Here are some milestones in the development of Advance7:
1989 – Advance7 was established as independent specialists in IT performance and stability.
1990 – Advance7 launched the REACT® problem diagnosis service. The REACT® approach was based on troubleshooting techniques that were being used in the software industry translated to enable the investigation of end-to-end application and infrastructure issues. This was the origin of the RPR (Rapid Problem Resolution) method.
1995 – Advance7 documented the first official version of RPR. Since that time it has been regularly refined and developed.
1997 – We took what we had learned from troubleshooting performance problems and launched the FOCUS application tuning service. FOCUS includes the use of advanced time-accounting techniques to demonstrate the contribution of delays to overall response times, an approach now common in APM and NPMD solutions but virtually unheard of in the nineties.
2002 – Leveraging some of the techniques we were using to troubleshoot problems (in particular tools we had built to process large data sets) we developed a framework and techniques to assess the impact of change on infrastructure load and application performance, as well as the ability to map application dependencies. This led to the launch of the IMPACT change analysis service.
2008 – We took the decision to make RPR publicly available through training and mentoring services. There are now hundreds of people worldwide trained in the use of RPR.
2011 – We extended the availability of RPR-related information through the publication of the book RPR: A Problem Diagnosis Method for IT Professionals.
2014 – We partnered with a small number of troubleshooting and performance management technology providers to enable us to supply strategic solutions as well as services. The products are carefully selected to ensure that they are aligned with our ethos of evidence-based advice.
2014 – Advance7 launched the TribeLab project with the goal of helping IT professionals develop cross-technology troubleshooting skills.