If you want to see a good list of monitoring trends, check out the 12 Predictions for 2012 on APM Digest. One that stuck out for me was # 3: Breakout Year for Predicitve Analytics because I’ve always thought there was a connection between business analytics and application performance monitoring.
In this instance, the analytics don’t involve business or web analytics as you might think of them. Instead, they involve using analytics tools, which have been used for business knowledge in the past, to build a better understanding of your systems and applications and the interdepencies in the system.
Most important, these tools can help you see patterns and find places in the system that are likely to be weak spots or areas where you’ll break down — before it happens.
It sounds like the IT Ops dream application and to some extent, the experts quoted in the APM Digest article think it is. In fact one of the executives quoted, Matthew Ellis, VP Tivoli Service Availability & Performance Management, IBM had this to say about it:
“Using predictive analytics for performance monitoring can help organizations pro-actively manage emerging performance issues within their IT infrastructure. By identifying or predicting trends or patterns on how efficiently the services & applications are running, IT organizations can take action before failures occur. “
But Nicola Sanna, President and CEO, Netuitive thinks it might make it easier to surface problems and deal with them before they become major issues. What’s more by providing an analytics view you can share data with business users in a format they can understand
“Business owners and senior IT officials will seek this composite view showing overall health of an application while also allowing administrators to detect anomalies and drill down to root cause and trouble shoot proactively.”
If analytics do indeed begin to play a larger role in 2012, we could begin to see monitoring be more of a business-IT partnership. You can give data to your business users explaining the issues in the system in a form they can understand.
If that happens, it could be a very happy new year for IT monitoring pros.