Dummy Title http://example.com en-gb TYPO3 News Tue, 26 Sep 2023 10:30:44 +0000 Tue, 26 Sep 2023 10:30:44 +0000 TYPO3 EXT:news news-112 Fri, 10 Mar 2023 13:20:38 +0000 Servicetrace APM will not be re-implemented https://www.amasol.de/en/blog/detail-page/servicetrace-apm-will-not-be-re-implemented It’s official: Servicetrace APM (Synthetic Monitoring) will not be re-implemented by Salesforce in MuleSoft RPA Servicetrace APM (Synthetic Monitoring) will not be re-implemented by Salesforce in MuleSoft RPA, it will only continue for RPA customers. Based on a comprehensive market study and several PoCs, we have selected a few suitable replacement products.

news-102 Tue, 28 Feb 2023 10:54:01 +0000 amasol eyes further expansion with FIELDS Group https://www.amasol.de/en/blog/detail-page/amasol-auf-expansionskurs-mit-der-fields-group amasol GmbH, a leading IT service provider for observability, is pleased to announce its partnership with FIELDS Group, which is taking a majority stake in the company. Together, the business partners intend to further expand amasol's growth in Europe. amasol offers IT services with a focus on observability and service level management in mission critical IT-infrastructure, Application Performance Monitoring and Artificial Intelligence Operations (AIOps). Founded in 1999, the company has firmly established itself as one of the leading IT service provider through its exceptional expertise, particularly in Germany and Austria. The company has built up strategic partnerships with companies like Broadcom, Dynatrace, LogicMonitor, Riverbed and Splunk. With more than 80 employees amasol services companies in amongst others the automotive, finance, insurance, healthcare and telecom industries - half of the DAX companies and well-known IT service providers are among their customers.

"We are delighted to have found a partner in FIELDS Group that shares our vision of modern IT management," says Frank Jahn, Managing Director (CSO) at amasol. "With FIELDS, we now want to take what we have achieved so far to a new level in order to serve our existing and new customers even better." To this end, amasol will further optimize the spectrum of its services and expand internationally.

"Together with FIELDS, we have prioritized three goals," said Stefan Deml, Managing Director (CTO) of amasol. "First, we will continue to expand customized services together with our proven software partners. Observability as a managed service - both on premise and in the cloud. In addition, we will accelerate the successful marketing of "Service Level Management, made by amasol” - our proprietary development. Thirdly, we want to meet the internationalization of our customers even better in the future in organizational terms," explains Stefan Deml. 

FIELDS mainly invests in medium-sized companies with considerable growth potential. "From the beginning of the discussions, we were intrigued by amasol's achievements to date and reputation," says Rutger Alberink, Partner at FIELDS. "We look forward to supporting the staff and management team in growing amasol into the leading managed service provider for observability in Europe."

The business is to remain primarily service-oriented and amasol aims to actively invest in remaining an attractive employer. "Our particular focus is on adding value for customers and creating a great workplace for talent," said André Reitz, Investment Manager at FIELDS.

amasol was advised on the transaction by Corporate Finance International (CFI), one of the leading corporate finance advisors with particular expertise in the technology sector.

More Information: www.fields.nl/en/

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news-94 Tue, 29 Nov 2022 15:51:10 +0000 Better data analysis, higher degree of innovation, more turnover https://www.amasol.de/en/blog/detail-page/better-data-analysis-higher-degree-of-innovation-more-turnover This simple denominator sums up the results of a recent global survey of professionals and executives commissioned by Splunk. The survey, entitled "The Economic Impact of Data Innovation 2023", is based on the realisation that every company today faces the essential challenge of meeting customer needs and expectations in an increasingly competitive market with ever more complex technologies. The precise and timely analysis of an ever-increasing mass of available data is thus increasingly becoming a problem for which there must be a solution. Data Innovation: Data analysis as the basis for new business processes

The study focused on the term "data innovation". The market researchers defined it as "the design and implementation of new or fundamental changes to existing business processes through the use of new methods of data analysis and the use of new data sources to which the company did not previously have access".

Based on this definition, three types of enterprises were then classified:

  • Beginners
  • Intermediates
  • Leaders

These were in turn assessed in terms of their data innovation maturity according to six criteria:

  • Data classification
  • Data aggregation
  • Data quality
  • Data analysis competence
  • Data analysis tools
  • Data monitoring


The most important results

The most important result first: The Data Innovation Leaders achieve a 9.5 % higher gross profit! Further results of the "Leaders" compared to the "Intermediates" and "Beginners":

  • 95% of forerunners said they had improved the speed of application development (compared to 76% of beginners).
  • 95% of forerunners have increased developer efficiency (versus 71% for beginners).
  • 95% of forerunners have improved application functionality (76% for beginners).
  • 93% of forerunners achieved a boost in application performance (versus 78% for beginners).

According to the survey authors, this had a direct impact on customer relations. The result was:

  • higher brand loyalty (48% of trailblazers versus 30% of beginners),
  • ein höherer Customer Lifetime Value (49% vs. 30%),
  • higher customer satisfaction (53% vs. 43%),
  • a higher recommendation rate (45% vs. 22%).

"Data is the fuel of the 21st century. The results of the Splunk survey underline this thesis once again," explains Frank Jahn, CEO and CSO at amasol. "But only those who are able to draw the full potential from the available data and tap into huge amounts of data from a wide variety of sources will also be able to tap into this treasure that is now hidden in every company. Data classification and aggregation and their analysis with the right methods and tools are the key to success."

news-93 Mon, 28 Nov 2022 16:23:00 +0000 Investigations into the contribution of AIOps to IT Operations Management - Part I https://www.amasol.de/en/blog/detail-page/investigations-into-the-contribution-of-aiops-to-it-operations-management-part-i Most people, when they hear the term "artificial intelligence" or its abbreviation "AI", will probably think of their favourite science fiction story from a film or book. Often the story revolves around an artificial intelligence that rebels and becomes dangerous to humanity. Fortunately, AI has not yet reached that stage in reality. The use of AI continues to drive human progress in research and technology: Cars that drive themselves, language-processing devices that can hold conversations with humans, algorithms that can learn from experience and make important decisions faster than would be possible for a human. This list is just a small selection of examples of how AI is being used to advance diverse fields. So it is no surprise that the business world is heavily involved in this topic in order to achieve advantages through the use of AI in companies. In today's digital world, it is impossible to imagine many companies without IT, and so many also employ their own IT departments to manage all IT processes and operations with the necessary attention and know-how. These operations cover various fields such as user management, the management of the entire infrastructure or the administration of the company's digital business processes so that they can be carried out without interruptions. The successful handling of these operations can be very extensive, depending on the size of the company, and is a prerequisite for avoiding damage and extra costs. The data that is handled in the process is also continuously growing enormously, which constantly increases the complexity of IT and its requirements: This is referred to as "Big Data". In this context, the field of AIOps has emerged. AIOps is a combination of the terms "Artificial Intelligence" (abbreviation: AI) and "IT Operations", i.e. artificial intelligence and IT operations. It is about applying AI to operations in IT in order to improve them and make them more efficient.

AIOps is a relatively young field, but its popularity and visibility is growing because the developers and distributors of AIOps solutions promise exactly what makes it so interesting for companies: using AIOps to cope with the rapidly increasing demands and complexity in IT.

AIOps is generally not just the idea or a solution approach in IT, but also stands for the AIOps tools and platforms that bring the features and solution approaches. The term itself has only existed for a short time. Artificial intelligence has been helping to satisfy business needs since the 1980s. However, a subfield of AI, Machine Learning, only received more attention in the 21st century as a support for business processes. This saw the development of the field of "IT Operations Analytics", or ITOA for short. The problem with ITOA was that the analyses were based on past data, which made it very static and led to problems with dynamic infrastructures such as cloud or virtualisation technologies (containers, virtual machines and virtual networks). The need to also monitor these modern and agile infrastructures and to be able to better deal with real-time data led to the development of the AIOps field, where machine learning now also came more into focus.

One of the most relevant research and consulting firms in the IT sector, Gartner, first used the term "AIOps" in 2017 to describe how related tools can automate and improve IT operations by applying analytics and machine learning to so-called "big data". Gartner's exact definition was: "AIOps platforms utilize big data, modern machine learning and other advanced analytics technologies to directly and indirectly enhance IT operations (monitoring, automation and service desk) functions with proactive, personal and dynamic insight. AIOps platforms enable the concurrent use of multiple data sources, data collection methods, analytical (real-time and deep) technologies, and presentation technologies"..

In the Market Guide for AIOps, Gartner also mentions that the goal of AIOps is to improve the quality of ingested data so that infrastructure and operations leaders can run diverse use cases with appropriate measures. Gartner also provides a graphic to support this definition and illustrate the use of AIOps platforms in IT operations management (see Figure 1).


Market Guide for AIOps Platforms


At the technical heart of the AIOps platforms are their three so-called pillars:

  • KI
  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data


In turn, the three main functions of AIOps are built on these three pillars, which are run through continuously and simultaneously:

The aim is to correctly analyse all data flowing into the AIOps tool and to derive from it the status of monitored systems as well as to determine correlations and possible dangers. Since this happens in real time, machine learning is used. It is impossible to manually detect anomalies, correlations between data or context in such huge amounts of data. An important goal of this function is to detect them quickly. This helps enormously in determining the root cause of a problem and enables it to be dealt with efficiently and avoided in the future.

  • Observe)

This function is about embedding AIOps into the company's IT service management (ITSM). Such a platform needs to be integrated and synchronised with the company's existing ITSM so that changes, events and dependencies in the company's system can be responded to with appropriate actions.

  • Engage

Operations are also automated to provide remedies for problems without requiring human intervention for every concern. For example, a specific script can be automatically deployed by the tool in response to a known problem to quickly and effectively eliminate it.

Operations are also automated to provide remedies for problems without requiring human intervention for every concern. For example, a specific script can be automatically deployed by the tool in response to a known problem to quickly and effectively eliminate it.

  • Act

The correct use of AIOps in IT should above all make it possible to cope with the high complexity and increasing demands in IT through flexibility. This improved efficiency in handling data will also result in cost savings (Gartner, 2022). These advantages make AIOps an interesting topic for every company.


ITOM - IT Operations Management

AIOps is primarily intended to assist IT Operations Management (ITOM). But what exactly is meant by this term? Companies and their customers are nowadays so dependent on immediate access to IT components that even the shortest failures can have enormous consequences and costs. The goal of ITOM is to repair and prevent these failures through proper management of IT components.

According to Gartner, ITOM software is defined as follows: "IT-Operations-Management-Software (ITOM) soll alle Werkzeuge bereitstellen, die für die Verwaltung der Bereitstellung, Kapazität, Leistung und Verfügbarkeit von Computer-, Netzwerk- und Anwendungsressourcen sowie für die allgemeine Qualität, Effizienz und Erfahrung bei deren Bereitstellung erforderlich sind.".

There is no precise definition of the scope of ITOM functions and responsibilities. Many ITOM software vendors define the scope differently depending on their offerings, but many agree on the three general areas. Here, BMC Software has published a white paper by Sudip Sengupta on ITOM and ITSM that goes into more detail about ITOM and its functions. BMC is one of the largest companies in the field of IT service tools. These three functional areas and various examples are according to BMC:

  • Management of the company's network infrastructure: efficient port/protocol management, management of all internal and external network communication, access management for authorised users
  • Management of the company's general IT infrastructure, i.e. hardware, servers, applications and workstation devices: Provisioning, configuring, managing and maintaining servers, virtual machines, laptops and similar relevant devices of the corporate environment, ensuring uptime of servers, applications and devices, managing data storage / email and file servers, patching and upgrading servers.
  • Help desk operations: First level support, provisioning user profiles, requesting backups, disaster recovery management.


According to this white paper, ITOM promises the following advantages through these functions, among others:

  • Improved availability of services
  • Better customer and user experience
  • Minimale Downtimes
  • Reduced cost of operations through regular monitoring


Gartner describes IT operations in more detail in their Market Guide. Thus, the inclusion of metrics and logs as well as analytics are the primary requirements for the associated teams. At the beginning, there is event correlation, extended to the analysis of metrics and logs, followed by analyses of the behaviour of systems and users. The goals here are:

  • The discovery of anomalies
  • The analysis of the causes of problems
  • Diagnostic information


In addition, there may be use cases that involve automation, such as the execution of scripts or automatic workflows.

After the theoretical background to the topic of AIOps has been explained in this article, the following will go into more detail about AIOps platforms. Not only how they are structured and what goals are to be achieved with them, but also what requirements they have to fulfil and what prerequisites companies should consider for using them - but also what risks arise as a result.