AppSphere 2016 AppD Labs Demos

Bhaskar Sunkara, co-founder and CTO of AppDynamics, announced a new innovation initiative called AppD Labs during Day 2 of AppSphere 2016. It was a casual atmosphere billed as “quality engineering time”, as guests were treated to beer service upon entering the General Session. The show got started with a Q&A panel with some of the world’s largest and oldest companies about how they were tackling the issue of digital transformation. Following the panel, Prathap Dendi, General Manager, Emerging Technologies, introduced a series of forward-thinking demos from on-the-ground engineers showcasing AppDynamics innovation in taking on the new challenges of digital transformation.

Demo 1: Quick Search

Sunil Gattupalle, a software engineer from Bangalore HQ, showcased his hackathon creation that could potentially help both new and experienced users navigate the product with a greater degree of efficiency. Through periodic aggregation of the metadata provided by AppDynamics, Sunil developed a Spotlight-like search function directly into the interface. Command-F brings up a search bar and allows the user to use keywords to find direct links to navigation items like metric graphs and specific configuration screens.

Demo 2: Connected Millennials

With the advent of new smart shopping technologies, the Internet of Things team showcased how they imagine AppDynamics could play a role in bringing useful information to a retail store stakeholder. By journeying through a physical on-stage store, Balwinder Kaur, Principal Software Engineer, described how smart shelves, point of sale systems, and inventory management software could all work together to provide a single pane of analytics and performance metrics automatically. Detection of physical metrics such as shelf impressions, item take rates, and inventory stock were all shown to report to AppDynamics with rules to track the health of an in-store promotion.

Demo 3: Automated RCA

Jad Naous, Director of Architecture, demonstrated the power of combining AppDynamics baselining and relationship structures with machine learning to automate root cause analysis. After explaining every DevOps’ nightmare scenario, an interrupted lunch break with a P1 issue, Jad posed the what if: “What if the root cause could be found and reported automatically without interrupting your lunch?” Today, AppDynamics users correlate metrics and events by hand in a dashboard or in a war room view. But with the help of machine learning and baselines, Jad demonstrated how it is possible for AppDynamics to automatically traverse a causal chain of events, allowing users to resolve an issue in minutes instead of hours.

Demo 4: Conversational UX

Oliver Crameri, Principal Software Engineer, integrated AppDynamics with a few other popular DevOps tools: JIRA, PagerDuty, and Slack. However, the differentiator here was using Amazon Alexa as the tool to tie all these things together. Oliver demonstrated this new conversational UX by pulling up dashboards, reporting issues, and calling the dev on call all through voice commands. AppDynamics’ flexible APIs helped demonstrate the product’s capability in tying into any tools or 3rd-party integrations with ease.

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AppSphere 2016 Demos Overview: Enterprise iQ and Business iQ

We saw many exciting demos at AppSphere 2016 which showcased new capabilities of the App iQ Platform. To pull off these live demos on stage, numerous cross functional teams put in months of planning and weeks of setup and rehearsal to make sure each demo was delivered successfully.

Enterprise iQ: AppDynamics Improves Enterprise APM Support

Years ago, “enterprise” for us meant any customers with ~10,000 agents in production. Today, we’re supporting customers that are scaling up to ~100,000 agents. It’s no surprise that more and more companies are adopting a micro services approach to delivering software. Administering thousands of agents and nodes is no easy task, but with Enterprise iQ we’re making it simple and configurable.

Demo: Universal Agent

The first demo at AppSphere focused on our Universal Agent which is a small package that can be installed on a server with a simple shell command. The Universal Agent discovers environment variables and processes which it reports back to an AppDynamics controller which in turn issues commands back to the agent.

The Universal Agent can install and update agents automatically and works with npm, rpm, puppet, chef, or even your own private repositories. In the demo, we showed how Universal Agent set up AppDynamics for a standard Java Tomcat application. We also showed how easy it is to upgrade an agent from an old version of AppDynamics to a new one. Once agents are installed they automatically begin reporting performance metrics to AppDynamics.

Demo: License Management

The second demo was all about our new enterprise focused license management system. We’ve added new visualizations which help customers instantly see exactly how their licenses are being utilized. For example, we can view Java license consumption over time with minute granularity. This makes it easy to know when certain micro services need more licenses.

As part of our new Enterprise iQ license management system, we can now deploy license entitlements with different access keys. This allows us to control the number of agents consumed by a given key. If you’re a large financial institution you can now carve out specific licenses for different business units.

We’ve also added scopes to Enterprise iQ which are powerful rules that use regular expressions and naming conventions. For example, we can use scopes to make sure that only certain machines used for user acceptance testing may consume licenses. Scopes can be saved and used over and over. No more calling and chasing people down who have used up too many licenses!

Demo: Network Visibility

One of the most exciting new features announced was network visibility which is currently a black box for many APM solutions. At AppSphere we showed how our customers can now shine a light onto the black box of network performance and begin measuring throughput through all of their systems.

Our network visibility dashboard does not rely on SPAN & TAP methods. Instead we monitor ingress and egress traffic by marrying the five-tuple of source and destination IP and port, as well as protocol. Once you toggle the network dashboard you will see an overlay of the underlying net flow data and key performance indicators such as bandwidth, packet loss, and throughput.

Demo: Business iQ

Last but not least, we showed a demo of Business iQ that walked customers through each and every step of the creation of a business-focused dashboard. First we turned on analytics and added a data collector. Data collectors allow you to specify classes and methods to collect parameter and return values.

Once we have data collectors turned on we can begin to create metrics for anything we can think of. Once a metric is built we can create health rules to alert us when something strays from baseline.

As part of Business iQ we also showed a new and improved funnel widget that includes conversion rate and abandon rate. All of these new features are part of Fall ‘16 and make it easier for IT to begin driving business outcomes.

If you’d like to try out these features for yourself, take our free trial for a spin.

AppSphere 2016 kicks off in Las Vegas

Life in the digital transformation

Maybe you don’t gamble, but imagine you’re in a major Las Vegas casino feeding some dollars into a slot machine. The reels are spinning. They begin to stop one at a time:

Triple Diamond…

Triple Diamond…

Your adrenaline kicks up…

Triple Diamond!

Then suddenly, every slot machine in the place goes dark. The bleeps and rings are replaced by groans and some scattered disbelieving laughter. And then, the murmur of conversation as patrons begin to talk about the odd and frustrating situation they’re in. You hear some raised voices that match your anger as some, like you, were in the middle of a payout.

And, of course, out come the mobiles. Within minutes, their experience becomes the world’s experience.

And if you think you’re out some money that should be coming your way, imagine you’re the owner of that casino. Thousands of dollars coming in per second just turns off like a faucet due to technical issues.

Vegas is the place to be this week

Enough with this gloomy analogy. You’re probably not in the gaming industry, and also one corner of Las Vegas is going to be all about flawless performance and happy customers with today’s kick off of AppSphere™ 2016, which will run through November 17th.

This story does illustrate how high the stakes can be for your business when relying on technology to deliver superior, profitable customer experiences. But unpredictability is part of life in the digital transformation. Thankfully, application performance management technology is bringing us closer and closer to zero downtime.

High performance isn’t enough

As things evolve, customer satisfaction on digital channels has become much more complex than safeguarding from slowdowns and outages, and ramping up speeds and feeds. In these days of high expectations and stiffer competition, that’s just not enough to come out on top.

That’s why the companies winning on the digital landscape are utilizing the power of application performance monitoring, to look deep into their customers’ experiences with their applications, and then connecting the dots between those experiences and business outcomes.

After all, casino floors aren’t filled with old, metal one-armed bandits—but rather immersive digital experiences, networked and monitored to track performance, even though on a practical level, the old and the new serve the exact same purpose.

That’s why we’re all here in Vegas

The need to keep up with high customer expectations is exactly why nearly 2,000 attendees are flying from all over the world into McCarran to join us at AppSphere. And we couldn’t be happier to have them, because AppSphere is for them. It’s all about our customers, and their customers.

Our third AppSphere will bring together the forward thinking enterprise community to help companies do what this year’s theme implies: Redefine Performance.

Attendees of the the four-day conference will have the opportunity to take in keynotes from industry thought-leaders, including AppDynamics President and CEO, David Wadhwani, and over 70 sessions, product deep dives, and participate in hands-on labs.

Among the our special guests will be AppDynamics’ customers from digital-first companies, including Accenture, AT&T, United Airlines, and World Bank — some of which will be sharing their stories on stage. Also on hand will be many of AppDynamics’ partners, including Amazon Web Services, Capgemini, Microsoft, ServiceNow and Rackspace.

“Our customers are in the midst of some of the industry’s most exciting digital transformations,” said Wadhwani. “And we help enable them to operate as digital-first companies by giving them more visibility into their application performances and business outcomes. With AppDynamics, IT leaders can transform their technology mandates into opportunities to become business partners and growth drivers.”

If you’re among the attendees, we look forward to seeing you there.

AppSphere 2016 Conference Details

When: Nov. 14 – 17

Where: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

More Information: Take a look at the AppSphere Agenda


A Guide to Your AppSphere Agenda: Product Deep Dives

For the second year in a row, I’ve been honored with the task of managing the Deep Dive sessions at AppSphere. This year we have some really great sessions planned. Much of the content is focused on what we’ve delivered in the last year and what’s coming up in the future for our products and solutions. The vision within the products will be well represented by a mixture of engineering and product management. Some of the highlights within the 13 sessions of this track include platform sessions and specific technology module sessions, along with some analysis of our end user experience data. Check out our session catalog for more information on Deep Dive sessions and how to start building your agenda for AppSphere 2016!

The platform sessions include an overview of our recently announced App iQ Platform. App iQ provides the underpinnings for new levels of scalability and management. App iQ Platform Support for Digital Transformation at Scale will be presented by product manager Akankshu Dhawan and Senior Engineering Manager Gautam Borah. This session will highlight some of the new changes coming to the underlying data platform and architecture, which will enable even greater scalability than the current platform can sustain. Similarly, we have several sessions focused on scaling platform deployments and management such as Mastering the Administration of Your AppDynamics Deployment, which will also be presented by Akankshu Dhawan along with Senior Engineering Manager Wei Zhao. Finally, customers always ask about managing the agents and the growing number of agents in the AppDynamics portfolio to support your expanding application estate, and we have an answer to that. Val Chibisov, Senior Product Manager, will cover our upcoming management technologies in Advanced Agent Deployment Strategies in Large Scale, Complex Environments.

AppDynamics Analytics has been undergoing a large number of changes over the last year. We have several sessions covering these changes, including AppDynamics Analytics Product Deep Dive, an overview of the product updates and path given by Group Product Manager Amod Gupta. Yet another session that goes deeper into the changes happening within the Log Analytics technology, Getting Additional Value from Logs and APM Data with AppDynamics Unified Analytics, is presented by Product Manager Nima Haddadkaveh and Senior Engineering Director Arjun Iyer.

For the other AppDynamics product modules, we’ll have a focus on end user experience monitoring in sessions such as Best Practices and Advanced Insights on Users of Browser RUM. This is an interesting session analyzing performance across the AppDynamics customer base. Led by Group Product Manager Ian Withrow, the session will also highlight differences in technology adoption and performance. We also have a session which covers the evolving synthetic technology, led by Principal Software Engineer and former Bugsense CEO and co-founder Olivier Crameri. Synthetic is a key component to an APM strategy, so make sure to attend Synthetic Monitoring Deep Dive. Finally, for those mobile application developers, we have a lot of capabilities coming in our mobile APM products and lots of best practices to share from our resident mobile expert, Senior Software Engineer Hao Liu. Look out for Hao’s session, Improved Interaction with Mobile UI’s Tips & Tricks.

On the back-end side we have sessions for specific languages, including Under the Hood: Monitoring Azure and .NET, which highlights the ever-evolving .NET and Azure ecosystem, presented by Senior Product Manager Meera Viswanathan. Learn what’s new with dynamic language support in Manage Performance of Dynamic Languages: PHP 7 and Node.js v6. In this session, you’ll find out not only about the changes in these languages, but how AppDynamics supports them. This session will be led by Software Engineer Viktor Gavrielov and Senior Engineer Rakesh Kumar. The data platforms are most often the reason applications perform poorly, so learn how AppDynamics Database Monitoring technology is evolving in terms of platform support, plus additional ways to isolate root cause and support DBAs, developers, operations, and cross-functional DevOps teams. Dive Deep into Your Databases and Data Store Performance to Resolve Application Performance is presented by Database Architect Apun Hiran.

Finally, we’ve invested a lot in broadening infrastructure visibility, including some new products and technologies. Presented by Director of Product Management Harish Nataraj, our infrastructure product wizard, you’ll learn about the evolution of server visibility and how AppDynamics is building additional depth in infrastructure monitoring to enable root cause in Is Your Infrastructure Affecting Critical Business Transactions?

The final session I’d like to highlight is the ever expanding set of exposed APIs and SDKs, including our C++ SDK, which was released earlier this year. In this session, you’ll learn how to use these enhancements and where we’re going in opening instrumentation, transaction tracing, and information re-use from the App iQ platform. Use AppDynamics SDKs to Better Integrate with Your Applications is presented by Manager of Solution Architecture Stefan Marx. Here, you’ll learn how integration and extension are being achieved in the field for our largest customers.

It’s all coming together in the days leading up to AppSphere 2016! Don’t forget to reserve your spot and start planning your agenda today!

Scaling with Containers at AppSphere 2016

Containers have grown tremendously in popularity in recent years. Originally conceived as a way to replace legacy systems completely, container technology has instead become a way to extend monolithic systems with newer, faster technology. As an example of this growth, the 2016 RightScale State of the Cloud Report™ shows Docker adoption rates in 2015 moved from thirteen percent to twenty-seven percent. Another thirty-five percent of respondents say they have plans to use Docker in the near future.

What Are Containers?

Containers allow you to move software from one environment to another without worrying about different applications, SSL libraries, network topology, storage systems, or security policies — for example, moving from a machine in your data center to a virtual environment in the cloud. They are able to do this because everything you need to run the software travels as one unit. The application, binaries, libraries, and configuration files all live together inside a single container.

You can move a container to a wide variety of software environments with no problem because the program is self-contained. In contrast, virtualization also includes the operating system. Containers share the same operating system kernel, so they are lighter and more energy-efficient than a virtual machine. Hypervisors are an abstraction of the entire machine, while containers are an abstraction of only the OS kernel.

There are a variety of container technologies to support different use cases. The most popular container technology right now is Docker. It grew rapidly a few years ago with major adoption in enterprise computing, including three of the biggest financial institutions in the world — unusual for the slow-to-adopt world of banking. Docker allows software applications to run on a large number of machines at the same time, an important quality for huge sites like Facebook that must deliver data to millions of consumers simultaneously.

Container Technologies

Recent surveys performed by and ClusterHQ show Docker is the overwhelming favorite in container technology at this point. One of the most talked-about competitors to Docker that has emerged recently is Rocket, an open-source project from CoreIS, which ironically was one of one of Docker’s early proponents. Backed heavily by Google, Rocket’s founders developed the technology because they thought Docker had grown and moved too far away from its original purpose. While Docker has been embraced as almost an industry standard, competitors are making inroads. Rocket’s founders say one of its strengths is that it is not controlled by a single organization.

One of the pioneers in container technology back in 2001 is a product from Parallels called Virtuozzo. It gets a lot of attention from OEMs, works well on cloud servers, and features near-instant provisioning. Other fast-growing container technologies include LXC and LVE.

Container Best Practices

One of the challenges of containers is monitoring their performance. AppDynamics is able to monitor containers using our innovative Microservices iQ. It provides automatic discovery of exit and entry service endpoints, tracks important performance indicators, and isolates the cause of performance issues.

At AppSphere 2016, you can learn more about containers and performance monitoring at 10 AM on Thursday, November 17, where AppDynamics’ CTO, Steve Sturtevant, will be presenting his talk, “Best Practices for Managing IaaS, PaaS, and Container-Based Deployments.” Register today to ensure your spot to learn from Steve’s session, and even more in just a few weeks at AppSphere 2016–we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Inside the Internet of Things at AppSphere 2016

I always look forward to seeing what’s in store for emerging technology at AppSphere. It’s been an exciting year already for all things connected, from wearables and sensors, to the enterprise ecosystem around the Internet of Things–and it’s only growing. Today, every opportunity around the Internet of Things represents the potential for exponential growth. In IDC’s Global IoT Decision Maker Survey, research found that 31.4% of companies are already working with an Internet of Things initiative, with an emphasis on cloud computing and analytics, and an additional 43% said they are looking to deploy their projects in the next year. The potential value of IoT is clear now; over 55% of those surveyed believed that an investment in IoT and emerging technology would give them market leverage.

It’s clear the value of the Internet of Things is growing with opportunity, and it’s critical for businesses adopting its technology to secure the right solutions to deliver the ideal experience to their customers. This year at AppSphere, we’re getting the best resources to share best practices, technical deep dives, and hands-on education to deliver everything you need to know on making the most of the IoT landscape in your enterprise.

Take a look at some of these sessions, and even more on the AppSphere session catalog you’ll have the chance to see live in a few weeks!

The Internet of Things in the Enterprise: Why your Monitoring Strategy Should Include Connected Devices

Amazon Echo and Google Nest have changed our lives as consumers. As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows, it can disrupt traditional business models. When connected devices start communicating with applications, the end user experience can be severely impacted. This talk highlights some of the unique challenges that monitoring millions of IoT devices will bring. It also emphasizes the features of a good IoT-ready performance monitoring solution.

Since IoT initiatives are new for many businesses, many have not completely explored what supporting them will mean to their monitoring strategies. Coping with the new ways users interact with applications across multiple platforms represents a unique challenge. In order to tackle the IoT obstacles, it’s increasingly necessary to develop a monitoring strategy that considers connected devices.

  • How connected devices impact the bottom line of your business
  • Why connected devices need a monitoring strategy
  • Best practices for monitoring connected devices

You already know about all the ways the IoT influences the user experience, but with about 43% of companies adopting IoT by the end of 2016, you may need to face the challenges of monitoring those user experiences sooner than you think. Join us for this session on Tuesday, November 15 at 2:30 PM.

Customer-Centric Transformation in the IoT Age: A Panel of Enterprise Innovators

Join us for a lively panel discussion with technology leaders from major global brands on how cloud, mobile, and connected applications are fundamentally changing their engagement with customers.

This panel will explore the new trends in IoT from leaders in the field and demonstrate how a customer-centric approach is necessary to navigate the technology trends. Not until recently were we able to hail an Uber or control the thermostat of our homes with just the sound of our voice. Technology companies are setting the tone of how users expect to interact with applications, so businesses need to keep up with the trends or risk being left behind. Come join innovators in IoT and get their perspective on how being customer-centric in their design has allowed them to capitalize on IoT trends. You can find this session on Tuesday, November 15 at 3:40 PM.

Stay tuned! We’re bringing you more sneak peeks on these sessions and even more in the weeks to AppSphere. In the meantime, make sure you’ve registered–spots are filling fast!

Driving DevOps Adoption at AppSphere 2016

“DevOps is trendier than a cronut on a hoverboard.”

This is the start of one of four AppSphere 2016 best practices track session abstracts, and I couldn’t agree more with the quote above. When reviewing the many submissions from customers, there was one use case that came up again and again, and this focused on how AppDynamics helps enterprises with their DevOps adoption.

Talking to enterprises over the last five years, I’ve heard many different explanations as to what DevOps is and the benefits it brings. In my early conversations, I’d hear explanations that DevOps is about Agile software development. While it contains a part of it, DevOps is far more encompassing than this. It’s also about cultural transformation, automation, a lean approach, the right measurements, and an environment that promotes sharing or collaboration. The benefits of DevOps are clearly highlighted in Puppet’s “State Of DevOps” report, which shows that those enterprises who adopt DevOps are likely to be high performers, deploying 200 times more frequently while recovering 24 times faster from failed changes, and with three times lower fail rates. In today’s digital world where velocity is crucial to survival, these results are hard to overlook. An enterprise APM solution like AppDynamics is essential to achieving these benefits because it provides visibility into every release. It also provides a single source of truth in regards to application performance in order to influence collaboration between business, IT development, and operations teams.

Here’s a selection of DevOps & AppDynamics track sessions and what you’ll learn at AppSphere 2016:

  • How Standard Bank, a leading financial services organization, uses AppDynamics APM to foster easy collaboration between IT operations and development in order to deliver high quality applications. This has led to frequent releases of new features and functionality to customers. In this session, Andrew Kretschmer, Head of Multichannel and Mobile Development, along with Lenro Meyer, will provide best practices on Agile engineering and how AppDynamics enables this. This session will be held Tuesday, November 15th at 11:20 AM, right after the keynote.
  • How PayU, a leading global payment service provider, utilizes APM to enable a culture of “fail early, fail often, and never roll back”. Guy Duncan, Chief Technical Officer, and Markus Hraba, Chief Infrastructure Architect, will explain the challenges they face monitoring microservices in a globally dispersed enterprise, and how AppDynamics enables them to get immediate feedback of code changes and performance impact. This session will be on Tuesday, November 15th at 3:30 PM.
  • How Oceanwide, an Insurity company, built their DevOps teams around AppDynamics and how AppDynamics became the common language between development, QA, and operations. This session will also focus on how to promote and nurture the adoption of APM in developer and QA scrums. You can hear the full session on Wednesday, November 16th at 11:20 AM.

And as a brand new addition this year, we’re excited to host a two-hour Hands-On Lab focusing on DevOps, continuous integration, automation, and microservices best practices. This instructor-led lab will teach you:

  • How AppDynamics APM can automatically monitor every new application release from Chef, Puppet, and Ansible
  • How to monitor microservices proactively, utilizing Microservices iQ
  • Best practices for managing containerized environments

For a sneak peek on how valuable this lab will be, check out Steve Sturtevant’s popular session from AppSphere 2015. In this session, Steve shows how APM enables software agility and explains the benefits of AppDynamics. Steve’s session on DevOps and Agile can be found here.

We’re looking forward to meeting all our customers at AppSphere 2016, and I personally would love to speak with you about how you’re using AppDynamics to drive your DevOps adoption. See you at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas from November 14th to November 17th for our third annual global customer conference. For more details and to register, please click here.

Success Stories of AppSphere 2016: A Sneak Peek

Companies know what’s on the line when their applications aren’t performing at their best. It’s no longer excusable to have an outage or slow-to-load page on your site. With attention spans dwindling, a first impression is a lasting one, and if your applications aren’t running properly at all times, it’s very likely your business is losing out on valuable transactions. You may already know the issues your company faces, but do you know the best solutions for them?

This year at AppSphere 2016, we’re excited to host a stellar lineup of guest speakers who are sharing how they transformed application performance from reactive to proactive. Join us in November to get the the opportunity to hear from enterprise leaders like Expedia, Cisco, and eHarmony on how they use AppDynamics to optimize their application performance. Read on for a sneak preview of what they’ll be discussing.


Expedia Global Customer Operations has over 9,000 call center agents that rely on a fully functioning tool set to deliver speedy support to thousands of travelers. Expedia decided to  deploy AppDynamics Application Analytics to improve prioritization of infrastructure changes, code, and process in order to improve their business results. The outcome? Hear it from Expedia yourself by joining us at AppSphere 2016 or by reading our Expedia case study.


Cisco, like many of our customers, has learned the tricks to maximizing the value of AppDynamics solutions. But for those of you that think you could be doing more with our solutions, we suggest you sign up to hear how Cisco increases the value they derive from our solutions through a variety of methods, including using custom dashboards for executive summaries and by integrating AppDynamics alerts with third-party tools. For a brief insight into Cisco’s customer story, start by checking out their case study before joining us at the conference in November.


eHarmony wants to help you find love. AppDynamics is no different. Fall in love with your top performing applications and make sure they’re treated to the latest in software and infrastructure design patterns. Join eHarmony as they discuss their journey of overcoming the challenges of ever-changing software by utilizing our APM software. They’ll cover what needs to be built in terms of data extraction, analytics, and other open source technologies. They’ll also be discussing AppDynamics solutions and what features and functions are critical when monitoring microservices-based applications. Can’t wait for the track session? Read the case study now.


We’re excited to have these speakers, including our keynote speaker, United Airlines, join us at AppSphere 2016. Read our press release to learn more, and if you haven’t registered yet, don’t wait! Join us and gain insights on how to empower your business and maximize the value of application performance.

Celebrating Partnership at AppSphere 2016

 With only a few weeks to go until our third annual AppSphere 2016 user conference, the AppDynamics offices are busier than ever preparing for the big event, and this year we’ve committed to outdoing ourselves when we host this year’s Partner Day. As one of our partners, what does that mean for you? Prepare for star treatment — you’re our guest of honor!

Partner Day will kick off the week-long conference event, allowing you to get the inside scoop before everyone else in the industry. Here is a sneak peek of some of the highlights for this year’s Partner Day:

Partner Insights and Executive Q&A

AppDynamics CEO, David Wadhwani, has an important message to share regarding the future of the company and the essential role our partners play in helping us reach our goals. Join the discussion—our executives are holding a panel to answer all of your questions during the open floor Q&A session.

Gain new perspective in APM

Are you ready to disrupt the market? We are — but we need your help to do it. Our team will spend the day going in depth on topics of interest to you. Sessions include Growing an AppDynamics Practice, where we’ll present new revenue streams and share what enablement, training, and investment can mean for you. Another popular session is sure to be Product Roadmap, where Bhaskar Sunkara, CTO and Head of Product, will provide insight into future product releases. Lastly, you won’t want to miss Kendall Collins, our CMO, as he hosts a session on Building Our Unique Value Proposition — where you’ll learn how partnering with AppDynamics will give you an edge over the competition.

Partner Reception

They say “it’s all about who you know”, so don’t miss the opportunity to build up your network with like-minded professionals. AppDynamics executives are hosting the reception on Sunday evening at The Cosmopolitan Hotel’s Chandelier Bar. Enjoy an evening on us, get to know your fellow guests, and connect with some of the biggest names speaking at AppSphere 2016.

Partner Day lasts only one day, but our conference runs all week. Stay for the whole event and you can add hands-on training, 70+ sessions, and maybe even take advantage of the AppDynamics Certification, available for the first time this year. For a more comprehensive look at AppSphere 2016, make sure to check out the event page.

5 Reasons to Attend AppSphere 2016

Here at AppDynamics, we’ve been gearing up to make AppSphere 2016 our best event yet, full of the expertise, networking opportunities, and tools you’ll need to enhance your abilities and be a leader in your field. Last year we brought together over 1,500 attendees from some of the world’s biggest businesses and heard speakers from industry giants like Pearson, Xerox, Expedia, Red Hat, and more.

This year, we’re bigger and better than ever, so we’ve compiled the top five reasons you need to book your ticket to AppSphere 2016 in Las Vegas today. And there’s even more to come — so stay tuned!

Don’t wait —space is running out. Register today!

  1. Getting AppDynamics Certified

This year, we’re adding hands-on labs led by our product experts to provide you with the skills and training that will take your business to the next level. Use your AppDynamics Certification to take your career as an administrator, troubleshooter, or DevOps engineer to rockstar heights. Don’t miss out on an exclusive opportunity to be one of the first to become certified with AppDynamics.

  1. Learning and growing with the industry’s best

Sign up and get access to a growing list of over 70 track sessions, including product deep dives, technical case studies, and business case studies with our product experts. Customize your journey and create your own agenda according to your area of expertise. Join us to hear experts from Cisco, Capital One, AT&T, Accenture, United, and more.

  1. Investing in your future

After attending AppSphere 2016, you’ll have a clear picture of what’s on the horizon for your business. Gain exclusive insight from APM visionaries, including AppDynamics’ own Jonah Kowall and John Rakowski during breakout or one-on-one sessions. You’ll also get a sneak peek of demos available for Winter 2017 release.

  1. Discovering the perks of partnership

The day before AppSphere kicks off, we’ll be hosting a full-day of partner-focused content where you’ll hear from executives and peers on the state of teaming with AppDynamics. Discover firsthand more info on the advantages of being among the first to receive AppDynamics Certification.

  1. Enjoying a night on us

If we wanted AppSphere to be boring, we wouldn’t host it in Las Vegas. Enjoy connecting and networking with your peers and product leaders during a night out at Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub. We’ll also be hosting customer awards, regional dinners, and user group meetings by region. Trust us — this is the one trip to Vegas you’re going to want to remember.


Announcing the new AppDynamics Certification, available at AppSphere 2016

Be the first to get certified

At AppSphere 2016 this November, AppDynamics University will launch the first in a series of technical certifications for IT professionals who implement and use AppDynamics. As an attendee, you’ll have an opportunity to be among the first to attain our new AppDynamics Certified Implementation Professional certification. Our first scheduled exam will be held on the last day of the event, Thursday, November 17.  Read on to understand the certification process and register now if you want to be one of the first to achieve this new professional qualification for yourself or your company.

Certification programs designed for you

Our new certifications are designed to the highest standards with business needs in mind. Our certification exams aim to focus on real-world skills and use cases relevant to current market needs. Our ultimate goal is to build a talent ecosystem where customers and partners can find the talent they need as AppDynamics becomes the industry standard.

Over the next 18 months, we’re rolling out two different certification tracks:

  •      The Systems Implementation and Operations Track is designed for those who implement and use AppDynamics to monitor applications
  •      The Applications Optimization Track is designed for those who use performance statistics to fine tune their code to ensure optimum application performance

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The Systems Implementation and Operations Track will validate the knowledge and skills required to install, configure, optimize, and use AppDynamics’ core application performance manager, application analytics, end-user monitoring, and infrastructure visibility technologies. This track will consist of four certifications split across two tiers, a professional level tier and an associate level tier.

The Application Optimization Certification Track, designed with developers in mind, will initially feature one professional certification level. Stay tuned for more.

Be an APM pioneer

The AppDynamics Certified Implementation Professional Certification will be the first to be offered. If you deploy and administer AppDynamics products, this track is for you. The AppDynamics Certification doesn’t replace any of the existing partner accreditation programs at the moment, nor is it a substitute for them. As our current or future partner, you must continue to renew and attain your AEP and AES accreditations.

What are you waiting for?

Becoming AppDynamics certified will allow you differentiate yourself or your company in an increasingly competitive market — you’ll instantly gain recognition and credibility within the APM space and the greater IT industry. Lead the pack — register for AppSphere 2016 and select the option to take the certification exam.

To learn more about the specific topics covered on the exam, the training you’ll need, and the roadmap for our other certifications, visit our University page for updates. Any other questions? Feel free to email us.

A Look Back at AppSphere 2015

I can’t believe it’s already been a year since AppDynamics AppSphere 2015, seems like it was just yesterday. Once again held at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, AppSphere 2015 had over 1,500 attendees from the world’s top enterprises and included speakers from Pearson, The Hut Group, Xerox, Expedia, Red Hat, and several others leading the way in digital transformation.

Along with several insightful sessions, one of the highlights for me was the panel on the future and challenges of the Internet of Things (IoT). Featuring speakers from Tesla, Garmin, SmartThings, Red Hat, and moderated by our own Prathap Dendi, the discussion covered the challenges and pain points for IT organizations as IoT devices become a larger part of our everyday society.

Another key highlight was hearing from Peter Gott, Head of Barclaycard Technology Delivery at Barclays, discuss how they use AppDynamics to monitor their applications through a DevOps release cycle. Tasked with aggressive goals and facing the challenges of mobile banking becoming the leading touchpoint, Gott talks about their latest technological releases to increase the revenue stream for Barclaycard. His story and specific use cases show the power of how moving to digital can transform any industry. 

This year is shaping up to be even bigger and better than last year! Some excellent speakers have already been announced with even more just around the corner. We’ve also listened to your feedback and have created all new dedicated hands-on labs to further sharpen your skills.

Don’t wait, register today!

Industry Insights: My thoughts from AppSphere 15

Stuck in Vegas for two weeks, longing to be back home, it was a trial of might and perseverance. The first week was spent at AppDynamics AppSphere, and the second at the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference. (Look for a post next week on the Gartner conference.)

The second annual AppSphere drew 1500+ attendees, doubling the 2014 attendance. There was lots of passion and wonderful user engagement, but most importantly lots of exciting product announcements. The change from 2014 to 2015 was noticeable and impressive.

Having spoken at the first AppSphere on behalf of Gartner and feeling the energy at the conference, the momentum and acceleration one year later was apparent in the content, scale, and depth of the conference. In 2015, AppSphere expanded from one track to four tracks, and there was a large increase in customer and partner speakers. Product announcements included Browser Synthetic Monitoring, Server Infrastructure Monitoring, and new enhancements for session management, the C/C++ SDK, and many new AWS extensions. The most surprising feature customers were excited about was the ability to tie log messages automatically to the transactions that generate them, providing context that has been missing in the ITOA industry.

On the sessions side, there was a highly engaging customer presentation from HBO. John Feiler, senior staff engineer, provided insight on the challenges of video streaming at scale. AppDynamics was used to correct issues before the season five premiere, and is used through the application development and operations lifecycle. This ensures a high quality viewing experience for all customers (including me).

Other great sessions included Pearson’s Mike Jackson and Tim Boberg. Pearson is a global leader in learning, and they use AppDynamics across the enterprise, serving over 1.3 million daily logins via over one billion page views every two months. Pearson was challenged in providing a standard way to see and monitor across many different technology stacks. Their tool of choice is AppDynamics.

BarclayCard’s Peter Gott explained how they were able to remove silos and get the organization to modernize and share data effectively using AppDynamics technologies, working across a highly variable technology stack and ultimately greatly improving user experience and uptime. Barclaycard has many more digital initiatives, including wearables and new mobile payment technologies, where AppDynamics plays a key role.

There were many other compelling and informative sessions. I wish I could have attended more of these —  the audience loved hearing from customers, as did I!

There were also two great panels. I was honored to chair the microservices panel, featuring product managers from Red Hat, Microsoft, Google, and a heavy microservices user, DreamWorks studios. My colleague Prathap Dendi led a panel on IoT, which was particularly interesting, featuring customers from Garmin, Tesla, and SmartThings. Our partner Red Hat also participated in the IoT panel.

Partner participation included RedHat, Microsoft, Trace3, Bigpanda, Apica, ExtraHop, Capgemini, Scicom, Column Technologies, Moogsoft, xMatters, Electric Cloud, Neotys, Orasi, and mainframe partner DG Technology Consulting. We thank them and look forward to working with all of our existing and new partners throughout 2016.

We are looking forward to another record breaking AppSphere conference in November 14-17th 2016, we expect to once again double attendance, fingers crossed.

Top 10 Tweets from AppSphere 15

With more than 1500 attendees, 45 speakers and a cherry red Tesla, the second annual AppSphere was a total success. After 5 days in Vegas, you can bet there was probably a little too much poker, a ton of interesting breakout sessions, and a lot of tweets coming from the application intelligence event of the year.

1. Who doesn’t love to start a user conference with a hype video?

2. When you realize you can’t rely on customer complaints to find problems.

3. Day 1 lead to some pretty big revelations.

4. AppSphere theme: “Impossible before AppDynamics”

5. Even if you missed a presentation, you were still covered.

6. Sending your IT Ops to Vegas on Cyber Monday = major trust in application performance.

7. Fry even made an appearance.

8. Software already ate the world, now it’s figuring out new ways to connect itself.

9. Wise words on friendship were imparted.

10. And let’s not forget about that cherry red Tesla.

Concluding Thoughts From AppSphere 2015: A Future Transformed For The Better By Technology

It would be hard to imagine a more appropriate speaker or more relevant message than David Kirkpatrick’s closing general session at AppSphere 2015, “The Techonomic Future of Business.” An esteemed alumnus of Fortune magazine, founder and CEO of Techonomy Media, and author of The Facebook Effect, Kirkpatrick described the technology trends he sees shaping the future not just of business, but of everything — and the future he describes is precisely the one AppDynamics was created to support.


Smartphones were the start of the tectonic shift toward a world that is fully interconnected and always on. But Kirkpatrick sees those “rectangles of glass” as a “crude technology that we will bypass” as more efficient, more ubiquitous means of interacting with data evolve.

Until then, though, the dominant forces are mobility and the cloud, combining to accelerate the pace of everything, and making user experience and speed the drivers of competitive differentiation. The idea of every company being a software company, a technology company, is no longer debated; it is the reality, and leaders need to figure out how to digitally transform to embrace it, or they simply will not survive.

Kirkpatrick described “the end of industries” as we know them now, with boundaries blurring, entrepreneurship exploding, and smart startups with brilliant ideas able to easily find funding to aim their slingshots at industry behemoths. You can’t have this conversation without mentioning Uber and AirBnB, but there are going to be new examples soon (I hope!); Kirkpatrick throws Tesla in, and Google, too, for good measure.


“Software is knitting everything together in a new kind of integrated universe,” he said. It is blurring the distinction between our offline and online worlds, simply taking care of things without our intervention. And like it or not, we won’t have the option to opt out. Sensors, cameras, and connected devices are increasingly surrounding us. We have to hope that the algorithms that control them will be guided by a moral compass that reflects the best of our human values.

So to sum up, what are the big game-changers in Kirkpatrick’s view? The Internet of Things, or the Internet of Everything as he calls it. Augmented reality like the Microsoft HoloLens and Google Cardboard. And innovations like Blockchain, a primary enabling technology for Bitcoin. (It will be interesting to see how those latter two play out.)

The common denominator for all of it is software. And that brings us back to AppDynamics. We have the platform that makes sure the software works. And by “works,” we don’t mean just making sure there are no interruptions, slowdowns, or hiccups in performing the functions all these applications are designed to do. It is also leveraging the immensity of data those applications generate every millisecond to derive insights that make the products better, the interactions more meaningful, and the enterprises behind them more successful. And hopefully in the process, make the world a better place.

Because for us, it’s not just about succeeding in the marketplace and becoming the next great software company, though we fully intend to do that. It’s about leveraging technology  to help create the kind of world we want to live in, and a future that exceeds our wildest imaginings.

For these five days of AppSphere, 1,500 technology experts listened and shared their visions. We inspired and got inspired. And while each of us has our own piece that we focus on in our own companies and enterprises, the common threads are obvious. The common direction is obvious. As we scatter back to our homes and businesses in every corner of the world (every continent except Antarctica was represented At AppSphere, though they must use a lot of software in those scientific stations — next year!), we’re all better equipped to build a future that’s not just more convenient and efficient, but more meaningful and compassionate.

To close, I want to extend our thanks to all of our expert presenters, to David Kirkpatrick for a truly inspiring finale, and to everyone who attended. See you in Vegas again next year!


David Kirkpatrick counts Mark Zuckerberg as one of the true visionaries of our time. The ideas in this image are from a letter he wrote to his daughter about his hopes for what technology can do for the world.