Alyvix implementation in a Distributed Monitoring Environment:
As promised, in this post I’m going to talk about one of Alyvix potential use cases.
Recently, our colleague Patrick Zambelli worked with a German hospital, in order to install Alyvix and to build test cases on the right processes. As you surely know, a hospital has lots of wards: gynecology, traumatology, emergency room (ER), psychiatry, orthopedics, administrative, IT and HR departments, and so on. Like others, this German hospital has different management systems; Patrick found, for example, different ERP systems (such as SAP), CRM systems, web client fat applications, etc.
Therefore, there wasn’t a homogeneous management system: e.g., a system managed patients’ registration to deliver medical prescriptions, another managed the delivery of medical results.
But… Why did they call us and wanted us to monitor their applications? Did they have problems, anomalies able to jeopardize employees’ work?
When we first talked to them, they explained to us that they already have a monitoring real user monitoring system, which helps them keeping track of their applications’ trends. What comes out from their monitoring activities is that their applications perform well and that there aren’t issues or anomalies.
So, maybe, you’re wondering… Why were they interested in Alyvix??
Well, just out of curiosity, that’s exactly what we asked them 🙂
Their answer was pretty simple. They found useful having a clear picture of the real user experience, but it wasn’t enough. They wanted to “complete” the picture, adding the “user experience” missing piece.
The IT manager explained to us the use cases, which were as follows:
- Doctors need to always be able to connect to applications;
- Updating medical records;
- Opening files, docs and modifying them;
- Quickly verifying patients’ parameters in the operation room (OR);
- Does the file server work?
- Do the applications have access to the database?
After their explanation, Patrick decided to map all the processes of the hospital (a huge work hu? ;)), in order to understand, to establish and to consequently build the test cases needed.
“It was a hard work mapping all those processes, but the interesting part was that, once we finished, we realized that they needed to monitor other transactions and processes”
And what about the modality through which Alyvix operates?
Unlike other use cases, Alyvix couldn’t operate in a centralized manner: on the contrary, what came out was a Distributed Monitoring Environment. In fact, Patrick installed several Alyvix probes (Virtual Machines), which, in practical terms, are computers. More probes allow having different Alyvix test cases running at the same time.
If you want to know more about this implementation and about technical details, do not hesitate to contact us!