've seen BMCs approach as well as CA's, IBM Tivoli's, and Moogsoft's most recently. Event de-dup is indeed a common feature when it comes to the same alert firing repeatedly on a single host. What these other vendors 'promise' is de-dup of…
Almost 5 years ago
Some good info in comments here; sharing from my personal experience to augment. Having used three of the Dynatrace APM product (DCRUM, Synthetics & AppMon w UEM coming quick), I can say there are distinct use cases for each. Not to be terribly repetitive, DCRUM's…
Almost 5 years ago
Hitachi Data Center Analytics is designed to measure and report on Hitachi Storage, and there are products/drivers for OpenStack implementations to leverage Hitachi's block storage. Not having used Hitachi Data Center Analytics or Hitachi Storage personally, I am not…
About 5 years ago
Agreed on all points, but I would say most are true of all APM tools I've worked with (CA/Tivoli/Dynatrace/AppDynamics/etc). Comments regarding CA's poor support resonate, but after 3+ yrs we didn't wait longer for the improvements noted. Don't get me started on the cost &amp…
About 5 years ago
Hello All! Randall here; good to make your acquaintance. I really like ITCS as a source of info from like minded folks & peers across industries. I tap multiple sources in my research on various tools, but it is not easy to find candid unbiased opinions. This should be…
About 5 years ago
Agreed on all points, but not seeing siginificant improvement or enhancement since 2006. CA is great at acquiring market leading capabilities; only wish they were half as good at keeping that lead (as noted by Gartner's APM MQ).
About 5 years ago
Hi Naren, Don't get me wrong. I agree - Dynatrace APM is the best of breed from my perspective too. Combining DCRUM, Synthetic and AppMon creates the most granular data set I have been able to work with to date. UEM functionality being added to the AppMon console which…
About 5 years ago
Oh yes! I forgot about the java script injection approach. We have tried it a few times with this vendor's APM and another's.... but I have to say it triggerred a couple impacts for us. To be fair, it was poorly planned on our side and impacts were completely preventable…
About 5 years ago
Interesting stuff here. Thanks for posting. I will have to ask the vendor how they deliver the Insight 360 offering. It looks a lot like AppMon, and frankly I don't know how they could bring PurePath/Stack in without agent deploys to get down to code-level visibility…
About 5 years ago
We've been able to use Foglight & Spotlight over the years, but it is owned by our Database Support team. So, we don't have the luxury of deploying it broadly. I can't speak to the DB Monitoring functions as expertly as Rob does, but I can say the GUI is well laid out and…
About 5 years ago
We had almost the exact same experience with this vendor product with two deviations, but overall a solid APM capability. RE: Proactive use - Agreed, it is difficult to dial-in alert thresholds to fire far enough ahead of impacts to avoid. We carry out similar…
Over 5 years ago
Agreed on Feature value & Improvement areas. We had a much poorer experience with Customer Service & Support aspects, though. Frankly, a lack of good service & support weighed heavily on our move away from CA APM.
Over 5 years ago
Yes, indeed - a very good review. We still use ADA in my team's work, and I would have been happy to stay with CEM. Fantastic conection/session level analysis of TCP packet flows. Unfortunately, CA's APM licensing approach (at lesat prior to v10) was cumbersome and…
Over 5 years ago
Thanks for this review. I have seen info New Relic but never had the chance to use it. Good hear your experience was/is good. May I know what other APM tools you evaluated before selecting?
Over 5 years ago
Foglight has a very slick UI, and we use it in parallel to BMC. Foglight gives us better DB visibility, but BMC is easier to deploy and maintain. It is more costly which limits my team's ability to leverage broadly.
Over 5 years ago
SiteScope is more of an ITOM tool, in my opinion. Comparing to a true APM tool, SiteScope is lacking on several fronts. Comparing to Dynatrace APM, it doesn't even come close to matching on most fronts.
Over 5 years ago
Sing it, brother! We are now on v6.2 and loving it. Dynatrace APM is going to drive our DevOps tranformation.
Over 5 years ago
Thanks for sharing this review, Ajith. We've seen the APM 10 roadshow a couple times, but your write-up is far more informative from a user perspective. I really like your emphasis on DevOps needs, too. Manish, I agree completely with your suggestion. CA acquires…
Over 5 years ago
Complex environments are ..... well... complex, and they require a capability that can keep pace. I agree it is no simple task to build DCRUM infra, and the amount of detail required to essentially pluck a single application's packets out from total traffic can be tedious…
Over 5 years ago
Hi Folks, We utilize DCRUM at my company - going back to 2006 (then branded as Adlex). I can attest to all points Larry made, except porlet subscription leak in IE - never idenitfied in our implementations. A couple quick updates you may already be aware of: Compuware…
Almost 6 years ago
"Analysis engine improves the process of measurements so the end user is not bothered with the time consuming PurePaths calculations." Fair statement. PurePaths as leveraged from the local/fat client are not needed by many audiences, especially on the business side. If…
Almost 6 years ago
RE: Gartner MQ in original and reply post... CA has not been evaluated as a leader in the APM space since 2012 and has slipped ever closer to Niche Players category in 2013 & 2014. Having leveraged CA APM including the ADA add-on for years, we moved to Dynatrace APM…
Almost 6 years ago
Improvement, yes. Major, no.
Almost 6 years ago
Our company's Shift Left is just shy of hitting critical mass in adopting Agile practices and all the goodies (like Dynatrace) that make life easier in a DevOps world. I will need to crack a white-paper or two (or 10), but this community post pretty much sold me on the…
Almost 6 years ago
My team is focused on Production instances, and Dynatrace APM is fanastic in that space. Another team uses it in Dev & Test, but I don't know if they have taken advantage of Test Automation features yet. Pretty cool stuff here.
Almost 6 years ago
These posts hit my main points on the nose. Bob_J " 1. End-to-end transaction visibility 2. Scalability 3. Low/no over-head 4. Ease of use " reviewer142791 - "Being able to see EVERY transaction. No sampling or just high water marks. If you don't have information on all…
Almost 6 years ago
My team provides monitoring services for the most business critical revenue generating applications at our company.

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15+ years experience of team management including fulltime employees, vendors & contingency stuff.
8+ years of experience managing high volume monitoring services for Business Critical revenue generating applications in a complex, high availability environment
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