Do not believe blindly

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.

Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many.

Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

Blast from the past

An old photo of me riding past Zoo Lake during the 94.7 Cycle Challenge a few years ago…

Derick Hewetson riding the 94.7 Cycle Challenge

I was riding for one of my favourite charities, Kitty & Puppy Haven, a local sanctuary for dogs and cats. Unfortunately, my trusty Carrera bike is no longer with me, after the bottom bracket fractured during a later race.

What do I do?

I often get asked what exactly I do for a living, only to be given a blank look when I say, “I’m an Application Performance Management specialist.”

What is Application Performance Management?

Well, APM, as it is commonly referred to, is the analysis of software, with the aim of identifying its performance bottlenecks and the root cause of any underlying issues. My interest in the field springs from my training in engineering and operations research, where process optimisation always fascinated me. Add to that my interest in software development, and APM was a natural fit for me.

My employer, Mediro ICT, is a regional franchise of Dynatrace, which in turn evolved from Compuware.  I work with several different tools, all of which have been developed to approach APM from a different perspective, be it on-premise or cloud-native, depending on the particular software architecture or requirements of the client. These tools include Dynatrace Managed SaaS, Application Monitoring with User Experience Monitoring (UEM) and Synthetic Monitoring.

The following videos offer some great insights into APM:

If you have any questions about APM, oyu’re welcome to send me a message.