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 https://twitter.com/momskij



Product

Return To Sender — Black Friday Brings New Digital Challenges

Return to sender, dress is a no. Not my style — even with a discount code Welcome to the busiest time of the year for retailers This week marks one of the busiest sales periods for retail, with Black Friday being a central focus for consumers and the media alike. During the holiday period it’s […]




News

Visit AppDynamics at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Barcelona

It’s that time of the year- Gartner’s next Symposium/ITxpo is taking place in Barcelona this week, and the AppDynamics team is onsite attending again. Last year we were impressed by discussions with CIOs and senior IT executives around how important application performance is to driving business performance – and we are looking forward to even […]




Engineering

Driving DevOps Adoption at AppSphere 2016

“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 […]




Engineering

4 Reasons Why Virtual War Rooms Are Essential To APM

Just over a year ago in our 4.0 or Fall ’14 release we announced ‘The AppDynamics Virtual War Room’ feature that enables business, IT development and operations teams to easily collaborate through the AppDynamics console. With applications increasing in complexity due to Microservices architecture techniques, container technologies and reliance on third party systems, the need […]




Engineering

A Round Up Of Software Defined Predictions For 2016

One thing I have learnt so far this holiday season is that a 15 pound turkey is too big for only 4 people! I love this time of year as it’s a chance for me to take time and read a number of the predictions articles that have come out in recent weeks. Here are […]




Product

When Is Research Not Research?

  We all know that analysts and independent research firms that publish market insight reports and predictions for the future vary widely in validity and credibility. There are huge variances in how vendors are ranked and, at AppDynamics, we tend to take these reports with a pinch of salt, content as we are with our […]




Engineering

Where’s The Value In DevOps?

A somewhat controversial title because of course DevOps promises a lot of value. But now I have your attention, what I really want to outline is the importance of value stream mapping in regards to DevOps adoption.  Alice’s Adventures in DevOps  I think that the famous  “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” should be updated for modern […]




Engineering

5 Character Traits To Avoid When Recruiting DevOps Pros

I can guarantee that if you are involved in recruiting new IT employees for your organization this year, then DevOps skills will be on your priority list. The problem is that I can also guarantee that many resumes and LinkedIn profiles will be awash with the word DevOps. After all, according to Puppet Labs, a […]




Product

3 Reasons Why An App Is Not Enough For Success In Retail

Today is an exciting day in my career at AppDynamics so far, because we have just released a report called “An app is not enough – a new research report for software-defined retailers“. It’s the result of a lot of hard work by the EMEA marketing team in which we surveyed 4018 smartphone and tablet […]




Engineering

Keep CALM And Embrace DevOps – Sharing

Sharing Is Caring With DevOps In this final blog on the DevOps CALMS model, we end on S for Sharing. Now I have to be honest, the first time I saw the CALMS model I initially questioned whether ‘Sharing’ was really needed. I mean, surely with the right ‘Culture’, then this would ensure sharing anyway? […]