26 November 2019


Added 01-Jan-1970

Monitoring has become a crucial part of many systems over the past years. Currently, when more than ever apps are based on the microservices infrastructure and distributed systems, properly done monitoring is the easiest and sometimes the only way to gain insights into the execution and workflow of the application. Monitoring implemented the right way can save hours of developers' time while debugging errors and edge cases in the code.

For this Meetup, we have 3 speakers lined up from local organizations, with talks about different monitoring tools and approaches. There will also be food and drinks as usual! 🍕🍺

The history and future of web application monitoring by Emanuil Tolev, Community Advocate at Elastic
We've come thus far: logging solutions are widely deployed, from scp+grep to proper federated logging. Collecting centralised server environment and resources metrics has also matured significantly. Tracing, a.k.a. in-depth Application Performance Monitoring (APM) is now a mature market with a dozen good quality vendors.

How did we get to this point and where might we go from here? Where are we still lacking innovative solutions and what cutting edge features and projects may be leading the way? What drives the people who work in this field and how does that impact the direction it takes for the sake of all on-call engineers' sleep?

Emanuil is a Community Engineer with Elastic, the company behind the open source Elastic Stack (Elasticsearch, APM, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash). He's based in London. He used to be a freelance web developer + ops lead and ran a small open science web dev consultancy with partners for several years. Interested in mentorship, inclusion, small businesses, archery and always curious about how the world works in detail.

Managing Reliability with Service Level Objectives and Error Budgets by Tim Little, Site Reliability Engineer at Kudos Innovations
In this talk we are going to cover how to determine service complexity and reliability by defining Service Level Objects during service design. Then monitor their reliability using Error Budgets and using them as a trigger for enhancing reliability of any under performing services.

Tim is a Site Reliability Engineer with Kudos Innovations. He has experience in cloud architecture, system administration and managing operations teams. He is current working with micro services build on Kubernetes, Elasticsearch and Google Cloud.

Breaking Glass With Bots: automating your emergency procedures with chatbots by Roy Lines, Consultant CTO, Cloud Architect and Devops specialist
Talk description coming soon!

Roy Lines is a technology executive and advisor, Cloud, DevOps, and SRE specialist experienced in driving business growth through digital transformation. He advises his clients in the use of lean start-up principles, Site Reliability Engineering, and microservice architectures and is a hands-on technologist with specialisations in AWS, Terraform, Docker, Kubernetes, Node.js, and Go. Past roles have included CTO, VP Engineering, Head of DevOps, Cloud Architect and spent 4 years as a technology advisor to Digital McKinsey working in many verticals including quick service restaurants (QSR), gaming, travel, banking, manufacturing and FinTech. He is currently working as a CTO within Unilever, and likes rockets and robots.

Thanks to our sponsor The Oxford Trust which gives us free use of the POD.