Digital transformation is taking hold and just about every company in every vertical has digital transformation initiatives. Enterprises are investing and innovating in making things better, easier and more engaging for their customers. Digital transformation is customer-driven as customers are looking for simpler, more engaging experiences. Software and applications empower enterprises to deliver the best customer experiences.

Applications are critical to business success

You do not have to look too far to see how companies are using digital transformation to their advantage. Domino’s transformation is reigniting sales and they are innovating faster to make Domino’s the “easiest company to order pizza from”. Domino’s is appealing to digital-age consumers, leveraging technology to transform and to stand out and compete in a crowded market. Yet, another company that is leading the charge in digital transformation is McDonald’s. McDonald’s has acquired three technology companies in 2019 and is renovating stores with digital menu order boards and self-order kiosks that deliver a more engaging customer experience.

Assuring application performance is a complex problem

Application modernization is the foundation for digital transformation. For most businesses today, applications are the key interface between them and their customers. End user and customer expectations have never been higher, and any application downtime kills customer experiences and shifts development and IT priorities away from innovation. The average cost of  a critical application failure per hour ranges anywhere from $600,000 to $1,000,000, plus it affects brand reputation and customer retention. The demand to support existing applications while rapidly deploying and supporting new technologies is pushing IT teams to the limit. As businesses adopt hybrid and multicloud architectures, IT organizations also need to ensure that applications and infrastructure are performing across the data center and into the cloud.

What do IT teams need to assure application performance?

First, application development teams need to ensure that applications are architected and written well and that they get the resources they need for optimal performance. This requires visibility into the performance and interdependencies of applications and infrastructure, no matter where they reside, whether on-premises or in the cloud. As workloads continue to be more distributed from the data center at remote/branch offices, at the edge, and in the cloud, a management model is needed that can assure application performance across the entire estate in order to deliver the best end user experience.

Cisco Workload Optimization Manager continuously assures application performance

Cisco Workload Optimization Manager (CWOM) continuously resources applications to perform in real-time irrespective of the technologies used at the infrastructure layer, i.e. containers, virtualization, hybrid cloud or multicloud. CWOM bridges the gap between application and infrastructure teams, providing dynamic resource allocation so that your applications perform continuously and at scale.

Want to learn more? Register for our upcoming webinar – Cisco Workload Optimization Manager – Continuously Assure Application Performance at Scale – Wednesday October 23rd at 11am ET

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Joan Gale

Product Marketing Manager

Cisco Data Center Solutions