Hackathoning with IoT, Blockchain, and AppDynamics

Early in the new year, AppDynamics hosted a hackathon to give employees a chance to explore technologies they were curious about, have fun, and build cross-functional relationships.

I teamed up with a group of women who were interested in researching blockchain. Other members of the team included Balwinder Kaur, Nicole Hu, Audrey Nahrvar, Jeanie Oh, and Ana Le.

There has been much speculation that blockchain will be as disruptive as the Internet revolution of the 90s. This got us thinking about what we could learn from building a dapp, a decentralized application where the backend code runs on a peer-to-peer network. We also wanted to understand the performance aspects of executing and maintaining the application on the blockchain.

A voting app struck us as a great example of a blockchain use case. As a voter, you want to be anonymous but verifiable, and you want your vote to be tamper proof. Blockchain solves these requirements in a couple of ways. It uses public key cryptography to ensure that each vote is recorded accurately. At the same time, the integrity of each transaction is safeguarded by the multiple nodes on a blockchain, making blockchain applications extremely secure. Our goal was not only to code an application but to learn the entire process of deploying smart contracts on the blockchain. We wanted to interact with the blockchain, identify the performance metrics associated with our app, and ingest those metrics into an AppDynamics dashboard. To that end, we bootstrapped a Smart Ballot dapp that initialized the contestants running in the election and tracked the total votes received by each of the contestants. We developed the application on Ganache, a personal blockchain for Ethereum for reasons I’ll explain below.

We chose the Ethereum blockchain because we thought the large and supportive community would make it easier for us to set up the development environment and publish an application during the two-day hackathon.

The next step was to use Raspberry Pi as a voting device running Web3js (an Ethereum compatible Javascript API). The end-to-end flow of our application was designed to work in the real world in the following way: Each time someone placed a vote on our voting machine, it would convert the ballot into a smart contract that was then compiled into bytecode and sent to the blockchain. The blockchain would then execute this contract, record it in a block (the equivalent of a page in a ledger book), and add the block to the blockchain. From a business perspective, the total cost of processing the smart contracts translated into the cost of registering each vote

With the end-to-end flow in place we now had the opportunity to monitor the performance aspects of the voting application. For example, the total cost of executing each smart contract could be tracked, and if it began to fluctuate in a way that didn’t match our expectations we could decide whether our implementation needed adjustment. Research into blockchain metrics led us to Geth (the Go implementation of the Ethereum protocol). We learned that Geth processes were created when we spun up an Ethereum blockchain environment. Once created, these processes kept track of arbitrary events and measured their duration. We queried a variety of metrics derived from the Geth processes through an RPC API.

One of the most important metrics we looked at was “Gas.” In the blockchain world, gas is the price of computation that is paid to individuals, known as miners, who participate in transacting on the blockchain. Gas is correlated to tera-hashes per second. When a transaction is originated, it has a gas price associated with it, allowing miners to pick and choose the most lucrative transactions. Typically, transactions vary in cost depending on the computational power they require to complete various operations. In this experiment we captured costs per transaction using gas price multiplied by the transaction volume. We also looked at “Difficulty,” which is a standard blockchain measure of how difficult it can be to find a hash below a given target. Significant departures from the baseline performance of the application triggered an alert.

Finally, we wanted to provide visibility into any network issues that could be affecting blockchain actors. We understood that any issues would clearly impact end users as well as applications relying on a blockchain transaction. To that end we captured, total requests/min and response times. Here is a view of the metrics we collected on the AppDynamics IoT dashboard:

Naturally, we encountered some glitches. The main problem we faced was creating an account for ourselves on the Ethereum blockchain. It turns out that it’s huge and not suitable for quickly getting up and running. We tried for twelve hours to download the entire Ethereum development environment before we decided to use the Ganache client.

Experimenting with a new technology is always rewarding. It was gratifying to see how easy it was to deploy AppDynamics to monitor a distributed application running on a blockchain and begin collecting useful information. It is one thing to know that metrics are available in theory, and other to see them displayed on a screen, tracking transactions as new blocks were mined and added to the chain.



Recap: Summer Internship Program

Our summer internship has come to an end. Our interns put in hard work this summer across their different departments and have made quite an impact here at AppDynamics. While we’re sad they’re making their way back to school, we know they are taking many important lessons with them. In this post, we’ll take a look at the final highlights of their internship.

Intern Speaker Series – Meeting our Executive Team

Interns with Thomas Wyatt, our Chief Strategy officer.

Every Wednesday, the interns met with members of our executive team during our Lunch & Learn Speaker Series. Our interns led conversations with our executive team members –  including our CEO, CTO, COO, and CMO – and had the chance to ask anything on their mind. Execs shared their professional background while giving extremely valuable advice for success. David, our CEO, even asked for their input and feedback on a few things!

Mentorship, Networking & Forming Lasting Relationships

Our interns were paired with mentors this summer who supported them with feedback, guidance, and advice. Our interns built lasting relationships with their mentors who have helped them grow professionally and personally over the past 12 weeks.

In addition to the 1-on-1 guidance from their mentors this summer, interns had a chance to network with our fresh grad hires over the years! Each intern was assigned a fresh grad buddy to show them the ropes when they first started. We had a fresh grad & intern lunch mixer where our recent grads gave valuable advice and shared why they chose AppD for their first role after college. The fresh grads and interns even attended a Cisco & Meraki Early-in-Career happy hour to meet other early-in-career folks within the Cisco Family.


Ultimately, our interns had the chance over the summer to bond and build friendships over the summer. We had countless events outside of the office including a graffiti class, cooking class, escape room, a food tour of San Francisco’s Mission district, and a final goodbye bowling party. They’ll be able to look back at the summer together and share these memories!

Final Projects

The work our interns did this summer has made a lasting impact at AppDynamics and in their departments.

All of our SF interns grabbed a mic and took the stage to present the projects they’ve been working hard on all summer  They were able to demonstrate the ownership of their projects, the quality of their findings, and even gave next steps and recommendations for their projects as well!

Our sales interns had the chance to present their final project to the entire sales organization as well in Dallas. At AppDynamics, our interns don’t work on side projects or things to just keep busy. They’re projects that truly make a difference here even after the summer’s over.


We’re already looking to bring on the brightest talent as interns & new grads for 2018. Be on the lookout for our open positions on our careers page.

In the meantime, meet some of our 2017 summer interns and learn about the awesome work they’ve done.

Stefan Hermanek – Product Management Intern

Where do you go to school, and what are you studying?

Carnegie Mellon University, Masters of Information Systems Management

Why did you pick your major/area of expertise?

I’m super interested in tech, tinkering with new ideas, and building products that delight!

Why did you want to intern at AppDynamics?

AppDynamics is in a really unique position to own both IT Ops and Analytics, while also being really driven and focused by customer focus. I love contributing along the way!

Which classes have helped you prepare best for this internship?

Managing Disruptive Technologies, Distributed Systems, and Client Side Web Technologies – some tech, some business, just like it should be 🙂

What skills/knowledge did you gain from your internship and why?

I learned a ton about product management in enterprise software. More importantly, I learned how to articulate needs, blockers, and requirements. Personally, I’ve learned a lot about what I’d like to do in my future career, where my strengths are, and what my areas for improvement look like!

What projects did you work on, and what was the most challenging part?

I worked on integrating adoption metrics for Business iQ, from top of funnel to feature-level adoption. The project creates end-to-end visibility, sliceable to the account level. The challenge was identifying owners of data, and then integrating data from various sources, units, time measurements, etc.

What’s one thing about your team that you enjoyed?

Everyone’s always up for a smile and a joke, and I really loved the energy around the office.

Carmen Martinez – Legal Intern

Where do you go to school, and what are you studying?

University of San Francisco, School of Law

Why did you pick your major/area of expertise?

My undergraduate degree was in Business Administration. I have always loved the concept of a business: transforming nothing into something, transforming an idea into a product. However, I easily realized that I didn’t want to get an MBA but instead want to go into the legal side of a business. I went into law school with the idea of going into corporate law or IP. Through various experiences throughout my first and second year at USF, I grew interested in the transactions side especially within the tech field.

Why did you want to intern at AppDynamics?

I became aware of AppD through previous legal interns. They all had really enjoyed their experience here and said they have learned so much while enjoying their experience. I will say though, that the interview process, was what really sold me on AppD. It was an interesting experience that allowed me to see the culture that was present at AppD. First, I was interviewed by the Senior Corporate Counsel (who ended up becoming my current manager), Evan LeBon. His approach to really get to know what I was looking for in an internship and what my career goals made the process unique. Typically in interviews there is only a “what can you do for the firm/company.” However, this interview felt different because it was also about whether AppD could benefit me as well. Whether I could get meaningful exposure to the legal field that would help me personally.

Which classes have helped you prepare best for this internship?

I wouldn’t necessarily say a class has helped. All classes have taught me to be analytical when it comes to what I read which has helped in paying close attention to detail, especially in reviewing contracts. However, I was a part of a StartUp Clinic at USF that provided some preparation for this position. Our StarUp Clinic was set up as a Legal Team format essentially, where a corporate, employment, IP and business student worked for a client. Similar to how AppD has different team members within their team, so did our clinic. The dynamic and importance among different team members has translated. However, the type and level of work has been a learning process.

What projects did you work on, and what was the most challenging part ?

I was part of the contracts team, therefore I got to work on a variety of agreements. However, the most challenging part came within the first couple weeks of my internship. There is definitely a steep learning curve to understand the AppD product and services offered. Understanding what our product does and does not do is key, because it lets you understand what risks need to be considered and what language in contracts is more important than others.

What’s one thing about your team that you enjoyed?

Their mentoring approach. What I mean by this is that this isn’t a team that just gives their interns work for the sake of doing work. It isn’t busy work either. But instead these really are learning opportunities that are meant to be challenging. Everyone I have gotten the chance to work with has helped me to not only learn how to review/draft/execute an agreement but understand why it should be done a certain way. They have really committed to teaching me how to be a transactional lawyer and not simply how to do the work that needs to be done. Every team member has their style and their way of teaching but they all have one thing in common: they really want their intern to succeed. Evan, for example, was always willing to explain any type of concept or agreement, provide options, but also make me think thoroughly about any proposal I had. Amy Hansen, our Deputy General Counsel, taught me how to be thoughtful and purposeful in the language I use. I knew very early on that suggestions and edits I gave had to have a justification for them. Her style, made me very analytical in the way I redlined a contract or drafted an agreement. Hwa Lee, the Director of Intellectual Property, instilled the idea that I have to know my audience. That no matter how much we know, if we can’t communicate it to people outside our Legal Team, it makes our job impossible. He also taught me about Open Source so that was pretty amazing.

Overall, AppD’s legal team is extraordinary. The reason being because personal success looks like team success (or at least that’s how I saw it).

Paul Loftness – Security Intern

Where do you go to school, and what are you studying?

I attend Baylor University in Waco, TX.  I am studying Computer Science and Philosophy.

Why did you pick your major/area of expertise?

I wanted to work in information security.

Why did you want to intern at AppDynamics?

The AppDynamics employee I met was extremely sharp.  I wanted to work with people of his caliber.

Which classes have helped you prepare best for this internship?

Systems Programming

What skills/knowledge did you gain from your internship and why?

I honed my skills in system integration work.  I learned more about regulatory and industry framework compliance.

What projects did you work on, and what was the most challenging part?

I worked on the unified compliance metrics development project and the security questionnaires and enablement email list. It has been both challenging and rewarding to to learn how to communicate security information to salespersons with maximum efficiency.

What’s one thing about your team that you enjoyed?

I appreciated that people were willing to spend time together when not on the clock. This made for a very cohesive team.

Bradley Baniewicz- Sales Intern

Where do you go to school, and what are you studying?

I attend Baylor University, where I am a Senior pursuing a degree in Professional Selling.

Why did you pick your major/area of expertise?

I chose to focus my studies in the area of sales because I view the ability to sell as a fundamental skill required for success in business. It became clear to me that gaining someone’s confidence and trust is fundamental to succeed in business. I believe the ability to interact with another person is the greatest skill one can possess. Therefore, I wanted to develop that skill and learn to apply it in my career and in my life. Through the opportunity and curriculum in the ProSales program at Baylor, I have been able learn and develop these skills.

Why did you want to intern at AppDynamics?

I wanted to intern with AppDynamics because I saw it as the place to gain valuable sales experience in the technology industry. I wanted to gain this type of experience with a company that has both innovative and advanced solutions. In addition, I saw it as a place with strong character and leadership – a place that would provide the most professional growth.

Which classes have helped you prepare best for this internship?

The classes I would say that have prepared me for my internship are ProSales & Communications I and Principles of Marketing & Business Communications.

What skills/knowledge did you gain from your internship and why?

One of the biggest skills that my internship helped me develop was time management. Having to meet deadlines for projects/assignments, while also having time commitments for meetings has helped me prioritize and manage my time. This was absolutely essential in my internship in order to be efficient. In addition, the internship helped me continue to develop my presentation and public speaking skills. Throughout my internship, I was given the opportunity to present in front of the sales team, senior leadership and fellow interns. These opportunities to speak provided me with real experience to present the findings and research that I worked on throughout my internship.

Not only did this internship help me improve my skills, it provided me with insight into the Application Intelligence industry. It also provided me with knowledge about the sales process/structure and strategies.

What projects did you work on, and what was the most challenging part?

I assisted in the creation of a Black Friday Vito sequence in order to target retail companies that are preparing for Black Friday & Cyber Monday. I worked on an analysis of 2017 Fiscal year data. That analysis took an in-depth look at the accounts sold into during the 2017 fiscal year, and provided insight into areas for expansion. In addition, I helped with the consolidation of named accounts for Q3 and helped create contact lists for reps with named accounts.

The project I found the most challenging was the analysis of our 2017 fiscal year data. It was the biggest project I worked on and the most comprehensive to the company as a whole.

What’s one thing about your team that you enjoyed?

What I enjoyed the most about the team is their helpfulness and willingness to teach. There is an amazing culture at AppD that promotes learning, growth and creativity. This culture is set from leadership and spans through every sales rep in this office.  Everyone I have worked with has left a profound impact on me. Working alongside the Reps in the Dallas office for Ten weeks has been one of my greatest learning experiences.

Joan Hong- Software Intern

Where do you go to school, and what are you studying?

University of Southern California, B.S. Computer Science and minoring in Cinematic Arts

Why did you pick your major/area of expertise?

I’ve always enjoyed problem solving and logic. When I took my first computer science course in high school and found that both of these are fundamental to coding, I knew that I wanted to learn more. As I discovered how much impact and innovation can be created through tech, I became even more interested in computer science and software development.

Why did you want to intern at AppDynamics?

I wanted to intern at AppDynamics to learn about how to create, manage, and monitor large scale applications, as well as understand how AppD achieved its high growth and success. The people that I spoke with throughout the interview process were welcoming and excited about their work.

Which classes have helped you prepare best for this internship?

All of my coding-related courses, including Operating Systems, Principles of Software Development, and Data Structures and Object Oriented Design, helped prepare me for the technical challenges of the internship.

What skills/knowledge did you gain from your internship and why?

I developed my technical skills by building the foundations of a micro-service. I quickly learned about the codebase and other open source frameworks and technologies, such as DropWizard. I also learned to take more initiative to receive as much feedback as possible and to reach out to fellow team members.

What projects did you work on, and what was the most challenging part?

I worked on the new initiative, Dev IQ. This project aims to break into the developer market by creating a tool that integrates runtime monitoring data from production deployments into developer tools. I built an end-to-end MVP for the Java version of the product, which consisted of the service itself and the IntelliJ plugin. The most challenging part was learning about and using the codebase, but by the end of the summer, I was much more comfortable with it.

What’s one thing about your team that you enjoyed the most?

Everyone on our team was friendly. My mentor, Suraj, was very knowledgeable and thoroughly answered all the questions that I asked about the project. One of the team members, Vivek, especially impacted my summer by taking the time to reach out, introduce me to more people at AppD, and share his experiences with me.

The Four Things I Learned in Ten Weeks at AppDynamics

It’s Friday, July 28th, 2017, 7 PM, and I’m sitting down to start writing this blog post. It’s the last day of the quarter and I’ve just finished week six of my eleven-week summer internship at AppDynamics. Realizing that I’ve passed the halfway point, I figured now was as good a time as any to reflect on my experience here thus far and set new goals for my remaining five weeks.

I moved to Texas in June with a start date, one suitcase, one duffel bag, and zero friends or family. Since then I’ve had two car breakdowns and countless moments of uncertainty, but I’m still here, and proud that I’ve made it this far! Coming to Dallas and AppD was the first big risk I’ve taken in years and my first time without a built-in safety net to catch me.

Because I’ve been pushed so far outside of my comfort zone, this entire experience (a sales job, life in Texas, and staring senior year/graduation in my face) has taught me more than I ever expected. I can pretty much place all of my life and career lessons of the summer into four buckets…

1: Set Your Own Goals, Then Exceed Expectations.

When I introduced myself to my manager on day one, neither of us knew what I could handle or how I would perform. I’m pretty sure he thought it was funny when I told him, “If you want me to get three New Business Meetings, I want to get six! My goal for the summer is to double any performance metric you give me.” Looking back I probably would’ve had to suppress a laugh if I were him.

But while doubling metrics is probably too lofty to be consistent, that meeting helped set the tone with my manager from the get-go and, more importantly, helped me set a high bar for my own expectations. Once I had said it out loud to a member of leadership, I had to produce or run the risk of looking like an idiot. It also gave me a confidence boost. By setting high goals for myself, other people began to expect more from me.

2: Always Say “Yes” to (and Ask for) New Challenges.

Numbers and analytics have not traditionally been my strong suit. I’ve never had a passion for math and before this summer my excel proficiency was limited. But when your manager asks you to do regressions and data analysis, you figure it out!

In just six weeks I’ve been asked to do all sorts of projects that don’t align with what I believed to be my primary skill sets. It took a lot of Googling and flashbacks to high school statistics, but I was able to produce the content I was asked for. Now I’m actually proficient in excel and understand what goes into doing a business-centric data analysis on KPI’s. I was even able to present my findings to 90+ people at the quarterly sales review! I would never have cultivated these new skills if I had said no simply because I hadn’t done it before or because I wasn’t a “math person.”

Candidly, at first, I said yes to every project simply because I was too afraid to say no. But that evolved into another huge life lesson; you might have to ask for help, but you can figure it out. Additionally, the best projects I’ve worked on this summer are ones I’ve asked for. If you have extra bandwidth, you may as well use it to challenge yourself. Always say yes to projects that present new challenges because they give you the chance to grow and (shout out to lesson #1) exceed your own expectations.

3: Say “Hi” and Ask Questions

According to some reps, they thought I was shy my first week at AppD. I quickly realized I needed to put myself out there with people if I was going to become part of the team and get the most out of the potential mentors sitting a few desks down.

After week one I got advice from my dad who said, “Just say hi to everyone and ask lots of questions.” Really simple, but something that I can take with me in all aspects of life. The information and insight I’ve gained just by asking questions in passing and interacting with AppD employees have been overwhelming in the best way.

The people I’ve met here have helped me make the transition to Dallas easier than I could have ever hoped. They’ve also equipped me with insights into the tech industry and business world that no classroom could ever provide. This is what happens when good people make up a great team and all strive for a common goal.

4: There is No Silver Bullet

One of my favorite things about being an intern is getting to shadow and learn from so many different people. And while there are consistencies and patterns of how the best reps achieve success, there definitely isn’t a silver bullet.

I’ve watched the high-energy, extroverted “sales shark” excel, but have also worked with equally successful people who are quiet in nature and take a remarkably different approach with their customers. Despite personality differences, there are three things I’ve seen every successful rep display: persistence, adaptability, and an unending desire to learn and improve.

At AppD I’ve observed a culture fostering this positive individual growth. There might not be a silver bullet for prospecting or closing deals, but the sales organization and leadership has found a way to enable success for reps of all personalities and tenure. This is the kind of culture that breeds achievement and builds high-performance teams.

Higher Expectations Going Forward

I’ve experienced unprecedented personal and professional growth in the past six weeks at AppDynamics, and it has inspired me to expect more from myself and made me even more hungry to learn. Upon reflection, all four of my life lesson “buckets” from this summer seems a bit simplistic. My experience here, however, has been anything but. Only after reflection did I really notice that this summer has clearly come down to working hard and asking for opportunities.

If my internship at AppD has taught me anything so far, it’s given me a new perspective on my career as I enter my senior year of college. I’m no longer looking for a first job. I don’t want to just take whatever position comes with the highest salary. Instead, I want my first position to act as the launching point for my entire career. I will pursue an AppD culture; somewhere I can learn, expand my responsibilities and thrive. I want to live by the mantra, “If you’re the smartest person in the room then you’re in the wrong room.”

Finding a place where I can learn and grow as a young professional is now my #1 priority. Going forward I won’t look or ask for jobs, but opportunities to prove my potential and show the value I can add. Thank you to the AppDynamics team for providing me with a launching pad for my sales career.

I’ll end with the infamous words from GlennGary Glenn Ross and the ultimate sales lesson: Always Be Closing.

Abby Stratton is a rising senior at Northwestern University. She is originally from Excelsior, MN and is excited to apply the learnings from her summer internship as she pursues a career in technology sales.

Celebrating the Future of Cisco and AppDynamics

Celebrating the Future of Cisco and AppDynamics” originally appeared on http://blogs.cisco.com.

Today, I had the sincere honor to stand with leaders of AppDynamics to ring the Nasdaq opening bell. I can now say that AppDynamics and Cisco are one team. In ringing the bell, we celebrated the amazing company that the founders and leaders of AppDynamics created as well as a new era of innovation that Cisco and AppDynamics will create together. The talented team at AppDynamics, along with their industry-leading software technology, provides an amazing extension to Cisco’s strategy and transformation.

AppDynamics is helping solve numerous challenges for companies by providing real-time visibility into the performance of applications as well as business analytics that are increasingly critical in the digitizing enterprise. No other player in the industry is delivering these insights more effectively than AppDynamics.

The acquisition of AppDynamics is part of Cisco’s broader strategy to drive growth for the company, our customers and our partners. Through acquisitions, strategic partnerships, investments, co-development and internal R&D, Cisco is better able to anticipate, capture and lead market transitions. AppDynamics is special for a number of reasons. It is the largest acquisition we’ve announced since Cisco’s new leadership team was announced 22 months ago. At the time of the IPO, AppDynamics was on track to be the fastest growing publicly traded company in the enterprise software space. AppDynamics represents a great step forward in both our digital transformation and that of our customers and partners. Combining AppDyanmics’ unparalleled analytics with Cisco’s incredible global reach will enable us to accelerate AppDynamics’ success and broaden Cisco’s software offerings, a key area of investment and growth for us.

AppDynamics accelerates Cisco’s push to bring further software and network relevance in Hybrid Cloud, as well as drive our transformation to greater percentage revenue from recurring revenue and subscription models. With AppDynamics, Cisco will provide unprecedented visibility into the performance of customers’ applications as they move them from private cloud to public cloud and multicloud environments. This, together with Cisco’s analytics at the network and datacenter layers, provides market leading differentiation for Cisco. I am excited about the value that this acquisition will deliver to Cisco’s customers, partners and investors. We are proud to welcome AppDynamics to the Cisco team.

Thank You, AppDynamics Customers and Partners

Today is a big day for all of us associated with AppDynamics. It’s been a short nine years since Jyoti Bansal started the company and brought Bhaskar Sunkara on board. Together they saw a clear opportunity to bring greater performance and reliability to software and applications in a world increasingly defined by digital experiences. Since then, the hard work of nearly 1,250 employees around the world has propelled AppDynamics to one of the most important enterprise software companies in the market.

And today, it brings me great pleasure to share that AppDynamics is taking the next step in our journey — and formally joining forces with Cisco.

Cisco is committed to providing AppDynamics with the autonomy we need to run the business as we always have. Together, we’re investing further in our widely-recognized culture of innovation, our obsession with customer success, and our remarkable account and sales teams.  This combination has made us one of the fastest growing software companies around and we couldn’t be more excited about our ability to accelerate our growth even further given Cisco’s reputation and reach.

Our joint vision remains the same — we believe the success of our customers’ technology and the success of their business are inextricably tied. We remain fully committed to helping our customers build and run digital first companies by bringing together developers, IT ops, and business owners. Our enterprise customers will be able to transform their products into dependable connected services, creating new business models and generating new sources of ongoing revenue.

In fact, this vision is even more relevant now than it was in 2008, when AppDynamics was founded. User expectations are continuing to rise, IT environments are becoming more dynamic and complex, and competitive digital experiences are rapidly improving. We’re here to help our customers navigate all this. We know that we exist to help them stay ahead of these challenges and empower them to realize the benefits of these opportunities.

With that said, I’d like to personally thank our customers and our partners: Thank you for betting on us!  Without your support, vision, and evangelism, we would not be here today. We’re incredibly proud to work side by side with you and couldn’t be happier to have you along with us for the journey ahead. You have my commitment that we will work every bit as hard over the next decade as we did over the last nine years. I look forward to many more amazing years doing everything we can to make you successful.


A Look at Our Fresh Grads and Their Journey Thus Far

At AppDynamics, our employees come from some of the best and most renowned universities worldwide. This also includes many of the younger, fresher faces of our company. On-campus recruiting begins in the fall and continues until the early months of winter, in which we interview hundreds of students to see if they have what it takes to join one of the top software companies in the world. These fresh grads provide us with a new perspective, along with innovative and cutting-edge ways of thinking, all of which is reflected in their work and the projects that they engage in everyday. Take a look at what our most recent grads have to say about working at AppDynamics…

Yuhui Feng

Yuhui (Felix) is a graduate from Ohio State University with a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has interned with IBM Research and has a passion for the Java world, but most of all enjoys sleeping. He became an AppDynamo in June of this year and is now a Software Engineer on our APM team based in San Francisco.

What made you come to AppDynamics?

Number one in the APM field in the world. (Quietly: Full stock of snacks everyday.)

What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on so far?

Creating new field tests in DB monitoring.

What is most challenging about your job?

The most challenging thing about my work is to understand the new features and new APIs in the beginning. For a new grad employee, every feature or concept is totally new, so you need to fully understand the underlying logic and workflow to make sure you have a comprehensive test plan to cover all corner cases and ensure product quality.

What are great skills and traits to have at AppDynamics?

You must have a passion to learn new skills and love to ask questions and discuss the problem in depth with your colleagues.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

No restriction in working hours, getting instant help from colleagues, and tech and product knowledge being shared frequently.

What’s your favorite unexpected perk?

Delicious breakfast on Monday and the shuttle to work.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time and give it to yourself?

Read more books, learn new tech, and that Java is important.


Slater Bridgman

Slater is a recent Georgia Southern University graduate and percussionist who has been at the company for about five months now. He’s an avid television fan and enjoys watching shows such as Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Westworld. Slater is based in our Dallas office as a Business Development Representative.

What made you come to AppDynamics?

The amazing growth potential, work culture, and great people.

What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on so far?

Being able to talk to large companies and do business with them. Can’t say who they are, though —  they aren’t customers yet.

What’s challenging about your job?

Starting out, there is a lot of information about the product that you have to learn. Everyday I’m learning new things. It is challenging, but it keeps me fresh and helps me grow.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy going on the quarterly trips. We’ve done a Top Golf event, and I have been to Toronto, San Francisco, and now we are doing a curling event. All these awesome events and I have only been here a little over four months! It really is an amazing experience.

What are great skills and traits to have at AppDynamics?

Communication and listening. You have to be able to understand what the customer is looking for, and communicate not only the value to the customer, but also communicate with the reps you are supporting.

What’s your favorite unexpected perk?

The massages. I had never gotten a massage until I started here, and now I am addicted.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time and give it to yourself?

That hard work pays off. And pay closer attention in class. There are things I remember hearing about in my sales classes in college that are paying dividends now.


David Jeong

David joined AppDynamics in July of this year and is now a Software Engineer on our APM team in San Francisco. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Computer Engineering and enjoys spicy foods —  and he means any level of spice.

What made you come to AppDynamics?

The fact that you get to work on a product which impacts customers of different sizes in different industries, and that the work is challenging.

What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on so far?

A project to streamline the build process for the Java agent, which involves migration of existing build systems for our projects from Ant to Gradle. End-goal is to save dev and release times.

What’s challenging about your job?

Due to the nature of our APM product, we need to support a wide range of customer environment setups as well as external third party libraries. Since there are so many possibilities regarding these, it makes it sometimes difficult to debug problems in one go.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Getting my hands dirty with different libraries or tools that I hadn’t even heard of while in college. I also get to work with the Java agent which deals with Java at a byte code level.

What are great skills and traits to have at AppDynamics?

I think being able to solve problems is very important, since the product and the codebase is so complex, and taking the initiative to ask questions — someone else might have the same question and it might be a good opportunity for everyone to learn.

What’s your favorite unexpected perk?

There is a bean bag chair that is irresistibly comfortable.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time and give it to yourself?

Why wasn’t I here for internships?

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From Students to Engineers: Experience Built to Last

Over the course of their 12-week program, our interns were given a glimpse of life at AppDynamics. Entering the program wide-eyed and eager to learn beyond expectations, they were exposed to our culture of constant improvement and process optimization. From learning to write “cleaner” code to preparing presentations with our executive staff, their time spent at AppDynamics has given them real-world experience that will better prepare them for their post-education careers.

As this summer’s internship program at AppDynamics concludes, we asked our participants to reflect upon their initial goals and what experiences they benefitted from along the way.

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our intern series!

Alana Anderson

What’s your biggest accomplishment during your internship? What are you most proud of?

This past week, my team and I gave a product review to the executive staff. For the past month, I had worked on preparing a deck for the meeting to update stakeholders on new product developments, address current focal points for growth and improvement, and identify strategic decisions that needed to be made. While creating this deck was an exercise in itself, it was also a great opportunity for me to reflect on my work here at AppDynamics. Since I joined in May, my team has made massive improvements to the existing self-service product, gained more robust insights into our product experience with user testing studies, and built two entirely new self-service offerings that will be GA this fall. Along the way, I’ve developed incredible relationships with the team members who have made all of this possible, learned how to make data-backed decisions and communicate them effectively, and gained confidence in my ability to drive teams to successful outcomes.

What have you learned from your projects, your mentor, your team, and/or AppDynamics?

At the beginning of my internship, I read Good Product Manager, Bad Product Manager (basically, the PM bible). In the past two months, I’ve been able to live out these commandments first hand. I’ve seen an astounding amount of Good Product Management. I honestly believe that AppDynamics has one of the strongest product teams in all of enterprise software. I haven’t had too many experiences with Bad Product Management, but I’ve definitely learned from a few mistakes. Now two months into my internship, I feel more confident in identifying the good and the bad, building the skills I need to be a good product manager, and recovering from any bad product manager decisions. This field knowledge and intuition is exactly what I sought to gain out of my role here at AppDynamics. 

If you could go back in time to Day 1 of this internship, what advice would you give yourself and why?

Hm, I would give myself the advice that a mentor of mine, Akankshu Dhawan, gave to me about a week into my internship. He challenged me to meet with a new person every day for a half hour. This seems like a lofty task, and I have to say, it hasn’t been easy. It takes a lot of work to identify, reach out to, and plan a meeting with a new person every day! I don’t think this would be possible at a lot of other companies out there. At AppDynamics, it’s surprisingly easy. There are so many unbelievably talented, driven, and interesting people at this company and our warm culture makes reaching out to new people a piece of cake. I can literally ping the author of an interesting blog post to meet, and he will give me an hour of his time that afternoon. I have learned more from these daily meetings than I can even put into words.

Haojun Li

What did you choose to highlight in your demo presentation?

I not only presented my project and the technicality of it, but also the overall experience and soft skills learned throughout the experience. I highlighted the business acumen I was able to achieve by simply having an hour or so to talk to top executives of the company. Most of them had technical background and transitioned to business from their engineering career and that is what I want to do somewhere down the road. They are truly inspirational role models.

What’s your biggest accomplishment during your internship? What are you most proud of?

My biggest accomplishment is that I was able to implement a feature that laid the groundwork for so many other features. I made it general enough so that others may build on top of my project. I was able to open the door to a whole new realm of possibilities and dramatically add value to the company.

What have you learned from your projects, your mentor, your team, and/or AppDynamics?

I’ve developed technical skills like byte code injection, and also gained valuable insight about the company and the industry. One simple lunch with the Chief Customer Success Officer opened my eyes about the future of APM and how AppDynamics is literally changing the definition of APM. My mentor also gives me priceless advices about career paths, and how I can further my skills after my internship. He is a true champion in my life.

If you could go back in time to Day 1 of this internship, what advice would you give yourself and why?

My advice would be to not be afraid to ask. On my first day, I was so determined to prove myself (and not sound dumb) that I dismissed any help offered, and ended up spending two days wandering around the code base aimlessly. Not knowing where to start, I finally summoned up my courage to ask my mentor. He dedicated an hour to deep dive into the codebase to show me its structure and how to navigate the codebase faster and more efficiently.

Nicholas Turley

What did you choose to highlight in your demo presentation?

In my demo presentation, I chose to highlight the improvements I made to the crash processor (my first “intern project”). I explained the algorithm I developed, as well as some of the key technical challenges I faced. I also summarized some of my work from later in the summer, which included investigating the Xamarin technology, developing a byte code injection prototype, and completing miscellaneous “tickets” from our issue tracking system. I concluded the presentation by outlining my three favorite parts of the internship: the product (go Application Intelligence!), the people (go AppDynamos!), and the place (go San Francisco!).

What’s your biggest accomplishment during your internship? What are you most proud of?

The code I wrote to improve our crash processor feels like a big accomplishment. It integrates with a large, sophisticated code base and will soon ship and become a part of the actual End User Monitoring product. I am also very proud of the work I did to demo advanced bytecode injection techniques. Although I had to overcome a number of technical obstacles, I was able to complete a working and well-documented prototype that I hope will be useful to my team.

What have you learned from your projects, your mentor, your team, and/or AppDynamics?

It is hard to summarize the vast number of things I learned at AppDynamics, but here are some examples. From my projects, I learned how to write more efficient, extensible and well-documented code in Java. From my mentor, I learned the importance of systematically evaluating (and documenting) different solutions to a problem before even starting to write code. From my team, I learned how a collaborative spirit improves everyone’s productivity and happiness. And from AppDynamics leadership, I learned the significance of constant internal process optimization (both on the technical and the organizational side) when scaling a company of this size and potential.

If you could go back in time to Day 1 of this internship, what advice would you give yourself and why?

If I could go back to Day 1, I would encourage myself to be a bit less shy and ask as many questions as possible. Everyone at AppDynamics is so happy to share their knowledge and point colleagues in the right direction.

The lessons our interns will take away from their time at AppDynamics are invaluable. They all hoped to learn and develop specific skills, but instead came away with much more than just improved technical capacity. They each gained a new level of self-confidence in their abilities and developed crucial relationships with mentors that will continue well past their internship program.  And that is precisely what we aim for all of our interns — to help formulate their career paths as future fresh graduates and provide them with the resources necessary to boldly make their next step.  

Students to Engineers: A Peak Into Their Summer (Part 2)

The purpose of our internship program at AppDynamics is to facilitate student learning opportunities outside of the classroom, allowing students to apply classroom theories to “real world” situations. Our mentors not only teach our interns, they also provide career guidance for their professional futures, enhancing academic and career goals. Every internship is structured differently, depending on the Engineering team, as we want to provide our interns with the curriculum they wish to experience. Supplementary work is also assigned based on what is deemed the most beneficial in expanding our interns’ knowledge in their respective fields–whether it’s reading assignments, coffee chats, or smaller side projects. Mentors choose our interns’ main project, based on their interests, in which they focus on for the entire summer. Weekly check-ins with our interns help them identify for themselves their obstacles, milestones and accomplishments. At the end of their internship, we showcase and celebrate their months of hard work. Let’s now take a sneak peak into what our interns have been working on!

Check out Part 1 of our Intern series!

Alana Anderson

Now that you’re half-way through the internship, what progress have you made in your project?

I’m approaching the exciting milestone of shipping my first product! The inbound work of scoping, design, and engineering for the sample application are just about done. I’m now entering the realm of outbound product management. I’ve organized a user testing event with 20 AppDynamos from DevOps, Product, and Marketing to get feedback on the sample application before it goes live. I also get to work with our incredible Sales and Marketing teams to manage promotions and to drive conversions.

What other projects are you working on?

I’ve been extremely lucky to have mentors outside of my team who have trusted me with their products. The PM for AppDynamics’ End-User Monitoring product, Ian Withrow, has tasked me with scoping a new feature for Browser RUM. I’ve love the challenge of working with an extremely technical part of the product and speaking with customers to help shape my requirements. I’ve also dove into a few projects on my own – stay tuned for that in the next blog post!

What struggles or problems have you encountered with your project?

In the first month of my internship, my work was pretty engineering heavy. I was working a lot with languages and frameworks I hadn’t been exposed to before. Learning new technologies for leisure is a ton of fun, but when you’re time-pressed with delivering a fully functioning product on a deadline, it can be stressful. I am lucky that I’ve built a strong network of mentors here who encourage and support me through my frustrations.

What’s the coolest technology you’ve worked with so far?

We Dockerized the sample application so that the entire thing can be spun up in a virtual container in just a few minutes! Docker is an amazing emerging technology that I think will be very important in the years to come.

What do you enjoy the most about your team?

The Product Management team is incredible. What I respect most is the team’s ability to envision and discover new products and features while simultaneously driving progress on executing and improving current projects. I can’t imagine a more creative, committed, or candid group of people to #ship-it with!

Haojun Li

Now that you’re half-way through the internship, what progress have you made in your project?

My project is mostly done. I’ve enabled users to gain more insight to their applications on runtime and laid the foundation for future implementations. I am adding tests and making sure everything runs smoothly.

What other projects are you working on?

I’m also working on refactoring and reducing tech debts. Since byte code injection is really hard to test, I’m figuring out a way to dynamically transform and load classes in test environments. This framework would lay the foundation for all future byte code injection testing.

What struggles or problems have you encountered with your project?

I have encountered both technical and design problems. One of which is the vast range of knowledge required for the project. I’ve not only learned byte code and JVM structure from scratch, but also learned how the company code is structured so I can build on top of that. Sometimes there are trade offs that I have to make between memory/storage and runtime. My team is really helpful during these processes, and will even call in team meetings to discuss these design choices. With the help of my team, I was quickly unblocked and fast tracked to solve issues.

What’s the coolest technology you’ve worked with so far at AppDynamics?

I worked with the ASM library, which is a java byte code injection library. They provide APIs for byte code transformation and generation, and is fairly simple to use and extremely powerful.

What do you enjoy the most about your team?

What I enjoy the most about my team at AppDynamics is the team dynamics (pun!) we have. When I ask any of my team members a question, they would stop whatever they were working on to help me figure it out. I truly feel like I am a valued member and I’m so proud to have a supportive team.

Nicholas Turley

Now that you’re half-way through the internship, what progress have you made in your project?

My work on mobile crash processing is finished for now. I successfully improved the way our mobile crash processor in the cloud handles certain new types of crashes for Android and iOS.

What other projects are you working on?

Since finishing the work on the crash processor, I have split my time between an investigative research-type task and other miscellaneous tasks. My research-type task is to investigate the effort and technologies involved with supporting Xamarin for mobile End User Monitoring. Xamarin is a way of developing apps on Android and iOS using a single language (C#). My other tasks have included various improvements related to opening tickets in our issue tracking system.

What struggles or problems have you encountered with your project, and how did you solve these problems?

One challenge that I encountered — both with my earlier work on crash processing, and with my recent research tasks — was to accumulate in-depth knowledge about the technologies we are supporting. To produce a product like mobile End User Monitoring, it is not enough to merely know how to write an app on the Android, iOS or Xamarin platform. You need a deep understanding of how these technologies work on the inside. While I still have a lot to learn, I came a long way by doing extensive research and asking various people on my team pointed questions.

What’s the coolest technology you’ve worked with so far at AppDynamics?

I’ve gotten to work with so many cool technologies, but I’d say the concept of bytecode injection was particularly intriguing. The technology is so powerful and I have never come across it in school.

What do you enjoy the most about your team?

I enjoy getting to know my team members. Everyone is fun to be around, and we have had some great conversations. In fact, my team and other AppDynamos I’ve talked with have offered me valuable advice about both technical topics and life after college.

Stay tuned for our next Intern Series blog piece to say goodbye to our interns!

From Students to Engineers: Meeting the AppDynamics Interns (Part 1)

Textbooks have been abandoned and summer is in full force. School is out, and that means we’re welcoming new faces as part of our summer internship program! AppDynamics is growing, and we’re always searching for the brightest to help us build great products! Our top priority is to provide direction for each of our student engineers by giving them a focused project to work on as they progress through summer. Interns are paired with engineering mentors who support them on a regular basis with feedback, best practices, and act as experts on the technologies each intern is working with to guide them through the 12-week program.

Just like any member of our team, interns are given the same standards and deadlines to uphold. They’re responsible for the ownership of their project, the quality of their code, and guess what? Their final creations become actual features and products that we ship because it’s important to AppDynamics that the work our interns do have a lasting impact even after the summer is over. It’s more than just a “real world work experience.” It’s about learning what it means to be an engineer. As we continue to build and grow talent, follow along our interns’ journey this summer through our intern summer series.

Alana Anderson

School: Claremont Colleges

Major: Management Engineering

Why did you pick your major/area of expertise?

Originally pre-med, I fell in love with computing and technology when I moved to the Bay Area two years ago. I became fascinated with the ability of a few lines of code to perform incredible tasks.

What projects are you currently working on, and what is the most challenging part?

[I’m currently working on] upcoming product releases that involve self-service so users have multiple ways to interact with our product. My role within this project is to build a Java/Node/Database application that users can pull from GitHub, or build with Docker. As a Product Manager Intern, I’m lucky to be able to work cross-functionally with design, documentation, marketing, sales, engineering, and customer success to ensure a positive experience end-to-end.

What skills do you want to gain from your internship and why?

My goal is to understand product management and learn what skills, intuition, and qualities make an effective Product Manager.

Why did you want to intern at AppDynamics?

AppDynamics has the unique quality of feeling like a startup, but operating and executing like an established tech giant–this initially drew me to applying for an internship. After speaking with my managers Mark Prichard and Jennifer Li and recruiter, Heidi Newiger, I immediately knew that AppDynamics would be the right fit.

Haojun Li

School: University of California, Berkeley

Major: Computer Science and Statistics

Why did you pick your major/area of expertise?

I picked CS+STAT because I found my passion in gaining knowledge, and both majors are the perfect combination that enables me to do so. Sometimes on a Friday night, I’ll pick a widely debated issue and find data to do some analysis. Knowing both CS and statistics allows me to quickly analyze the data and sometimes even come up with my own predictions. This not only adds factual evidences to the debated issue at hand, but also helps me understand social issues better.

What projects are you currently working on, and what is the most challenging part?

I’m currently working on injecting byte code into the middle of a method so the agent can get a snapshot of all the local variables and the state of all the variables left on the stack. This is a potential place for a data collector, or at least it would be a useful tool for developers to support new frameworks.

What skills do you want to gain from your internship and why?

I want to know how back-end frameworks are structured, and how AppDynamics is able to quickly support a new or updated framework. I would also like to learn how to code smart and the rationales behind code design decisions.

Why did you want to intern at AppDynamics?

I wanted to learn more about apps, whether they are mobile or web-based, and I wanted to get a wider and deeper understanding on frameworks used. AppDynamics’ APM team supports so many frameworks, and since I need to understand the structures and sometimes even byte codes to support these structures, it encourages me to understand the frameworks on a deeper level.

Nicholas Turley

School: Brown University

Major: Computer Science and Philosophy

Why did you pick your major/area of expertise?

I came into college thinking I might study philosophy, not knowing much about computer science. After taking Intro to Object-Oriented-Programming and Computer Science during my freshman year, I was hooked. I found that both computer science and philosophy helped me attack hard problems in a precise, structured way – in one case through code, in the other case through language.

What projects are you currently working on, and what is the most challenging part?

So far, I have been working on improving the way crash reporting works for mobile applications. I had little prior experience with mobile development, so getting up to speed quickly was a fun challenge.

What skills/knowledge do you want to gain from your internship and why?

On a technical level, I look forward to gaining real world software engineering experience, and learning how some of the technologies and languages I have been using work “under the hood.” On a more general level, I am excited to learn about the technologies and organizational mechanisms that have allowed the engineering team to simultaneously sustain high quality and growth.

Why did you want to intern at AppDynamics?

I knew I wanted to intern at an energetic, high-growth startup. The environment at AppDynamics offers unlimited learning opportunities and the chance to work on cutting edge engineering problems. I was also drawn to AppDynamics because it has a really cool mission to help businesses transform digitally, by giving them visibility into their applications. It is incredibly exciting to be a part of that as an intern.

Follow our interns through their summer with AppDynamics by tuning into our Intern blog series! 

Spotlight: Women of AppDynamics

Welcome back to our Women of AppDynamics series, our showcase of the female talent at AppDynamics. Here, we celebrate the women who serve as both architects for modern technology and role models to all young women. What is it really like to be a woman in tech? Is it possible to achieve success without being pegged as “too aggressive?” In our recent When She Speaks: Women in Leadership meetup, our panelists encouraged us to be courageous enough to first know then speak your mind with clarity, to be strong and open enough to learn how others respond to you, and to coach and support others around you to do the same.

Each of our panelists reflected these admirable brand traits:

  • A results orientated mindset
  • A strong, centered, perseverance that can move mountains
  • An authentic, trustworthy, passionate communicator
  • A courageous, curious, learning-agile, and humble leader-under-development
  • An others-centric mentality which makes them great listeners and communicators

When She Speaks: Women in Leadership: (L to R) Linda Holroyd – CEO FountainBlue, Nandini Ramani – VP Engineering Twitter, Steph Douglass – VP People & Culture OpenTable, Gwen Tillman – Head of People Development AppDynamics, Shannon Eis – VP Corporate Communications Yelp


Taking the time to learn how you’d like to be perceived, and also the strength and curiosity to understand how you’re showing up and how you’re perceived by others are fundamental to successfully establishing your professional brand. Surrounding ourselves with a support network, a ‘board of directors’ that would help us succeed – ranging from mentors, friends and colleagues who will support us unconditionally and to help us keep true to ourselves. Please welcome our next three incredible female leaders who have developed their own very different brands and established themselves as key players in tech. From PR to Recruiting, to our engineers, each contribute in establishing AppDynamics as a leader in the APM field. PR puts our company on the map to drive recognition and sales, while Recruiting helps us hire the top engineers that build our products.

The Communications Catalyst: Laura Spaventa – Senior PR Manager

Q: What do you do as the Senior PR Manager?

A: I work with stakeholders throughout the company to get the word out about AppDynamics through various formats— product news, customer stories, press releases, media placements, thought leadership pieces, etc. Essentially, the communications team is the mouthpiece for the company and we work to give the public/potential customers perspective on what AppDynamics does and why they should care.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment at AppDynamics?

A: Last quarter I won a Q4 Top Performer Award and a spot on Club. It’s always an honor to be recognized in front of peers, especially at a company like AppDynamics. However, I had overcome several challenging obstacles that quarter, so it made the moment all the more sweet and was a lesson in perseverance.

Q: What excites you about working at AppDynamics?

A: Hands down, the customers. From day one at AppDynamics, I’ve been amazed by how passionate our customers are about AppDynamics’ platform. I work closely with our sales team to share our customer stories, and not only is it exciting to work with some of the top brands in the world, but it is so impressive to hear how big of an impact our platform has had on these companies and their businesses.

Q: What advice do you have for young women who want to pursue a career in tech?

A: It won’t be easy. Tech is still an evolving field and you will run up against situations that will challenge you personally and professionally. One of my former managers told me a Steve Martin quote that has stuck with me— “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” I think it’s important for women in tech (and people in general) to make this their mantra. Keep your head up, keep working hard, and block out the distractions. Your work will always speak volumes and no one can take that away from you.

The Knowledge Sponge: Yoko Li – Software Engineer

Q: What were you doing before you worked at AppDynamics?

A: I just graduated from Rice in May 2015.

Q: What is a typical day at work like for you?

A: Get in the office in the morning, standup meeting, code a bit and then go for lunch with my team. Take a nap after lunch and enjoy a block of focused coding time.

Q: What is something you recently learned that’s really cool or interesting?

A: Three JS! Building 3D UI in js is very interesting to me.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?

A: Learning new things every day.

Q: What do you think is the biggest misconception about working in tech?

A: Tech is all about computer science — not true. I found that you don’t necessarily need a CS background to develop awesome features, but the skills I learned at school come in handy for solving various problems.



The Trailblazing Go-Getter: Heidi Newiger – University & Diversity Programs Manager

Q: What do you do in your role?

A: I have a few main responsibilities – first: university recruitment (finding and recruiting interns and fresh grads to the company, and making sure their experience here is full of learning and fun); pretty standard sourcing and recruitment role coupled with employer branding. Second: diversity programs – namely, Women in Technology and Pride in Technology. For these, I try to build a safe community for folks to network and engage with, and provide events that will be interactive, educational and enjoyable.

Q: What initially interested you in this field and how did you get here? Explain.

A: I honestly kind of fell into recruitment. My first job out of college was at a small start up where I was a jack of many trades, one of which was recruitment coordination. When I got to AppDynamics as a coordinator and sourcer, the UR position became available, so I asked if I could take that on in addition to my other roles, and instead, I was able to focus just on University programs. Same thing with Diversity Programs…I have always been passionate about bringing people together and building things, so I just kind of made up work and did stuff until people looked to me as the point person. I find if you’re passionate and proactive about something, and go after it, your hard work will end up paying off.

Q: What excites you about working at AppDynamics?

A: Gosh, cheesily, so many things! The people are definitely my first thought–there are so many smart, passionate, motivated, and just good people here, the make work fun and exciting. Another huge factor is the support these wonderful people give. Was I qualified for any of the job I got when I started it, maybe (probably not – mostly stubborn with a lot of determination), but people believed in me, encouraged me, and supported me. Finally, I love how people recognize and value each other’s hard work and communicate their appreciation for it. It’s not even just managers or leads, individual contributors really care about one another, which goes a long way.

Q: What advice do you have for young women who want to pursue a career in tech?

A: DO IT!! But, only do it if you’re passionate about it (not for the money). It will be hard, but if you want it, you can do it. No matter what career path you choose, make sure that you are choosing it for the right reasons, because you spend a lot of time working. Confucius said it best – “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”