Q&A: AppDynamics CIO sees SaaS as the future of mobile management

The key to success? Working closely with the information security team, says Brian Hoyt

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Application performance management (APM) software provider AppDynamics knows the value of a good SaaS platform, both in terms of offering workers the tools they need while keeping control over access to corporate apps and data.

The San Francisco-based company, acquired by Cisco in March, will provide the switch-and-router vendor with insights into how code impacts user experience and application and infrastructure performance, enabling it to improve business apps -- including mobile apps.

Brian Hoyt AppDynamics

Brian Hoyt, CIO of AppDynamic

Brian Hoyt, the CIO of AppDynamics, is responsible for an IT shop that supports about 2,000 employees who use mobile phones, laptops and/or tablets to do their jobs. And while managing corporate data is critical, Hoyt clearly does not want to be in the business of wiping anyone's personal device via a traditional mobile device management tool.

The solution for his team has been to trust SaaS vendors, who can be singularly focused on data security and access, leaving Hoyt to tackle other important tasks. He talked about how mobile security through SaaS works.

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