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Introduction to Application Profiling
Fine Tune Applications for Optimal Performance, Over the Wire.
5-16-01

By John Holstein, Cotse Helpdesk Coordinator


What's this all about?

Within the scope of this document, we will be discussing Application Profiling. Whereby the network administrators, the software developers and the desktop tech support specialists work together for a common goal: Making the applications more streamlined.

* Are you a consultant working on numerous computer systems? Are these systems connected to a remote host for application delivery? Such as: Pharmacy Applications, Supply Vendors such as Auto Parts or Flower Shops, Doctors Offices/Dental Labs, Food Service/Dietary Planning, Libraries or other remote LAN/WAN connections as they relate to the other sites as listed?

* Do you work for a company that uses "over-the-wire" applications to "phone-home"? Examples of which match the criteria above and also, it should be considered that applications such as web based forms, a rather simplistic view, are also a consideration, especially when they involve maintaining a web accessible database.

* Are you to the point where you are considering increasing the companies bandwidth?

* Have you monitored the bandwidth usage and found that your connection is saturated but not completely depleted?

Although key highlights are mentioned, the list above doesn't mention *all* considerations. We provide this as a guide, allowing you the opportunity to seek more information in the pages below.


Introduction:

Before we get started, let me first warn you that you may be in for a war. The project(s) as outlined below are initially, very expensive ($7,000 - $30,000). The overall outcome however, may be extremely beneficial and cost effective over time. Also, you will encounter major battles if you are developing your software locally. This is due to the inflexibility that exists between the software developers and the network engineers. Depending upon which side of the fence you're on, will dictate your outlook on this article. Personally, I am on the network engineering side of the spectrum. Not so far as being an engineer myself, but a systems administrator and server admin. The overall goals of each department should be for the development of the companies infrastructure, quality of service and availability of resources. We all know that the "bottom-line" will sometimes get in the way of each department obtaining the desired level of completion.

Pick your battles wisely. Over the years, many of my course instructors have given me the same, yet very sound advise: When you learn something new, the first thing you want to do is run to someone and tell them about it. Normally, the person you run to will be your direct supervisor. While this is human nature, your best course of action, is patience. If you obtain all the facts, assimilate the evidence, back up your ideas with rational thought and logic, get all your ducks in a row, this project may have a chance.

You must consider the fact that this "techno-science" is relatively new in the IT industry. Simply take a look at your favorite search engine and throw in the words "application profiling". Good luck, there's not a lot out there. Although the information available is sparse, the need is growing and so will the overnight success of the people involved in the industry. Take some advise, if you have the ability to develop locally what is discussed below, prove your methodology, and market your product effectively, you will be a very rich individual within the next few years. BTW: Remember who told you about it when it happens!!! :)


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Fine Tune Applications for Optimal Performance, Over the Wire.
5-16-01

By John Holstein, Cotse Helpdesk Coordinator


What's this all about?

Within the scope of this document, we will be discussing Application Profiling. Whereby the network administrators, the software developers and the desktop tech support specialists work together for a common goal: Making the applications more streamlined.

* Are you a consultant working on numerous computer systems? Are these systems connected to a remote host for application delivery? Such as: Pharmacy Applications, Supply Vendors such as Auto Parts or Flower Shops, Doctors Offices/Dental Labs, Food Service/Dietary Planning, Libraries or other remote LAN/WAN connections as they relate to the other sites as listed?

* Do you work for a company that uses "over-the-wire" applications to "phone-home"? Examples of which match the criteria above and also, it should be considered that applications such as web based forms, a rather simplistic view, are also a consideration, especially when they involve maintaining a web accessible database.

* Are you to the point where you are considering increasing the companies bandwidth?

* Have you monitored the bandwidth usage and found that your connection is saturated but not completely depleted?

Although key highlights are mentioned, the list above doesn't mention *all* considerations. We provide this as a guide, allowing you the opportunity to seek more information in the pages below.


Introduction:

Before we get started, let me first warn you that you may be in for a war. The project(s) as outlined below are initially, very expensive ($7,000 - $30,000). The overall outcome however, may be extremely beneficial and cost effective over time. Also, you will encounter major battles if you are developing your software locally. This is due to the inflexibility that exists between the software developers and the network engineers. Depending upon which side of the fence you're on, will dictate your outlook on this article. Personally, I am on the network engineering side of the spectrum. Not so far as being an engineer myself, but a systems administrator and server admin. The overall goals of each department should be for the development of the companies infrastructure, quality of service and availability of resources. We all know that the "bottom-line" will sometimes get in the way of each department obtaining the desired level of completion.

Pick your battles wisely. Over the years, many of my course instructors have given me the same, yet very sound advise: When you learn something new, the first thing you want to do is run to someone and tell them about it. Normally, the person you run to will be your direct supervisor. While this is human nature, your best course of action, is patience. If you obtain all the facts, assimilate the evidence, back up your ideas with rational thought and logic, get all your ducks in a row, this project may have a chance.

You must consider the fact that this "techno-science" is relatively new in the IT industry. Simply take a look at your favorite search engine and throw in the words "application profiling". Good luck, there's not a lot out there. Although the information available is sparse, the need is growing and so will the overnight success of the people involved in the industry. Take some advise, if you have the ability to develop locally what is discussed below, prove your methodology, and market your product effectively, you will be a very rich individual within the next few years. BTW: Remember who told you about it when it happens!!! :)


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