One Tool to Rule All the Applications

Michael Vizard

Historically, there has been a separation in the mind of IT organizations in terms of how they manage Web applications and the rest of the enterprise. But as business processes mature on the Web it's becoming apparent that the applications on the Web are integral to the business. In fact, you could easily argue that these applications are essentially the face of the business. As such, they are really just the front end to all the back office applications that most companies rely on to process transactions.

As such, the folks at Compuware are making a case for holistically managing all these applications, including being able to see all the way out to the mobile computing device that a user might be using to access those applications.

To that end, Compuware this week announced that it is adding the ability to monitor mobile applications to it suite of application performance management (APM) tools, which have now been unified under the Gomez brand in the wake of Compuware's acquisition of the Web application management tools in 2009 that were originally developed by Gomez.


In addition, Compuware also announced that its tools have also been integrated with Google Page Speed, which many companies rely on to measure the performance of specific pages on the Web.

According to Eric Schurr, senior vice president of marketing for Compuware's APM Business unit, IT organizations are consolidating the number of tools they use to manage applications to not only reduce costs, but to also better understand the relationships between applications that are increasingly borderless. As such, the performance of any one application can have a cascading effect on every other application in the enterprise, said Schurr.

As IT organizations continue to mature, every aspect of IT management is being re-evaluated. As part of that process, they frequently discover that when it comes to management tools, less is actually more.

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