Which APM tool is right for your organization?

Last updated:March 2016

Editor's note

Is it application performance management or application performance monitoring? While it's widely debated what APM stands for these days, most can agree on one thing: an APM tool can provide businesses insight into an application's health and manage it like no other piece of software. While the definition of APM is up in the air, one thing is for sure: There's no shortage of APM tools. And that's where the problem lies. With so many options, how do you know which APM tool is the right one for you? This buyer's guide is designed to help you select the best APM software for your organization.

To make a sound decision, it's important to first know what you're buying. The first article of this guide dives into what application performance management is and presents the value of APM software and what it does.

The second article in this series presents several APM use cases. Cloud computing, a growing user base, mobile devices, service-level agreement (SLA) maintenance, geolocation, faster time to market, if any of those terms are ringing a bell, then it's a tell-tale sign that you need APM software. Has your business switched over to a more modern software that's running on virtual machines? Has your app taken off and is now collecting so much user data that you don't know what to do with it? Is there a new feature you'd like to add that changes the face of your app or your company? If you said yes to any of these, you may need APM software. Once the need is determined, the question then turns to: Which APM tool do you go with?

Part three of this series covers the main features of APM software that you should concern yourself with when considering purchasing an APM tool. Combining the information from parts two and three, part four delivers analysis and insight into which APM vendor fits common business scenarios, to help you see which APM tool is right for you. While the acronym "APM" may be vaguely used, this guide makes sure that there's nothing unclear about which APM tool is the best choice for your organization.

1When you need an APM tool

This article identifies common business scenarios in which organizations find themselves in need of APM software that not only can measure application performance, usage, data or back-end information, but manage them as well.

2The important features and aspects to consider when buying APM software

Every APM vendor offers a different take on their software, but there are core features that every APM tool should have and that every buyer should be aware of. This article covers those key features to help you fill out your request for proposals.

3Which APM tool is right for your business?

You've discerned that you need APM software. You know what features to look for. Now read about the different vendors out there and see which ones are right for you.

4APM tools that can help your organization

Looking to reduce time to market or measure user experience? Maybe you need to address a growing user base and maintain SLAs. Or maybe you're just looking for context with your applications' data. Here are in-depth looks at the top APM products offered today that can perform those functions.