Latest EMA Research Takes an In-Depth Look at Developing and Managing Custom Applications

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EMA research examines custom applications and provides 16 detailed vendor profiles

Custom Applications: A Horse of a Different Color.

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today released its latest research report entitled, “Custom Applications: A Horse of a Different Color.” This new research found that the use of custom applications in today’s companies exceeds use of packaged applications by a full ten percentage points. It also indicates that there are key differences in support methodologies for custom and packaged applications within the average IT organization. Management products designed with these factors in mind can dramatically improve the overall cost of managing performance and availability.

This new research draws on EMA survey data to identify the challenges these often complex applications bring to the table and outlines ways these challenges can be mitigated.

Enterprise Management vendors are recognizing these challenges, some more effectively than others. Recent advancements in solutions covering all aspects of the application lifecycle reflect new ways of thinking about applications and their value to today’s businesses. This 172 page paper focuses on both the research and the products, and consists of two key sections:

-Findings from the most recent EMA application management research
-16 detailed product profiles from leading vendors in the application development, testing, and management spaces illustrating how high-quality solutions help address these challenges

The vendors covered in this report include: AppDynamics, ASG, Black Duck™ Software, BMC, CA, Compuware Corporation, IBM, INETCO, iRise, Nastel, Nolio, OpTier, Original Software, OutSystems, Protecode, and Rally Software.

“EMA is very pleased to announce the release of this research, which, we believe, is the first of its kind,” said EMA Research Director Julie Craig. “Custom applications are, indeed, a ‘different animal,’ and we have found that IT organizations manage custom and packaged applications in very dissimilar ways. This research quantifies those differences and profiles key vendors whose products are enabling customers to better design, develop, deploy, and manage custom applications.”

Some of the key questions this research helps answer are:

-What kinds of applications are most common and why?
-How do support practices differ between custom and packaged applications?
-What kinds of tools can help reduce the costs and risks associated with developing and supporting custom applications?
-What are some specific examples of such toolsets?

Julie Craig will help answer these questions and share highlights from this new research during a free 30-minute Webinar on Thursday, October 7. Register online at:

The complete research report is available for purchase online at:

About Enterprise Management Associates
Founded in 1996, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help its clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at or follow EMA on Twitter at


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