A disruption in daily operations is the last thing a business needs today — running a company during the COVID-19 era is chaotic enough. Yet a recent study has found that information technology outages, downtime and unplanned work continue to cost enterprises both time and money.
This is one reason the cloud-based IT monitoring service PagerDuty Inc. has ridden a wave of enterprise interest in using new technologies to keep system downtime as low as possible. This week the company brings its ecosystem of customers and partners together, including chaos engineering platform Gremlin Inc., Sept. 21-24 for the PagerDuty Summit virtual event.
“A lot of people are asking, ‘What is chaos engineering? How can I use it, and will it help me reduce my incidents?’ Because there are a lot of new services that have been rolled out recently; for example, curbside pickup. That’s a whole new thing that had to be created to handle a large amount of load,” said Tammy Bryant, principal site reliability engineer at Gremlin.
Bryant, who’s lined up as a speaker for the PagerDuty Summit, recently met with Lisa Martin, host of TheCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, ahead of the event. Her talk will cover methods of scaling site reliability engineering teams, along with recommendations for finding and retaining SRE talent.
TheCUBE will be broadcasting interviews with PagerDuty executives and key industry leaders during the PagerDuty Summit event. Discussion topics include recent product announcements, PagerDuty’s growing points of integration across major cloud platforms and services, how the firm is expanding its developer and partner ecosystems to support accelerated digital transformation, and the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning as part of automated solutions to minimize IT alerts. (* Disclosure below.)
Watch the complete video interview with Bryant below:
Leading the way for AIOps and partners
Supporting its sprawling ecosystem for integration up the stack, PagerDuty has been at the forefront of what has become known as the artificial intelligence for IT operations, or AIOps market, a multilayer approach that uses analytics and machine learning to analyze big data gathered from network operations tools and devices. The global AIOps market is expected to reach $237 billion by 2025.
In May, PagerDuty announced new intelligence and automation capabilities for its Dynamic Service Directory, Business Response and Intelligent Triage solutions to help prevent outages and improve remote collaboration between teams.
“The level of automation and AI that we’re building into our platform is really going to reduce the number of interruptions that developers get when they are on call,” said Carolyn Guss, PagerDuty’s vice president of corporate marketing, in a separate preview interview with theCUBE ahead of the Summit. “Technology stacks today are more complex than they’ve ever been before, particularly with businesses having to shift to this digital-first model since we all began shelter in place.”
The global pandemic has placed a more intense spotlight on remote work solutions and the ability to monitor IT operations outside of the data center. This sudden shift in the IT dynamic, precipitated by the sudden closure of many previously staffed business facilities, might be expected to generate an increase in time to resolve issues.
However, Guss offered a couple of interesting data points that captured the current environment from PagerDuty’s perspective.
“We’ve seen a 38% increase in the volume of incidents on our platform since COVID and shelter-in-place began,” Guss noted. “What we’ve also seen is a 20% improvement in the time it takes to resolve an incident, from five minutes down to four. What that means is the PagerDuty community is working really hard.”
Further supporting stack integration, PagerDuty recently launched an expanded partner program for system integrators, consultancies and managed service providers as part of the company’s initiative to serve complex needs across a wide number of disciplines. In addition to AIOps, the IT profession has grown to encompass DevOps, CloudOps, industrial ops, customer service and security.
That’s a sizable number of stakeholders, and PagerDuty’s upcoming all-virtual summit offers new opportunities for participants from many disciplines to connect with partners and customers in the expanding PagerDuty ecosystem.
“We learned in the virtual format that we need to be shorter and more precise in our sessions,” Guss said. “That opened up the opportunity to bring in more of our sponsorship partners, and Zendesk, Salesforce and Microsoft are some of the examples. They get to have a piece of both our keynote sessions and our technical product sessions and really explain their partnership with PagerDuty — and also their core technology and the value they provide customers.”
Livestream of PagerDuty Summit 2020
PagerDuty 2020 is a livestream event with additional interviews to be broadcast on theCUBE. You can register for free here to access the live coverage. You can also watch it on demand on theCUBE’s dedicated page and YouTube channel. (* Disclosure below.)
How to watch theCUBE interviews
We offer you various ways to watch the live coverage of PagerDuty Summit 2020 digital event, including theCUBE’s dedicated website and YouTube channel. You can also get all the coverage from this year’s events on SiliconANGLE.
TheCUBE Insights podcast
SiliconANGLE also has podcasts available of archived interview sessions, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify, which you can enjoy while on the go.
Guests who will be interviewed on theCUBE during the PagerDuty Summit 2020 digital event
Guests who will be interviewed on theCUBE during the PagerDuty Summit 2020 digital event include PagerDuty’s Jennifer Tejada, chief executive officer; Rachel Obstler, vice president of product; and Jonathan Rende, senior vice president of product marketing.
Stay tuned for the complete PagerDuty Summit 2020 digital event guest list.
(* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for the PagerDuty Summit 2020 digital event. Neither PagerDuty, the sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)
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