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AppDynamics AppSphere 2014 – Wrap-up

by Jonah Kowall  |  November 15, 2014  |  13 Comments

Sorry for the delay, it’s been crazy for the last week to say the least. Last week I was able to attend the inaugural AppDynamics user conference, AppSphere. It was a short trip, I was unable to attend for the final day which included interesting breakout sessions (seems to be a theme the second half of this year).

AppDynamics made several key announcements during the conference including great revenue and employee growth, it’s no question this high flying company is on a path towards IPO as another competitor is currently doing. The main announcements included the December availability of AppDynamics fall 2014 release, which includes a rearchitecture of the platform, dubbed “Application Intelligence Platform”. They also announced the availability of over 100 platform extensions to extend and enhance the value of the platform. The kickoff keynote by founders CEO Jyoti Bansal and CTO Bhaskar Sunkara also announced the new ‘Application Analytics’  module (pricing has yet to be determined), a core capability to extract, correlate and and visualize ITOA and business impact data,  also available in December. This underpinning architectural change in the product will allow them to do much more sophisticated and diverse data collection and larger scale analytics (web-scale). (Related research published not long ago Monitoring Must Evolve to Meet Tomorrow’s Demands –http://www.gartner.com/document/2809724).

The other big expansion was the identification of the need to address gaps such as a broader unified monitoring platform. This is slightly different than Gartner’s current perspective on Unified monitoring, which is availability focused, AppDynamics has much grander plans for the platform (Client research : Modernize Your Monitoring Strategy by Combining Unified Monitoring and Log Analytics Tools – http://www.gartner.com/document/2615618).

Additional demos and announcements included a virtual war room feature which tries to replace the painful way we troubleshoot today, often with long and painful conference calls and meetings. This has been attempted before, unsuccessfully, but I wish them luck 🙂 One announcement, lacking detail, was a beta version of the AppDynamics synthetic monitoring product. Synthetic monitoring is complementary to APM, and we’ve seen more of these products released within existing APM offerings in the past few months including (ex: AlertSite and New Relic); it will help remove market fragmentation and provide new use cases for synthetic monitoring.

Towards the end of day one I was asked to moderate the cloud panel, which was an interesting and lively discussion. While I would have liked a bit more bloodshed, it was interesting and I learned quite a bit myself from the participants. There was an interesting mix of vendors on the panel from IBM (SoftLayer), Redhat, Microsoft, Pivotal, and Google. Each had different perspectives on cloud (public and private), the way people were using it, and where it was heading. More detail of this conversation can be found here : http://www.appdynamics.com/blog/news/appsphere-speaker-panel-cloudy-with-a-chance-of-innovation/

I had several other meetings during my short stay, which were all engaging and interesting. There were many good customer sessions within my formal and informal discussions, these passionate customers were solving very real and complex problems using AppDynamics (in addition to other vendor) products. It’s great to see customers using APM technologies to solve business problems. Kudos to the AppDynamics team for a great conference.

Disclosure : AppDynamics paid Gartner to have me keynote and participate in the conference.

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Jonah Kowall
Research Vice President
3.5 years with Gartner
20 years IT industry

Jonah Kowall is a research Vice President in Gartner's IT Operations Research group. He focuses on application performance monitoring (APM), Unified Monitoring, Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD), Infrastructure Performance Monitoring (IPM), IT Operations Analytics (ITOA), and general application and infrastructure availability and performance monitoring technologies. Read Full Bio


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