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Spotlight: Women of AppDynamics


Welcome to our Women of AppDynamics series, a bimonthly showcase of the female talent at AppDynamics. While the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are the icons of a male dominated tech industry, women are rapidly entering high-level tech positions. However, the number of female new graduates with a Computer Science degree is not quite reflected in the number of females entering the workforce every year. While many blame the lack of talent going through the pipeline, it is actually a little more complicated than that. Female new graduates are more likely to be discouraged from applying to certain positions because of gender bias on job descriptions (masculine or feminine-leaning words that subconsciously affect the neutrality of the advert). Many women end up applying for non-technical roles that they feel more comfortable with, and it is up to hiring managers and recruiters to take the extra step to reevaluate job postings and source beyond college majors. Women are also leaving the tech industry faster than they are being replaced because of their working conditions– the lack of opportunity for career progression and the tipping of work-life balance. It is the company’s responsibility to work on retaining women in tech and creating a female-friendly work environment that encourages women to excel. At AppDynamics, we are building ourselves towards that goal. Please welcome our next three incredibly bold female AppDynamos!


The Code Wanderer: Nina Yang – Software Engineer

Q: What do you do in your role?

A: I’m a software engineer on the Server and Infrastructure Monitoring team. Our Machine Agent provides visibility into servers—machine resources, processes, and more.

Q: What initially interested you in this field and how did you get here? Explain.

A: My dad is a software engineer, so I like to joke that it’s in my blood. But I declared a Computer Science major in college (at MIT) and never looked back. I found myself able to get lost in my code for hours, throwing everything I had at it to solve the problem. To me, that was a sign that I had chosen the correct field. After many grueling classes and a few internships, I chose AppDynamics to start my career because of the product and the people here.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment at AppDynamics?

A: I wrote a big part of the code for our new Windows Machine Agent. It required learning a lot about different parts of a server, wrestling with windows scripts, and writing modular and maintainable code that will make it easy to expand off of in the future. It’s a very exciting (and, not going to lie, extremely nerve-wracking!) feeling knowing that it’ll be deployed on thousands of our customers’ machines.

Q: What is a typical day at work like for you?

A: I’ll come into the office and head immediately to the kitchen for coffee/tea/snacks. We have team standup at 10:30, and my team goes out to lunch together pretty much every day. Sometimes I’ll have a meeting or two (sprint planning, design meetings, or informational meetings) and the rest of the time I’ll be at my desk working or in that area collaborating with team members. Occasionally I’ll curl up in these super comfy chairs we have and ignore the rest of the world and code. On Fridays, my team usually grabs drinks at the end of the day, which is always a nice way to end the week.


The Stealth Doctor: Jing Hou – Senior Software Engineer

Q: What do you do in your role?

A: I am a senior software engineer in End User Experience team. I contribute to build robust, high performance, high scalable backend servers, add new features to mobile application monitoring, crash report analysis, package management and etc. I also help to ensure our SaaS cloud system is healthy and running smoothly.

Q: What excites you about working at AppDynamics?

A: AppDynamics is a fast growing start-up company with a lot of innovations and great business potentials, and I am a part of that!

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment at AppDynamics?

A: I created a crash process server in the first 10 days after I joined.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about working in tech?

A: That you always need to work long hours and that it’s very stressful. But at AppDynamics, we have a very good work-life balance.



The Gamer Girl: Swetha Ravichandran – Software Engineer

Q: What do you do in your role?

A: I am a member of .NET Agent team and I have been with the team for a month now. Right now, I work in automation.

Q: What initially interested you in this field and how did you get here? Explain.

A: My interest in computers sparked from playing a lot of video games. Once I found out that they are made out of code, I wanted to develop one of them. After that, I just loved solving problems and puzzles.

Q: What do you think is the biggest misconception about working in tech?

A: A lot of people have asked me, how do you sit in front of computers all day, do you have time for personal life? I don’t think that’s how my life is. I enjoy working with computers and I have a perfect work-life balance.

Q: What excites you about working at AppDynamics?

A: Cool products! Lots of new opportunities! I recently moved to the .NET Agent team. It’s exciting to work on a core team. I have also participated in Hackathon with the UI team. It was fun to work on cool features with a different team.



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