3 Industries; 3 Challenges; 3 TIBCO Middleware Monitoring Case Studies

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If you rely on TIBCO middleware, you need comprehensive visibility into the behavior of your critical TIBCO-integrated applications to ensure they’re performing as necessary to support the business. But your visibility requirements are unique depending on your industry, architectures, and the ways you use TIBCO technologies.

Tom Lubinski, SL CEO, showed how three TIBCO power users across three industries are able to address their varied visibility challenges using RTView Enterprise Monitor.

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  • Launch of new store operations system at 4,000 stores with limited visibility into critical business applications at each store Significant revenue impact if new system didn’t work Did not plan for troubleshooting at the store level Stores needed to coordinate flawlessly with central business processes and database Key applications include inventory, search, lookup of accounts. These processes enable the stores to check inventory from another store, track inventory, upload or sync data to a data center, transfer customer records from one store to another, etc. Store Operations Team blind to problems with TIBCO applications at an individual store until the store calls TIBCO infrastructure supports key business processes Extremely reactive Lack of visibility into basic health state, for example, no idea whether the store’s EMS servers and/or BW engines are up or down. No learning mechanisms - Patterns? Systematic errors? Does this store always have problems? Unable to see if current store performance is normal because unable to compare to historical trends for specific dates and times. Lack of visibility into store performance has a direct impact on customers
  • Central, single-pane-of-glass view of the health of TIBCO infrastructure at all 4,000 stores Regional traffic-light map of all states with drill down to TIBCO infrastructure at individual stores EMS and BW monitors at each store send performance data to central EMS and BW monitors for custom views and alerts Central access to historical trends indicates when something is not normal
  • Store Operations Team has real-time visibility to know if any store has a problem Proactive monitoring instead of reacting to phone call from store Central support now has visibility into the health state of a store and can fix it before the store realizes there’s a problem Improved availability of critical business processes Since deployment, there has been an estimated 70% reduction in degradations of their TIBCO infrastructure impacting store productivity [I’m making this up. Still trying to put my hands on the POC documentation to see if anything was specified there. Otherwise, we’ll need to litmus test this.] Historical context provides a baseline for understanding normal store performance
  • Too many alerts; didn’t know which are important; don’t know who to call in the middle of the night No visibility into the dependencies among infrastructure and middleware components that support a business service Running EMS and BW along with Oracle databases, WebLogic, and Oracle Coherence Had to really dig to identify the source of a problem Spent a lot of time looking at log files Lack of visibility into history of CIs
  • Weigh alerts through assigning criticality Something unimportant can be assigned a lower criticality Filter alerts to define those that merit notification Custom correlation of alerts. Able to define exactly when they are notified. Only send me an email if 4 of the 6 engines go down. If only 1 or 2 are down, show as red on my service-level display, but don’t send me an email. Rapidly deployed pre-configured solution packages for all middleware technologies Simply plugged in solution packages for TIBCO EMS and BW, as well as Oracle database, WLS, and Coherence. Solution packages are pre-configured with all of the caches and typical alerts CMDB functionality used to create on-the-fly service definitions Service 1 is dependent on these components (ie, 2 BW engines, 5 WLS instances, etc.) Defined within RTView EM Component- and CI-level information bubbles up to application-level displays If Service 1 is red, able to then drill back down to not only the component, but the exact metric that cause the problem (ie, the message count on EMS Server 7). With history, can determine what went wrong and when for faster resolution.
  • Shared services among all groups in the organization Central team responsible for maintaining, managing and monitoring these services on behalf of hundreds of critical applications Overwhelmed Anticipate a 30% increase in number of applications in 2013 Increasing number of users Increasing demands for performance of shared services Unable to correlate critical applications with underlying technologies and service users No concept of a CMDB Unable to efficiently maintain health of TIBCO infrastructure Lack of visibility into EMS, BusinessWorks (BW) and BusinessEvents (BE) If there was a problem, they had no idea what caused it and would simply restart the app BE is a black box - had missing or “limbo state” transactions in BE Unable to know resources allocation and usage
  • Single pane of glass views for TIBCO EMS, BW and BE Displays for each of EMS, BW and BE Mapping critical applications to both infrastructure and users of shared services History for all three TIBCO technologies Trace back to where a component broke Visibility into resource allocation and usage of EMS and BW Could see if a single host has 10 BW engines using 90% of CPU while another box is only using 10% Also got better visibility across multiple data centers - Agents running at each data center report to RTView EM Integration with other existing systems For example, alerts from RTView EM were integrated with their existing SNMP, Tivoli and HP OpenView monitoring systems
  • Greatly reduced time to troubleshoot problems Able to just look at the display and drill down to failed component What took hours now takes ~10 minutes From reactive to proactive Visibility into what’s happening currently Contextual alerts before something breaks, PLUS Historical tracing allows them to see what had been happening, and what was happening at the exact point of a break or degradation Now know their resource allocation and usage Can see exactly where and how they can accommodate new apps both across TIBCO infrastructure and across data centers Able to leverage alerts in existing SNMP, Tivoli and HP OpenView monitoring systems
  • 3 Industries; 3 Challenges; 3 TIBCO Middleware Monitoring Case Studies

    1. 1. 3 Industries; 3 Challenges; 3 TIBCO Monitoring Case Studies Tom Lubinski, President and CEO, SL Corporation © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.1 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    2. 2. Agenda • Introduction • Geographically Distributed TIBCO Monitoring Across 4,000 Stores – a retail store operations use case • Heterogeneous Application Monitoring Including TIBCO – a transportation & logistics use case • Shared Farm Services on TIBCO – a Fortune 500 insurance company use case • SL RTView Enterprise Monitor architecture • Q&A © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.2 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    3. 3. SL Corporation • Software company founded in SF Bay Area in 1983 • Expertise in monitoring custom and complex, “big money” applications and distributed systems • Deep knowledge in middleware monitoring © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.3 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    4. 4. Selected RTView Customers Financial Services 400+ eCommerce/ RTView Energy/ Retail Telecom Customers Other © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.4 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    5. 5. RTView Enterprise Monitor An end-to-end visibility and control system tailored specifically for application support teams and Technology Support Teams (EG: TIBCO) •Expertise in monitoring custom, big money applications built on complex platforms & middleware (Java, Oracle & TIBCO) •Users see a single-pane-of-glass view of all events and alerts that matter to them •Custom, real-time holistic views of application configuration, dependencies, and data flows for more intuitive understanding of application performance © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.5 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    6. 6. Geographically Distributed TIBCO Monitoring System Across 4,000 Stores Retail Store Operations Use Case © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.6 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    7. 7. Distributed Monitoring System – The Pain • Launch of new store operations system at 4,000 stores, yet limited visibility into critical business applications at each store – Significant revenue impact if new system didn’t work – Did not plan for troubleshooting at the store level • Stores needed to coordinate flawlessly with central business applications and data centers • Store Operations Team blind to problems with TIBCO applications at an individual store until the store calls • Lack of visibility into store performance has a direct impact on customers © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.7 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    8. 8. Distributed Monitoring System – Solution • Central, single-pane-of-glass view of the health of TIBCO infrastructure at all 4,000 stores • Regional traffic-light map of all states and sub-regions with drill down to TIBCO infrastructure at individual stores • EMS and BW monitors at each store send performance data to central EMS and BW monitors for custom views and alerts • Central access to historical trends signals when something is not normal © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.8 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    9. 9. Health State by Region with Drill Down © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.9 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    10. 10. High-Level Health State Across All Stores © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.10 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    11. 11. Application-Centric View of All CIs and Alerts © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.11 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    12. 12. Drill Down to EMS Server Instance Detail © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.12 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    13. 13. Distributed Monitoring System – Benefits • Store Operations Team has real-time visibility to know if any store has a problem • Proactive monitoring instead of reacting to a phone call from store • Historical context provides a baseline for understanding normal store performance • Improved availability of critical business applications © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.13 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    14. 14. Heterogeneous Application Monitoring Including TIBCO Transportation and Logistics Use Case © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.14 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    15. 15. Heterogeneous App Monitoring – The Pain • Too many alerts; didn’t know which were important; didn’t know who to call in the middle of the night • No visibility into dependencies among infrastructure and middleware components that support a business service – Running EMS, BW and BE along with Oracle databases, WebLogic and Coherence • Had to really dig to identify the source of a problem • Lack of visibility into history of CIs © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.15 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    16. 16. Application Monitoring – Solution Overview • Weigh alerts through assigning criticality • Filter alerts to define those that merit notification • Rapidly deploy pre-configured solution packages for EMS, BW and BE; Oracle databases, WLS and Coherence • CMDB functionality used to create on-the-fly service definitions • Component- and CI-level information bubbles up to application-level displays © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.16 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    17. 17. Application-Centric Single-Pane-of-Glass View © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.17 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    18. 18. End-to-End Application Component View © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.18 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    19. 19. Drill Down to Underlying Components © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.19 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    20. 20. Application Monitoring – Benefits • Able to focus on what matters through assigning criticality and filtering alerts • Application-centric views enable more proactive monitoring with business context • More efficiently drill down to root cause of issues across all infrastructure and middleware components • Increased developer productivity © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.20 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    21. 21. Shared Farm Services on TIBCO Fortune 500 Insurance Company Use Case © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.21 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    22. 22. Shared Farm Services – The Pain • Shared services among all groups in the organization • Overwhelmed • Unable to correlate critical applications with underlying technologies and service users • Unable to efficiently maintain health of TIBCO infrastructure © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.22 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    23. 23. Shared Farm Services – Solution Overview • Single-pane-of-glass views for TIBCO EMS, BW and BE • Mapping critical applications to both infrastructure and users • History for all three TIBCO technologies • Visibility into resource allocation and usage of EMS and BW – Necessary to determine how to accommodate new apps/services • Integration with other existing systems © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.23 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    24. 24. Custom Services View for Infrastructure Owner © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.24 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    25. 25. Coherence Single Node Detail © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.25 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    26. 26. Understanding of All Services Performance © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.26 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    27. 27. BE Cache Node Detail © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.27 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    28. 28. Shared Farm Services – Benefits • Greatly reduced time to troubleshoot problems • From reactive to proactive • Now know their resource allocation and usage • Able to leverage alerts in existing monitoring systems © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.28 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    29. 29. Your Systems RTView Enterprise Monitor Solution Packages Central Server Presentation Layer Existing TIBCO EMS Alert Server and Directory Display Server Monitoring Tools TIBCO BusinessWorks Browser Clients TIBCO BusinessEvents Infrastructure Oracle WebLogic Server Mobile Desktop Tablet Phone Config Server Oracle Database Middleware Java Clients Oracle Coherence Notifications Custom & IBM WebSphere MQ Packaged Apps WebSphere Application Server Alert Definitions Alerts Email SMS Voicemail Dependency Mapping Many More + Custom SPs Reporting CMDB REST Interface Historian History SQL © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.29 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    30. 30. RTView Enterprise Monitor, for more info… http://www.sl.com/products/rtviewem_tibco.shtml http://www.sl.com/pdfs/RTViewEnterpriseMonitor.pdf © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.30 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    31. 31. Q&A © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.31 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
    32. 32. Thank you for joining us! For a tailored demo or product evaluation, or to register for our next webinar – an in-depth demo of RTView Enterprise Monitor for TIBCO – please contact Gia Mangino at gianna@sl.com. © 2012 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.32 © 2013 SL Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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