Driving innovation and growth while letting startup culture continue to thrive

June 19 2019

AppDynamics’ David Wadhwani Named to Glassdoor Top CEOs List for 2019

Just over two years ago, Cisco acquired AppDynamics (AppD) with a vision to lead customers on their digital transformation journeys, providing visibility and insight into complex environments and enabling automation to free up resources and drive innovation. Since then, AppD has become the largest and fastest-growing company in the APM market. Thousands of customers trust our unified application and business monitoring platform for their critical application and business transactions. AppD has been a major catalyst for Cisco’s growth and the team has doubled in size over the last two years.

There are three fundamental reasons why we’re seeing the traction and success in the market and inside of Cisco:

We help our customers become Agents of Transformation

Enterprises are facing intense pressure to meet the expectations of today’s digital-first world, where slow servers can result in user abandonment, and network outages can lead to the loss of millions of dollars.

Not only does AppD provide best in class application performance monitoring, we’ve also doubled down on Business iQ, which allows enterprises to understand how their digital experience impacts customer behavior, revenue, and ultimately, their business goals. We’ve helped many customers become Agents of Transformation for their organization and industry.

“AppDynamics is a key piece of our digital transformation. It’s providing the data that a variety of different business users need to see what’s actually happening with the user experience, what’s working and what’s not. We couldn’t do it without AppDynamics.”

– Michael Makar, Senior IT Manager, World Bank Group

With Cisco, we have a bigger competitive edge

Becoming part of Cisco was a huge leap forward for AppD and our customers. The acquisition provided immediate access to Cisco’s broad ecosystem of technology partners and customers who were hungry to deliver on digital transformation for their organizations. And, earlier this year, we unveiled the Central Nervous System for IT, bringing AIOps to businesses with AI-powered insights and automation to help them take the right action at exactly the right time. We’ll continue to develop integrations across Cisco products and other third-party solutions to further enhance visibility, insight, and action beyond the application layer and into the network and infrastructure — a true game-changer for our customers.

Strong leadership and passionate people

Similar to Meraki after its acquisition, AppD has maintained our own identity as a part of Cisco. In my experience contributing to the success of several Cisco acquisitions over the years, it’s clear that Cisco embraces what makes each company unique.  Strong leadership and company culture are two things that stand out for me about AppD.

As proof of this, we were excited and proud to learn that AppD CEO, David Wadhwaniwas named a 2019 Glassdoor Top CEO. Under his leadership, AppD has continued to thrive inside of Cisco, delivering high-growth outcomes while preserving our startup culture, which was also recognized in Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2019.

David Wadhwani, AppDynamics

“Cisco’s scale, AppD’s agility” is a common mantra from David and the leadership team, and it guides much of our approach as we work to keep the scrappy, spirited energy of a startup, while leveraging the resources, scale, and vast institutional knowledge that comes with joining a technology powerhouse.

“Management culture listens to feedback and fosters a collaborative and inclusive work environment. Passionate people strive to innovate, push towards new standards, and address customer needs. There are many opportunities to grow professionally and personally.” – Anonymous AppD employee

David and the entire AppD leadership team have shaped the extraordinary culture through the guiding principles of our Great Place for Passionate People (GPPP) initiative. The vision of GPPP is to ensure exceptional values-driven employee experiences and foster an environment of belonging that leads to incredible growth opportunities for all employees. The culture this has cultivated is one that inspires giving back, diversity, transparency, and well-being.

This Glassdoor recognition is a testament to our people.


Thomas Wyatt
Thomas Wyatt is Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer of AppDynamics with the mandate to fuel the growth engine of the company. Thomas leads marketing, commercialization and growth initiatives, business development (M&A), strategic partnerships, and corporate and technology strategy. Previously, Thomas was the Vice President/General Manager of Cisco's Cloud Analytics Business Unit, leading the company's expansion into application intelligence and sponsoring its $3.7B acquisition of AppDynamics. This group is now part of AppDynamics. During his career at Cisco, Thomas has taken start-ups from concept to #1 market share, scaled high growth ventures to $1B+ in revenue, and executed the cloud transformation for a multi-billion dollar portfolio. Thomas has been the General Manager for a range of businesses spanning analytics, cloud infrastructure, collaboration, and video. Thomas serves as a board advisor and angel investor for promising young tech companies. He is an honors graduate with a B.S. in Finance and in Managing Information Technology from Syracuse University, and completed the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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