Five Years of Listening: AppDynamics is a 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant APM Leader Again

How great are winning streaks? You get validation for hard work (which is, of course, the only way you have long term success. I’m not talking lucky streak, here.). It draws attention to the good work you’re doing. And it lends credibility.

And as the world continues to speed up, attention spans get shorter, and competition gets stiffer, staying on, or near, the top year after year has become even more gratifying and rare.

Think about it. We’ve always lived in a world of one-hit wonders, flavors of the month, and fads. But most of us remember a time when at least the brands and companies we’d always known remained stable. Now not even the enterprise world is safe from our wavering interests. We’ve witnessed multiple once-mighty corporations taken down, unable to survive the era of the customer.

So, in these fickle times, it felt particularly great to hear that we’ve hit a special milestone, being rated among the leaders in Gartner’s 2016 APM Magic Quadrant five years in a row. The Magic Quadrant’s reputation is well earned, as it is one of the most thorough and meticulous pieces of research and analysis in the enterprise world. Being recognized by Gartner as a leader in our industry for five straight years is a testament to the team’s hard work and talent, and there’s a lot of people to thank for it.

But we’ll keep it about the customers. We’re very proud of the high quality of our products and our people. But “high quality” is just a short way to say, “Customers find that your products are very helpful for them and their business.” And our employees are high quality because they realize that, and enjoy moving down the customer-centric path as a team.

Innovation is a conversation

Customers have always been the best guide. I mentioned their short attention spans earlier. Short attention spans have gotten a bad rap, but I’m hesitant to tag that customer trait in negative terms. For one, what is a short attention span really? It’s evolving wants and needs, and that’s not a bad thing at all. It’s difficult to keep up with, but not bad. Also, more often than not, customers’ moving gazes have really good judgement. That’s why it’s a good habit to figure out what’s distracting their attention. The aforementioned once-mighty corporations didn’t.

The most consistent innovators are actually the best listeners. It’s as important a skill for a company as being technically savvy. Innovation is a conversation. Customers tell us what they think of current products, we use that information to make things better, we ask them if they like this new thing we made for them, then we listen some more.

What’s that? You want APM to help you drive better business outcomes? We’re on it. And thank you for letting us know.

Keep listening, and apply your skills and creativity to what you hear, next thing you know, you’ve got a nice winning streak on your hands.

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Please be sure to download the 2016 APM Gartner Magic Quadrant report. We’ll certainly be listening to what it has to say.

 

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Gartner’s 2014 APM Magic Quadrant names AppDynamics a Leader for the Third Time!

The AppDynamics team has done it again! For the third year in a row, Gartner has positioned AppDynamics as a Leader in its 2014 Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring. And we are a leader that’s also positioned furthest along the Completeness of Vision axis. We believe these tremendous achievements point to our companywide effort to build a great product and promote widespread adoption within the enterprise.

I find it particularly gratifying to see AppDynamics positioned furthest along in the industry in vision. Because I believe that our particular vision — to give enterprises the tools not only to master the performance of their applications, but also to harvest from them the “application intelligence” to make their businesses more successful — is our true differentiator and a major reason we are a leader in redefining our industry.

I’m thrilled with the leadership position we’ve earned, and totally proud of the entire AppDynamics staff, to whom this honor really belongs.

The Gartner Magic Quadrant

The Gartner Magic Quadrant is a particularly credible metric because of the meticulous methodology they follow in researching the marketplace. Gartner’s APM analysts interview hundreds of customers who are APM users. The Magic Quadrant report reflects the feedback from these actual users, as well as other evaluation criteria and the expertise of Gartner’s analysts, and is widely used and trusted by APM buyers.

Gartner’s criteria for ‘completeness of vision’ includes: market understanding, marketing strategy, sales strategy, product strategy, business model, vertical and industry strategy, innovation, and geographic strategy. Their criteria for ‘ability to execute’ includes product, overall viability, sales execution and pricing, market responsiveness and record, marketing execution, customer experience, and operations.

At the end of their research, they position each vendor on two axes — Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute — which lands them in a particular Quadrant. Those who demonstrate market understanding on both axes are placed in the top right Leaders quadrant, where AppDynamics has appeared in all three years we have been eligible to participate.

Because the positions of the vendors on the quadrant reflect the experience of real APM users, the Quadrant is an excellent way to visualize the marketplace, and when taken year-over-year, we believe it exposes industry trends and changes that are otherwise difficult to picture.

Our Position

Once again as a Leader, and this time as the furthest in Vision, I continue to be inspired by what a great team can accomplish while truly innovating. We’ve watched our legacy counterparts attempt to innovate, but fail to keep up to deliver what the modern software-defined business requires. The marketplace, too, is recognizing this. Our Application Intelligence Platform continues to make a substantial positive impact in the industry. Though Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is a testament to our APM solution, we’ve become so much more than that by providing true Application Intelligence for enterprise companies.

I’m extremely proud of the entire team: from engineering, to sales, to customer success, to marketing, and beyond. These tremendous achievements would not have been possible without every employee’s diligent hard work. I believe being the furthest in Vision speaks volumes about what we have already accomplished, but even more about what’s next.

Get the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for APM here

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Some thoughts on the 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for APM

As you may know, this week Gartner published its 2013 Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring (APM). Here at AppDynamics we’re thrilled to be positioned as a Leader for the second year running. Our position this year is further up and to the right than last year, a fact that we think reflects the phenomenal growth of our company in the last year and the increasingly widespread adoption of our product in the enterprise. But that’s not why we’re celebrating at AppDynamics today. Today, we’re toasting what we believe is the death of the dinosaurs.

The Gartner Magic Quadrant

In case you’re not familiar with Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, here’s a quick introduction: Every year, Gartner’s APM analysts conduct extensive research of every vendor that meets their qualifications, including hundreds of customer interviews. At the end of their research, they position each vendor on two axes, Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute, and then place them accordingly on a Quadrant. Those who demonstrate market understanding on both axes are placed in the top right Leaders quadrant, where AppDynamics has appeared in both years we were able to participate. This report is widely used and trusted by APM buyers because it incorporates not only the analysts’ expertise, which along with the evaluation criteria, also factors in feedback from the hundreds of APM users that they interviewed over the course of the year. Because the positions of the vendors on the quadrant reflects the experience of real APM users, the Quadrant is an excellent way to visualize the marketplace, and when taken year-over-year we believe it exposes industry trends and changes that are otherwise difficult to picture. Which brings us to the reason we’re celebrating: We believe this year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant, when compared with its predecessors, marks the end of an era for the legacy software vendors in the space, and the beginning of an era for the newer players like AppDynamics.

Three Years of Change

If you look at the last three years of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for APM (which you can on Gartner’s website) you’ll notice some pretty dramatic changes. Some dots have disappeared entirely as Gartner tightens its definition of APM in accordance with the needs of today’s buyers. More importantly, others have simply fallen away from the Leaders quadrant and into Challengers, Visionaries and even Niche Players. Here are our insights on what we believe accounts for this shift, and how AppDynamics has escaped this downward pull. Legacy APM software has been on the decline for some time – after all, the software they’re toting has been obsolete for years. Today’s APM buyer doesn’t want the complex, expensive software that these companies are shilling. So that’s why we’re celebrating at AppDynamics today. It’s not just because an analyst recognized our ability to execute and completeness of vision, or because we’ve grown 165% in the last year. It’s because we believe we’re seeing big changes ahead in the APM world—a world that will no longer tolerate hard-to-use software that’s ill-suited for today’s complex, distributed application environments. It’s great to see the market take a stand and vote for quality. And it’s great to be able to say “farewell” to the dinosaurs.

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Gartner positions AppDynamics as a Leader in 2012 APM Magic Quadrant

Application Performance Monitoring (APM) has been my life and world for almost a decade. I used APM as a developer, sold it as a sales engineer, built it as a product manager and now I’m evangelizing it as a superhero. In that time, I’ve seen APM evolve from being a pure JavaEE monitoring tool in 2002 that a few developers might use, to a full blown IT monitoring platform in 2012 that aligns development, operations and the business.

Today, the APM market has advanced tenfold, with the help from analysts like Gartner, who research APM, and literally take hundreds of inquiry calls a year from buyers. As industry and technology trends evolve like SOA, Agile, web 2.0, cloud computing, devops and big data, so do the market requirements for APM.  For APM to deliver the promised benefits, it must enable users to monitor and manage modern applications. If modern buyers commonly require X, Y and Z from APM, then APM vendors must offer X, Y and Z to be considered relevant in the market, and so they’re recognized by analyst research and reports such as the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

For example, let’s take a look at the inclusion criteria from 2012 for a vendor to be included in the Gartner Application Performance Monitoring Magic Quadrant (and if you’d like to get a complimentary copy, be our guest):

  • The vendor’s APM product must include all five dimensions of APM, including application runtime; application architecture discovery and modeling; deep-dive monitoring of one or more key application component types (e.g., database, application server); user-defined transaction profiling; and analytics applied to metric aggregation, trending and pattern discovery techniques.
  • The APM product must provide compiled Java or .NET code instrumentation in a production environment.
  • The vendor should have at least 50 customers that use its APM products actively in a production environment.
  • The APM offering must include part of or the entire solution as a service. This includes managed service provider hosting, regardless of other commercial arrangements, or SaaS delivery through its own distribution channels.
  • Total revenue (including new licenses, updates, maintenance, subscriptions, SaaS, hosting and technical support) must have exceeded $5 million in 2011.
  • Customer references must be located in at least three of the following geographic locations: North America, South America, EMEA, the Asia/Pacific region and/or Japan.
  • The vendor references must monitor more than 200 production application server instances in a production environment.

Raising the APM bar:

The rational for Gartner’s 2012 APM MQ inclusion criteria is available here. A vendor must provide a broad set of APM functionality, supporting all five dimensions of APM rather than just a few.

Other inclusion criteria I liked from above was that APM vendors must provide a compiled Java or .NET code instrumentation in a production environment, the offering must include part or the entire solution as-a-service, and that vendor references must now monitor over 200 application server instances in a production environment. These items pretty much hit the sweet spots of AppDynamics, in that we monitor some of the largest production Java and .NET applications in the world, and we offer  all 5 dimensions of APM in a single product, which can be deployed both as on-premise or via SaaS. Our largest Java deployment is over 6,000 nodes and our largest .NET deployment is now over 5,000 nodes – this is how easy our APM solution is to deploy and scale.

The adoption of public cloud, combined with the facts that APM buyers are looking to simplify their APM purchases, implementations and maintenance means that AppDynamics is well positioned to capitalize on these opportunities.

Love or Hate the Gartner Magic Quadrant, every vendor wants to be part of it, because everyone wants to be known as a leader in their field. To do this, vendors must meet or exceed Gartner’s inclusion criteria as well as their very detailed requirements matrix, which puts pressure on each vendor to constantly innovate, execute and demonstrate a compelling vision.

AppDynamics named a Leader in 2012:

What I’ve witnessed at AppDynamics since I joined back in 2011 has been nothing short of amazing. We’ve kicked a lot of ass in the last year and have had a lot of fun doing it. You could say AppDynamics being positioned as a leader in the 2012 MQ was perhaps the recognition we deserved for breaking the rules of traditional APM. We believe our MQ position represents a clear testament of our technology, tremendous customer success and disruption in the marketplace. We’re enormously proud and privileged at AppDynamics to be recognized as a leader, but we know our job isn’t done yet. We want to make APM easy to deploy, easy to use and affordable for everyone. We do this and they’ll be more organizations in the world leveraging the benefits of APM than ever before, which translates to faster applications for everyone. Not a bad thing at all.

You can sign up for a free 30-day trial of AppDynamics Pro right here, and see for yourself why we’ve become a leader in just two years.

App Man.

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