4.3 out of 5 (12 Ratings)
Mar 16, 2017
Providing a consistent monitoring interface for .NET application development across two different off-shore teams simplified the overall monitoring problem. Prior attempts with systems such as AppDynamics didn't provide enough of a roadmap for off-shore teams to follow without constant guidance.
Mar 6, 2017
Overall, we found Application Insights easy to configure/maange (especially since it's been official integrated as part of the Microsoft Azure portal). Right off the bat, the canned metrics give a good feel of what Application Insights has the potential to offer, and the capacity to create your own metrics was pretty intuitive for our development teams. One of the biggest perks is how seamlessly it integrates with other Microsoft Cloud-Based (primarily Azure) products. It takes just a few minutes to configure an applicaiton insights instance to continuously export of blob storage and build reporting/dashboards for that blob storage in Power BI. Very handy. The only consistent "downside" I hear from my development teams is that they wished Application Insights offered a data-storage extension option. To hold more data for larger periods of time.
Mar 6, 2017
Installation in existing MVC web applications was a breeze with minimal steps to get up and going locally and minimal steps to start sending telemtry to the cloud. The level of gathered information is great for a macro view but also great to troubleshoot individual issues (can search by username and see everything that happened in their session, including what they were doing leading up to any issues). This sort of information is a big win for us because we never had this before and to add our implementation of something to this scale would have taken many hours to implement.
Feb 27, 2017
Application Insights is easy to install and begins collecting useful statistical information right out of the box. Additionally, the ability to create custom counters/metrics is very useful in monitoring customer usage. The biggest issues I've had with this service is due to the fact that it is tied to the Azure platform. We have had a lot of issues with Azure authentication and authorization. Azure support is not very helpful and has failed to resolve our issue. Also disappointed that after initially supporting mobile, Microsoft has decided to deprecate the mobile portion of Application Insights in favor of HockeyApp.
Feb 21, 2017
Little bit of a steep learning curve and clunky at times, but is full detailed information. Great for us as we have a nested web of web calls from many different systems for figuring out how everything is connected in a very mature code base. Also was critical in helping us debug and set up external authentication with our companies clients. Also allows us to examine our resources better that our many web services are using, in order to figure out performance bottlenecks throughout our greater company architecture Very valuble information can be obtained from it.
Jan 18, 2017
Satisfactory but dislike lacking the features for Linux and other Unix environments (specially non-Intel based)
Nov 30, 2016
The initial implementation was fairly straightforward. Tuning and testing are where the real work is required. You can't just install a bunch of management packs and walk away. For this product to be effective in your organization, you must customize the management packs to fit your environment and sometimes create your own monitors where no MPs are avaiable. If you want alerts to be meaningful, then you have to treat each alert as either an actual issue or an opportunity to fine-tune the rule/monitor. If you just "ignore" alerts that are transient or not indicative of a problem, you weaken the whole system and those who use it. I recommend starting off with only a basic up/down monitor for each server/service in your organization and then slowly bring in MPs and monitors as the business needs are identified.
Aug 29, 2016
We really like the product and how well it is integrated into Azure. The Analytics query language and graph generation is very good. Integration with PowerBI was an added plus. Our biggest challenge is that we were an early adopter and started using the service while it ws still in preview so many things changed/improved while we were using. The benefit of this was that Microsoft was very responsive to our feedback and introduced/prioritized enhancements based on our needs.
Jun 14, 2016
SCOM is a solid Windows monitoring product. It provides great flexibility in creating new monitoring rules. It has been critical for us, not just for operational rules, but security monitoring also.
Dec 9, 2015
SCOM has been strong to Alert to knowledge and task recovery on Day 1 to ensure Mode 1 can focus on improving the configuration standard. There are challenges of the knowledge to alerts is still at the Engineering level that is above Mode1 capability to understand the many variables why alerts may be generated above and below the technology layer that reached its threshold level. This is not a tool issue but a skillset to understand what it needed to be a monitor operator.