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AppDynamics Cognition Engine Unifies AIOps and Application Intelligence, Empowering Enterprises to Gain Critical Insights from Trillions of Metrics

Cognition Engine extends AppDynamics’ leadership in machine learning and automation for APM, helping customers achieve the quickest route to remediation and optimization

San Francisco - January 23, 2019-  AppDynamics, a Cisco company and the leader in application intelligence, today unveiled Cognition Engine, the next evolution of application performance monitoring. Cognition Engine builds on AppDynamics’ industry leading dynamic baseline, transaction snapshots and business analytics to deliver application performance diagnostics and automated root-cause analysis that has the ability to reduce resolution times from minutes to seconds. Cognition Engine extends AIOps to the application, introducing new levels of insight that empower modern businesses with a competitive edge in the digital economy.   


The new standards for digital experiences have caused the volume of data to rapidly escalate. It is now humanly impossible to find meaning amongst trillions of metrics, however, that is the daunting reality for modern enterprises. Locating the handful of metrics that matter across distributed and complex systems, spanning multicloud, containerized and serverless environments, cannot be achieved manually, especially given the small window of customer patience and wide range of technical interdependencies.  


“Cognition Engine turns traditional APM on its head. Rather than chasing symptoms, the top suspects for root cause are automatically surfaced. That level of insight completely changes the game for IT, freeing them of tedious tasks and empowering them to focus on creating business impact,” said JF Huard, CTO data science at AppDynamics. “Cognition Engine ultimately empowers enterprises to embrace an AIOps mindset – valuing proaction over reaction, answers over investigation and, most importantly, never losing focus on customer experience or business performance.”


Introducing AppDynamics Cognition Engine


At Cognition Engine’s core is AppDynamics’ industry-leading Business Transaction and machine learning expertise from Perspica,  which joined the AppDynamics team in 2017. The integration of these technologies is the foundation of AppDynamics Cognition Engine:


Anomaly Detection
  • Cognition Engine constantly evolves, training and evaluating data in real-time as it enters the system using streaming analytics technology. It ingests, processes, and analyzes millions of records per second automatically understanding how metrics correlate and instantly knowing when there’s a break in correlation among datasets. Because it automatically evaluates healthy behavior, there is minimal need for user configuration out of the box. Problems can be detected in minutes, even hours before systems that rely on traditional thresholding, giving IT a head start on the fixing the problem before its customers notice.


Automated Root Cause Analysis
  • To alleviate hours of tedious manual analysis spent on curated data, Cognition Engine automatically isolates metrics that deviate from normal behavior, as determined by machine-learned correlation, to present the top suspects of root cause for any application issue. By clearly showing the impact of those deviating metrics on the poor performance for mission critical Business Transactions, it drastically reduces resources spent on identifying root causes and the need for experience in performance monitoring.

“Technology scale has quickly outpaced human capacity in IT operations. However, notable advances have been made with artificial intelligence that can proactively identify emerging problems as well as pinpoint their cause, even in the most complex application architectures,” said Nancy Gohring, senior analyst at 451 Research. “AIOps tools that use sophisticated analytics techniques can reduce the amount of time and the number of people involved in troubleshooting IT problems, allowing organizations to reallocate resources to mission-critical projects.”


Cognition Engine is available to SaaS customers at no additional cost.


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AppDynamics is the Application Intelligence company. With AppDynamics, enterprises have real-time insights into application performance, user performance and business performance so they can move faster in an increasingly sophisticated, software-driven world. AppDynamics’ integrated suite of applications is built on its innovative, enterprise-grade App iQ Platform that enables its customers to make faster decisions that enhance customer engagement and improve operational and business performance. AppDynamics is uniquely positioned to enable enterprises to accelerate their digital transformations by actively monitoring, analyzing and optimizing complex application environments at scale.

About AppDynamics
AppDynamics is the Application Intelligence company. With AppDynamics, enterprises have real-time insights into application performance, user performance and business performance so they can move faster in an increasingly sophisticated, software-driven world. AppDynamics’ integrated suite of applications is built on its innovative, enterprise-grade App iQ Platform that enables its customers to make faster decisions that enhance customer engagement and improve operational and business performance. AppDynamics is uniquely positioned to enable enterprises to accelerate their digital transformations by actively monitoring, analyzing and optimizing complex application environments at scale.

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