Business transaction management (BTM), also known as business transaction monitoring, application transaction profiling or user defined transaction profiling, is the practice of managing information technology (IT) from a business transaction perspective. It provides a tool for tracking the flow of transactions across IT infrastructure, in addition to detection, alerting, and correction of unexpected changes in business or technical conditions. BTM provides visibility into the flow of transactions across infrastructure tiers, including a dynamic mapping of the application topology.
UMOL began preliminary work to assess transaction monitoring needs in September of 2010. Initially UMOL reached out to UITS, however, while UITS does provide systems monitoring to measure the health of their infrastructure, they do not provide transaction monitoring, mirroring use of end-users.
In addition, UMOL was interested in alerts and notifications in order to manage issues and communications.
UMassOnline originally reached out to UITS to investigate the use of Oracle's Beacons through their Enterprise Management System. This was aborted due to a variety of functionality issues as well as access issues.
Currently UMassOnline provides transaction monitoring to assess availability and performance, with alerts and notifications for the following systems:
UMassOnline Systems Monitored
- Email Notifications: Provided via a subscription service (StatusPage.io). Users can (and should!) sign up to receive alerts at UMassOnline's Status Page.
- Text Notifications: Users can (and should!) sign up to receive alerts at UMassOnline's Status Page.
- Online: By visiting UMassOnline's Status Page, users will get a real time view of any upcoming service windows and current issues with our applications.
Currently, UMassOnline alone provides administrative (technical, operational and financial) services for the Transaction Monitoring service through SmartBear's AlertSite. All UMassOnline organizations have access to transaction monitoring results/reporting of UMassOnline supported systems (see above: "UMassOnline Systems Monitored").
UMOL does not require licensing or service fees for Transaction Monitoring.
UMOL has contracted with Alertsite for transaction monitoring.
UMOL has contracted with Pingdom for Uptime and Response Time Monitoring.
General Technical Support for all Systems and Services can be found here.
- Issues and supporting documentation discussed in the AlertSite forum.