DataLayer Exposed: Charity Majors on Observability & The Glorious Future

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We're bringing you video of all the sessions from this year's DataLayer conference, starting with the opening keynote from Charity Majors on Observability. Dive in now and start your own virtual DataLayer.

Last month, Compose descended on Austin to host the second annual DataLayer Conference, a conference devoted to the space where apps meet data. The talks were unbelievable so we decided they needed to be shared with the world, not just those who were able to join us in Texas.

We kicked the conference off with our morning keynote address with Charity Majors. Charity gave us a look at the infrastructure complexity today, from distributed systems and microservices, to automation and orchestration, to containers, schedulers and persistence layers to discuss looking at the next generation of observability. Moving forward, it's going to be important to engineer your systems to be understandable, explorable, and self-explanatory. To do that, you're going to need tooling which manages that complexity and some of the ways things have traditionally been done are just going to have to go.

It was a great start to the day and she gave those of us in the audience quite a bit to think about. Watch her talk and let us know what you think using the hashtag #DataLayerConf. Be sure to check back every Monday for the next installment of DataLayer.


We're in the planning stages for DataLayer 2018 right now so, if you have an idea for a talk, start fleshing that out. We'll have a CFP, followed by a blind submission review, and then select our speakers, who we'll fly to DataLayer to present. Sounds fun, right?

Thom Crowe
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