Kick-Starting a Culture of Observability and Data-Driven DevOps - SignalFx at Velocity 2019

Rajesh Raman, chief architect at SignalFx, dives into the practice of observability, demonstrating how a more analytics-driven approach to metrics, traces, and other monitoring signals can improve observability. Presentation from O’Reilly Velocity Conference 2019.

How Namely Employs SignalFx to Enable Observability and Engineering Productivity

Namely Employs SignalFx to Enable Observability and Engineering Productivity - YouTube An error occurred. Try watching this video on www.youtube.com, or enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser. I recently sat down with Mike Hamrah, vice president and chief architect at Namely, to talk about what it takes to build the foundation for an industry-leading HR platform.


Building Your Observability Practice with Tools that Co-exist

A lot of product marketing is about telling people to throw away what they have in favor of something entirely new. Sometimes that is the right answer–sometimes what you have has completely outlived its usefulness and you need to put something better in its place–but a lot of the time, what’s realistic is to make incremental improvements. If you’ve been tasked with starting, or growing your observability practice, it may seem a long journey from here to there.


Velocity (& Reliability) - Two must-haves for every software engineering team

(Field notes from O’Reilly’s Velocity 2019 Show, San Jose.) It was steamy hot in San Jose during O’Reilly’s Velocity show and the normally frigid AC temps in the expo hall were welcomed by all attendees, escaping the 104 degree temps. It got so bad, Charity Majors labeled it Satan Jose and the nearby Marriott hotel experienced a power outage for almost two full days, leaving guests hot under more than just their collars.


SignalFx Enables Observability As A Service With New Service Bureau Capabilities

Today we have announced the latest major updates to our real-time monitoring and observability platform. Over the last few weeks, we have delivered a ton of great new features and integrations, but, above all, major enhancements to Service Bureau, a unique set of capabilities that enable central Observability Teams to efficiently provide the entire organization with an easy-to-consume observability service.


Making Instrumentation Extensible

Observability-driven development requires both rich query capabilities and sufficient instrumentation in order to capture the nuances of developers’ intention and useful dimensions of cardinality. When our systems are running in containers, we need an equivalent to our local debugging tools that is as easy to use as Printf and as powerful as gdb.


Reflections on Monitorama 2019

This year was my third in a row attending (and now speaking at!) Monitorama. Because the organizers do a great job of turning introverts into extroverts for three days straight, it’s always a fun and exhausting time—but one of my favorite parts is how much folks continue talking about and sharing the content, days or weeks after it’s over. So, to continue the drumbeat, here were some of my highlights from this year.


Observability Takes Too Much Developer Time, So Automate It

When adopting cloud technologies, most organizations have two things in mind: infrastructure cost and operational speed. When considering operational speed, it is up to the organization to build, deploy and operate their software faster. The approaches that are popular in the cloud today, such as microservices, APIs, managed services and serverless, exist to increase this speed — which designates as developer velocity.