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Wednesday, August 14 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Observability and Complex Systems: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

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Distributed systems, microservices, containers and schedulers, polyglot persistence … modern infrastructure is ever more fluid and dynamic, chaotic and transient. Likewise, individual engineering roles can no longer be broken down neatly into software engineers (who write the code) and ops engineers (who deploy the code (and buffer the consequences)). Many teams have already sailed past an event horizon of complexity and found that their old tools and processes — and org charts! — no longer work for them.

But why, exactly?
  • What was the matter with traditional metrics and logs?
  • Why are they failing to keep pace with modern systems? What else is out there?
  • Isn’t observability just a marketing term that means monitoring?
  • What else do we have to look forward to that will fail us?

In this talk we’ll cover the technical and cultural differences between monitoring and observability. Operations is now part of every engineer’s mandate, just like testing became part of every engineer’s mandate a decade ago. What does this means for specialist practitioners like test and ops engineers? What model of software ownership should we be working towards in our organizations, and why? Is it the same for everyone? And how does chaos engineering fit into this whole mess: is it a must-have or a nice-to-have, and why?

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Charity Majors

Co-founder and CTO, Honeycomb.io
Charity Majors is the co-founder and CTO of Honeycomb.io, provider of tools for engineering teams to debug production systems faster and smarter. Previously Charity ran infrastructure at Parse and was an engineering manager at Facebook, where she ran next-generation distributed systems... Read More →

Wednesday August 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
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