Application Performance Management is like taking out the garbage.
Actually, it’s more like my son taking out the garbage: It’s his chore; he knows it’s full, he can see that it’s full, he waits anyway, he’s preoccupied. There are “more important things” on his mind. (Sounds like your System and Business Administration priorities, doesn’t it? And rightly so!) Sometimes I’m tempted to just let it overflow because I need him to notice what is required. But we both know that won’t fix the problem:
Nobody likes to take out the garbage!
So while he’s mid-stride through the kitchen, a sandwich in one hand, phone in the other, and tunes in his head, Management has to step in and say, “Hey, buddy, this here’s a problem for all of us.”
To which he turns and says to me in his best Keanu Reaves…
“Dude, Garbage Collection is something we should automate. I mean… Where’s the App for that??”
Which is kind of like saying, “Where’s the beef?!” He’s going to be out of the house soon, but he’s right in such a big way that I take out the garbage.
Then, I do the research on software and see that there are several companies out there that offer really slick Application Performance Management solutions, most of them with Big Dollar Digital Readouts.
But they’re ALL Monitoring software. Someone still has to do the WORK!
So really… Where’s the beef?!