AppDynamics Wants to Buddy With Developers

Scott Ferguson
4/5/2017
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AppDynamics is turning its attention to developers. The company's first significant update of 2017 -- its first release since the $3.7 billion acquisition by Cisco -- includes a software developer toolkit that helps customers focus DevOps within the enterprise.

Best known for its cloud monitoring technology that can improve application and business performance, AppDynamics is planning to focus more on developers, and the role of DevOps in the enterprise, with its "Spring '17" release.

This release includes a new toolkit for developers, as well as updates to the company's Enterprise iQ, to manage and monitor microservices for software development, as well as Business iQ, a performance engine that provides access to in-app end user behavioral data.

All these updates roll out on Wednesday, April 5.


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With more companies turning to a DevOps model to create, test and deploy software, AppDynamics is trying to get developers more involved in the process upfront, which can help improve performance, as well as bridge the gap between operations and the business sides of the enterprise.

"As more and more companies are adopting DevOps and as developers are becoming more involved in the day-to-day, it's not just about throwing code over the wall," said Matt Chotin, senior director of Developer Initiatives for AppDynamics.

The purpose of these updates, Chotin said, is to use data to show customers that an enterprise has the speed and agility to create and deploy applications.

At the same time, it gives developers a chance to get involved and show value to the parts of the enterprise making business decisions. The goal is to help companies with their digital transformations that require a more integrated approach to creating and deploying software. (See Digital Transformation: Why IT Culture Matters.)

Code is king. (Source: Geralt via Pixabay)
Code is king.
(Source: Geralt via Pixabay)

The biggest part of the release is the developer toolkit, which offers visibility to applications developed in real time. In addition to other enhancements, AppDynamics is offering support for Google's Go programming language for the first time. The company's application performance management (APM) tools already support a number of other programming languages.

In addition, the toolkit includes support for Xamarin, as well as an Android Studio Plugin, to help developers create and deploy mobile applications.

Other releases that are part of the overall update include:

  • Integration and testing enhancements
  • Automated analysis
  • Continuous improvements features within Business iQ
  • And license management and universal agent features for Enterprise iQ

The spring release is the first from AppDynamics since the company bypassed on an initial public offer (IPO) earlier this year and accepted Cisco's buyout offer. (See Cisco Buying AppDynamics for $3.7B.)

The deal has closed and AppDynamics is functioning as an independent unit within Cisco, although much of its monitoring, APM tools and analytics technologies are expected to be incorporated into Cisco products as the company shifts its focus to software, data and cloud computing. (See Cisco's AppDynamics Deal Goes Beyond Cloud.)

In his talk with Enterprise Cloud News, Chotin said the release was planned before the acquisition and shows that company is still delivering on its customer roadmap. (See Cisco's Chuck Robbins Talks AppDynamics, Jasper at MWC.)

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— Scott Ferguson, Editor, Enterprise Cloud News. Follow him on Twitter @sferguson_LR.

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kq4ym
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kq4ym,
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4/17/2017 | 3:17:13 PM
Re: DevOps integration
It will be interesting to watch how Cisco utilizes the acquisition in coming quarters. As noted, "AppDynamics is trying to get developers more involved in the process upfront, which can help improve performance, as well as bridge the gap between operations and the business sides of the enterprise." A fairly obvious goal to get as many interested as posssible for creative and efficient use of the systems to come.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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4/7/2017 | 12:40:44 PM
Re: DevOps integration
> "I think it's interesting to see AppDynamics support Go"

Here's as good a place as any to note my opinion that "Go" is a pretty dumb name for Google's programming language.

After reading this sentence fragment, Daniel, I briefly thought, "Go where?"  ;)
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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4/7/2017 | 12:39:12 PM
Re: DevOps integration
> and 2) not clearly defined

And as we blur these DevOps lines even more (not to mention parse it even further with terms like "DevSecOps"), "Agile" and SCRUM are being increasingly applied in non-DevOps contexts.

Will the real DevOps please stand up?
Scott_Ferguson
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Scott_Ferguson,
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4/6/2017 | 9:17:41 AM
Re: DevOps integration
@danielcawrey: Especially at a time when developers are more impotant to the enterprise than ever. Also, I think part of this is motivated by Cisco, and that the parent company reaches out ot a lot clients/customers, so better to offer more than less. I was surprised about Go, too, but I guess that's why you have updates. 
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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4/5/2017 | 10:53:55 PM
Re: DevOps integration
It's always important to keep developers happy. I think it's interesting to see AppDynamics support Go, given that Google has long been really successful at courting developers. Many of them know Go and have adopted it because Google listened to what they wanted. 
Scott_Ferguson
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Scott_Ferguson,
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4/5/2017 | 8:54:08 AM
Re: DevOps integration
@Joe: I suspect you are right. When I spoke to the folks at AppDynamics, they really put an emphasis on the developer side of it, while ackowleding that DevOps is 1) hard to do and 2) not clearly defined: is it a culture, a set of apps, a title? The fact that these guys look at network performance, I think, does give them some insight into what DevOps could be. 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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4/5/2017 | 8:33:10 AM
DevOps integration
At the same time, DevOps is more than simply developing and deploying applications; it's increasingly infused into almost all parts of the organization's operations.  I suspect that AppDynamics is moving in this direction itself by way of DevOps tools -- and that Cisco has long recognized this potential.
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