The number of tools for IT Ops professionals to choose from is overwhelming. For this reason, we created the periodic table of IT Ops tools to better define, organize, and explain the IT Ops tooling landscape. It is our hope that it will help IT professionals find, explore, and choose tools for their future IT Ops stack.

In a portion of this table we dive into Application Performance Monitoring (APM) tools specifically. Below you will find a list of the top application performance monitoring tools per the interactions we measure on the table.

What is APM?

In the fields of information technology and systems management, application performance management (APM) is the monitoring and management of performance and availability of software applications. APM strives to detect and diagnose complex application performance problems to maintain an expected level of service.

The best APM tools:

BMC TrueSight AppVisibility Manager

TrueSight AppVisibility Manager is usually positioned as part of a larger TrueSight Operations Management suite sale, which might also include TrueSight Infrastructure Management. According to the vendor, TrueSight AppVisibility is an APM solution, powered by AIOps and designed for IT operations, that correlates application performance, digital experience and infrastructure resources to continuously improve services that…

Cisco (AppDynamics)

Founded in 2008 as an APM specialist vendor, AppDynamics offers both an on-premises and SaaS- based APM solution with a common architecture for both deployments. AppDynamics was acquired by Cisco in March of 2017 as a new software business unit in Cisco’s Internet of Things (IoT) and Applications department. The AppDynamics solution includes APM, end-user…

Correlsense SharePath

Correlsense is a privately held APM pure-play vendor founded in 2005. Its product, SharePath, provides transaction visibility across much of the entire IT stack and has received several patents for its unique instrumentation approach that goes beyond traditional application server observability.


Dynatrace remains the largest technology provider in the APM suite marketplace. Despite ownership and corporate structure changes, Dynatrace has been in the APM business since 2005 and visibility of the company for its technology remains high.

Micro Focus (HPE)

Micro Focus provides, amongst other services such as IT consultancy, enterprise application integration and management software. From mainframe to mobile, Micro Focus (which merged with HPE in 2017) has the portfolio depth and breadth to cover challenges across DevOps, Hybrid IT, Security & Risk, and Predictive Analytics. When it comes to APM, Micro Focus is…

New Relic APM

New Relic’s software analytics product for application performance management (New Relic APM) delivers real-time and trending data about your web or non-web app’s performance.

Riverbed SteelCentral APM

Riverbed SteelCentral is a end-to-end solution that combines user experience, infrastructure, application, and network monitoring for a holistic view of application performance. When it comes to APM, Riverbed SteelCentral offers solutions such as SteelCentral AppResponse 11, SteelCentral AppInternals, SteelCentral NetSensor and the SteelCentral Portal.

View the periodic table here