AppDynamics’ success in the marketplace and our growth trajectory have been just phenomenal. But for me personally, one of the most rewarding aspects of founding and growing a tech start-up is the opportunity to work with some of the smartest and most skilled people on the planet. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them. And the fact that they chose AppDynamics — when many could really write their own ticket at almost any tech company — is tremendous validation of our concept, our culture, and our future.
Most recently, two of the leading visionaries and thinkers in our industry joined our team. Jonah Kowall comes to us from Gartner, where he was a research vice president and led the influential application performance monitoring and network performance monitoring and diagnostics magic quadrants. Jonah is our vice president of market development and insights, a newly created position, and he will play a lead role in defining our posture as “the application intelligence company” in this category that we are virtually creating. Few people in the industry have such broad and deep insight into application monitoring from both the technological and business perspectives. Jonah does a much better job than I can of explaining why he joined AppDynamics in his own blog post. (Read more about Jonah here.)
John Rakowski joins AppDynamics from Forrester Research, where he focused on strategic analysis of APM, IT operations analytics, DevOps, and digital business analytics — not coincidentally, all disciplines that are integral to the AppDynamics roadmap. John will play a key role as a product marketing strategist helping to define and strengthen our growing portfolio of IT operations management solutions. (Read more about John here.)
Also joining our team as vice president of product marketing is Kalyan Ramanathan, who most recently served as chief marketing officer at Crittercism, the mobile APM company. Kalyan has obvious expertise in mobile, which is or shortly will become a core discipline for almost every enterprise. But he also brings more than 20 years of experience in APM, DevOps, and automation with both industry giants and startups. He knows our industry from a number of strategic angles and will be invaluable in building our Application Intelligence Platform’s dominance in the market. (Read more about Kalyan here.)
Rounding out our executive announcements is a critically important player — Randy Gottfried, our new chief financial officer. Randy comes to us from Riverbed Technologies, where he was COO and CFO. He has a highly impressive track record for building and managing rapidly growing businesses, and valuable experience in the public markets. His expertise will be indispensable as we continue to scale up our operations worldwide and reach critical growth and revenue milestones. We’re staking our claim in the $30+ billion IT operations management and analytics markets. And we’re growing at a breakneck pace on every level — revenue, customers, staff. All of that requires astute, strategic financial management. We’re pleased to have Randy at our financial helm. (Read more about Randy here.)
Welcome to these new leaders. And welcome to the other 200+ colleagues who joined AppDynamics in the past fiscal year. Every day, week after week, the best and brightest engineers, product developers, managers, marketers, customer champions and more sign on to the AppDynamics team. Together, we’re redefining an industry and creating a new category to help the world’s software-defined businesses leverage technology to see everything that’s happening in their ecosystem, act quickly to optimize user experience, and know what it all means for their business.