It’s a broad term, but monitoring in all of its forms has come on leaps and bounds over the past decade, with IT teams now able to collect and make sense of vast amounts of data into how their infrastructure, systems and applications are performing, with the boundaries increasingly starting to blur as enterprising business users look to get their hands on this technical data.

Monitoring may not be sexy, but it is integral to keeping key applications up and running and the best tools on the market are increasingly being enriched with machine learning capabilities to get ahead of issues before they hit users.

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Log data and monitoring capabilities have also become key components outside of the traditional IT function, with many security operations centres (SOCs) reliant on monitoring tools to spot hacks and breaches in record time, saving on costly damage to the organization had they gone unmonitored. Read on for an example of how the Bank of England completely rebuilt its SOC around a set of cutting-edge monitoring capabilities.

Here we assess the monitoring software landscape, focusing on machine data analytics and application performance management (APM) vendors and use cases, honing in on a couple of key commercial providers such as Splunk, Dynatrace and AppDynamics (which is now part of Cisco), some real world case studies and why good monitoring is so important to UK organizations as varied as Just Eat and Vodafone.

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