How a developer uses Cortex

December 19, 2021

At its core, Cortex is a internal developer portal designed to provide visibility into an organization’s services and projects. Cortex acts as a single pane of glass, enabling developers to access information about any project at any time, no matter how many hundreds of microservices an organization has.

From innersourcing to templatizing, Cortex gives your developers everything they need to do their best work while adhering to best practices.

Production readiness

Scorecards allow developers to automate production readiness checklists. Rather than move through a manual process that requires SRE sign-off, developers can use Cortex to see exactly where they’re at and the remaining actions that need to be taken for a successful launch. As a service is developed, Scorecards automatically update to reflect compliance guidelines and other required standards.


It’s no secret that microservices can be difficult to manage, especially for large organizations with hundreds of services. With Cortex’s Service Catalog, innersourcing is easier than ever — devs can quickly search for services to use and build on top of for the applications they are responsible for, saving time and effort. This frees them up to focus on innovating, rather than rebuilding functionality that already exists.

Faster development times

During the development process, a lot of time can be spent trying to figure out how another service or application works. Every service in Cortex is tagged with ownership, so developers know exactly who to reach out to if they have questions. Not only that, but Cortex also centralizes the most important information with a service detail page, so developers can quickly find everything they need, from APIs and associated documentation to runbooks.

Incident management

It’s inevitable that developers will encounter an issue with your services at some point — what matters is that they’re prepared when that happens. With Cortex, developers can readily access all of the information needed to contextualize issues, including runbooks and dashboards, so it can be resolved faster. If the issue needs to be escalated to an incident or outage, it’s easy to find oncall information.

With dependencies available under a service’s details page, it’s easy to determine if an infrastructure component is the cause or trigger. Or, with the event and deploy timeline, developers can quickly pinpoint whether a recent change is responsible.

Templatizing new projects

With Cortex Scaffolder, developers can spin up a new project in a few clicks. The templating allows developers to easily follow best practices. Not only does this dramatically speed up time to deployment, but ensures standardization across projects and teams.

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Cortex acts as a powerful, single pane of glass for your developers, providing them with all the information they need upfront, so they can focus on what really matters: writing high quality code. To see how Cortex can unleash the full potential of your developers, book a demo with us today.

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