You Can’t Fight What You Can’t See
Enterprises far too often develop and implement applications with little thought for scalability or future extensibility. They naturally tend to focus on their immediate functional and performance requirements. The ‘stack’ they choose to leverage is frequently selected for reasons of expediency and cost effectiveness. Important architectural decisions are also based heavily on things like internal resource availability and their technical skillsets. Rather than the long term application requirements of the business and end users. While somewhat understandable, such a short term focus can easily result in considerable application performance issues in the future. Hindering your business and hampering growth.
The modern enterprise is immensely application dependent. While use of an application is restricted to its original design and scale its underlying architecture and construction aren’t generally tested. As businesses grow in size however they often begin to experience performance issues with critical applications. Organisational growth generally requires applications be used on a much larger scale than was originally intended. User bases compound significantly to support growth. While geographical usage also tends to become wider spread. What is also extremely common place amongst a host of different industries is the extension of application functionality - beyond its intended design. Enterprises regularly try to adapt existing applications to functions they weren’t necessarily architected for. The end result is a perfect storm of application dependency, poor performance and system outages. All of which restrict the growth of companies and impair their ability to compete in the marketplace.
Application performance issues are an extremely costly problem for organisations. Particularly those who develop their own applications. Bespoke software development is supposed to give enterprises a competitive edge. Though for far too many enterprises the opposite is true. They experience a restriction of growth attributed to poorly performing, business critical applications. Time as they say, is money. Lengthy system outages for critical applications cost businesses dearly. For smaller companies, many of whose businesses depend entirely on specialist applications such an occurrence can be incredibly crippling.
Each day, businesses are being made or broken on their ability to identify and resolve application issues quickly. Yet application intelligence for many businesses is limited. Leaving them ill-equipped to address the underlying causes of performance problems and wasting significant resources in trying to troubleshoot blindly.