Featured Conference Talk
Honeycomb’s user conference is designed to accelerate your path to production excellence. With beginner and advanced sessions and training, top Honeycomb customers and our own experts will teach you how to successfully implement observability today. We will also show you what we’re enabling for the future.
Honeycomb & OpenTelemetry: Instrumentation Should Be Boring
OpenTelemetry is a collection of tools, APIs, and SDKs that can be used to instrument, generate, collect and export telemetry data for analysis in order to understand your software’s performance and behavior. Paul gives an overview of how Honeycomb has embraced OpenTelemetry as a key part of our instrumentation strategy, how this can help make instrumenting your code easier, and what you can expect from Honeycomb and OpenTelemetry in the near future.
Vanguard's Adoption Journey: How Honeycomb Helps Shape Developer Workflows
After evaluating multiple approaches to distributed tracing, Vanguard ultimately landed on using OpenTelemetry and Honeycomb. Now, they have hundreds of teams using Honeycomb, with a different mentality to the way they run and manage production. One example is a team using SLOs for a critical service. A burn alert came through, and they were able to remediate this issue before it became customer-impacting.
Building Observability Metrics With OpenTelemetry
OpenTelemetry provided trace data stability earlier this year. Now, project contributors are enhancing metrics support in OpenTelemetry. This means the OpenTelemetry data model and components, including the Collector and language libraries (APIs and SDKs), are being extended. Full interoperability with Prometheus, a core pillar of metrics support with OpenTelemetry, is also in development. Join in for this session to learn about what we’re building to provide full metrics support and ensure interoperability with Prometheus metrics.
How Tracing Uncovers Half-truths in Slack’s CI Infrastructure
Frank Chen shares how traces gave us a critical and compounding capability to better understand where, when, how, and why faults occur for our customers in CI. We share how shared tooling for high-dimensionality event traces (using SlackTrace and SpanEvents) could significantly increase our velocity to diagnose code in flight and to debug complex system interactions.
Red Hat: Observability & Refactoring in a Java Monolith: A Diary of Digging Out
This talk covers hard lessons learned by a small team at Red Hat over the past few years as they struggled to refactor a monolithic service to a more scalable and resilient architecture. In this talk, John covers the lessons they've learned about observability, production support effectiveness, and the cost of bad or inadequate solutions. They made more than a few mistakes like repeatedly under-appreciating the value of operational features and support infrastructure, and falling prey to the rush of shipping features while neglecting their service's operational health.
Intelligent Medical Objects: The Curious Case of the Latency Spike
Michael covers false starts during early issue investigation including cold starts, provisioned concurrency, and function memory limits. You'll learn how and why increasing application observability enabled his team to bypass invalid assumptions about root causes of poor application performance, how they moved from guessing to knowing, and how that focus helped them fix application behaviors that most directly impacted our customer experience.
Introducing Honeycomb Metrics
Honeycomb Metrics is a new product feature that lets you send metrics data to Honeycomb. This session is a deep dive into how they work, how and when to use them, and what is supported as of today's open beta release. You'll learn about how and when metrics can be a useful addition to your trace data, how to instrument a system for metrics using the OTel Collector, how to retrieve and visualize that data within the Honeycomb UI, and other ways to use metrics with the OpenTelemetry SDK.
CircleCI: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of a Single Wide Event
Using only a single event for each valuable business transaction, and packing it with fields, we can reduce event volume at scale so you don't have to sample them. In this talk, Glen covers how their team made use of this technique at CircleCI to great effect, with real examples of questions this approach has allowed us to answer.
Honeycomb Battle Scars: Lessons From Honeycomb Customers
This session is a roundtable discussion with speakers you've heard from throughout the conference. Each speaker will share their one biggest pain point they've had, lesson learned, or thing they wish they would have known about Honeycomb and observability sooner. Listen to this session to hear practical lessons that can help you and your team avoid developing some of these same scars the hard way.
Join Honeycomb co-founders Christine Yen and Charity Majors for a look into the present and the future of observability, as well as the future of Dev and Ops. Rich Anakor, Chief Solutions Architect at Vanguard, will show how Vanguard is realizing that future today. Liz Fong-Jones will demo the latest and greatest in Honeycomb, including major product announcements revealed for the first time here.
How Honeycomb Manages Incident Response
Fred covers the full incident lifecycle at Honeycomb, all the way from first detecting issues to resolving them. But most of the effective practices we implement come from work that happens before and after those incidents. You'll also learn about systems we use at Honeycomb that can also help you implement better incident response with your teams.