The yearly South Tyrol Free Software Conference SFScon took place on Friday, 13th of November at the TIS Innovation Park in Bolzano. In this occasion, I held a speech about Application Performance Monitoring (APM) using our monitoring engine Alyvix. In this article I just want to provide a short review for those who did not have the possibility to personally attend.
An Executive Summary:
In the age of the cloud, the optimization of end user experience is getting essential for business success. Recently, we’ve further enhanced Alyvix, our Python based end-to-end monitoring engine, to facilitate the monitoring of business-critical applications like Citrix, SAP, terminal server etc. Thanks to the integration of Anaconda and Robot Framework, Alyvix 2 (licensed under GNU GPL) now provides a set of enhancements as for example the possibility to create test cases without any Python knowledge, better computer vision algorithms and the possibility to create detailed HTML reports. At SFSCon, I tried in the little time I had, to present all these new functionalities of our end-to-end monitoring engine. Just as a short explanation: Alyvix is an engine, which continuously simulates a certain transaction series on any application, such a transaction series we call test case. This means that real user behavior (using a computer application) can be simulated by Alyvix, registering the actions a user does with mouse and/or keyboard and then replay this actions, seeing if the application works on one side and how powerful it works (registering times) in the arc of a day/week.
The SFScon: General Information
The (SFScon) is an event of international stature that attracts more and more visitors every year from Northern Italy, Austria and Switzerland. It is an annual conference dedicated to Free Software in South Tyrol that is aimed at the general public, but in particular at decision-makers in the public administration and business worlds. SFScon promotes the use of Free Software in IT infrastructures as a tool to achieve greater innovation and competitiveness in the region. Further information, as well as the picture gallery and the official conference video of this year’s edition can be found on the conference website.