Empathetic Monitoring

Skeptics in the Church of Data, pt.2: Empathetic Monitoring

September 5th, 2017 Posted by DevOps, Monitoring, Zenoss 0 thoughts on “Skeptics in the Church of Data, pt.2: Empathetic Monitoring”

This is part two in a series about monitoring stemming from a talk that I gave in Austin, TX at GalaxZ’17. In part one I initially brought up the point of what I think is terrible in the current world of monitoring and why I think it should be changed. Here we’ll look more closely at one way how to do that. Today we talk about…

Empathetic Monitoring

Where we’re at right now, we’re tracking our System Metrics. Hopefully many of us are monitoring more than just the actual box health and are tracking things like User Latency, Database Performance and page load times, but it’s still fight with our businesses to see the value of the data. We need to start monitoring Business Metrics. When you tell an organization that you want to start monitoring the vital signs they care about it’s a much easier sell.

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Skeptics in the Church of Data, Pt. 1: Ein Minuten Bitte

August 30th, 2017 Posted by DevOps, Monitoring, Zenoss 0 thoughts on “Skeptics in the Church of Data, Pt. 1: Ein Minuten Bitte”

This will be the first in a series of blog entries from me about changing how you think about monitoring in your tech business. All of this comes from the talk I gave at GalaxZ’17 this year in Austin, TX. I’ll setup the general monitoring situation as it is, and present to you my thoughts about what needs to change. In further parts of this series I’ll actually get in a little further about how to make these changes. And now keep reading for Part 1, What sucks and why:

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Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

June 28th, 2017 Posted by Business 0 thoughts on “Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste”

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

Rahm Emmanuel

When I first heard this quote years ago, I was appalled, how can a public figure use a tragedy to forward their private or personal agenda. He was specifically referring to the energy crisis of the 1970 to move the country forward to a better energy policy, this never happened and the opportunity was wasted. But I’m not using this to talk about politics.

If you work in technology, it’s not if a crisis will happen, but rather, when. As a technologist I constantly have to deal with crisis. It can be as small as an employee not being able to print or as big as an entire enterprise infrastructure going down. Can you say firefight? We learn to live in chaos, controlled chaos but chaos none the less. This chaos becomes a normal part of life.

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DevOpsDays 2017 -or- Why I Love This Community

May 31st, 2017 Posted by Community, DevOps, DevOpsDays 0 thoughts on “DevOpsDays 2017 -or- Why I Love This Community”

Some of the blog readers may know that I (Aaron) have been doing a bit of traveling lately. Some of the conferences I have been attending fall under the DevOpsDays heading. Recently, I was at DevOpsDays Toronto and earlier this year at DevOpsDays Seattle. I've gone to so many (and applied to speak at more) mostly because I love these events. What's awesome, what really makes them stand out, is that they're not just another lineup of Big Names pitching their brand of How To Do DevOps Correctly, but that the organizers push for local and locally relevant content that speaks to their communities directly.

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Don’t Get Left Behind

March 7th, 2017 Posted by Business 0 thoughts on “Don’t Get Left Behind”

I started out in the technology business years ago, too many in fact. I have to admit for transparency, I am not one of the original tech gurus who wrote code and stored it on keypunch cards. No, the first code I wrote was in high school; I stored it on paper teletype tape back in the late 1970s. Yes, I just dated myself, it’s ok, like fine wine, I feel like I’m getting better with age… or like cheese I am just starting to stink.

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Tools From The Kit: GitLab

February 7th, 2017 Posted by GitLab, Tools from the Kit 0 thoughts on “Tools From The Kit: GitLab”

This is the first post in our “Tools From the Kit” series. To see more posts in the series, checkout our introductory post.

If there is one tool that our engineering staff cannot live without, its most certainly GitLab. If your familiar with GitLab, then you probably know about it being a GitHub like tool that you can host on your own server, entirely for FREE! What you might not be aware of is that GitLab, the company, wants to build GitLab, the product, into a suite of tools to manage your entire engineering flow.

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Tools From The Kit

February 6th, 2017 Posted by Tools from the Kit 0 thoughts on “Tools From The Kit”

As engineers we often find ourselves holding tight to the tools that enable us to be more productive every day. At Cage, we’ve built tools chains that drive what we do every day. These tools boost our productivity and velocity and let us feel safer as we build bigger and better things.

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Christmas Time is Here

December 21st, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Christmas Time is Here”

It seems to happen every year. You tell yourself, this year I’m not going to let it happen, but then it happens. As the end of the year approaches and we all talk about how the stores are putting up Christmas decorations earlier and earlier. Right after Halloween, or even before Halloween, we see Christmas trees showing up in all of the large chain stores. We say, “it’s too soon”. Then we let the Holiday do what they do best, creep right up behind us and scare the stuffing out of us because, “AHHH, Christmas is NEXT WEEK”.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23rd, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!”

Many of us have our grade school memories of Thanksgiving, it’s all about Native Americans and Pilgrims sitting around a big table; the 1621 Plymouth colonists celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the Wampanoag Tribe. This celebration organized by Governor William Bradford lasted three days and included harvest from the colonist “fowling mission” and five deer provided by the colonist new native allies.

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Critical Mass

September 21st, 2016 Posted by Business, Events 0 thoughts on “Critical Mass”

I started writing this post thinking about using the term “critical mass” and I thought to myself, those word you are using are you sure they mean what you think they mean? (kudos to Inigo Montoya) So I looked it up. Critical Mass is the amount of fissionable material needed to maintain a nuclear chain reaction. And yes we have come to use it in the business community in regard to the amount of effort needed to sustain a venture.

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