Once Again, Gartner Names New Relic a “Leader” in the Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring

We are excited to share some awesome news.

For the third year in a row, the industry research firm Gartner has named New Relic as a “Leader” in their Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring (by Jonah Kowall and Will Cappelli, October 28, 2014).

I wrote a post last year describing how the research firm looks at things, but to quickly summarize, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is a research methodology tool that evaluates the progress and position of vendors in a specific, technology-based market. Companies of all sizes and industries look to the Gartner MQ to learn more about various markets.

According to this year’s report, to be named as a leader, companies must address eight aspects, including “the ability to deliver and support APM on a global basis,” “a consistent track record of innovation,” “a vision that places APM at the heart of operations, application support, development, and organizations performing agile release and philosophies (such as DevOps),” and “high levels of automation that ease the burden of technology deployment and maintenance.” Those are right up our alley.

Jonah and Will also noted a number of interesting trends. One that caught my eye was the increased importance of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery method for Application Performance Management (APM) capabilities: “Users are growing ever more convinced that there is little or no functional or performance loss when consuming APM through a SaaS delivery mode. In fact, security and operations issues can often be reduced or eliminated by consuming SaaS technologies. At the same time, the advantages of a zero-management platform and reduced maintenance and continuous feature evolution are becoming ever more salient in a ‘do more for less’ and DevOps-influenced IT environment.”

In the report, Gartner also noted shifts in the functional emphasis of solutions in the changing APM market this year. “[D]riven by the increasing significance of mobile application endpoints and dynamic Web technology, EUM [end-user experience monitoring] is becoming even more important than it currently is to enterprises.” Mobile and analytics were also big topics of discussion throughout the report.

This report comes right on the heels of an exciting and busy time for New Relic.  Here’s a quick snapshot of what we’ve been up to. You’ll see a lot of similar topics to what’s mentioned in the 2014 APM MQ, in fact:

  • Just last month, we hosted more than 1,000 people at FutureStack for our second user conference, which brought together developers, execs, and data scientists to talk about how they are using modern software and the data from it to disrupt themselves and entire markets. We’ll soon have all the sessions online!
  • At FutureStack, we announced plans to open up our software analytics cloud platform so customers can build their own “Data Apps.” We also added synthetic monitoring to our software analytics suite, plus deeper stand-alone APM capabilities for browsers and mobile apps, as well as new real-time analytics enhancements.
  • We also announced our first acquisition: Barcelona-based startup Ducksboard. Ducksboard is a provider of real-time dashboards for tracking business metrics from a broad set of application sources. Ducksboard enables users to visualize data from multiple external applications alongside their internal metrics in a single place.
  • Back in July, we announced the general availability of New Relic Insights, our real-time analytics platform that collects, stores, and analyzes valuable data directly from an organization’s software, and transforms the data into actionable information about the organization’s customers, applications, and business.

We’re very pleased with this recognition from Gartner. The full APM Magic Quadrant report is here if you’d like to check it out.

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