Cortex

San Francisco, CA, USA
2019
  |  By Lauren Craigie
Cortex is an Internal Developer Portal (IDP) that reduces friction in developing software that stays aligned to standards of excellence. While all IDPs offer some cataloging functionality, the ability of that catalog to match existing business logic can mean the difference between a true system of record, and yet-another--tool.
  |  By Lauren Craigie
Internal Developer Portals (IDPs) have increasingly found their way to the center of engineering operations. As the new engineering system of record, IDPs make it possible to align and enforce standards while unlocking safe developer self-service. Of course, oft-cited benefits like removing friction and improving consistency might feel intangible or even duplicative to other tools in your stack. So how should engineering leaders think about evaluating IDPs?
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Infrastructure as code (IaC) tools enable the automation of cloud infrastructure and IT infrastructure deployment and management. These configuration management tools allow DevOps teams and development teams to define computing infrastructure resources as code in configuration files, use version control systems like GitHub, and deploy infrastructure consistently across different environments, from on-premises data centers to cloud services.
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Anyone who has been reading this blog or who has worked at Cortex can tell you that we are quite passionate about Developer Experience (DevEx). But just what is DevEx, and how does it relate to onboarding new developers? It's a fair question, since the word can mean different things in different contexts. We are even on the record as saying that definitions are necessarily vague to allow for DevEx being inherently subjective to a given environment.
  |  By Lauren Craigie
The engineering macro-climate is in crisis. Market dynamics have put increased pressure on teams to ship faster in order to stay competitive, while budgets are under significant scrutiny. At the same time, the advent of new tools and architectures promising high-velocity, collaborative development increasingly lack the implementation structure needed to preserve their benefits. As a result, onboarding is stalling out, incidents are up, and deployments are down.
  |  By Lauren Craigie
Software migrations are an inevitable part of running any technical organization. Whether you're upgrading your database, moving to a new cloud provider, or modernizing legacy applications, migrations are necessary to keep software efficient and secure. Unfortunately, migrations are often a slow and messy processes, dragging across months and potentially years. They are difficult to coordinate, from both managerial and technical standpoints, and often cause a lot of frustration for those involved.
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Engineering onboarding comprises more than just allocation of credentials and orientation to top tools. Depending on staffing, capacity for resource and permission allocation, and maturity of self-serve tooling, it can take weeks or even months for engineers to contribute their first meaningful PR—a common measure of "onboarding completeness." So how should engineering leaders think about optimizing their processes to improve developer effectiveness, velocity, and confidence?
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We know speed to market matters—now more than ever. Bill Gates said in the nineties that “if you don’t meet customer demand quickly enough, without sacrificing quality, someone else will.” But software quality also matters, affecting everything from customer loyalty to developer experience. Poor quality causes immediate issues like bugs and crashes, as well as building technical debt and making updates needlessly hard.
  |  By Lauren Craigie
Software quality isn't just about defect density; it embodies the reliability, performance, and security that underpin digital trust and user satisfaction. But measuring software quality can be as challenging as defining it. In this post, we'll demystify the complexities around assessing software quality and provide actionable insights for you and your software development team.
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Developers are working to faster development cycles, having their productivity measured in embarrassing ways and facing burnout due to poor productivity metrics. Detecting and preventing bugs in this environment is challenging for developers, but code quality is too important to ignore or leave to chance. Improving code quality requires smart metrics, not just more measurement. The quality of your code is foundational to your software, and ultimately your products and company.
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98% of engineering leaders reported at least one major consequence of failing to meet production readiness standards. To better understand how teams are addressing new challenges in production readiness, Cortex recently conducted a survey of engineering leaders at companies with more than 500 employees in North America, Europe, and AsiaPac. The survey included questions pertaining to production readiness standards, tools, struggles, and desired future state.
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DevOps solutions have evolved quickly over the last few years. Software catalogs have bloomed beyond service registries and runbooks into comprehensive, centralized engineering sources of truth. With ever-expanding developer tool sets, can teams achieve the flexibility needed to address this fragmentation while continuing to tailor software catalog entries to their unique domains and contexts?
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While we know software projects are never truly “done,” developers will, nevertheless, often face a long list of tasks needed to achieve a certain level of “doneness.” But to what end? And when do they end? When is done—done enough? In this fireside chat-style webinar, Justin Reock - Head of DevRel for Cortex - alongside Alina Anderson - Principal Technical Program Manager at Outreach - will explore an evolved approach to determining production readiness.
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Hydrate your catalogs with ownership info in under 10 minutes.
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Lauren Craigie (Head of PMM at Cortex) is joined by Justin Reock, Head of Developer Relations at Cortex for a conversation about meausuring developer productivity.
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In 2023 most engineering organizations have some way of measuring productivity. Metrics like story points and cycle time help us assess team-wide impact, while code coverage and commits tell us more about individual contributions. While we know these numbers don’t tell the whole story, we rarely hear about how to find the missing pieces. Or what to do next when we learn the culprit is poor testing practices versus bad design. What’s the plan for improvement? Where does it live, and who owns it?
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In the last 5 years, we’ve watched the world's fastest growing engineering teams ditch development monoliths in favor of service-oriented architectures that speed time to market. And as microservices multiplied—making it harder to track ownership and quality—Internal Developer Portals (IDPs) emerged to help. But while the prospect of a single portal for developer productivity sounds enticing, veteran leaders know the perception of “one more tool” can make org-wide adoption challenging.

Cortex makes it easy for engineering organizations to gain visibility into their services and deliver high quality software.

Cortex helps engineering teams build better software at scale:

  • Align your team and drive accountability: Scorecards enable teams to drive what matters most to them – including service quality, production readiness standards, and migrations.
  • A single source of truth for your services: Cortex’s service catalog integrates with the most popular engineering tools, giving teams an easy way to understand everything about their architecture.
  • Build a culture of reliability and high performance: Teams enable organizations to drive a sense of ownership and pride as they improve service quality.
  • Ensure new services follow best practices from day one: Scaffolder lets developers scaffold a new service in less than five minutes using custom templates crafted by your team.

Cortex gives organizations visibility into the status and quality of their microservices and helps teams drive adoption of best practices so they can deliver higher quality software.