Data Quantity, Quality & Frequency: Keys to Production Readiness
Despite the fact that majority of developers firmly believe that "it worked
on my laptop" is a poor excuse for production failures, most don't truly
understand why it is virtually impossible to make your development
environment representative of production.
When asked, the primary reason for the production/development difference
everyone mentions is technology stack spec/configuration differences. While
it's true, thanks to the black magic of Cloud (capitalization intended) with
a bit of wizardry from Chef, anyone can create a pretty reliable replica of
the production environment on demand. The actual main issue with reliable
production mirroring is complex, but can be described in one word - data.
Quantity of Data
Most of the time developers don't have the full dataset to work with in their
Content Management Systems (CMS) have become one of the most powerful
Internet-related products. What once was a gadget for web developers and
technology geeks is now a must-have tool for multiple business units. Because
of the pace at which the world of Internet technology changes, and the high
demand for up-to-the-minute content, there are thousands of products
(commercial and open source alike) that offer myriad features to companies in
need of a solution for publishing their content.
Unfortunately, over the past decade, the term "CMS" has become a buzz word, a
commodity if y... (more)
I've talked at length about the importance of business process monitoring
alongside of system monitoring, but in discussions I found that sometimes an
overview and simple examples are not enough to convince people about the
benefits of this approach. Business owners think they don't need to know
anything about the operational performance of their systems as long as they
have their numbers, and engineers often don't feel they need to invest time
into understanding the business they are supporting in detail, finding
examples shown too "common sense."
One question we ask our engine... (more)