Youngest Person to Ever Record PagerDuty Custom Alert!

- September 2, 2015

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One day, Ethan, whose dad works at Altiscale, heard a sweet song. It was an infectious tune; he couldn’t get it out of his head. Over and over, he heard this song, wafting again and again from his father’s phone. What was this magnificent melody? When would it play again? The song was, technically speaking, a PagerDuty alert: a jingle by the name of “You Made the Server Cry,” recorded Barbershop Quartet-style by some of PagerDuty’s more musical employees. Five-year-old Ethan thought the song was so amazing, he found himself singing it all the time. Pretty soon, he was making up his own PagerDuty alert sounds, and came up with a ditty called, “Something’s Broken,” sung to the tune of “London Bridge.” His dad decided to record it and submit it to us as a custom alert sound.

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Do You Need Your Ticketing System for Real-Time Incident Management?

- August 27, 2015

Using ticket systems can be fraught with issues: a clunky workflow, mired in process, means that users can’t always move and adapt quickly. While ticketing systems are a great way to manage a ticket queue of ongoing requests, we’ve noticed that many operationally mature companies stay away from ticketing systems for their real-time incident management. Instead, they are using a more lightweight solution, like PagerDuty. A lightweight solution, with a focus on automation, allows them to be more agile, and get things done faster.

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Three Ways to Ramp Up Your Enterprise IT Operations Management

- August 23, 2015

As indicated in a survey conducted by Forrester Research, a well-constructed IT Operations management system provides fast alert notification, keeps business-critical incidences from occurring at a minimum, and focuses on automation as a way of addressing issues. What we are actually seeing in the field today, however, doesn’t seem to line up with this approach. According to a recent Forrester thought leadership paper, incident resolution practices today are tactical, reactive, and harm commercial success. Listed below are some observations we are seeing with IT Organizations in the Enterprise.

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It’s a Match! Swipe Incidents with PagerDuty Mobile App Update

- August 20, 2015

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We’re pleased to announce our fourth major mobile release, which brings some significant improvements to the performance and usability of key parts of the app. With all these changes, it’s faster and easier than ever to see, investigate, and take action on problems in your system — driving down resolution time and helping your team improve your operations performance.

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PagerDuty Customer Support & Advocacy Team Wins Stevie® Award

- August 18, 2015

We are delighted to announce that our Customer Support and Advocacy team won the Silver Stevie® Award in the Customer Service Department of the Year category in the 2015 International Business Awards. The award demonstrates PagerDuty’s commitment to its customers, as evidenced by a satisfaction rating that averaged 98.3 percent throughout 2014.

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On-Call Best Practices: Page Your Manager

- August 13, 2015

Having one person on-call isn’t enough. What happens if your on-call engineer sleeps through their alert? What happens if their phone’s battery dies without them knowing, or if they get an alert at a really inconvenient time, like when stuck on a bus or in traffic? It will happen. We present best practices for back up. One or more people, waiting in the wings, ready to spring into action if your primary on-call is unable to perform his or her duties to the best of their abilities at any given time.

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How Etsy Drives a Culture of Empathy, Autonomy, Learning

- August 6, 2015

Etsy occasionally runs an engineer exchange program, where they trade engineers with another tech company to give both organizations insight into what the other does differently. PagerDuty was their most recent participant, and in May, I had the pleasure of spending a week at Etsy’s office in Brooklyn. I learned from their practices, observed what they were doing well, and gained insight into their team dynamics. Etsy has an amazing culture, and I observed the customs they put into place to maintain their environment of empathy, autonomy, and learning. It was a great example of the traditions a company can foster to maintain a productive and happy work environment.

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Important Security Announcement From PagerDuty

- July 30, 2015

Our customers and community are very important to us, and to maintain the transparency that is essential to keeping your trust, we wanted to tell you about a recent event. On July 9, PagerDuty detected an unauthorized intrusion by an attacker who gained access to some information about our customers. Within a few hours of […]

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#HugOps in Practice: Empathy Skills for DevOps

- July 16, 2015

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We think we’re doing the whole DevOps thing right — new hires can deploy on day one, Travis CI is humming along, and we own the code we ship. But then something breaks, something doesn’t go according to plan, tempers flare up, and all that warm, fuzzy collaboration seems to evaporate. What’s going on? What happened to #HugOps?

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