Over the past few years, the B2B space has seen an explosion of software vendors focused on practically every operational function. Whether it’s communications, file storage, cyber security, CRM, marketing automation, HR or anything else a business needs, the available selection of vendors is massive and constantly growing.
This is great for businesses, as they can now tailor a collection of ‘best-of-breed’ tools that meet their unique requirements to give them that competitive edge. However, when decision makers need full visibility of business insights at all levels, how are they supposed to cope with the resulting information silos, internal tool-specific skillsets, and the massive volume of data created in various formats? The truth is that it’s an ugly mess.
When asked where the top opportunities in technology will lie over the next 2-3 years, Auren Hoffman, former CEO of LiveRamp (now owned by Acxiom), answered in his Quora response that it will be companies that “help tie all these vendors together for integration, reporting, and more.”
If you look at the focus of some of the newer companies recently valued at over $1 billion, Hoffman is absolutely right. But on the flip side, which industry segments are we still overdue to see a good solution to make your clusterf**k of existing vendor solutions manageable?
Tying together your IT Monitoring Tools
IT monitoring is arguably one of the best examples of where B2B vendor proliferation has run amuck. To support my point:
- Over 50% of enterprises have 10+ monitoring tools at their disposal (source: Moogsoft Monitoring Survey)
- There are 29,051 monitoring solutions available for download on Github as of today
- ITOA Landscape now maintains a list of the top 50 vendors
Yes, there are some legacy tools like IBM Netcool, CA Spectrum, BMC BEM, and HP Overview that once tried to pull this all together. But these tools were built in the 1990s – before open APIs even existed – and they simply don’t work in today’s agile and virtualized world for reasons I’ll leave to your own imagination.
Moogsoft is today’s ‘single pane of glass’ to provide you wide visibility into the health of your applications, network and infrastructure. Unifying the 10+ monitoring tools (on average) that enterprises use today fire off alert storms each time a critical incident occurs, Moogsoft can ingest all of that data, remove operational noise in real-time and identify the root cause using machine learning, dramatically improving the value of your monitoring toolsets.
While some vendors continue to argue that their ‘end-to-end’ or ‘monolithic’ offerings are the answer to the problems created by disparate toolsets, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. We are seeing a proliferation of vendors because there is a need for these vendors. Each organization experiences unique problems that no single solution could possibly solve. That’s why leading enterprises choose separate vendors for log management, application monitoring, server monitoring, network monitoring, cloud monitoring, etc. This emerging trend is known as Composable Monitoring and can quickly be un-scalable as an environment grows in the absence of a tool like Moogsoft to pull it all together cohesively.
By leveraging machine learning contextualization, information centralization, and team collaboration, Moogsoft is able to tie all of your monitoring tools together as one holistic and intelligent monitoring ecosystem.
It’s Just the Beginning
Moogsoft isn’t the only new company capitalizing on this need in a specific B2B functional area. Similar companies in other segments are also realizing rapid success by tying together disparate tools:
OneLogin, one of the fasting growing tech companies of 2015, provides an SSO platform to offer secure connections across all users, devices, and applications. It allows individuals to leverage their company’s entire application portfolio with velocity.
Mulesoft (Similar to Moogsoft – think Donkey instead of Cow) offers frictionless connectivity across enterprise SOA, SaaS and API’s to deal with the proliferation of applications, application data, and devices used across enterprises.
It’s simple: you need to work with a cadre of vendors for IT monitoring but you are drowning in a sea of operational noise that’s impacting your LOB services. Moogsoft can help you corral the proliferation of IT monitoring tools and put you back in control. Now that’s something to proliferate.
About the author Sahil Khanna
Sahil Khanna is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Moogsoft, where he focuses on the emergence of Algorithmic IT Operations. In his free time, Sahil enjoys banging on drums and participating in high-stakes bets.