Kicking-off with the – already classic – hit song ‘Full-stack baby’, Dave Anderson started the conference with a blast. His performance set the tone: although the conference barely started, we were already sitting on the edge of our seats! Dave hit all the key points we experience today at our customers and their struggles. It’s all about automation, observability and transparency!
Why these three topics? We think that these will be are key for our customers tomorrow today. IT teams of today are, regardless of their environment or architecture, drowning in data. Teams are being bombarded with hundreds, if not thousands, of alerts every day. Teams are going through all these alerts to filter out all the false positives and mark the ones which require action, every day! This situation is not sustainable, as IT systems will only keep on growing and teams will not grow equally with their architecture.
This means our customers need to transform the way they work in order to create a sustainable future for their clients and their own organization. Three key topics were very clear:
1- Automation is mandatory
It is impossible, and very much unwanted, to execute all tasks manually. Doing everything manually increases workload, reduces time spent on actual features, puts additional stress on your teams and is simply not sustainable. When a task has to be executed at least twice, you should automate it. To quote Bernd (Dynatrace CTO), “I’m lazy and do not want to do anything by hand”. Make sure your people also become lazy (in a positive way of course)! By automating development, change and incident tasks, your DevOps teams will have more time for their actual work; developing kickass features!
2 – Move towards self-healing systems
While your organization is working on automation, adding self-healing to services is something the teams should keep in mind. Self-healing still might sound very complicated, but it could be a simple solution sometimes. For example: ‘restart JVM once a certain metric threshold is met’. Now restarting a service every once in a while, is not a neat solution, but if the system continues working perfectly and there are no clients that have been negatively impacted there is no issue, right? Self-healing should be considered a way to keep the system operating correctly and might sometimes be a way to buy time whilst working on a solid solution. Your DevOps teams will actually be able to enjoy their off time and just get informed on issues that caused problems earlier.
3- Digitalize your business and democratize your data
In essence, everyone at your organization is working towards realizing business goals. These goals are the reason why your organization exists. For a DevOps team, it can sometimes feel as if the goals of business teams are very far away and visa versa. However, IT is mission critical to realize business goals, meaning DevOps team goals are also business goals! Bridging this gap between your business and DevOps teams therefore is key. This can be achieved by making sure everyone has access to all available monitoring data and everyone agrees on “the single point of truth”. The Dynatrace software intelligence platform is adding features to bridge the gap and enable DevOps teams to better assist the business in achieving their goals whilst also securing resources to overcome their own day-to-day challenges.
New Dynatrace features announced
The past year, Dynatrace has been working to support the above mentioned key topics and will do so in the coming year. That is why Dynatrace had four exiting announcements about the platform:
1 – Extended Kubernetes monitoring insights
More and more companies are adopting Kubernetes as an orchestration layer within their IT architecture. That is why Dynatrace will be extending its capabilities in monitoring Kubernetes. Once the feature is generally available, we will update you with a new blogpost to present it more in depth.
2 – Improved infrastructure insights
In the past four months, Dynatrace has improved on observability of various services on AWS and Azure and will support any service from Q2 2020 and onward! There will be (almost) no limitations to the monitoring of services of both cloud providers.
Additionally, Dynatrace has increased visibility on the ‘infrastructure-only’ mode on the OneAgents. With these new insights, also process metrics will be collected and analyzed by Davis. This enables better monitoring of legacy applications or applications where code level visibility isn’t required or possible. This way you get better insight across your whole stack.
3 – Enhanced AI-powered answers for native mobile apps
Users are working on native mobile apps more than ever. For our customers it isn’t strange to have 70% or more mobile users. Dynatrace adds the capability to feed all the native mobile application monitoring data to Davis, so you can receive precise answers in order to tackle complex issues.
4 – Business KPI anomaly detection and analysis to drive better user experience and business outcome
As stated in the focus points, for DevOps teams monitoring business KPIs will become more important in the future. Dynatrace adds the functionality to let Davis keep an eye out on your business KPIs. Once your KPIs deviate, Davis will do a root cause analysis, execute remediation actions and alert your teams of the situation.
Besides the Perform Conference, Ymor also visited the Partner Summit. A summit where Dynatrace emphasized its strategy for 2020 and explained how partners can contribute to this. The Partner Summit again confirmed we are on the same page, by working to unburden customers in their journey towards cloud. Dynatrace calls this “the journey from legacy to digital” and we call it “working from basement to cloud”.
Dynatrace also extensively informed us about Keptn, a new open source orchestration layer. The information made us very enthusiastic about Keptn and we believe it will help realize the promise of cloud native: deliver business value; deliver it fast & reliable; and deliver it with better quality! This year we will start PoCs with Keptn for both our own organization as well as our customers.
Last but not least, we were finally able to meet Davis in real life! She appears to be a blue-eyed know-it-all 😉
If you’re interested in Keptn or want to learn about the new Dynatrace features, please get in touch with us!
Technical Performance Consultant - Product Lead Dynatrace
After finishing his technical computer sciences degree, Melvin started at Ymor as a full-stack developer. He soon became intrigued with software application performance within complex IT environments. In 2017, Melvin switched from a DevOps Engineer to a Technical Performance Consultant, specializing in the usage of Dynatrace. As the product lead Dynatrace within Ymor, he assists Dynatrace projects at customers such as AholdDelhaize, Tommy Hilfiger, Prorail, Holland Casino and Eneco.
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