Improved performance, visibility and insight into 74 citizen-facing applications
99% reduction in peak-demand response time for unemployment-claims homepage
Improved operational efficiency with a real-time view across network, apps and services
IOT helps Indiana’s 7 million citizens access services and information across 100 state agencies. IOT uses AppDynamics to improve the speed, performance, and reliability of 74 citizen-facing applications and is now migrating the state’s IT infrastructure to the cloud to further enhance its government services.
“AppDynamics helped us build stock with agencies like never before, and we’re going to need that engagement to bring our cloud vision to life.."
Indiana Office of Technology
Overcome limited visibility into application performance to help state agencies strengthen their services and manage traffic surges, while ensuring the health of IOT’s IT operations.
AppDynamics helped IOT proactively pinpoint and resolve application performance bottlenecks and deliver valuable insights, enabling critical services to run at the highest level.
IOT improved the speed and reliability of government services across the state, helping agencies deliver better services when people needed them most.
“I create monthly metrics based on application score cards from the Cisco FSO Platform that tell the story of the health of our business-critical applications to the executive branch of our state government.”
Network Architect, Indiana Office of Technology
Becoming more than a technology partner
Nearly seven million people rely on the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) to enable government services they use each day. From the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to the Commissioner of Higher Education, IOT is the technology engine for more than 100 state agencies, ensuring that Indiana’s citizens can access the services and information they need, when they need them.
However, not all Indiana state agencies are required to use IOT's services — in fact, they're free to choose any state-approved IT provider. This puts pressure on IOT to demonstrate the value it brings to government operations. As a result, IOT has a critical need to understand how its applications and infrastructure are performing at a granular level and must deliver continuous performance improvements across the board.
“The applications and infrastructure we manage support dozens of citizen services,” says Brad Welsh, Network Architect at Indiana Office of Technology. “Our mandate is to make sure all that technology runs as smoothly as possible and that agencies have the support they need to best serve the people of Indiana.”
This mandate came to the forefront in 2020 when more people than ever were accessing Indiana’s online services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disparate systems and a lack of visibility into application performance made it difficult for IOT to manage this surge while ensuring the health of its IT operations.
Decoding the black box of application performance
At the direction of the State of Indiana CIO, the Indiana Office of Technology began using AppDynamics to remove the shroud of mystery surrounding its applications and infrastructure. It gained newfound visibility into and control over the state’s IT operations.
“Our applications used to be a black box, and to make matters more complicated, state agencies were stuck managing them on their own,” says Welsh. “AppDynamics helped us put that dynamic in the past. We’ve become a true partner with our agencies, giving them peace of mind that their critical services are performing at a high level.”
With a real-time view into how agency applications and infrastructure are working together, IOT can now see within seconds whether a slowdown is being caused by a server issue, a network performance glitch, or a problem at the application code layer.
What’s more, a clearer view of the root cause of issues helped IOT to eliminate the ambiguity over who is responsible for solving them. Teams know where the problem is and what needs to be done — which means they spend less time searching and more time resolving the issue together.
“The secret sauce is getting state agencies on the phone with AppDynamics experts, who are total wizards at walking them through their needs and finding workable solutions..”
Indiana Office of Technology
The turning point
Application performance management (APM) had long been a priority for the team, who wanted to bridge the gap between IOT’s infrastructure services and the many agency applications it supports. Their AppDynamics implementation began with a proof of concept for two of Indiana’s most critical constituent-facing agencies: Indiana Professional Licenses Agency (PLA) and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles BMV).
In the case of PLA, AppDynamics revealed bottlenecks across the agency’s infrastructure and applications, including slowdowns with its SQL database, latency between the database and end users, and code-level issues with the PLA application itself. Armed with that information, IOT was able to eliminate the bottlenecks and improve PLA’s services overnight.
“That first POC was a turning point. We understood right away that AppDynamics could deliver tremendous value across our organization and began to expand our rollout to other agencies,” says Welsh.
Informing state strategy with performance data
IOT now uses AppDynamics to support 74 state agencies and counting, making government services faster, more performant, and more reliable for the citizens of Indiana.
Another major test came during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) saw unemployment applications jump from 27,000 to 630,000 vouchers per week. It was a trying moment for the state, and slow webpage load times and frequent server crashes made the DWD’s online services cumbersome and slow. Within days of deploying AppDynamics, IOT was able to pinpoint and resolve the DWD bottlenecks, cutting load times for its claimant homepage from 28 seconds to just 400 milliseconds.
DWD is not alone. State agencies across Indiana appreciate the value AppDynamics delivers, both in terms of performance and the insight it provides into how they can enhance their citizen-facing services.
“I create monthly metrics based on the application score cards from the Cisco FSO Platform that tell the story of the health of our business-critical applications to the executive branch of our state government,” says Welsh.
"AppDynamics helped us put that dynamic in the past. We’ve become a true partner with our agencies, giving them peace of mind that their critical services are performing at a high level.”
Indiana Office of Technology
Adding the secret sauce
Welsh was also wowed by the support AppDynamics Professional Services provided throughout IOT’s implementation. “AppDynamics Professional Services helped us configure our services, showed us where to look for bottlenecks, and highlighted where we needed to improve our code,” he says.
This support also helped IOT add value in the form of direct access to AppDynamics experts. “The secret sauce is getting state agencies on the phone with AppDynamics experts, who are total wizards at walking them through their needs and finding workable solutions,” adds Welsh.
Next up for IOT is the migration of its on-prem IT Infrastructure to the Microsoft Azure cloud. As Welsh explains, the ability to monitor and optimize performance across the stack, from infrastructure to end user applications, will be crucial to its cloud journey and to gain support from IOT’s agency network.
“AppDynamics helped us build stock with agencies like never before, and we’re going to need that engagement to bring our cloud vision to life,” says Welsh. “Looking at where we are today compared with just a few years ago, all signs point to us making that happen.”
About Indiana Office of Technology
As the technology center for the state of Indiana, the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) provides more than 100 state agencies with the IT applications and infrastructure they need to deliver critical government services. IOT's mission is to provide secure, consistent, reliable and cost-effective technology services and products to its partner agencies, enabling them to better serve Indiana’s taxpayers.
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