In addition to strong practices and culture, companies running always-on services need the right tools. Teams with mature DevOps practices use tools to facilitate agile project planning and sprints, CI/CD, automation, and advanced monitoring and alerting capabilities.
A modern incident management tool like Opsgenie ensures you receive important alerts delivered to your preferred notification channel(s) with the lowest latencies. It also includes the ability to group alerts to filter numerous alerts, especially when several alerts are generated from a single error or failure. An alert management tool must seamlessly integrate with your team’s tools (e.g., log management, crash reporting) so that it naturally fits into your team’s development and operational rhythm.
Each team is different in terms of workflows, policies, and stakeholders. The alert management tool must be able to customize on-call schedules and routing rules to handle alerts based on their source and payload. Often the alerts may warrant an escalation to an incident. The tool should manage an incident without distractions by automatically creating an incident manager. This allows you to manage the incident like a war room with all the information handy, with integrations to communication and collaboration tools. Finally, the tool must provide advanced reporting and analytics to gain insight into areas of success and identify opportunities for improvement. It should reveal the sources of alerts, the team’s performance in responding, and how on-call workloads are distributed.