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Chad Brisendine - VP/CIO at St. Luke’s University Health Network“Goliath Performance Monitor was able to identify several issues within my infrastructure – and none of them were due to Citrix. After we were able to resolve the issues identified by Goliath, we saw a drop in the number of tier 1 support tickets and after one month of using the technology we were able to drop tier 1 support tickets by 25%.”
– Chad Brisendine, CIO of St. Luke’s University Health Network

The Organization: St. Luke’s University Health Network

The Organization’s Infrastructure: XenApp, Epic, Allscripts, McKesson

The Organization’s Performance Monitoring Products: Goliath Performance Monitor for Allscripts, Goliath Performance Monitor for Epic, Goliath Performance Monitor for McKesson, Goliath for NetScaler


The Business Challenge: Consistent and Constant Availability

Ensuring that 9000+ employees at St. Luke’s who deliver quality care to their patients have a reliable and consistent user experience; coupled with aligning the Citrix delivery infrastructure to St. Luke’s

The Solution:

Chad Brisendine, CIO at St. Luke’s University Health Network, and his team evaluated multiple monitoring solutions. After contacting Goliath Technologies about their fully-supported, 30-day free trial of the Goliath Performance Monitor (GPM), Chad started collecting data from over 400 Citrix XenApp servers. GPM was set up and configured within 24 hours and Chad immediately started receiving real-time alerts and daily performance reports. What was most important to Chad was that not only did the daily reports detail errors and faults, but they pinpointed where in the infrastructure problems were occurring, and their frequency. The first report isolated the root cause to be print drivers on multiple servers, which were installed and configured incorrectly.

Chad and his team then discovered that end users were having trouble launching their published applications. With GPM’s real-time event log display, they found there were several errors stemming from the Web Interface trying to connect to the SQL database.

Windows Event Log Dashboard

The errors shown from the real-time display shows that the Data Store on the SQL server was unavailable and causing all incoming connections to fail. Chad and his team were them able to restart the SQL server serves and bring SQL back online, all without having to guess and check each of the role servers in the Farm. 

The Summary:

Citrix XenApp was being blamed for issues related to print drivers being installed and configured incorrectly. By utilizing Goliath Performance Monitor’s daily reports and real-time alerts and Event Log Management dashboard, Chad was able drop support tickets by 25%.

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The team members collaborated to bring together this blog post by calling on their past Customer Experiences and Expert Knowledge of Citrix Troubleshooting. Beyond writing technical documents this team supports Goliath Customers and provides product feature/function guidance to development.

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