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Value and ROI

Unlocking Developer Productivity: An Overview of Forrester’s Total Economic Impact™ Study for Cortex IDP

Learn about the ROI of Cortex's Internal Developer Portal calculated by Forrester Consulting after interviewing real customers about costs, benefits, and value received.
By
Lauren Craigie
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July 16, 2024
Best Practice
incident management

Incident Response Automation: How It Works & Best Practices

Tired of manual incident response draining your team's resources? Dive into the world of incident response automation and learn how it can revolutionize your approach to managing critical issues.
By
Cortex
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July 9, 2024
incident management
Best Practice

Runbooks vs Playbooks: Differences & How to Choose

Unsure when to use playbooks vs runbooks? Our guide clarifies their differences to help you choose.
By
Lauren Craigie
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July 4, 2024
incident management

What is a Runbook? Improve Efficiency and Incident Response

The key to building reliable services is proper preparation. See here how runbooks can help you do just that, by ensuring the right knowledge is readily available when you need it most.
By
Cortex
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July 2, 2024
DevOps

DevOps Automation: Unlock Efficiency, Improve Responsiveness

Master DevOps automation to streamline workflows, boost deployment speed, and improve software quality. Read now to discover benefits and best practices.
By
Cortex
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June 28, 2024
Development

Developer onboarding process 101: Checklist & more

A good onboarding process should give a new developer the tools they need for success and autonomy. In this guide, we’ll take a look at a few key parts of welcoming new team members into your organization.
By
Cortex
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June 27, 2024
Catalogs

Cortex Catalogs: More than Microservices

Cortex's earliest use cases may have revolved around microservices, but today's customers use our catalog customization to design catalog and entity types for all kinds of components. Whether you're most concerned with services, infrastructure, clusters, APIs, product lines, teams, or any other object in your business model, we've got you covered.
By
Lauren Craigie
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June 18, 2024
Best Practice
developer metrics
DORA metrics

Metrics IDPs move: How to measure the impact of your Internal Developer Portal 

The dev tooling space is crowded—with lots of promises of increased productivity and reduced downtime. Find out exactly what metrics Internal Developer Portals move, on what timeline, and how to track all progress in one place.
By
Lauren Craigie
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June 17, 2024
Infra-as-Code
Best Practice

Best Infrastructure as Code (IAC) Tools (Updated 2024)

Discover the leading infrastructure as code tools on the market and learn how an internal developer portal can extend them to improve production readiness.
By
Cortex
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June 13, 2024
Developer Onboarding
Best Practice

Developer Onboarding Checklist: Put DevEx First

Discover the key to successful developer onboarding with our comprehensive onboarding checklist, designed to boost productivity and culture fit.
By
Cortex
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June 7, 2024
Production Readiness
Best Practice

The CTO Pocket Guide to Internal Developer Portals

Internal Developer Portals have quickly become a baseline requirement for scaling engineering teams that want to accelerate onboarding, improve software health, and increase developer autonomy and productivity. Find all you need to know in our latest CTO pocket guide.
By
Lauren Craigie
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June 5, 2024
Migrations

Scorecard Series: Migrations without the Migraine

Engineering is always in the process of changing something in their environment—migrating to the cloud, off the cloud, to a new tool, off an old tool, addressing EOLs, and upgrading packages—this process doesn't have to suck.
By
Lauren Craigie
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May 28, 2024
Developer Experience
Developer Onboarding

Engineering Onboarding: The Key to DevEx Success

Discover strategies to elevate your engineering onboarding process, ensuring new hires integrate seamlessly and contribute faster.
By
Cortex
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May 23, 2024
Quality

Quality Engineering: Mastering quality control & assurance

Learn more about the evolution from quality control and assurance to quality engineering. Discover the benefits, best practice tips, and more.
By
Cortex
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May 20, 2024
reliability
Quality

Ultimate Guide to Measuring Software Quality

Measuring software quality can be a challenge. Discover which software metrics to consider and advice for defining quality criteria and driving continuous improvement.
By
Lauren Craigie
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May 16, 2024
code quality
SRE
Best Practice

Code Quality Metrics: Definition, Examples, & Tips

Code quality impacts various elements of software development and user experience. Discover which metrics to track to measure and improve code quality.
By
Cortex
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May 9, 2024
Production Readiness

We need to talk about production readiness

Every software team has some version of a production readiness checklist—some assortment of things they expect to happen before new software is released into the world. But have we lost the plot on what these lists were designed to achieve? To prevent? Deployments are now continuous, but our checklists are still frozen in time (and tools). It's time to rethink what we're doing here.
By
Ganesh Datta
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May 2, 2024
Cortex on Cortex
Catalogs

How Cortex uses catalog customization to increase visibility across projects

For software tools to be “enterprise ready,” they need to be able to mold themselves seamlessly to the shifting needs of an enterprise-scale organization. In this post, I’ll dive into how Cortex did just that, using our own flexible platform to revamp health and visibility tracking on projects.
By
Darren Schack
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April 26, 2024
SRE
Best Practice
code quality
Development
incident management

Pocket Guide to Production Readiness (plus bonus framework!)

Discover what production readiness is, how to conduct efficient reviews, and why it’s time to elevate your production readiness checklist to a production readiness framework.
By
Lauren Craigie
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April 19, 2024
Microservices
Microservice Catalog
Catalogs

Microservices Catalog: Definition, Use Cases & Benefits

Discover how a microservices catalog could help your engineering team improve service discovery, increase efficiency, and improve developer experience.
By
Lauren Craigie
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April 17, 2024
SRE
incident management

What's new in on-call best practice?

Which on-call practices are hot in 2024? Some you’ll expect—others bring us back to basics.
By
Lauren Craigie
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April 16, 2024
code quality
Best Practice

Software quality metrics developers should track (and how to do it)

Want to improve software quality? These metrics will help. Discover measurement techniques and best practice tips to help you drive continuous improvement.
By
Lauren Craigie
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April 8, 2024
Microservices
Microservice Catalog

Beyond Microservices: Miniservices, Macroservices, and the in between

Macroservices, miniservices... mesoservices? Are these increasingly common designations just variations of service-oriented architectures, or the next evolution of microservices?
By
Justin Reock
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April 3, 2024
SRE
Microservices

Why and how to use site reliability golden signals

Engineers use SRE metrics to benchmark and improve the reliability and performance of systems and services. Learn more about the 4 golden signals (latency, errors, traffic, saturation).
By
Cortex
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April 1, 2024
Generative AI

Generative AI and developer experience

‍Generative AI, or GenAI, is fundamentally changing the way we work—and that’s particularly true for software developers. In this post, we’ll dig into the evolution of GenAI for dev tools, and examine how forward-looking teams will soon move beyond “autocomplete-adjacent” tasks to get the most out of their tools
By
Lauren Craigie
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March 28, 2024
Developer Experience
developer metrics

What is developer experience?

A good developer experience improves morale, productivity, and retention. In this blog we'll share how to think about truly understanding developer needs to improve their experience, and efficacy.
By
Cortex
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March 26, 2024
Ecosystem
Best Practice
reliability

Observability tools and Internal Developer Portals

Observability tools help us ensure system health, but they're just one piece of a much larger puzzle. Learn how IDPs help connect observability data with all the data in the engineering ecosystem to prevent issues, reduce response time, and improve overall software health.
By
Lauren Craigie
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March 25, 2024
Backstage

What is Spotify Backstage?

You've probably heard of Spotify Backstage, an open platform for building developer portals. In this article, we answer questions you likely have — like what can Backstage do, and who is it for?
By
Cortex
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March 22, 2024
SRE
Best Practice

What do quality engineers do?

Quality engineering as a role and function is gaining traction in engineering organizations. But is QE just rebranded QA? Or is there more to it? Learn how it’s defined, why it’s important, and why you might consider it for your organization.
By
Lauren Craigie
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March 20, 2024
developer metrics
SRE
reliability

How to choose your software reliability metrics

Reliability metrics help quantify how dependable and consistent software is over time, but which metrics are right for your organization? In this blog we'll share a few things worth considering before you choose.
By
Lauren Craigie
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March 19, 2024
Catalogs
Microservice Catalog

The Ultimate Guide to Service-Oriented Architectures

What are service oriented architectures? How do they relate to microservices? And how do IDPs help keep them aligned and consistent?
By
Lauren Craigie
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March 8, 2024
DORA metrics
Best Practice
Engineering Intelligence
Productivity

15 Engineering KPIs to Improve Software Development

Tracking the right KPIs in software development is tricky—leading indicators, lagging indicators, input-based, output-based…there’s lots to consider beyond the marker itself. Here’s a few to get the conversation started.
By
Lauren Craigie
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March 7, 2024
Best Practice
DORA metrics

24 Agile metrics to track in 2024 | What, Why, and How

If you’re using Agile methodologies like Scrum, Lean, and Kanban, you should be tracking important metrics to evaluate progress and drive continuous improvement.
By
Cortex
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February 29, 2024
Development
Developer Experience
DORA metrics
Engineering Intelligence

What are developer experience metrics?

Developer productivity is often assessed retrospectively: if the team is hitting key metrics, we assume everything in the lifecycle before production is sound. But the best teams dig deeper, and aim to solve the problem backwards as well as forwards by looking at the process as well as the results. In this blog, we'll take a look at how a focus on Developer Experience can help.
By
Cortex
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February 27, 2024
Engineering Intelligence
DORA metrics
Use Cases
Productivity

MTBF MTTR MTTF MTTA - Your guide to incident response metrics

Discover how metrics like MTBF MTTR MTTF MTTA are calculated, how to improve them, and how an IDP can drive better incident response outcomes.
By
Cortex
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February 20, 2024
Engineering Intelligence
DORA metrics

Seven Jellyfish alternatives driving engineering efficiency and impact

Jellyfish is a great solution for tracking engineering efficiency. But an experience increasingly tuned to financial use cases has left engineering leaders looking for alternatives that help improve developer productivity, without ignoring developer experience. Here are seven alternatives worth exploring.
By
Cortex
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January 29, 2024
Productivity
Feature Highlight

Cortex Notifications: Stay up to date while staying in flow

Cortex’s notifications were thoughtfully designed to minimize distractions for engineering teams. In this post, we’ll outline what notifications engineers can expect and how they can stay in flow for longer with Cortex.
By
Ryan Garrett
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January 23, 2024
Best Practice
SRE

Real Production Readiness with Internal Developer Portals

How can teams reach alignment on ever-changing standards for production readiness? In this blog, we summarize our January 2024 interview with Alina Anderson from Outreach.io, during which we discuss how her team uses Cortex’s scorecarding to coordinate production readiness standards across stakeholders. This article offers actionable guidance for DevOps Engineers, SREs, and managers seeking to achieve more reliable services by streamlining production readiness processes while maintaining a culture of continuous improvement.
By
Justin Reock
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January 19, 2024
open source
Backstage
Best Practice
Feature Highlight

Avoiding vendor lock-in with your IDP

There's a common misconception that all commercial internal developer portals (IDPs) carry an inherent risk of “vendor lock-in” vs open-source alternatives like Backstage. In this post, we’ll share what to look for in prospective vendors to ensure you can move critical business logic if and when you need to without facing exorbitant switching costs, and what additional traits you should look for to future-proof your IDP investment.
By
Kate Huff
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January 9, 2024
DORA metrics

Deployment Frequency: Why and How To Measure It

Want to improve the efficiency, quality, and stability of your DevOps systems? Track and improve deployment frequency. Here’s how. 
By
Justin Reock
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January 5, 2024
Best Practice
Catalogs

Cortex QuickStart

Standing up an IDP can feel like an enormous project—and in many cases, it is. But taking the first step can be much quicker than you'd imagine, with immediate payoff. Learn how to hydrate your catalogs and create your first scorecard in under 10 minutes with Cortex.
By
Fernando Cremer
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January 4, 2024
SRE
Productivity

DORA Metrics: What Are They & How To Track Them?

Despite some recent criticism, DORA metrics remain the most asked about framework for measuring developer productivity. But how can it's younger sibling, the SPACE framework change the dialogue around engineering measurement, and what role do IDPs play in bridging the gap?
By
Lauren Craigie
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December 28, 2023
Backstage

Break up with Backstage (without losing what you built): Cortex's Backstage migration helper

Teams often try Backstage when they have aspirations of “building anything and everything,” but run into problems when supporting “anything and everything.” If disappointing developer adoption rates, lackluster reporting, and never-ending maintenance sounds familiar, Cortex offers a solution for migrating off Backstage without losing the hard work you’ve put into catalogs and plugins.
By
Kate Huff
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December 21, 2023
Productivity
Ecosystem

Engineering Intelligence Platforms | Definition, Benefits, Tools

A new category of tooling known as Engineering Intelligence has emerged to provide a metrics-driven approach to understanding efficiency in your software development lifecycle. Learn more about what this new category is, where it came from, and what tools can help you turn insight into action.
By
Cortex
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December 13, 2023
Cortex
Feature Highlight

Quickstart reporting in Cortex

You can’t improve what you can’t measure. Leaders at every level need a clear view of the organization to invest resources wisely, and teams need to be able to track their progress against organizational goals. However, collecting and presenting metrics manually is unscalable, and building dashboards and reporting from scratch is labor intensive. Read on to learn how Cortex's out of the box reporting can be extended to fit any information use case.
By
Joe Tustin
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December 7, 2023
Best Practice
Use Cases

How IDPs support Fintech compliance initiatives

FinTech organizations must abide by certain standards during and after software development in order to align with data security and privacy compliance requirements. In this post, we’ll dive into how FinTech companies can use IDPs, like Cortex, to abstract away complexities in standardizing how software is built and maintained—focusing specifically on how they aid in PCI DSS compliance.
By
Lauren Craigie
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December 4, 2023
Product Updates
Productivity

Introducing Cortex Eng Intelligence

Today’s methods for measuring engineering efficiency have not proven effective in improving team velocity (or morale). Cortex’s latest product seeks to flip the equation on how engineering metrics are used, starting with where they’re collected.
By
Lauren Craigie
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November 28, 2023
Productivity
Best Practice

The only way to measure developer productivity without causing a revolt

In this post I attempt to summarize the productivity debate to date, and offer my take on what’s missing—not how we measure productivity, but where.
By
Anish Dhar
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November 21, 2023
Productivity
Best Practice

The pocket guide to engineering metrics

Want to monitor and and improve your engineering team’s performance and align your output with business objectives? Start here.
By
Lauren Craigie
-
November 20, 2023
Backstage

OpsLevel vs Backstage: What's the Best Internal Developer Portal?

Is OpsLevel or Backstage the better choice to increase developer productivity and code quality? Compare OpsLevel, Backstage, and Cortex to find the right internal developer platform for your team.
By
Lauren Craigie
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November 20, 2023
Best Practice
Accolades

Cortex awarded 2023 Innovation Leader for Internal Developer Portals

We are proud to announce that Cortex has been recognized as the 2023 best practice leader for North American Internal Developer Portals by leading technology analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. This recognition is based on Cortex's strong performance across technology and commercial metrics, from platform innovation and integration breadth, to customer success and organizational growth.
By
Cortex
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November 16, 2023
open source

Open Source Developer Portals

When engineering teams begin struggling to manage the complexities of their software ecosystem, ownership becomes an issue, and developers feel like they don't know what to focus on next... they may set their sights on an internal developer portal. And if the organization has the resources to tackle it—an open source offering may be an attractive option. In this blog we'll cover the origins of open source developer portals and catalogs, and how to decide what's right for you.
By
Cortex
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November 13, 2023
Use Cases
Feature Highlight

Cortex Initiatives: When scorecards need a deadline

Internal developer portals (IDPs) help drive standards of software quality and maturity, but that doesn’t have to mean a multi-quarter project. Make incremental progress on short- or long-term goals with Cortex Initiatives for Scorecards.
By
Fernando Cremer
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November 9, 2023
Cortex
Development

What is an internal developer portal?

An Internal Developer Portal (IDP) is a central hub for tracking, improving, and building high-quality software. From services and APIs to Kubernetes clusters and data pipelines—IDPs abstract away the complexities of ensuring software security, maturity, production readiness, and more—all using data from your existing tools.
By
Lauren Craigie
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November 2, 2023
Best Practice

How do you measure software health?

Improving the health of your services, APIs, data pipelines, and other software leads to fewer outages and frees developer time for feature work. In the third installment of our Scorecards deep-dive, we're sharing how Cortex makes tracking your software health easy with Scorecards and Initiatives.
By
Jeff Schnitter
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November 1, 2023
SDLC

What is an Internal Developer Platform

The last 5 years of software innovation has brought an explosion of architectural complexity designed to help teams ship faster, and more securely. Platform engineering teams have emerged to abstract away complexity for developers to do their best work, with a new category of tooling designed to do just that. Internal Developer Platforms (and Portals) have lofty value propositions but are still mired in confusion around attributes, owners, and outcomes. In this blog, we seek to provide a little more clarity across all.
By
Lauren Craigie
-
November 1, 2023
Best Practice

How do you measure operational maturity?

An organization with high operational maturity can build reliable products and services faster. In continuation of our series on top software maturity scorecards, we're taking a closer look at how to measure and improve operational maturity using Cortex scorecards, initiatives, and out of the box integrations.
By
Jeff Schnitter
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October 26, 2023
Best Practice
Security

How do you measure software security maturity?

Consistent security best practices in your SDLC can minimize the risk of an incident while ensuring you have a plan in place to respond in a rapid, and uniform way. In this follow-up from our last post on top software maturity scorecards, we're taking a closer look at Security Scorecards—what they are, how to build them, and how Cortex can help.
By
Jeff Schnitter
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October 19, 2023
Best Practice

Top three scorecards every organization needs for operational efficiency

Scorecards allow you to communicate and make progress on what is important to your organization. Based on what I've seen in my career as a long-time Principal Software Engineer at Workday, and now as a Solutions Architect at Cortex, I've put together a list of the three highest-impact scorecards for increasing operational efficiency.
By
Jeff Schnitter
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October 12, 2023
Best Practice

Internal Developer Platform vs Internal Developer Portal: Solving for a Central System of Record, and Action

Developer Portals and Platforms are gaining popularity amongst engineering leaders that want to reduce cognitive load for developers. But the lines between these categories are starting to blur, creating more confusion in engineering teams about where to start. Here's our take on how the two differ, which should come first, and why none of this will likely matter in another year...
By
Lauren Craigie
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October 5, 2023
Best Practice

The CEO Pocket Guide to Internal Developer Portals

Speed, efficiency, and security are top of mind for CEOs. Learn about how an IDP can enable engineering teams to spend more time on work that moves the business forward.
By
Lauren Craigie
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September 28, 2023
Best Practice
Engineering

3 new metrics CEOs want from Engineering leaders

Many CEOs are asking for new ways to measure engineering productivity. Learn about three metrics that CEOs now want to see, and how they help with decision-making at the highest level.
By
Lauren Craigie
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September 21, 2023
Use Cases

Blocking deployments with your IDP

Scorecards help you define standards for production readiness, but did you know you can also prevent services and resources from being deployed if they don’t match standards for security, reliability, testing, etc?. You just need an IDP like Cortex, and a connection to your favorite CI/CD provider.
By
Lauren Craigie
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September 14, 2023
Best Practice

What's going on with the Developer Productivity debate?

Whether and how to measure software developer productivity is a frequent point of contention in the tech community. In this article, we discuss the latest thinking, so you can decide for yourself.
By
Lauren Craigie
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September 7, 2023
Product Updates

Introducing Cortex Plugins and Customization

Future-proof your IDP with Cortex’s new plugin framework and UI customization. Bring data from anywhere, and extend the Cortex UI with embeddable JavaScript apps and widgets. Provide users with more context on services, resources, teams, and domains right where they need it most, without requiring them to switch between multiple applications.
By
Lauren Craigie
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August 31, 2023
Best Practice

Establishing a Kubernetes cost management strategy

Many organizations are making the switch to Kubernetes for the promise of greater speed, and reduced costs. But controlling spend requires close attention to what's happening in your services and resources. Cortex helps organizations keep costs in check with Catalogs, Scorecards, and Initiatives.
By
Lauren Craigie
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August 16, 2023
Use Cases

What's missing from your incident management workflow

Incident management is hard enough without spending 30 minutes looking for the owner of a given service or resource. But it hasn't always been easy to surface this information. Internal Developer portals are helping companies slash MTTR with better communication paths and fully integrated experiences for devs and support teams.
By
Lauren Craigie
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August 8, 2023
Product Updates

Introducing the revamped Team Catalog

We've upgraded the Team catalog experience to add the same level of dimensionality as the Services, Resources, and Domains Catalogs. Now users can add more information about teams like relevant custom data, links, and integrations, and drill down into aggregate team activities and performance.
By
Lauren Craigie
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August 3, 2023
Cloud Migration
Best Practice

Accelerating software and system migrations with Cortex

Updating a software version, moving to Kubernetes, onboarding a new CI/CD tool... some of these decisions could have enormous productivity upside for your team, while others carry significant risk if not executed by a certain deadline. In either event, getting everyone aligned with what to do, when—is never an easy task. Learn what to avoid for speedy migrations, and how Cortex helps.
By
Lauren Craigie
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July 20, 2023
Cortex

How to Measure and Improve Platform Maturity and Operational Readiness

Working on software infrastructure for the sake of infrastructure is rarely a good use of time. That probably sounds obvious, but perhaps the next question is less straightforward: what should engineering platform teams do instead?
By
Lauren Craigie
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July 14, 2023
Cortex
Product Updates

How Cortex accelerates the process of building your information architecture

This is the second of a two-part blog on things to consider when mapping your information architecture. In the first, we shared some tips on how to approach this process based on best practices from the Cortex Customer Engineering team. In this blog, we’ll share how new and existing features in Cortex accelerate creation of a more resilient information architecture.
By
Lauren Craigie
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July 6, 2023
Development

A New Way to Think About Your IDP Information Architecture

The phrase "information architecture" is often used in website design when strategizing how to share the most relevant information, quickly. But that's not the only application. Learn how the Cortex Customer Engineering team uses UX design principles to help customers design their data model ecosystem.
By
Alex Poe
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June 29, 2023
Cortex

Starting with the Right Foundations - The Cortex Engineering Maturity Curve

The path to engineering excellence has no shortage of tooling for improving developer experience. But what has been missing is an understanding of where to begin. Developed from hundreds of engineering team conversations, the Cortex Engineering Maturity Curve has become a trusted guide for IDP evaluation and onboarding—meeting customers where they’re at for faster time to value.
By
Lauren Craigie
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June 23, 2023
Development
Engineering

Metrics for measuring developer productivity

In modern software engineering, traditional metrics to measure developer productivity cannot accurately measure the quality or efficiency of the development team. So here is an article about the most effective metrics to measure and improve developer productivity.
By
Cortex
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June 15, 2023
Development
Engineering

Building a developer homepage: a one-stop shop for developers

In this comprehensive guide, a Cortex engineer shares the essential steps in building and implementing a developer homepage. Learn how this feature can streamline the developer’s workflow, funneling important and actionable information to your team members.
By
Ishan Mundra
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June 7, 2023
Cortex
Business

A new standard for Internal Developer Portals - Putting our new Series B financing to work

Cortex has raised $35m in Series B financing. New investor IVP led the round alongside Craft Ventures, with participation from existing investors Sequoia, Tiger Global, and YCombinator. Cack Wilhelm of IVP joined our board.
By
Anish Dhar
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May 31, 2023
Security

A comprehensive review of the best vulnerability scanning tools

In this article, we explore the features and capabilities of the top five vulnerability scanning tools so that you can consider all the key factors before selecting one.
By
Cortex
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May 24, 2023
SRE
Development

Developer productivity and how SREs can track it better

We’ve put together this guide to help SREs boost developer productivity by enhancing collaboration, strengthening infrastructure, and streamlining processes. Read on to discover the importance of strong developer productivity in SRE and insights into achieving a more effective software development life cycle in your organization.
By
Cortex
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May 17, 2023
Development

Improving engineering velocity with internal developer portals

Internal developer portals can improve your engineering velocity and provide valuable insights into your team’s performance. Learn how developer portals can enhance collaboration, streamline processes and optimize workflows, ultimately resulting in better software development and faster delivery times.
By
Cortex
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May 10, 2023
Microservices

A guide to Golang microservices

Golang microservices add efficiency, agility, modularity, and scalability to microservices, increasing performance and improving the user experience. Read on to learn more.
By
Cortex
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May 4, 2023
Development

Why Scorecards are critical to your developer portal

Resource Scorecards help to drive the adoption of the best coding standards, improve code quality, and foster innovation. You can enhance visibility, compliance, and decision-making across your company by using Cortex’s Scorecards.
By
Cortex
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April 27, 2023
Security
SRE

It’s RSAC 2023—and it’s time to think about a shift left for security and SRE tools

The annual RSA conference is here, providing a great opportunity to evaluate the latest trends in security and reliability. One area to explore? Developer tools, which promote best practices and compliance early on in the software development lifecycle.
By
Cortex
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April 20, 2023
Security

Different types of code security practices

Developers can protect software applications from unauthorized access, modification, and exploitation by implementing different types of code security practices, such as white-box and black-box testing, static and dynamic application security testing, and software composition analysis. Read on to learn more.
By
Cortex
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April 13, 2023
Kubernetes

Why Cortex and Kubernetes belong together

Kubernetes gives developers autonomy and allows them to work faster, and as a result, standardization can fall by the wayside. Learn how Cortex can help you introduce consistency into your k8s practice, and make sure to visit us at KubeCon this month!
By
Cortex
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April 6, 2023
Engineering

Measuring and promoting engineering productivity

Measuring engineering productivity can be a great way to understand where teams could benefit most from support. Use holistic metrics to measure productivity across your team, and leverage workflow tools to empower teams to be more productive.
By
Cortex
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March 30, 2023
Engineering

Static analysis tools: Everything you need to know

Static analysis tools examine software’s source code without running the program. Learn how to use these tools to measure code quality during the early stages of development.
By
Cortex
-
March 23, 2023
SRE
Cortex

How Cortex can help SRE teams amplify their reach

Site reliability engineers can amplify their reach and influence across teams with Cortex in their toolbox. With the ability to define clear standards and drive progress, Cortex enables everyone at an organization to adopt an SRE mindset. Make sure to visit us at SREcon to learn more about how Cortex can serve as a single source of truth for your SRE team!
By
Cortex
-
March 16, 2023
Engineering
Testing

Cover all the codebases: A guide to code coverage tools

Code coverage measures the extent to which a software’s source code has been tested and validated. Learn how these tools can help you cover all the codebases.
By
Cortex
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March 9, 2023
Development

Best practices for DevOps teams

DevOps teams improve efficiency and reliability in development workflows, helping engineers spend less time building processes from scratch and more time programming. These best practices will set your DevOps team in the right direction.
By
Cortex
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March 2, 2023
Development
Engineering
Testing

Developer environments done right

Developer environments can streamline testing, and can encourage experimentation and creativity from engineers and non-engineers alike. In this article, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of developer environments, and dive into best practices for those who adopt them.
By
Aditya Bansal
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February 23, 2023
Development
Cloud Migration

How to successfully run a migration

Tech-based businesses benefit from well-executed platform migrations. Learn how to run a successful migration and ensure operational efficiency.
By
Cortex
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February 16, 2023
Cortex
Product Updates

Introducing Actions

With the introduction of Actions, the self-serve Cortex internal developer portal has become even more powerful. Now, Cortex users can deploy services, provision resources, and get temporary access keys — among other things — all in one place.
By
Cortex
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February 13, 2023
Development
Testing

How to reduce developer time to code

Among many other responsibilities, software development teams must reduce development and testing time while maintaining code quality. Read this article to learn how you can achieve that.
By
Cortex
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February 9, 2023
SRE
Development

SRE Dashboards

SRE dashboards provide a high-level overview of applications, deployments, or code tiers within selected environments. Read on to learn the different types of SRE dashboards, why they're important, and how to integrate this vital tool into your SRE system.
By
Cortex
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January 26, 2023
Development
Microservice Catalog

How to set up an internal developer portal

An internal developer portal is a single pane of glass that shows specifications, key parameters, and technical information about software development. Read on to learn how to set one up.
By
Cortex
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January 19, 2023
Cortex

2022 at Cortex: A year in review from our CTO

As we kick off 2023, we're reflecting on all of the incredible opportunities last year brought us. From the advancement of internal developer portals to the expansion of our platform, 2022 was a year of growth. We can’t wait to see what this year brings!
By
Ganesh Datta
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January 5, 2023
Business
Cortex

Trends and updates from 2022, looking forward to 2023

We’re rounding out the year with a look back on community trends and new Cortex features—then taking a peek at our plans for 2023.
By
Cortex
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December 20, 2022
Microservices
Development

Manage your APIs from your internal developer portal

The internal developer portal links various parts of your architecture, including microservices, dependencies, and resources. In this article, we'll cover how you can manage your APIs from a dev portal, too.
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Cortex
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December 15, 2022
Development
Microservices

Getting internal documentation right

With internal documentation, developers can keep track of various processes, making it easier to share knowledge and get new team members up to speed. Learn more about how to get this necessary practice right with your organization.
By
Cortex
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December 13, 2022
Development
Microservices

Taking incident management to the next level with an internal developer portal

A developer portal provides easy access to information about microservices and resources, enabling your teams to respond quickly to unexpected issues. Read on to learn why internal developer portals are an essential part of every incident management strategy.
By
Cortex
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December 8, 2022
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