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Gain agility through observability

Heather Waters | January 19, 2023

As we navigate geopolitical challenges, macroeconomic headwinds, and the post-pandemic comedown, there is pressure to drive transformation, reduce costs, and be more efficient. See how observability can help you rise to the challenge and be more agile.

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How to Have Tough Conversations with Cloud Providers, Vendors, and Everyone Else You Are Paying

James Burns | Apr 21, 2019

Error rates skyrocket. A critical service slows. SLAs breach by the dozen. When things break — and one of your vendors is clearly at fault — even the most seasoned engineers can lose their cool. *“What the heck is going on\! Why didn’t we know...

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How to Get Started with Chaos: A Step-by-Step Guide to Gamedays

James Burns | Apr 10, 2019

When you first start deploying applications in the cloud, it can feel amazing. You just tell the system to do something and suddenly your code is available to everyone. This article discusses the chaos and failure you're likely to experience afterword.

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Announcing Lightstep Developer Mode: A Simple Way to Instrument Services and Get Started with Tracing

Ted Young | Apr 9, 2019

At Lightstep, we want to make it as easy as possible for organizations to adopt best-of-breed tracing. Developer Mode acts like a console for tracing: Hit execute, and instantly see your traces.

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What Happens When Your Cloud Integration Starts without Observability

James Burns | Apr 4, 2019

In this article, we discuss how cloud services have changed the way applications are developed. They allow teams to focus on their value proposition, product, and customers.

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How to Launch a Distributed Tracing MVP with Just 50 Lines of Code

James Burns | Mar 28, 2019

There comes a time in every successful technology company’s life when there’s a realization that it’s not quite clear what’s happening in production, and that lack of clarity is impacting customers. This post is for people facing this same question now.

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What Makes Lightstep Different

David Klein | Mar 26, 2019

See how Lightstep delivers unified observability, with visibility across multi-layered architectures, enabling teams to detect and resolve regressions quickly, regardless of system scale or complexity.

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Why I Joined Lightstep

James Burns | Mar 21, 2019

This article gives you an insight into the team at Lightstep. In the spirit of OpenTracing, the starting point is to develop a shared understanding of the problem we’re trying to solve, what makes it difficult, and how we can get better together.

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Now Comes the Fun Part: Mainstream Microservices and Their Implications

Ben Sigelman | Mar 18, 2019

*For those who were at QCon and those who weren’t, I’d love to get your feedback on these ideas. You can find me on twitter [@el\_bhs]( or drop me a line [over old-fashioned email]( if you’d like...

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Welcoming Denise Persson to our Board of Directors

Ben Sigelman | Mar 12, 2019

Today it’s my pleasure to announce that Denise Persson has joined Lightstep’s Board of Directors. We couldn’t be happier about the news!

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