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FixStream Offers Workload Visualization for the Hybrid IT Organization

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

As IT organizations move away from systems-centric and data center-centric management paradigms and refocus instead on the management of workloads, they need a new way to monitor their new Hybrid IT stack. At first glance, FixStream’s Meridian IT monitoring platform may seem like just a prettier way to see an IT environment, but its good looks belie the fact that it may be ushering in a new way to manage IT operations.

The modern IT technology stack no longer fits into a neat box. Today’s IT infrastructures often span multiple owned data centers, private cloud environments, and various public cloud instances. Moreover, the increased level of integration necessary between systems, along with the continuously increasing pervasiveness of technology into every business process means that business-critical workloads often span multiple environments.

Most IT organizations have struggled to adapt their management approaches and tools to this highly dynamic and complex environment. FixStream intends to help them deal with this challenge, offering what they call a correlation, visualization and analytics platform.

The product’s visualizations are unquestionably rich and engaging. But what sets it apart is its ability to organize and filter those visualizations by business process, while spanning multiple environments. While IT operations teams can filter by platform, application, vendor, environment and almost any other conceivable technical perspective, it is the ability to view constructed workloads from a business-process and business-value perspective that is noteworthy.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).