Description: We live in a data age. It’s no overstatement to say that applications are essential to most business functions today, either directly used by knowledge workers (like BI for business analysts) or indirectly embedded in processes that guide more physical business activities (like manufacturing assembly line control systems). Each application is predicated on leveraging available data to better inform decisions and activities. The business analyst must be rompt in answering incoming requests and iterative questions. The manufacturing engineer needs to know how to continuously optimize production and reduce defects. Accordingly, poor application performance is as unacceptable as full outages in these examples.