AppSphere™ 2014

Jyoti Bansal's Opening Keynote at AppSphere™ 2014

See AppDynamics’ CEO, Jyoti Bansal’s, AppSphere™ 2014 keynote presentation, which includes all of our exciting announcements from the show.

More content from AppSphere™ 2014 will be added soon.
For a full event recap, check out "AppSphere™ 2014 Wrap: Three Days of Transformation."

Keynote Speakers

Jonah Kowall

Research Vice President - IT Operations at Gartner

Jonah Kowall is a Research VP in Gartner's IT Operations Management group. He focuses on application performance monitoring (APM), event correlation and analysis (ECA), network fault monitoring (NFM), network performance monitoring (NPM), network configuration and change management (NCCM), and general system and infrastructure monitoring technologies (storage, virtualization, public cloud and private cloud). He also covers SLA monitoring of services and applications. Increasing SaaS delivery options of monitoring technologies include the monitoring of mobile device and mobile application performance. These technologies are the foundation of operations, and they exist to make incident, problem and change management possible for these teams.

Patrick McMahon

IT Strategy & Transformation, Managing Partner, VP at IBM

Patrick McMahon is the Practice Leader and Managing Partner for IBM’s IT Strategy and Transformation US National Practice. IBM Global Services bringing together IBM’s competencies in technology, architecture and service management processes. The practice has now expanded to include cloud and mobile consulting.

Patrick has 32 years experience in business/technology strategy, organization change management, business transformation and full lifecycle technology implementation. He has experience in personally leading large global programs of enterprise-wide transformation which includes the IBM Corporation.

Patrick has worked with clients cross industry with an emphasis with Financial Service clients. He has designed and lead operational efficiency change programs, troubled project remediation and merges & acquisitions.

Patrick received as BS degree in Mathematics / Computer Science from Rutgers College and MS degree in Operations Research from Polytechnic University of NY.

Spencer Schwab

Staff Application Engineer, Citrix Systems

Currently, as an Operations Application Owner at Citrix, Spencer leads a Dev/Ops team that is responsible for the availability, run state, capacity, and configuration of the GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToTraining products in production. Prior to Citrix, he spent eight and a half years working for Fedex where he designed and implemented many high-availability solutions to support the company of over 300,000 employees. He also has served as the Director of Systems Management for Message Factors Inc. and has worked for several small technology firms. Spencer always enjoys a troubleshooting challenge and thrives under pressure. When not working hard, Spencer enjoys spending time with family, cooking, gardening, and riding the waves on his boogie board.

Cloud Panel

Panel featuring speakers from SoftLayer, Google, Red Hat, Microsoft Azure, and Pivotal and moderated by Jonah Kowall discussing the future of the cloud and challenges of migrating to the cloud.


Sid Choudhury

Sr. Director, Product Management, AppDynamics

With agile release cycles, mobile apps, cloud services, and big data architectures, modern application environments are changing daily. AppDynamics APM solves the performance monitoring problem in such environments using it’s unique notion of Business Transactions. AppDynamics Application Analytics builds on top of this foundation and makes Business Transactions also the unit for operations analytics. In this session, you will learn about Application Analytics works, the various customer use cases solved, as well as the underlying technology platform that powers it.

Charles Manning

CEO, Kochava

IT Operations is in a unique position to offer significant value to the business by showing them how to protect millions of dollars a month of advertising spend promoting apps across the mobile eco-system. These promotion efforts are critical to the business as they drive adoption of the mobile apps for brands and games. Marketers must understand the performance of their campaigns and correlate how marketing spend translates into engagement with the app (via registration, spend, or other key performance indicator). When application and network problems exist for a mobile app, user experience drops, app ratings drop and marketing dollars are wasted. Come understand how Kochava is using AppDynamics to deliver insights across mobile application performance and how that performance should inform business decisions around promotion.

Eric Johnson

Technical Program Manager, Google

With the increased awareness of Linux containers recently popularized by Docker, we are starting to see a transformation in computing. While many people are exploring these technologies for use-cases such as Continuous Integration and development environments, engineers are just beginning to to develop applications that take advantage of this inherent micro-architecture. With the recent release of Kubernetes, it is becoming much easier to manage a micro-architected application running across various containers. But one of the barriers still to overcome is how to adapt traditional application monitoring to this new world.

In this talk, we will show how AppDynamics can be extended to give you many of the insights you are accustomed to as you begin building your applications to take advantage of Kubernetes, Docker, and containers.


Amod Gupta

Principal Product Manager, AppDynamics

Even though Java, C-Sharp and several other languages have become increasingly popular, some C/C++ applications and modern 3rd party applications just refuse to go away. These applications, often mission critical, continue to exist because they provide certain performance benefits that are hard to extract from applications written in managed languages. In some other cases, the amount of risk and effort involved in replacing these legacy applications makes it prohibitive. This talk is about AppDynamics' approach to providing visibility into the blackbox of C/C++ applications. We will look at a couple of ways in which these applications and 3rd party frameworks can be monitored with AppDynamics with or without modifying the underlying application source code.

David Guimbellot

Area VP: Continuous Delivery & Test Data Management, Orasi

Performance engineering can be complex and time consuming. Using the proper tools helps make the process faster but you also need to have an idea of where those performance problems hide and how they manifest themselves. David Guimbellot walks you through a real life example of troubleshooting, debugging and optimizing a complex multi-tier application. You’ll see how problems were discovered in batch processing, graph database, and even the JVM threading implementation.

During this session you’ll learn how Performance engineers can accelerate certifying new versions of applications before they are released to production, quickly detect problems and errors, and discover their root cause by:
Identifying performance regression
Analyzing critical sections of code
Performing load testing to verify response to peak load
Discovering errors, exceptions and bottlenecks being produced by the new release
Identifying changes in memory usage that could have negative effects on the system
Monitoring code in a non-production environment, where overhead is less of a concern, to gain better visibility

Omed Habib

Principal Product Manager, AppDynamics

An introduction to the modern Node.js ecosystem and the AppDynamics for Node.js APM agent.


Benoy Jose

Practice Head - CRM, Marlabs

Empower customer service agents with real time information about applications and their health from Appdynamics and channel the data to Customer Support tools like Salesforce, Service Now and Microsoft CRM with the help of AppDynamics-CRM Plugin. Leverage the Appdynamics API to provide a convenient dashboard with historical trends, infrastructure health information, performance metrics, Mean Time between Failures (MTBF) and overall server Uptime to customer support to help them provide meaningful information back to end customers. Automate creation of problem tickets and warning tickets and help Customer support agents convey a realistic Mean Time to Recovery (MTTR) back to the end customers.

Stephen Elliot

Vice President, IT Infrastructure and Cloud practice, IDC

More than ever, development and operations leadership teams are adopting DevOps practices to provide responsive, higher quality, and faster services. DevOps is the optimal way to increase the speed and quality of next generation application services. This session answers the following questions:

1) What is DevOps, and what are some examples of peer benchmark success and business value?
2) What role does Application performance play in DevOps
3) What are the pitfalls to avoid when planning DevOps projects?

Sameer Alam, Delbert Ahlstedt, Rhata Dhaur

Sameer Alam - Associate Partner, Strategy, Design and Cloud Consulting, IBM;
Delbert Ahlstedt - IT Architect at IBM;
Rhata Dhaur - IBM

Datacenter consolidations, floor sweeps, and cloud migrations are all complex initiatives. However, by leveraging years of industry experience, time tested methodologies, and the appropriate tooling, IBM can help you decide which workloads can and should run in the various available infrastructure delivery models. Learn more about how IBM helps companies transform their infrastructure based on real information captured from your production workloads.

AppSphere™ 2015

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