Open Source Web Site Performance Tools

Louis St-Amour wrote a very helpful comment on my “The Complete List of End-User Experience Monitoring Tools” post – helpful enough that I thought it deserved a whole post. OWA, indeed commonly means Outlook, so it’s kind of unfortunate naming clash, but in this case I’m referring to Open Web Analytics from http://www.openwebanalytics.com/ which has what it calls, “domstream recording”. This lets you see exactly what a user sees in their browser and where their mouse goes, though I’m not sure how embedded it is for performance timing or error catching. A similar feature is...

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Application Performance Management is a Big Business Getting Bigger

If you doubt that application performance monitoring is gaining traction in the IT world, a recent Software as a Service (SaaS) system management sector ranking should dispel that idea. According to IDC’s “Worldwide System Management Software-as-a-Service 2011-2015 Forecast and 2010 Vendor Shares” report, the application performance monitoring unit of Compuware ranked third behind HP and IBM as an SaaS vendor, with a revenue of $49 million. Application performance monitoring is becoming recognized more and more as an indispensible tool in the IT manager’s toolbelt,...

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Moving Beyond Synthetic Monitoring

If you’ve been following the recent financial crisis in Europe, you may have read a headline or two this month about how some European banks failed stress tests. Without getting too much into the mechanics of the world of high finance, a stress test for a bank is pretty much what it sounds like: an outside organization runs a series of “what if” simulations that tests the institution’s capability to stand on its own should the worst happen. Simulations like this aren’t only found in the financial sector. Such simulations are also used in application performance...

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Top Three Tips for Cloud Application Management – From EMA

Recently, EMA came out with a very informative webinar which focused on end user experience monitoring for the Cloud. You can see a full recording here (you do not even need to provide an email address). The entire slide deck is available below via SlideShare. If I had to sum up the top three tips in three words, they would be: Be paranoid about your end user experience monitoring Watch every transaction from every user Get the key user experience metrics Look across space Be smart about your end user experience monitoring Create performance models Compare between good and bad transactions...

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The Complete List of End User Experience Monitoring Tools

I am attempting to put together a complete list of End User Experience Monitoring tools since I could not find one anywhere on the web. I need your help in order to complete this list – there are surely going to be tools that I miss – please leave me comments with tools you think I should add to the list. What Qualifies as an End User Experience Monitoring Tool? In order to count as an End User Experience Monitoring tool it must be able to track the response times that real users experience when visiting the site – not a robot which is synthetically pinging the site....

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