Every week, our authors are busy writing posts! So every week, we round them up and show them off in our weekly digests. Check out this week’s collections of posts below.

APM Tools: Top Real-World Use Cases

Application performance monitoring (APM) is an important monitoring practice used in tech organizations today, but it hasn’t always been this way. Until somewhat recently, the concept was seen by many as an expensive luxury. No longer, APM is an absolute requirement to keep today’s applications healthy and performant. “APM tool” was a phrase likely to raise many an eyebrow. This post is our contribution to improving this situation. We want you to stop raising your eyebrows upon hearing “APM.” How are we going to do that? By exploring some real-world scenarios where APM tools shine. Learn more from Carlos Schults on Solarwinds’ blog.

The Top Value Stream Management Tools

Let’s talk about value stream management. More specifically, this post will cover the top value stream management tools that should be on your radar. If you aren’t familiar with the concept of value stream management, don’t worry. Before you get to the tools themselves, let’s cover some fundamentals. Then, we’ll get to the list itself, which features not only the leaders in the VSM space—the four first listed—but strong performers and contenders as well. Learn more from Carlos Schults on Plutora’s blog.

What Is the Agile SDLC Model? A Detailed Overview

This post is an overview answering a single question: What is the agile SDLC model? You may also be wondering how it works and why you should care. We are one-fifth through the 21st century. We can confidently say that software development—and the technology industry as a whole—in this century is different from the previous one in many aspects. Consider the widespread use of automation to make the software development process more efficient; the advent and popularity of the cloud; fast and omnipresent internet connections. And we can’t overlook the emergence and explosion of mobile devices. Find out more from Carlos Schults on Plutora’s blog.

The Difficulties of IT Compliance and How to Improve

Compliance is increasingly crucial for enterprises today. It’s one of the most important things you have to tackle when building an IT empire, and you need to continuously pay attention to it. With so many different kinds of IT businesses and standards that must be adhered to, you may find it difficult. So let’s look at why IT compliance is a burden and how to make things easier. Omkar Hiremath can fill you in on more on Plutora’s blog. 

Top TDM Metrics

“You can’t improve what you don’t measure.” I’m sure you’re familiar with at least some variation of this phrase. The saying, often attributed to Peter Drucker, speaks to the importance of metrics as fundamental tools to enrich and improve business processes of all kinds. Metrics are crucial in many different areas. Software development and software testing are certainly no exception. That’s why today we’re here to talk about TDM metrics. Find out more about TDM metrics from Carlos Schults on Enov8’s blog.

The amount of event data to collect has seen a dramatic increase in the last few years. It continues to grow as more companies move to microservices, containers, and the modern infrastructure stack. For many, Elasticsearch has been the solution to help. With more data comes some common scaling problems, so you may consider solutions that are Elasticsearch alternatives. Choosing the wrong alternative can be risky. So in this post, you’re going to learn about five Elasticsearch alternatives you should consider. You’ll learn about some of their benefits and drawbacks, and also how they’re priced. Jean Tunis can fill you in on Scalyr’s blog.

What Is the Best Unit Testing Framework for JavaScript?

We also updated a couple of posts this week, like this one on unit testing frameworks for JavaScript. There are three ways to test a JavaScript web app. Apart from integration testing and user interface testing, the most important of all is unit testing. With unit testing, you can run independent tests on each function. You have to provide an input that’s supposed to produce a known output. And if the output that comes after testing matches the known output, then your testing is successful. Find out more on Testim’s blog.

Finally, we updated a post on network traffic monitoring. Sales, pre-sales, human resources, the company cafeteria: they’re all online. If the network is down, employees are angry and customers have gone elsewhere. That’s why network traffic monitoring is a critical part of maintaining a healthy enterprise. In other words: by monitoring what goes through your network, you increase the chance of detecting and fixing issues. Therefore, network traffic monitoring prevents network downtime. However, as you’ll soon see, there’s more to it than that. Learn more on Scalyr’s blog.