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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.

Fernando Cremer
January 4, 2024

Internal Developer Portals and platforms do a lot—they're an all-in-one system of record, lever for defining and driving best practice, and vehicle for creating new software components. It's not hard to understand why undertaking such a project can be labor and resource intensive. But it doesn't necessarily have to be. While open source offerings like Backstage sparked our imagination for what's possible in developer portals, commercial variations like Cortex have used experience gleaned from conversations with hundreds of organizations to build logical defaults that abstract away complexities and rote work of designing and deploying an internal developer portal.

In this video I share how quickly you can connect your cloud, git, and identity provider to begin immediately populating your baseline software catalogs. Thanks to Cortex's suite of 50+ fully supported integrations, a few clicks and an API token is often all that stands between you and ticking off a persistent software ownership use case.

I'll also share how you can connect additional SDLC tooling to set the stage for your first always-on Scorecards, unlocking use cases like production readiness, service maturity, security and compliance alignment, and more.

Setting up your Cortex instance

This video referenced above goes into greater detail about how you can get started in Cortex, but I'll share the highlights here:

1. Set up Integrations (view all of our supported integrations here)

  • Connect your Cloud provider, Git provider, and Identity provider with account number or API token
  • Add custom data sources via our API

2. Auto-populate software catalogs

  • Catalog anything you want including services, APIs, repos, data pipelines, ML models, K8 clusters etc.
  • Map or integrate dependencies solutions to see up and downstream change impact
  • View changes over time, and details from connected security, observability, and other solutions

3. Auto-sync Teams based on your ID provider

4. Bonus: Add new integrations

  • Preserve data from all of your SDLC tools
  • Add data from internal tools via our plugin framework

5. Bonus: Create Scorecards

See it in action

Ready to give it a go? Set up time with us today, or visit our self-paced product tour to see Cortex in action!

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Fernando Cremer
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