Note: I have had a tremendous response to this article, and the attached PDF.  I also received some great feedback which I am incorporating into the document.

  • 2/13/2013 – updated the document based on comments and feedback.
  • 2/14/2013 – updated the PDF document based on additional feedback.  Added content on reporting and weekly administrative tasks.

A lot of my time has been spent working on Jazz performance over the past year.  As I worked with different customers, I saw a lot of different approaches and a lot of different performance issues.  As the year has rolled on, I have tried to capture things that I have learned, and share them in my blog series on Jazz performance (see Jazz Performance Part 1 – Is My Network Causing Me Pain?).  I have also been capturing a lot of the best practices and explanations about Jazz performance.  I have compiled all of this information, and checked with the experts, and put it all into one place.

Last year, some of my IBM friends also mentioned the concept of a performance guide to our customers.  They called this guide a “Purple Book”.  What you see attached here is the initial version of that “purple book”.  Why am I releasing this right now, on my blog?  Why isn’t this on the “official IBM site” or up on Jazz.net?  This is an early copy of that “Purple Book”, but there is enough good information in here that it may be worthwhile for a lot of our customers.  It still needs more information, more refinement and more review, before it can get released on Jazz.net.  This information will actually become the foundation of a Deployment wiki site which should go live later this year.  I expect the information to be updated and expanded upon in that deployment wiki.  This document is a “point in time” view of Jazz performance.  I know that it will improve and change over time, as new tools and techniques for monitoring and improving Jazz performance are uncovered.  Please feel free to provide comments (and even content!) for this guide.

So what is this guide about?  It has sections on what impacts the performance of a Jazz solution, with some basic explanation of why performance is impacted.  It has a guide on monitoring your Jazz implementation, and then finally ends with a section of troubleshooting advice and tips.   Here is a link to the Jazz Performance Guide, please give it a read and let me know what you think.

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