For the manager, it can mean lots of little projects and orphaned items running around in the corners, as single items enter the market, become obsolete, and are replaced.And for the business analyst, it means more data, better business intelligence, and, possibly, a promotion.Finally, however, for the frontline systems administrator, the Internet of the Things looks more like the Internet of Nightmares.The elephant in the roomFrom a security perspective, the Internet of Things offers snooping noses plenty of Things to sniff. Imagine if every server on your network was also attached to a camera, heat sensor, or worse yet, a big fat kill switch? The Internet of Things is all around us, and every day we’re soaking it in. It is giving the Internet senses for the first time, which will drive us to the future of business technology.Sensors are a huge part of the Internet of Things—and soon a big part of the Internet as a whole. According to McKinsey & Company, the Internet of Things will make a US$4 trillion to $11 trillion impact in the world’s economy by 2025. As much as $3.7 trillion of that will come from the manufacturing sector, according to McKinsey.But what does that mean for your average run-of-the-mill business application? For data processing? And perhaps most importantly, for security?From the developer’s perspective, the Internet of Things might well appear as a nebulous blob of a million SDKs all layered on top of one another and manifesting in droplets of code everywhere.
“AppDynamics helps many of the world’s largest enterprises translate this data into business insights and empowers them to drive value for their customers in today’s digital world,” he wrote. “Together, with Cisco’s industry-leading digital network architecture, customers will now have unprecedented end-to-end insight across their technology stack, from infrastructure to application.”Another report from Reuters said that Cisco’s offer comes out to roughly $26 per share, which is higher than the estimated $12 to $14 share range it planned for. Although the price appears to be high, according to RBC analyst Mitch Steves in the Reuters report, it comes out to “more software revenue as positive for Cisco.”This acquisition is Cisco’s largest (besides its acquisition of Sourcefire, the company that built security platforms for corporate and government customers, which sold for $2.7 billion, according to Bloomberg).The acquisition also supports Cisco’s transition toward “software-centric solutions,” wrote Salvagno. The acquisition is expected to close in Cisco’s third quarter of fiscal year 2017, and AppDynamics will continue to be led by CEO David Wadhwani as a new software business unit under Rowan Trollope, Cisco’s senior vice president and general manager of IoT and applications business. In order to give its customers more insight into their application layers and drive the digital transformation for IT and business, Cisco announced its intent to acquire AppDynamics for US$3.7 billion.AppDynamics, an application intelligence company, was supposed to be the first tech company to go public this year, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Early Tuesday, “bankers increased the IPO’s estimated price that would have valued AppDynamics at as high as about US$2 billion,” said the report.One of the reasons for Cisco picking up AppDynamics is so the company can be well equipped to help its customers tackle some of the challenges IT departments are faced with today, according to vice president of corporate business development Rob Salvagno in a Cisco blog post.(Related: Enterprises need that digital transformation)