AppDynamics Valuable Features

Senior Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
In every APM tool, and this is true in AppDynamics as well, it's that waterfall view where I can see my code hotspots. In APM, it always comes back to that. It's great to have reporting. It's great to have that alerting: Tell me when something deviates from my normal conditions. All the analytic functionality is good for telling me what code to look at. But ultimately, I can't live without that code-level trace. I have to know where things are hot so that I can help the developer with what they actually need to fix. I can't just tell them the app is slow. That's always been the most important thing. In AppDynamics, they make that easier. There are other products I won't name where you go in and you're looking at 50,000 traces. There's no way to sort and organize those particular traces. In AppDynamics, everywhere I go, there's some sort of grouping and aggregation function, or there's some sort of timeline that lets me zero in more quickly on the traces that I need. They go to more pains to aggregate and bubble the important ones to the top. That removes a lot of manual work; for example, sorting by the ones that took more than a second. I don't have to do that in AppDynamics. Sometimes I do so, in the course of troubleshooting, but for the most part, it tells me. I click on a trace. It's usually a trace that matters, that I can take action on, and that I can have a real impact on. All those millions and, in some cases billions, of traces, over the course of a couple months, get aggregated into one view that's manageable. The other APMs are good if we don't have millions of requests. As soon as I get into that threshold, I can't look at that many traces anymore, they don't have great ways of looking at the traces in aggregate. View full review »
Sid Roy
Vice President - Operations & Client Support with 51-200 employees
* Ease of deployment- it's easy to install and use. This is key for us. Even as the product portfolio has expanded to include additional- AD has done a great job of ensuring that the deployment process is straightforward and usually up and running in minutes. Even the upgrade process has been made a very low touch and the simple process makes it easy to keep your deployment up to date with the latest releases. * Low infrastructure overhead and footprint, which go hand in hand. Low invasive processes for care and feeding of the solution in extremely large scale environments.. Despite dozens of deployments across hundreds of applications- we have yet to see a case where AD is negatively impacting application execution or functionality. * Features- in terms of diagnostics it's very good and very extensible. AD has clearly contemplated the multitude of monitoring workflows and features needed to sustain enterprise application performance across all major tech platforms and architectures. * Extremely reliable and resilient agent based technology. * Extensibility - the solution has been designed to account for rapidly changing application architectures. A strong example is the mobile and browser related capabilities AppDynamics has brought to market. With near out of the box functionality for iOS and Android- AppD also provides support for single page applications and additional advanced JS type deployments models * Integrated view of database system performance and execution- AppD has crafted a powerful single pane of glass view * Breadth and depth of portfolio with ever expanding capabilities including synthetics, log management and analytics capabilities * The analytics engine, now called BusinessIQ is very, very powerful. The ability to capture business parameter information and operational information and merge it together for integrated dashboarding is one of the pillars of the IT-Business paradigm. I was able to create powerful analytics queries using GUI, or if you want to go deeper- the solution allows for complex SQL statement execution to really perform deep IT level business intelligence View full review »
Vice President at Works Applications Co., Ltd.
It shows inter-service activities very easily. We were having issues with this primarily, so this was one of the most important areas for us. We have been using Cassandra. So, it has agents specific for each middleware, helping us check this application. View full review »
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Global Lead Architect at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Being able to install it on-prem and monitor our on-prem infrastructure is important for us. We are in the process of migrating to cloud, but most of our infrastructure is on-prem. We have highly scalable systems and AppDynamics will help us monitor our load on-prem. Our systems range from simple to the most complex and it gives us the visibility across transactions, in one dashboard. View full review »
Carl Brahms Jr
Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
* Autodiscovery of application topology, based on real user traffic * Baselining of every single metric that you throw at it. * Easy to use API * Customizable extensions * Facilitates business, dev and ops communication * Agents have low CPU overhead compared to other agent-based products we have tried. View full review »
Aimee White
Info Sec Consultant at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to take a report, and in particular, a visual, and link it to actual application performance and then the consequences. This means you can show how an incident or action has an effect on the business. This is invaluable for executive meetings, where it can sometimes be hard to link an event to an outcome, a month down the line. The bottom line is that it helps protect your bottom line. The extensions can be edited in a simple config file so you can sculpt what you are getting. View full review »
Marcos Pestana
IT Service and Infrastructure Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
This solution makes it fast and easy to diagnose performance issues and exceptions/errors in application coding. After a major incident, root cause analysis is conducted and, most of the time, we understand what caused the incident and how it can be prevented from happening again. The Web Dashboards are also very useful and sometimes can really prevent incidents before they happen. View full review »
Jordi Llorens
IT Manager at
* Performance monitoring * The real user monitoring: It helps us evaluate our customers' real experiences, which is valuable as an eCommerce company. We can look into their detail, one by one. It is helpful because it is deterministic. View full review »
Manger Sr, IT Program Mgmt. at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
* Looking at every tier in the application's path. * Being able to correlate performance between tiers. * Being able to drill down within the individual tiers for metrics. View full review »
Software Engineer at a tech company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature is having our services being available and healthy. We can determine whether or not, at a given point in time, something is wrong. Then, we can dive deeply into the product to see what is happening by troubleshooting, debugging, and monitoring. View full review »
Bryan Spencer
Engineer at Sirius XM Radio Inc.
The drill down feature is the most useful. View full review »
Shekhar Sharma
Principal Engineer at Wyndham Hotel Group
It provides all the monitoring that we need in one place. View full review »
DevOps Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has better dashboards and more control over everything. View full review »
Theodore Turner
Cloud Operations Monitoring - Senior Software Engineer at a tech company with 201-500 employees
Insights outside of the code we write. We find some of our adopted libraries perform sub-optimally. Sub-optimal performance leads to a search for alternate libraries to help us scale. View full review »
Gaurang Panchal
Sr. Integration Developer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the detailed statistics, like the consumer count, for the ActiveMQ server. It is amazing. It helps to monitor our complex infrastructure very effectively. View full review »
Gary Sun
Technical Director at SoftPro
Stack information: I use this function to explain the problem to customers most of the time. View full review »
Associate Principal Consultant at BRavura
The most valuable features are Data Flow and memory monitoring. View full review »
Venkat Pandiri
Performance Test / QA Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Code profiling * Monitoring View full review »
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