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Session 109: Duck, Duck, Goose, and the Black Swan: Modernizing Incident Response

Wednesday, April 10 at 10:15 AM

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Thanks to the strides made in monitoring over the recent years, it's become easier and easier to watch your production systems like a hawk. Dashboards, though, are often just peacocks: beautiful, but not really useful. In critical situations, you need to get your systems up and flying again; the symptoms of underlying issues are all there, just waiting to be plucked. And the good news is, you're not alone in figuring it out: ducks fly long as they're coordinated.

DevOps is drastically changing how organizations support their customers. Automation is just the gateway drug to operational efficiency - removing friction so that everyone can better support the customer. But automation is only a part of solving the broader sociotechnical challenge of transforming how we deliver services to our customers. Effective incident response also requires significant people investment (training, practice) and process investment (structure). This session will tackle these issues and more, from the duckiest to the fowl-est.

Dave Cliffe

Head of Digital Imagineering


Dave Cliffe is a recovering software engineer who took on the role of sherpa on the Product team at PagerDuty before deciding that this whole "digital transformation" thing had legs. Before PagerDuty, Dave worked in cloud computing at Microsoft (Windows Azure) and at, launching their Grocery business. Frequently, he wonders which is scarier: being on-call or being a parent. The debate continues.