Month: March 2017

How IT in the age of digital transformation is like the space race

Next month will mark the 47th anniversary of Apollo 13. The film that recounts the story is a favorite of mine, probably because it so masterfully captures the incredible suspense, fear, and hope felt by people everywhere, that I personally recall very well. I also know how an organization’s digital transformation can generate similar reactions! Apollo 13 was likely a casualty of the space program’s incredibly aggressive schedule. NASA, with… read more

Inside the Black Box Part 3 — VBScript

The third topic of the “black box” series brings us to VBScript. For people interested in the first part, Generated Code, please click here. For the second part, Python, please click here. The first question which came to my mind when someone wanted to instrument VBScript was “Why would someone want to instrument a script?”. The answer to that question is that VBScript is not only something used… read more

The impact of JavaScript errors and How to monitor JavaScript errors using Real User Monitoring!

These days we are moving more and more logic towards the user into the browser to achieve higher performance and better user experience. There are Single Page Application frameworks like AngularJS, React, Ember and others supporting this trend. If it works, everything is fine. But with this trend a JavaScript error can become a website killer. What does this mean? Below you can see the same page twice, but… read more

Dynatrace Europe Tour: APM Perspectives from London, Paris & Linz

Last week I made my way through Europe, touring our offices in the UK, France, Germany and Austria. It was a spectacular week encompassing media interviews, fresh technical unveilings, team lunches, and meet ups with some very significant brands. For me, it was a week that truly showed how far we’ve come, and how far ahead of our competition we really are. First stop, the UK! London… read more

My SAP Hybris Digital Live Summit Takeaways

You can’t really say that I participated in SAP Hybris’ Digital Live Summit (#SAPHybrisLive) yesterday. It was a global event spread across multiple time zones – so yesterday doesn’t apply here. It was a unprecedented online event of a kind I’ve never before experienced. The event followed the sun, started in Singapore, continued in Munich, and finished in New York. 21 hours of live-streaming content and numerous on-demand content items made… read more

Easy Azure monitoring with the Dynatrace VM extension

The Azure VM Extension Gallery makes extending your virtual machines with additional functionality a matter of a few clicks. Following is a brief explanation of how to find the required information you’ll need to set up the Dynatrace OneAgent Azure VM extension. Please be aware that Azure VM extensions are available via the new Azure Portal only. Installation Generate PaaS Token The first step is to get your environment ID and generate a PaaS… read more

OpenStack network mystery: How 2 bytes cost me two days of trouble

Once upon a time, I set up an OpenStack cluster and experienced some strange connectivity problems with all my OpenStack instances. It was the perfect opportunity to learn more about OpenStack, perform a head-long deep dive into Neutron, and update my network troubleshooting skills. The preliminaries I set up my OpenStack cluster on 6 Dell OptiPlex 7040 machines, 1 router, 1 managed switch, and 1 unmanaged switch. True, this is not the… read more

Dynatrace Managed feature update, Version 114

All Dynatrace installers are now signed and validated To further improve the security of Dynatrace Managed, we now sign all Dynatrace Managed installers. Now when a Dynatrace Managed installation is upgraded, the signature of the new installer is automatically verified. The installation proceeds only if the installer signature is verified. For the initial installation of new cluster nodes, you can validate the signature manually. All the instructions you need are… read more

Using the Dynatrace DevOps Pipeline State UFO

The Dynatrace DevOps Pipeline State UFO was built out of the necessity to visualize alerts, problems, health and CI/CD pipeline state within the Dynatrace R&D organization. It sparked a cultural transformation as it made code quality that we pushed more frequently through our Delivery Pipeline more visible. You should read the background story from our Chief Software Architect Helmut Spiegl who invented the first versions of the UFO. read more