DevOps

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 U.S. … 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 to script … 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 Always great to … 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. We officially … read more

Inside the Black Box Part 2 – Python

This is the second topic of the “Black Box” series, bringing us to Python. For people interested in part one — Generated Code — please click here. In this post I’ll go through how to take a simple Python script and instrument it using the AppMon Native ADK. I will also shed some light on the most common pitfall when instrumenting Python scripts and how you might be able to … read more

DevOps from the Front Lines: Enterprise Adoption Principles and Pitfalls

So, what do I think of when I’m told a company wants to adopt DevOps? The first thing that comes to mind is the size of the organization, and how far they want to take DevOps best practices. I really want to know what DevOps adoption will mean for the company. In my experience, it gets especially interesting for large organizations that rely on a lot of applications and teams. There … read more

Inside the black box – Generated code

With the requirement to deliver new software releases faster, and more frequently, many companies choose to automate some, or all, of the code development. Developers can create flows in an integrated development environment (IDE) such as JDeveloper, Eclipse or another tool without seeing a single line of code. Once the process is defined in the flow view the IDE creates one or more files which is read in by the … read more

How a Digital Experience Center (DEC) aligns development, operations and the business for the best customer experience?

Backed by the right technology and expertise, Digital Experience Centers (DECs) offer visual platforms for dynamic collaboration between dev, prod, and ops teams together with business stakeholders. They support an agile DevOps culture across an entire organization. This in turn positions user experience squarely as the top priority. They teach us how Dynatrace can bring customer insights, visibility into new stack technologies, and detailed management of the deployment pipeline to … read more

How Ulta Beauty is Pushing the limits of application visibility

Successful digital transformation requires visibility across silos of technology, development, and operations. While tracking some of this information can be relatively simple, gaining visibility into third-party applications–“black boxes”—is a serious challenge for many organizations. BUT the Ulta team uses Dynatrace as a lighthouse in the fog, adding visibility and insight to performance, execution and metrics that were previously obscured by black boxes. Check how, with increased visibility to application performance, … read more

Sitecore Performance Tips: What’s Geography Got to Do with It?

It’s not very often that data aligns perfectly to illustrate a topic. Typically, there are very clear trends among the outlying data points that clearly support the topic in question, but it’s rarely absolute. So, while researching Sitecore performance topics this week, I spotted data points that almost perfectly align to support the premise of Geographical Performance Variance in User Experience, that is, in layman’s terms, the further away the … read more

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