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Compuware Ships IBM WebSphere Performance Management Software


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Compuware Corporation, a technology performance tools provider, is shipping an application performance management (APM) solution for IBM WebSphere Message Broker. The solution, Compuware dynaTrace 4.1, incorporates enhanced user experience management capabilities, and enhances visualization and integrates with Compuware Gomez Real-User Monitoring-Data Center.

dynaTrace offers a number of advantaged over native IBM performance management tools, John Van Siclen, general manager of the Compuware APM Business Unit, tells 5 Minute Briefing. For one, he says, dynaTrace requires no configuration - it's dynamic and auto-adapts to complex distributed environments. "dynaTrace also scales while providing deep-level detail continuously without exhaustive data manipulation or database purging," he adds. dynaTrace also enables drill down to the exact method, message, or other component that caused the WebSphere performance problem. "This information is presented interactively through the dynaTrace dashboard, not in a trace log," he says.

dynaTrace supports IBM WebSphere Message Broker, Application Servers and Portal Servers. dynaTrace's end-to-end transaction tracing and user experience management capabilities are designed to provide development, test and operational insight into WebSphere infrastructures. DynaTrace 4.1 helps WebSphere determine, in real time, if messages are flowing correctly or if messages have not been properly received by the intended recipient services and whether Message Broker is properly configured to maximize service efficiency.

"Feature-rich application frameworks, such as IBM WebSphere, make finding performance problems difficult," says Van Siclen. "The breadth of the WebSphere feature set inherently leads to complexity. This complexity makes it difficult to determine which WebSphere components are causing a performance problem and why. This is particularly true for WebSphere Message Broker, which provides a great deal of flexibility and multiple implementation choices for creating information exchange between applications. Additionally, with WebSphere, it is difficult and time consuming to replicate production problems in pre-production, preventing effective collaboration with the required facts about an issue."

The latest version of dynaTrace also brings users expanded business value through enhanced visibility into third-party website content with images and graphs to display performance data related to content served by content delivery networks and ad-servers. This feature auto-configures as part of the dynaTrace dashboard, which conveys the performance impact of third-party content on application responsiveness and ultimately, the user experience.

"Business is now deep into IT, which is driving the APM market," says Van Siclen. "Some of our customers call this the 'Google effect.' It wasn't that long ago that a six-second response time to load a page was okay; now it's a second or less to load. Two seconds of response time is equal to about a 4%-of-revenue loss, so speed matters. Lastly, a trend is ‘doing more with less' and IT is getting hammered with complexity of tools and demands from business. Those are the drivers."

More information about dynaTrace software is available at www.dynatrace.com

Information on Compuware is available at www.compuware.com


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