Defining the priority of alerts and incidents properly is one of the most critical steps of incident response process. The right alert priorities help the response teams better utilize their most crucial resource - time. Filtering out low priority issues helps with understanding the overall system health, concentrating on the critical problems, and avoiding alert fatigue. These benefits are enough to explain why using the priority field properly is crucial.
We’re thrilled to announce the release of our advanced reporting and analytics capabilities which let you analyze your incident response with a variety of granular reports! Powered by Looker’s data visualization and exploration features, our new platform unlocks your Operations data and enables self-service analytics through unique features such as:
- Powerful visualizations: Our new platform provides many different visualizations you can use to make sense of your data. From cartesian charts to pie and donut charts to timelines and tables, your data is visualized in various ways to help you gain fast insights.
Let’s face it, if you’re reading this article, you’re probably a part of an IT team or familiar with the concept of an Incident. They define the “uncertainty” dimension in your company, and its reputation is determined by how you manage those times of uncertainty. Incidents are the nightmare of the DevOps crew who manages them, and just a state of disappointment for the customer who’s on the receiving end of your service. During a major incident, communicating the misfortune between security experts and corporate stakeholders gains further significance. To manage these times of uncertainty, you must rely upon fail-proof systems which are able to effectively deliver communication between multiple stakeholders. Thus, while the experts are working to resolve the issue, your corporate communication teams must deliver the correct message so that the public opinion is shaped by the disaster response efforts. It’s the difference between letting the public know that the flight is in turbulence instead of a nosedive. A company’s response to a crisis is not a mere coincidence, but a reflection of the efforts taken to mitigate the possibility of a collapse.
Chat applications are integral parts of an incident management system. As their popularity increases, aim to understand their capabilities and make the most out of them.
OpsGenie recently published a tech brief called “Six Must-Haves When Using Slack® for Incident Management” which presents essential features of an incident management system’s chat application to help you respond to incidents faster. In this blog post, the goal is to focus on one of those six features, Control Access.
You have accounts in your chat application (Slack, HipChat / Stride, MS Teams, etc.) and OpsGenie. These integrations are ideally bi-directional, meaning you receive notifications and take actions from within the chat application. OpsGenie identifies which user is executing the actions because of the reasons explained in this next section.
Splunk makes it simple to collect, analyze, and act upon the untapped value of the big data generated by technology infrastructures, security systems, and business applications. Organizations around the world leverage Splunk’s capabilities to gain better visibility across large infrastructures and to analyze and troubleshoot problems more quickly.
OpsGenie provides unique incident response orchestration capabilities that complement Splunk to prepare for incidents that have the potential to impact business. With OpsGenie’s Splunk certified app, you have all the data you need to analyze and resolve problems as well as the tools to develop incident response plans, collaborate and coordinate the response actions, and analyze response effectiveness.
OpsGenie is not a lonely cowboy. Many tools are becoming at the center of our IT world day by day and we need to adapt to them as soon as possible. This is where OpsGenie integrations and our Playground come into play. OpsGenie integrates with many tools that have specific monitoring capabilities and notification/ticketing systems to make everything related to incident response easier.
Incident response is the process of identifying, investigating, and responding to the issues and events that disrupt or have the potential to disrupt normal service operation. There are a handful of universal challenges with which almost every incident response team struggles. Addressing these common problems can help organizations reduce their incident resolution times, minimize cost, and prevent decay of their company’s reputation. In this post, we take a look at five of the most common of these problems.
Technology is now a central concern of almost every organization’s operations. DevOps teams are increasingly the ones responsible for building, deploying, testing, monitoring, and supporting unique solutions — for both internal and external customers. DevOps roles can include Development, IT Operations, System Administration, Quality Assurance, and even Customer Support.
The broad range and scope of these activities would seem to stretch DevOps time and resources far beyond their snapping points. That’s why integrating good monitoring, alerting, and notification tools can be indispensable to a DevOps team.
Why integrate monitoring tool with an alerting and incident response platform
We value being an early-adopter at OpsGenie. We try to enhance our integrations as soon as possible so that our customers can access to the latest capabilities provided by our partners.
Slack recently introduced a new feature, Dialogs, and we are proud to announce that OpsGenie’s Slack App integration is already updated to leverage the new Dialogs functionality! After Slack introduced Dialogs, we got really excited since we had a use-case built for it. If you ask what that feature means, we can simply explain it as a new interactive model which is able to get different information from you and then forward that information directly to the application. Usage of Dialogs is a perfect way to perform "Add Note" actions on an OpsGenie alert in your Slack channel in a more user-friendly way. Even before Slack introduced the Dialogs feature, we allowed the user to add notes to alerts by using slash commands. However, the new way is definitely easier to use.