Lifecycle Trends and DevOps

Topics of discussion here include cultural shifts and trends seen across Development, Operations, Test and beyond. Heavily covered topics include DevOps and other supporting principles like continuous delivery, continuous integration and agile and lean development as they influence IT attitudes and ultimately user performance.

Monitoring GO Applications with Dynatrace

Providing fast feedback is a key aspect of continuous integration, so kicking off a new build when changes are committed is a common practice in modern software development. One cool visualization of the current builds (trunk and latest sprint) are our Pipeline State UFOs, located around our development office to provide our engineers with fast -- and highly visible -- feedback no matter where they are in the building, even when they are grabbing a coffee and realize that ... More >

Measure More Frequent Successful Software Releases

Cultural change, automation and continuous delivery allow companies like Amazon, Etsy, Facebook, Target, CapitalOne, Verizon, Netflix and others to deliver more frequent successful new software releases “at the speed of business” (every 11.6 seconds for Amazon). And do it with a 99.9% deployment success rate! If you've missed these stories, read Velocity 2015 Highlights, Continuous Delivery 101, Software Quality Metrics for Continuous Delivery or watch Rebuilding an ... More >

Meeting Minutes from Velocity 2016

Its Velocity Time and the people who care about Performance, Continuous Delivery and DevOps are gathered in sunny Santa Clara, California. Thankful to be here I want to share my notes with our readers who don't have the chance to experience it live. Lets dig right into it! Interview with Steve Souders himself :-) I got the honor to get Steve Souder, the founding father of Web Performance Optimization and the host of Velocity, in front of my PurePerformance Microphone :-) ... More >

Choose an APM Tool for the Solution – not for the Problem!

Just last week a senior Hybris consultant shared the story of a customer engagement on which he was working. This customer had problems, serious problems! We are talking about response times far beyond the most liberal acceptable standard! They were unable to solve the issue in their eCommerce platform - specifically Hybris. Although the eCommerce project was delivered by a System Integrator/Implementation Partner, the vendor still gets involved when things go really wrong! ... More >

Dynatrace in a Microservices World with Ansible, Bamboo & Docker

Although containerizing applications is not a new concept, it was recently rejuvenated by Docker and has taken the IT world by storm. In this post we present a way Docker containers were used in conjunction with Ansible to automate and generalize the use of Dynatrace monitoring at a major telecommunication company in APAC. Tools of choice: Docker, Ansible and Bamboo Docker is a vast subject and goes beyond the scope of this post but it is, in a nutshell, an all-in-one ... More >

How to Automate Enterprise Application Monitoring with Chef

In a previous article, I demonstrated how to effectively and efficiently install the Dynatrace Application Monitoring solution using Ansible. In this post, I am going to explain how to achieve the same results using Chef with our official dynatrace cookbook available on GitHub and on the Chef Supermarket. In the following hands-on tutorial, we'll also apply what we see as good practice on working with and extending our deployment automation blueprints to suit your needs. ... More >

Is ITIL still relevant in the digital world?

Is ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) still relevant in the digital world? The short answer is...yes! The longer answer is: it depends on your organisation's understanding and application of ITIL. In order to best answer the question it is important to take a step back and examine the goals and intent of ITIL. Quick refresher on ITIL Documented Common Sense - Don Page The best definition of ITIL comes from Dr. Don Page, one of the ... More >

Full Stack Diagnostics – Full Mac Support – Dynatrace Personal 2016!

If you have seen a PurePath of your application you – like many others -- were likely blown away with the diagnostics information captured: Full end-to-end method level tracing and diagnostics, from the Browser, through your application stack, all the way down to SQL. Also, performance, scalability and functional hotspot detection attained by simply installing a single library on your Java App Server, .NET CLR, PHP Engine, Nginx, Node.js, Docker Container, all of which allows ... More >

Use Visibility & Facts to Avoid Lengthy War Rooms & Miscommunication

A few days back I was called into a war room situation with the hosted services group of our partner hybris. They were facing issues with the eCommerce site of one of their customers, a large UK based luxury clothing retailer. The situation was quite critical. Even though loadtests were conducted and everything appeared to be optimal, the eCommerce site encountered issues during a recent customer promotion which required the implementation of customer waiting rooms. Waiting ... More >

How Netflix, Mars Curiosity Rover, testing & automation can help us deploy better code, faster

YOW! 2015 Brisbane is a wrap! I have been to many developer conferences over the course of my career in IT, and the level of thought leadership and innovation at this event by speakers, sponsors, and developers won’t soon be matched. The best and the brightest from Netflix, Facebook, Microsoft, Expedia, NASA, and DARPA, (just to name a few) lead keynotes and sessions that inspired and shaped the minds of all attendees. Our Mars landing is the “End User” Adrian Cockroft, ... More >