Application Insights: Easy DevOps On-ramp for App Builders

Charles Sterling

( Editor’s note: Posting this for Clemri who is busy releasing a bunch of cool new DevOps news at the at the Velocity conference -Chuck)



The O’Reilly Velocity conference is one of the leading conferences for DevOps practitioners. This year the event is in California, May 28-29. If you plan to be at Velocity, come see us on the expo floor in Booth #115 (between Salesforce and the Target gaming lounge). If you’re not attending in person, enjoy the live streaming keynotes. 



E-book: Sharing Our Journey To Cloud Cadence

Developing Visual Studio Online over the last few years from its Team Foundation Server roots has meant transitioning from a “box” product mindset to one of continuous delivery to the public cloud. In his new e-book entitled Our Journey to Cloud Cadence, Lessons Learned at Microsoft Developer Division, Microsoft’s Sam Guckenheimer charts the path to the cloud and outlines several of the key lessons uncovered during our journey. This book covers DevOps engineering practices and essential tools including ways to implement the culture shift necessary for this kind of transformation. It aims to provide insights to practitioners of all level from DevOps veterans to folks new to cloud model, and for  which our findings can be applied regardless of the toolset in use or the size of the organization. Sam will cover these in more detail in his break-out session tomorrow.  (Editor’s note: For more information about the Microsoft DevOp’s features make sure and check out our new DevOps features page: )




DevOps Self-Assessment Tool

A key part of any transformation is to first assess your current tools and methodologies. We have launched a new online self-evaluation tool to help you get started. This tool helps developers, IT pros and whomever else in your organization may be exploring DevOps to gauge your organization in the 7 practice areas that Microsoft identifies as critical to DevOps excellence. Ultimately, it will help you determine the next steps in your DevOps journey.



Microsoft’s DevOps Solution: Application Insights

One area of DevOps that often offers app developers a short road to value and return on their implementation investment is Application Performance Monitoring (“APM”). Microsoft’s Application Insights, currently available in preview, offers a smooth on-ramp to robust, scalable, cloud-powered application performance monitoring. With just a couple clicks and a few lines of code, developers of iOS, Android, Windows, and server-side apps can immediately have rich telemetry dashboards  about their app availability, performance, crash data and exceptions, adoption and usage patterns at their fingertips. Additionally, Application Insights (as powered by Azure) performance monitoring scales as your application scales. To read more about Application Insights, check out this blog post announcing application insights preview. Application Insights remains free for the vast majority of users, so we encourage you to give it a try. We’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions via Connect, UserVoice, and the Application Insights Forum (or you could leave a comment below).

(Editor’s Note:  The Application Insights team also just released their pricing information. Check it out at: )





Clemri Steyn, ALM & DevOps Product Marketing Lead

Clemri Steyn leads the Visual Studio ALM & DevOps Product Marketing team and has more than 20 years’ experience building award winning tools for developers. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2007, Clemri was the Director of Product Management for DevPartner Studio, Driver Studio and DevPartner for Java at Compuware.


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