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Strengthening our commitment to the OpenTelemetry project 

Carter Socha | April 20, 2023

Lightstep is the first company to natively provide customers with complete control of their telemetry pipeline which saves time and money, and provides the freedom to innovate at scale. By embracing OpenTelemetry support without vendor lock-in, Lightstep helps you make complex app development easier and faster.

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It’s Not Technical Skill That Matters Most for Platform Teams — It’s Empathy

James Burns | Nov 17, 2019

Sometimes platform teams get created as a place to dump all the toil. Other times they’re created to collect systems expertise. However, the true purpose of a platform team is to increase development velocity and improve the developer experience. 

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Making Your System Observable from the Outside In

Joe Blubaugh | Nov 14, 2019

An Incremental Approach to Observability

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Why You Should Have a Platform Team

James Burns | Oct 30, 2019

Platform teams are force multipliers, by reducing cognitive load for developers and making it easier to ship, allowing them to focus on feature velocity.

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How to Build a Platform Team

James Burns | Oct 21, 2019

Platform teams enable developers to work more quickly and efficiently, but only when they’re closely aligned with and feel empathy for developers.

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Data-Driven Hypotheses with Lightstep: A Step-by-Step Guide

Robin Whitmore | Oct 15, 2019

With Lightstep, in four quick steps, you’re able to come up with a data-driven hypothesis. The team is working on the fix and will have it out before lunch. As a bonus, you found an issue deep in the stack that you didn’t even know was there!

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How deep systems broke observability — and what we can do about it

Ben Sigelman | Oct 14, 2019

Deep systems break conventional observability: the dollar cost of metrics and logs explodes, and at the same time the metrics and logs themselves become less useful. Service owners cannot possibly comprehend the firehose of metrics and logs...

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A Brief History of “The Span”: Hard to Love, Hard to Kill

Ben Sigelman | Sep 4, 2019

This article discussed the history of a span and how distributed tracing must form the backbone of any modern observability strategy, and, gradually, our industry is coming to terms with that fact.

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Kubernetes Logs and Services: Beware These Pitfalls

David Klein, James Burns | Aug 15, 2019

So, you’ve gone “cloud native” … you’re running apps in containers, you’re scheduling them with Kubernetes, and now you’re trying to figure out what the heck is going on. It’s the third time in a month where your customers are seeing two minutes of...

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Kubernetes Observability for Contrarians

James Burns | Jul 28, 2019

So, maybe you’ve heard of this Kubernetes thing? As Kubernetes continues to pick up steam as the best platform to run your cloud native applications questions continue to be raised about how to make it observable.

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