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AppDynamics, Inc.
Private Company
Industry Application Performance Management
Founded 2008
Headquarters San Francisco, CA, United States
Key people
  • Jyoti Bansal, Founder, Executive Chairman, and Chief Strategist
  • David Wadhwani, CEO
Revenue US$ 143.8 million (2015)[1]
Parent Cisco

AppDynamics is an American privately held application performance management (APM) and IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) company based in San Francisco. The company focuses on managing the performance and availability of applications across cloud computing environments as well as inside the data center.[2]

In 2017, Cisco announced its intent to acquire AppDynamics for $3.7 billion.[3]

On March 22, 2017, Cisco completed the acquisition of AppDynamics Inc. AppDynamics will continue to led by David Wadhwani as a new business unit in Cisco IoT and Application business. David will be reporting to Rowan Trollope.[4]

History and Founding[edit]

AppDynamics was founded in 2008 by Jyoti Bansal, a former lead software architect at Wily Technologies, a provider of application performance management technology.[5] AppDynamics received five rounds of funding totaling $206.5 Million.[6]

In 2016, AppDynamics was ranked #9 on the Forbes Cloud 100 list.[7]

On January 24, 2017 Cisco announced their intention to acquire AppDynamics for $3.7 billion just days before it was set to IPO. [8]


On April 10, 2013, CA Technologies (formerly Computer Associates) filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District in New York. The lawsuit claims that AppDynamics violated three patents that came into CA Technologies' possession through acquisitions.[9] This was the second action CA Technologies filed in connection with alleged infringement of patents obtained in the acquisition of Wily Technology. In November 2012, CA Technologies filed a lawsuit asserting patent infringement of the same three APM patents against software company, New Relic. On April 20, 2015 AppDynamics and CA settled the two-year-old patent dispute. AppDynamics said that it paid a "modest fixed payment." [10]

On February 2, 2015, Jonah Kowall, research Vice President in Gartner's IT Operations Research group and lead in evaluating Application Performance Management vendors in the Gartner APM Magic Quadrant took a market development and thought leadership position within AppDynamics.[11][12] Later on February 17, 2015, AppDynamics hired a second APM industry analyst John Rakowski of Forrester Research also into a marketing role.[13]


  1. ^ "Gartner Market Share Analysis: Performance Monitoring, Worldwide, 2015". 
  2. ^ MacVittie, Lori. (March 31, 2010) "AppDynamics Puts the Management in Application Performance Management." Two Different Socks Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Cisco to buy AppDynamics for $3.7 billion in growth push". Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Acquisitions". =
  5. ^ Demery, Paul. (February 26, 2010). "Priceline Finds a Way to Monitor its Wide World of Applications." InternetRetailer. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Harzog, Bernd. (May 4, 2010). "AppDynamics Raises an $11 Million Series B Round – Confirms APM 2.0 Opportunity." The Virtualization Practice. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  7. ^ "Forbes Cloud 100". Forbes. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire AppDynamics". Cisco. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Smythe, Christie. "CA Technologies Sues AppDynamics Over IT Patents". 
  10. ^ Dulaney, Chelsey (20 April 2015). "AppDynamics, CA Inc. Settle Two-Year-Old Patent Dispute". Retrieved 26 January 2017 – via Wall Street Journal. 
  11. ^ Kowall, Jonah. "Farewell… for now". 
  12. ^ Kowall, Jonah. "Why I Joined AppDynamics". 
  13. ^ APMDigest. "John Rakowski Joins AppDynamics in Strategic Product Marketing Role". 

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