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Find SaaS apps problems before users do –
inside or outside your network

The majority of IT leaders we speak with tell us that IT Ops first learns from users that critical SaaS applications are having performance or availability issues – and organization size does not matter. We are engaged with organizations ranging from under 50 person businesses to Fortune 50 global enterprises all over the world, across all industries including the public sector and higher education. They tell us that their phone rings, or tickets are sent to their help desk – for all kinds of apps critical to employees getting their jobs done. Many of these orgs’ DevOps teams already spend significantly to assure performance of apps and websites that serve their customers – but their BizOps teams are just now realizing they have a gap to fill.

SaaS Performance MonitoringUsually the help desk simply escalates the issue to the app owner inside the organization – because they lack tools to identify and diagnose such issues. Sometimes they open an incident with the SaaS provider who, after some, time just tells them that the problem must be somewhere else. From the service provider perspective, their datacenter is up, the servers are running, and no one else is complaining. While waiting for this response, more users call and log tickets, and continue to lose productivity. This costs money – and worse, it can result in lost business.

It doesn’t seem to matter who the SaaS provider is or which types of apps are being used: Access & Identity management, Messaging & Collaboration, Storage, Departmental or Line of Business. What does matter is having a solution in place that can detect and alert you before users call, and then provide you with tools and diagnostics so you can quickly isolate & resolve the issue. Just one incident can cost 2 to 3 times what it costs to subscribe to a SaaS monitoring solution like CloudReady Monitor. With more and more organizations shifting their app portfolios into cloud based subscription services like Concur, Box, Office 365, Salesforce and Workday ( to name just a few ), all bets are off in maintaining service levels, unless tools like CloudReady are deployed.

 

Ensure SaaS Application Uptime & Availability

It’s gratifying to hear from customers how Exoprise has been able to benefit them (and help them sleep at night). Here are some of the things they’ve told us:

  • One customer with a deployment to over 20 global locations where users access Messaging and Collaboration apps noticed that their performance was consistently worse than the performance of the Exoprise Crowd. The crowd represents a globally distributed network of 1000s of CloudReady subscriber monitoring points aggregated to aid in diagnosis. The detailed end to end network path performance diagnostics in CloudReady revealed issues with this customer’s internal network configuration, which when addressed fully resolved the poor app performance that had been plaguing their users.
     
  • Another customer with deployments across 4 continents, monitoring several types of critical apps, received an alert from one of their locations that average bandwidth had declined by over 50%, affecting all apps and users at the site. Before the first user called the help desk, the IT team was able to drill into the CloudReady data to see a failure within their ISP’s network. A quick call to the ISP, with failure node details from CloudReady, got the issue resolved.
     
  • Occasionally app providers do have issues, and sometimes they are not aware of them until their subsribers call. CloudReady has detected these issues within minutes – and several providers tell us that the CloudReady users are the first to alert them. They trust the CloudReady data shared by their customers. In these situations issues get resolved faster resulting in few affected users and better customer satisfaction.

Unfortunately, all too often we hear from customers that either (a) they wished they’d deployed a SaaS monitoring solution earlier in the process, or (b) they wish they deployed more monitoring to more locations – as they have experienced firsthand the pains and costs of flying blind.

If you are moving more of your on-prem application infrastructure to SaaS, your phone is still going to ring when users have issues – whether those issues are with the provider, an ISP, or within your own network. Don’t get caught without tools to triage performance issues as you adopt more SaaS solutions.

Mark Yohai

Mark Yohai leads Sales for Exoprise. He loves helping IT teams avoid getting nasty calls from their SaaS app users.

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