Continued Momentum in the Application Economy — Why Cisco is Buying AppDynamics

Cisco’s plans to acquire AppDynamics reinforces our belief that application performance is a strategic element to digital transformation and the app economy.

The application economy continues to drive faster changes in IT and Line of Business operations. Apps have become the enabler of business growth and customer engagement. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 70 percent of application performance monitoring (APM) technology buyers will reside outside of IT. The pace of app adoption and use across the enterprise is causing companies to rethink the true value of APM.

The announcement from Cisco to acquire AppDynamics, reinforces our belief that application performance is a strategic element to digital transformation and the application economy. From a market perspective, application experience has become a critical element of every business’ success. As DevOps gains greater momentum in a modern software factory approach, APM will become increasingly critical to companies looking to deliver software products and services faster, with better quality to stay competitive.

The pace of app adoption and use across the enterprise is causing companies to rethink the true value of APM. 

The announcement from Cisco to acquire AppDynamics reinforces our belief that application performance is a strategic element to digital transformation and the application economy.

As the market continues to evolve, there is an increasing reliance on APM to support the DevOps movement in assuring the optimal app experience—for developers and app users alike. From simplifying the development and test cycles to a delightful end user experience, application performance suites are taking a central role in everything from monitoring, to diagnostics and analytics. As we see the emergence of even more data heavy app uses for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), the need grows for APM suites that span deployment models and complex environments.

It’s an exciting time for CA Technologies. As a company of APM market pioneers and innovators, we have a full portfolio of software solutions that support DevOps and accelerate time to value and quality across the software development lifecycle (SDLC) for our customers. They are looking for the freedom to run their apps on heterogeneous infrastructure and cloud stacks and avoiding single infrastructure vendor tie-in. From application monitoring, discovery and diagnostics, to user experience across digital platforms, we continue to support the evolution of the app economy with products like CA App Experience Analytics, that delivers user insights to guarantee a consistent digital experience across web, mobile and wearables.

Moves like the acquisition of AppDynamics will keep the market fluid and encourage all companies to innovate. The challenge for all is how to deliver value faster than the competition—something our customers face every day. We’re up for the challenge.


Ayman is president and chief product officer at CA, responsible for the strategy and development…

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