There is no doubt that “shadow” IT, the practice of adopting cloud solutions outside of IT approval, offers end-users versatility, productivity and flexibility in the workplace. BYOA (bring your own application) has risen in popularity because business units don’t feel that they can wait for IT to build a new app to suit their needs fix performance problems they are experiencing. However, the growth of BYOA combined with bring your own device (BYOD) is resulting in a chaotic IT environment by opening security holes and negatively affecting network performance.

Here are 4 ways to improve application performance over the long-term.

1. Understanding the Issue

First, it’s important to understand that users are not only utilizing their own devices at work, but also a range of applications, including project management apps like Basecamp, chat apps like Flock, and collaborations tools like SharePoint. Often, IT departments have not sanctioned the use of these apps or rolled them out for all users, which means there is little oversight over the many employees who choose to employ these tools for their own use.

These SMAC apps, known as social, mobile, analytics and cloud, produce enormous benefits for employees, but they leave IT and database administrators unsure of how to optimize these apps, improve their performance, and ensure they don’t disrupt a network’s performance.

2. Integrate APM Into Your Cloud Structure

The users who are adopting shadow IT apps still have the expectation for IT to maintain high application service levels regardless of where the app runs. As applications become decoupled and components are distributed across public, private and hybrid cloud environments the performance challenge increases. Traditional APM covered on-premise apps and data, and in order to respond to the modern workplace, APM needs to cover the cloud as well. APM requirements for cloud based apps are fundamentally different  than traditional APM and industry analysts are predicting new categories of Application Operations Management (AppOps) and Application-Aware Infrastructure Performance Monitoring (AA-IPM) will emerge.  With all apps able to share data, administrators will need to automate essential work and keep on top of network demands.

3. Improve Visibility Within Apps

It’s important to take steps to measure app performance directly with an APM solution that utilizes analytics. At the moment, many IT tools don’t allow for this. That being said, employing data analytics, implementing tracking on specific apps, and gaining access to employee data usage, is all necessary to help you gain insight into how apps are being used across a network. Administrators need to take steps to encourage employees to self-report on the apps they’re using, even if these apps aren’t yet a part of the current IT ecosystem.

4. Utilize a Dynamic WAN Solution

The modern network is highly heterogeneous with more moving parts than ever, which is why hybrid WAN networks are key. Unlike traditional WAN networks, newer dynamic models offer traditional MPLS connection to the enterprise data center as well as a connection via broadband to a VPN and the Internet. With hybrid WAN networks, administrators can alleviate network congestion while ensuring application performance improves.

On Demand DBA Services

To improve application performance, Ntirety offers a comprehensive strategy to improve your existing database and APM workflows. Ntirety offers database assessments to provide you with a roadmap that will steer your organization in the right direction toward optimal efficiency. With Ntirety’s remote DBA, database consulting or DBA on-demand services, your environment will be fine-tuned to add value to your business, to increase productivity and drive profitable outcomes. Ntirety has partnered with top technology companies including Oracle, Microsoft and VMware, to provide best-in-class support and services that will free up your in-house staff to focus on their core competencies.