I noticed that a lot of the top hits on Google for “application performance management best practices” are out dated at best and irrelevant at worst. The top hit – “Improving weblogic application performance” – just had its eighth birthday (the iPhone wasn’t even out then), and the runner up – “Improving .net application performance” – has a disclaimer saying that the content is outdated.
#1 Peter Sevcik and Rebecca Wetzel’s “Application Performance Management: Best Practices do Work“
Peter and Rebecca are true thought leaders in the application performance management space. Their blog on Network World is a great resource for application performance management. A recent post shares an interesting survey which ties back to the research I have referenced; “Good Application Performance Management Delivers Results“. The Survey finds that:
…Enterprises with best practices benchmark scores above six (on a 10-point scale with 10 being best) report 75 percent better results in three key performance areas than their counterparts with scores under five.
- Understand the current situation by talking to users and stakeholders
- Measure all of the relevant data which impacts application performance and end users
- Communicate your findings in a way which “non geeks” can understand them
- Link performance to business needs
#2 Information Week’s “Best Practices brief: Improving Application Performance“
In the article, Mike Fratto highlights a very helpful “bucket list” of application performance best practices:
- Plan Ahead for Growth
- Know Where Your Users Are
- Get Visibility Into Your Network
- Create Metrics and Set Goals
- Find the Bottlenecks
- Examine Asymmetric Options
- Examine Symmetric Options
- Integrate Application Performance Management
- Test Application Performance
- Close the Loop and Repeat
#3 30 Practical Best Practices to Boost Your Web Application Performance
This resource is the polar opposite of the first and second ones. Providing very specific technical tips for application performance management.
I added this one for balance since application performance is not only the responsibility of those who deal with IT management – but also the developers.
Application Performance Management Best Practices Webinar
On a final note there is an interesting live webinar coming up on the 27th of July where the CIO of Gainsco Insurance, Phil West, will talk about his seven application performance management best practices. The registration link is here.