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Incident management is paramount to the success of any modern ITOps team. However, much like growing a business, scaling incident management can also trigger growing pains. As the landscape of devices, applications, and systems grows — each requiring monitoring — so too, does the alert...
Last week, I shared my best practices for fast-tracking a career. This week I’m sharing my top pieces of advice for companies on the high-growth fast-track. As the term suggests, companies at this stage are characterized by a rapid increase in regional and international sales, global.....
If technical debt were like monetary debt, it would be hard to keep track of it unless you checked in manually. The only way many people find out their checking account is running out of funds is by logging in and checking the balance — or, worse, having a check bounce or a debit card ...
Incident response bottlenecks – you know they’re real and you know that your incident response system probably has a few, but they must be minimized as they hurt your on-call teams and your customers. Let’s take a look at some of the most critical bottlenecks and how....
Joe Sexton recently joined PagerDuty’s Executive Advisory Board. As an experienced leader in scaling high-growth SaaS companies, we asked him to share his thoughts on how others can scale their careers in today’s workplace. These skills can apply to any field – technical or not.....
It’s critical to have the right tools in place before a firefight happens. A lack of proper tooling makes it significantly more difficult to recognize, organize, fight, and resolve a major outage. This is especially true when teams are busy fighting rather than communicating to i...
Here at PagerDuty, we spend a lot of time thinking about how we can help the DevOps community and IT professionals succeed. We’re particularly interested in the “hows and whys” of evolving DevOps practices, how to deliver value to our practitioners, and how to better serve the communit...
The on-call engineer has a critical role to play in incident management. They can mean the difference between an incident turning critical or being managed and resolved quickly. Startups may not have many choices around who should be on call, but as the organization grows... The post B...
Avoiding Noise in Incident Management Suppression. According to the thesaurus, this word is synonymous with terms like deletion, elimination, and annihilation. Yet within the context of incident management, suppression means something quite different. It’s not about getting rid of data...
Smart devices require smart monitoring. That’s not a platitude. It’s an imperative. In fact, the smarter the device, the smarter you need to be about monitoring it. As headlines have shown, unmonitored, unprotected smart devices may be a disaster (or a DDoS attack) just waiting to hap...
Thanks to the DevOps movement, we now understand why software delivery chains that consist of a series of silos are bad. They complicate communication between different teams, leading to delivery delays, backtracking, and bugs. When it comes to incident management, there is another ty...
According to a roundup by Gartner, the average cost of downtime for an enterprise is $5,600 per minute. While the data collected was from incredibly large companies, the cost of downtime for even small startups is no laughing matter. Let’s assume, for the sake of... The post The Top Ca...
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It’s about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. In my career, I have had the opportunity to work with some inspiring women who have helped sha...
A memo from our CEO, Jennifer Tejada. More than a hallmark card holiday, we celebrate today as International Women’s Day. It’s a celebration across the US and the tech industry with a grass roots movement, “A Day Without Women,” which calls for women to go... The post Celebrating Women...
Have you ever returned to the office to find out that a server was down the whole night, and there was no way you could have been informed? If so, you probably need mobile incident management. In a world where almost everyone’s pockets are filled... The post The On-Call Engineer’s Best...
One year ago today, I embarked on my most exciting adventure yet — PagerDuty. Here in the valley, it’s truly amazing what can be achieved in a year for a software startup like PagerDuty. When I started last February, I was an Enterprise Business Representative and... The post What a Ye...
Cloudflare and Google’s Project Zero published details of security data leak. A vulnerability in Cloudflare’s code has led to a potential unknown quantity of data leaking – including people’s private information such as passwords, personal information, messages, and cookies over the In...
I joined PagerDuty in 2014 when the company was, by many measures, a successful startup. The company was growing and had become the default choice for businesses that needed an effective and highly reliable IT alerting tool. I believe that early success was due, in... The post Learning...
In a simpler world, all alerts would be created equal and your infrastructure would either be completely working or completely broken — with no middle ground. In reality, however, the world is not that simple. Especially not today, when infrastructure is more diverse and complex... The...
Ensure High Availability for Your Applications With These 7 Steps Several months ago, Delta experienced an IT outage that cost them over $150 million, dropping their overall profit margins by up to 3%. Customers were stranded for hours, 2300 flights were cancelled, and Delta had to... ...
Why I Joined When I decided to interview at PagerDuty almost two years ago, two things convinced me this was the right fit for me as an Engineering Manager: the people and the product. Since then, PagerDuty has more than doubled in size, and both... The post Life at PagerDuty: How Page...
The Ponemon Institute estimates an average per-minute cost for just partial outages to be $5,600.00 (which comes to over $300,000.00 per hour), with costs running much higher in some industries. Depending on the industry, a single incident can cost well over $1 million. These numbers,....
Managing Increased Complexity Against Greater Agility Thanks to Docker and the DevOps revolution, microservices have emerged as the new way to build and deploy applications — and there are plenty of great reasons to embrace the microservices trend. If you are going to adopt microservic...
Why External Variables Matter in Incident Management When it comes to incident management, it’s easy to fall into an insular mindset. We spend months planning and configuring systems that alert us of any issues within the system, and to cover our bases, we establish traditional.....
What is Full-Stack Visibility? You often hear that a tool provides full-stack visibility — but what exactly does that mean? Different tools provide visibility in different ways, since visibility not only depends on how your IT infrastructure is composed, but what it is you want visibil...
A memo from our CEO, Jennifer Tejada. This past weekend, I, like many, watched the news with awe, disappointment and heartfelt concern for our families, friends, colleagues and neighbors impacted by President Trump’s executive order on immigration. This order applies an immediate 90-da...
Instacart uses PagerDuty to scale their business while delivering exceptional customer experience Instacart is turning the burdensome grocery shopping experience into an incredible opportunity. Grocers have been struggling to lure millennials and working professionals into their stores...
I recently joined the PagerDuty sales team as the Director of Strategic Accounts. You have to admit the name “PagerDuty” is quite unique as it paints a picture of how quickly technology has evolved over the last two decades. We’ve gone from on-call engineers carrying... The post Why I ...
Reach Business Stakeholders During Critical Incidents Today, the reach of an IT outage extends far beyond the reach of the IT organization. The health of digital infrastructure is becoming all the more vital. In a competitive, consumer-focused market landscape, an outage can have a sig...
 Exclusive Integration Delivers Better Incident Management and Resolution Workflows PagerDuty has long been partnering with ServiceNow, enabling IT teams globally to deliver the right response from the right expert faster, and helping businesses deliver better services to their interna...
We’re kicking off an exciting new webinar series in which we’ll be showcasing new features, capabilities, trends, innovations, and much more to help you get ahead in managing your digital operations and infrastructure in 2017! We’re starting with two highly anticipated webinars b...
Reliability has always been one of the primary design considerations at PagerDuty. (We even use PagerDuty at PagerDuty!) But what do we do when the unexpected happens and something does go wrong? It’s of the utmost importance that we are prepared and can get our systems... The po...
2016 has been a great year for PagerDuty, as we’ve had a momentous year of rapid innovation, transformation, and growth. As we take this time to reflect on everything we’ve been through this year, we’d like to share a little bit about what took place... The post 2016: Year-In-Review ap...
Being on-call can be rough. Nobody likes to be interrupted by work when going about their everyday lives — or worse, when sleeping. On-call shouldn’t glue you to your computer or require your constant attention, but when you do get interrupted, it’s important to stay... The post ...
Recently, we announced new innovations in digital operations management which extend our market-leading platform beyond alerting, notification, on-call automation, and triage to event intelligence, and end-to-end response orchestration. Here are three helpful tips to maximize your inve...
It was great to spend time with our community of hundreds of first responders, incident commanders, developers, and NOC managers at AWS re:Invent.  Many of the organizations I spoke with told me they rely on Amazon CloudWatch to monitor critical metrics across their cloud infrastructur...
Here at PagerDuty we constantly release new innovations to help ITOps and DevOps teams worldwide deliver better software and customer experiences. This quarter has been by far one of our biggest ever, with new capabilities and products that completely redefine the user experience with ...
As PagerDuty continues to evolve and innovate beyond traditional incident management with new products and capabilities in digital operations management, a key area of focus has been ensuring security always remains at the heart of our platform. In order for powerful capabilities aroun...
It begins today, a gathering of IT professionals, practitioners, vendors,  innovators, and disruptors, converging in Las Vegas, to take part in the this year’s hottest IT event — AWS re:Invent 2016. This year, as is many years past, PagerDuty will have a great presence (Booth... ...
Monitoring IT systems and applications is a complex science, and at PagerDuty, we are proud to integrate with over 175 different ITOps, DevOps, and ChatOps tools that can detect problems and exceptions in applications and infrastructure. However, even with sophisticated processing at t...