Xebia Articles

Collecting Critical Evidence for Faster Root Cause Analysis

Posted by Mark Arts on Apr 3, 2018 3:26:00 PM

It probably sounds familiar: You detect an issue with the end user experience (perhaps a performance degradation or outage). Once you’ve discovered the root-cause of the problem, it’s not difficult to fix. However, the real pain point is the time between those two events. Often times it is left to the user to find the root-cause by assembling teams, processes, tools and piecing together siloed data fragments. Every minute spent looking for the root-cause is money lost for your company, and even worse, reputation-damaging. This post covers which evidence you need to collect to accelerate your root cause analysis process. 

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

You've Got a Great Data Lake, Now What?

Posted by Mark Arts on Jan 11, 2018 12:01:00 PM

In my job, I meet a lot of customers who have invested heavily in a data lake. And for good reasons, of course. With the increasing complexity and growing number of tools used, there’s a tremendous need to have all the data in one place. 

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

How to assess and improve the quality of your application portfolio

Posted by Jochem Schulenklopper on Jan 4, 2018 11:35:18 AM

Xebia IT Architects share improvements on Gartner’s TIME model for application portfolio management

Application Portfolio Management is about visualizing and managing applications within in an IT landscape on a regular and correct basis. It also makes it possible to analyse certain KPI’s to improve the quality of your IT portfolio. The more practical and easy-to-understand a model is, the more supportive it can be for IT managers in this respect. Read here some enhancements to the Gartner TIME model.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

AIOps for Microsoft Azure Environments

Posted by Wytze Hazenberg on Dec 13, 2017 9:04:00 AM

 
As you might already know, StackState shines when it comes to providing a unified view of your Information Technology (IT) landscape. The last couple of years we have seen several businesses transition parts of their IT infrastructure to the cloud. However, only parts of the entire IT infrastructure are migrated to the cloud due to various reasons. Obtaining an overview of your entire infrastructure might be challenging when dealing with multiple tools, especially when introducing a whole new platform. Microsoft Azure is one cloud provider that is available today. This blog post focuses on leveraging Azure as a topology and telemetry source for StackState.
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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

Is Root Cause Analysis Dead or Are We Just Getting Started?

Posted by Lodewijk Bogaards on Nov 27, 2017 1:33:00 PM

Recently a friend sent me a link to a blog post called “The myth of the Root Cause”. This post makes some valid points. Especially the point that as our systems become more sophisticated, so do our problems. Often it is hard to find a single root cause. In fact, there might not even be one!

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

A different approach to skill development

Posted by Erik Veld on Jun 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The business mindset is shifting to one where expertise is never fully achieved or accomplished. It’s crucial to nurture professional development as a constant, evolving process. This new mindset means that companies must continually “refresh” and refortify their established experts and nurture the growth of new ones. Forward-thinking companies do this by committing to ongoing training programs that focus on applicable knowledge instead of textbook skills.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Test Automation & Quality, Cloud Infrastructures

Three trends in operational analytics

Posted by Erik Driehuis on May 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Software is becoming more and more business critical. Whether you’re delivering excellent e-commerce experiences or online banking, applying operational analytics is needed to monitor software and achieve zero-downtime. While operational analytics is still advancing, one thing remains certain. Whether operational analytics is being applied now or later, this technology will be adopted more in the next three years. Applying operational analytics to proactively address issues and prevent future outages is the way digital enterprises of the future are moving towards zero-downtime today.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

Capture your entire IT stack in one data model

Posted by Lodewijk Bogaards on May 24, 2017 3:12:00 PM
 
On October 16th of 1843 a mathematician called William Rowan Hamilton crossed a bridge in Dublin when all of a sudden he was struck with the solution to a problem he had been working on for many years. He became so enthusiastic that he cut his famous equation for a new type of number he called a quaternion into the stone of the bridge: "i^2=j^2=k^2=ijk=-1." Quaternions, among other things, make rotating objects through arbitrary orientations in a 3D space possible. We have Hamilton to thank for making it possible to safely land on the moon. In fact we have Hamilton to thank for making our WebGL powered 3D engine work at StackState.
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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

The extended impact of enterprise DevOps

Posted by Ben Hählen on May 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

DevOps is at the heart of successful enterprises around the world. It not only saves time and money, it adds value. Very short development stages, often no more than a few hours, benefit to the success. How can organizations reduce cost and time-to-market while still offering quality and have their developers focus on innovation? How can you identify and highlight surprising data at an early stage? That’s where DevOps software comes in. Take note of three significant DevOps Trends that organizations are facing in the future.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

Every company is an IT company (EC = IC)

Posted by Marco Lormans on May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

These days, ec = ic, that is, every company is an IT company. DevOps provides a framework for examining and improving an organization’s individual software building blocks. Over the next couple of years, unanimous internal alignment will become the critical factor in successful DevOps. Early-adopters that have been doing DevOps for a while are now focusing on the best ways to organize their teams - from getting people with in-depth knowledge onboard to streamlining their (platform) teams.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery