Driving DevOps Adoption at AppSphere 2016

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“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.

John Rakowski

John Rakowski

John Rakowski is Director of Product Marketing for Application Performance Management (APM) and analytics at AppDynamics. Prior to his current role, John was the lead analyst for APM and IT Operational Analytics (ITOA) at Forrester Research helping clients with their APM and analytics strategies. Earlier he worked at Fujitsu and Capgemini architecting and implementing systems management technologies for enterprises in the financial and utilities sectors plus UK government. John has more than 10 years of experience with systems management and monitoring technologies. You can follow John on twitter at