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Profile of Michael Biddick

CEO, Fusion PPT
Blog Posts: 59

As CEO of Fusion PPT, Michael Biddick is responsible for overall quality and innovation. Over the past 15 years, Michael has worked with hundreds of government and international commercial organizations, leveraging his unique blend of deep technology experience coupled with business and information management acumen to help clients reduce costs, increase transparency and speed efficient decision making while maintaining quality. Prior to joining Fusion PPT, Michael spent 10 years with a boutique-consulting firm and Booz Allen Hamilton, developing enterprise management solutions. He previously served on the academic staff of the University of Wisconsin Law School as the Director of Information Technology. Michael earned a Master's of Science from Johns Hopkins University and a dual Bachelor's degree in Political Science and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michael is also a contributing editor at InformationWeek Magazine and Network Computing Magazine and has published over 50 recent articles on Cloud Computing, Federal CIO Strategy, PMOs and Application Performance Optimization. He holds multiple vendor technical certifications and is a certified ITIL v3 Expert.

Articles by Michael Biddick

Public Cloud APM Is Useless. Focus On Private Cloud APM

8/30/2010
APM in the public cloud services is of very little value, since you can't get to the root cause of problem. As distributed application workloads move to cloud environments, the fundamental architecture of applications is poised to change dramatically. One of the barriers to cloud adoption is that legacy applications do not yet function in a virtualized, cloud environment. As new applications are developed that operate divorced from physical hardware, the data collection techniques must shift to

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APM Success: Know Your Requirements

8/24/2010
Almost a month ago, we got to know an IT manager, Jim, who was selecting an application performance management (APM) product. After releasing his RFI to 14 vendors, he received six responses. Jim structured the RFI around three major sections: data collection, visualization and reporting. For data collection, Jim wanted different options for monitoring the components of his applications, including components that might reside in a cloud environment. Data collection was also important for an app

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The Application Performance RFI

8/16/2010
Over the past few weeks, we have gotten to know Jim - a veteran IT manager who needs to deploy an application performance management (APM) solution. His objectives are to establish key performance indicators around the application including performance metrics and service licensing agreements (SLA). His billing system also has service catalog and fairly detailed security and reporting modules built into the system. As a web-based application, the backend database is distributed, and the applica

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Building APM Requirements And A Business Case

8/6/2010
Last week we looked at laying the foundation for an APM solution, but now it's time to get to work. We introduced Jim - a veteran IT manager who lacks any APM solution. As we discussed, he needs to establish key performance indicators around a critical application, including performance metrics and SLAs. His billing system also has a service catalog and detailed security and reporting modules built into the system. As a Web-based application, the backend database is distributed and the applicati

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Application Performance Management: Laying The Groundwork

7/26/2010
This week I was working with a client, we will call him Jim, who was telling me about their mission critical business application. It's primarily a billing system, but also has service catalog and fairly detailed security and reporting modules built into the system. As a web-based application, the backend database is distributed and the application services just under 2,000 users. The CIO is seeking to establish key performance indicators around the application including performance metrics and

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End-to-End APM, Who Needs It Anyway?

7/15/2010
Determining if your organization needs APM requires careful assessment of how application performance is affecting the bottom line. If application performance does not have a direct impact on the business, you may not need APM. The added management effort, deployment costs and maintenance fees may just add more overhead to an already strained IT budget. Using existing component level monitoring and management tools may be sufficient for your needs.

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Shake Up Your APM

6/28/2010
One of the challenges surrounding APM is figuring out what do do with our legacy management tools. Sure, end-to-end APM makes sense in a new, greenfield environment where we can drop in a just purchased suite of tools to provide holistic monitoring. There are many software tools that can help us accomplish this. However, the reality is that most IT organizations have already invested in an array of framework or point management solutions. The challenge for them is how to eek more performance out

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Six Questions To Ask Before Buying End-To-End APM

6/21/2010
While the market for end-to-end APM is heating up, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered before plunking down your hard fought IT budget on new tools. With several dozen APM vendors in the market, it can be confusing to weed through the marketing hype and determine what capabilities you really need. While good overall requirements will guide your decisions, be sure to ask the right questions before getting too far down the path with a vendor. I've summarized six key questions to

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Justifying APM

6/10/2010
As the economy crawls out of recession, organizations will examine ways to improve the quality of their application services, and many will turn to end-to-end application performance management (APM). While the business case for APM varies based on the type of organization, all organizations must develop the ROI as an initial step. Business units that rely on critical applications to drive revenue or internal efficiencies cannot afford to experience application performance issues or application

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Five Boutique APM Vendors To Watch

6/4/2010
The shift from infrastructure management to application management for enterprise organizations has resulted in a renewed interest in end-to-end Application Performance Management (APM). When we reviewed APM products two years ago, it was one of our largest lab reviews that we performed. We tested suites from BMC, Compuware, Indicative (purchased by Nimsoft), NetIQ, NetQoS, Network General, Nimsoft (purchased by CA), Quest Software and Symantec (spun back out as Precise). Those vendors continue

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Application Performance Aggregation: The Next Wave In Cloud APM

6/1/2010
As organizations start the slow move toward cloud computing and begin deploying more of their infrastructure in off-premise private cloud environments, the challenge of end-to-end APM becomes increasingly complex. Application Performance Aggregation (APA) as the next big wave in end-to-end application performance monitoring (APM) and where the APM market will be in a few years.

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Holistic APM, 24 months later

5/24/2010
Two years ago, we completed an ambitious test of nine APM vendors over the course of almost a year. We designed a thesis around holistic APM products that not only identify problems but take corrective action to resolve performance issues before they impact users and customers. Actions may include allocating additional bandwidth or server processing capacity, even rolling back configuration changes.

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Pre-Production Application Testing

3/10/2008
Pre-production APM tools are valuable for organizations that have mission critical custom applications, where production-based APM tools may never find the root cause of the problem.

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10 Ways To Cut IT Operational Costs

12/15/2007
Many organizations are still looking to reduce operational expenses while increasing overall efficiency. Here are 10 ways that you may be able to cut IT operations costs in your organization.

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Provision This!

11/16/2007
Provisioning systems are becoming more common in large enterprise and federal environments that need the ability to activate telecommunications gear.

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10 Years Of BSM

11/8/2007
For the past 10 years Managed Objects has been focused on delivering BSM, SLA and CMDB solutions to customers.

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One-On-One with BMC's CEO

11/7/2007
While a majority of organizations are looking toward BSM solutions in the near team, Bob Beauchamp believes that "one of the primary barriers to implementation success will be cultural."

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The State Of IT Process Automation

11/5/2007
Stratavia's Data Palette IT Data Center Automation Platform has similar messaging around the automation of complex, error-prone, manually intensive yet repetitive IT administration tasks.

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BMC is Serious About BSM

10/23/2007
Organizations also need to be wary of vendors that will use BSM as a strategy to kickoff costly services engagements where vendors seek to custom design BSM around a framework of products.

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HP Beefs Up BSM

10/22/2007
BSM is really all about integration. All the large vendors offer similar components that help IT managers examine the overall health of their business services across networks, servers and applications.

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BMC's Big Push Into Service Automation

10/10/2007
The value proposition with service automation will be to allow customers to manage their entire IT infrastructure, ranging from edge devices, the network, and servers, to the applications that provide the services demanded by the business.

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Harnessing Wireless Performance Management

9/28/2007
Performance management is important as more applications rely on robust infrastructure and place much higher demands on the network to provide high-quality voice, video and other converged content to wireless users.

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End Of The Quarter And Time For A Deal

9/20/2007
As we near the end of September, it's the end of the quarter for many software vendors. It's a great time to ask them to sharpen their pencils and make a deal if you're in the market for APO tools....

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Datacenter Automation, Reality or Hype?

9/11/2007
This year, there was a lot of action in the IT Process Automation space. It started when Opsware bought iConclude (now Process Automation System) and added the software to its network and application configuration software suite. Then BMC, buys...

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Testing Application Performance, but Where?

9/11/2007
Testing application management applications prior to purchase is tough for many organizations. When many organizations look to purchase software tools to manage their application environment, they typically like to kick the tires of three to four vendors in their...

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High Octane Operations

9/11/2007
Welcome to the Application Performance Optimization Immersion Center. The goal of this site is to cover relevant information on effectively managing and automating applications and operations environments. We will conduct product reviews, evaluate new technologies that drive data center efficiencies,...

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