CA Press Publishes New Book to Help IT Professionals Plan, Implement, Manage, and Master Application Management

APM Best Practices: Realizing Application Performance Management is Now Available at Leading Book Retailers

Mar 29, 2011, 09:00 ET from CA Technologies

ISLANDIA, N.Y., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CA Press, the publisher of CA Technologies retail books, today announced the release of its newest title: APM Best Practices: Realizing Application Performance Management. The book is a step-by-step guide for IT professionals looking to build a lasting foundation for IT service management.

Authored by Michael J. Sydor, the book uses strategies, processes, templates, cookbooks and competency exercises gleaned from actual customer engagements to create a proven guide to help organizations fully realize the benefits of successful application performance management (APM).

Mr. Sydor is an engineering services architect for CA Technologies. With more than 20 years in the mastery of high performance computing technology, he has significant experience identifying and documenting technology best practices, as well as designing programs for building, mentoring and operating successful client performance management teams.

"Today's IT environment is complex and highly distributed. I believe that by focusing on the business transaction and underlying application components, you can take control of the complexity and get important insight into the nature of performance problems," says Sydor. "My mission in writing this book is to make sure that APM tools are used correctly, no matter what technology or project scope is being considered: from a single on-premise application, to a full enterprise suite with service-oriented architecture and public cloud complexity."

Readers will learn how to:

  • Assess where they are in their APM maturity lifecycle, discover where they need to be and learn how to get there.
  • Understand the basic and advanced techniques for using APM technology to address application performance and overall software quality.
  • Justify an APM investment tailored to the realities of their corporate culture.
  • Manage the evaluation and selection of an APM solution.
  • Develop techniques to schedule and supervise deployments of APM technology with consistent, predictable, and reliable practices.
  • Create a catalog of services to guide the evolution of the APM initiative, as investment or critical incidents present themselves.

"Best practice APM is a critical competency for companies that increasingly rely on IT to power their business," said Chris Cook, general manager, Service Assurance, CA Technologies. "This book is a tremendous resource for developing skills and capabilities that can help support and accelerate the long-term adoption of application performance management, as well as a broader service assurance approach."

APM Best Practices: Realizing Application Performance Management is available at many leading book retailers, including Apress,, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powell's, Safari, and Springer, among others.

CA Press, the official publisher of CA Technologies retail books, is an essential resource for business and IT professionals and students. CA Press introduces books in numerous areas of business and IT. CA Press is a strategic collaboration with Apress, a leading technical publisher devoted to meeting the needs of IT professionals, software developers, and programmers.


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