Design Principles as a UX tool: Part 1
By Doug Whitney
Don't ignore the squishy bits!
I recently had the opportunity to attend UI19 in Boston, a long-running
conference focused on user experience design and ways to be more effective in
a UX role as part of a larger team. One of the presentations in particular
stuck with me as I returned to Boulder thinking about VictorOps and our
evolution as an early stage startup.
Presented by Kim Goodwin, her talk on Principles, Values, and Effective
Design Teams touched on a number of challenges we've experienced first-hand
here at VictorOps as we strive to balance the delivery of a great product
with the necessity to move quickly, while also working to create a culture
that reflects our values as an organization.
In many companies, especially early on, trying to articulate shared
principles can be hard. When it seems everything... (more)
Our New Boundary Integration is Here
By Samantha Haltman
Network visibility and access to real-time data surrounding your
infrastructure is pretty important, don’t you think? With Boundary, users
can identify problems quickly, and ensure their applications and supporting
infrastructure are running smoothly and at peak efficiency.
We are happy to announce that our integration with Boundary, providers of IT
monitoring for DevOps teams, is now available. Getting the Boundary
integration up and running is as easy as copying and pasting an API key,
which can be found in your VictorOp... (more)
DevOps Interview: Alan Shimel
By Jason Hand
I first met Alan in New York City at the 2014 CloudExpo just after starting
my new role at VictorOps. Known as “Shimmy” to most in the DevOps
community, Alan launched DevOps.com as a resource for DevOps education and
community building. Shimmy and I reconnected again in Houston where I gave a
talk on ChatOps at Camp DevOps.
A self-described serial entrepreneur and business executive, Alan has
founded or helped launch numerous startups. With over 25+ years in the IT
business world, Alan also writes and speaks on many IT subjects. He mos... (more)
Why We Switched to Cassandra
By Dan Jones
Due to the nature of our business, high availability is extremely important
to VictorOps and something we take very seriously. We know our customers rely
on our service to be always up so that we can process and deliver their
alerts and notifications. One of the key components that is critical to the
functioning and availability of any SaaS service is the datastore.
At VictorOps we have historically used MySQL in high availability Percona
Xtradb Clusters for operational and analytical uses. While MySQL is a mature
and reliable relational... (more)
DevOps Interview: Jason Dixon
By Jason Hand
If your primary role within your organization is Operations, you likely
realize the importance and significance of monitoring. The DevOps philosophy
teaches us that measuring and collecting as much as possible is critical to
not only the health of infrastructure, but it also plays a critical role in
the architecting efforts of both software and hardware.
Jason Dixon of Librato knows this better than many and has made a career of
helping others understand and implement the best tools and processes of
successful monitoring. Known by many ... (more)