IT Life Coach: Tips for Better Monitoring

(“In Case You Missed It Monday” is my chance to showcase something that I wrote and published in another venue, but is still relevant. This week’s post originally appeared on THWACK)

This is a blog post about a blog post, so I’ll keep it short. Last month as part of the IT Life Coach series, I wanted to share some advice I give people who are focusing on monitoring as a sub-specialty within IT. “Monitoring Engineers,” I like to call them, because I think it’s the most accurate and best title.

Without diving into the specifics, the advice I give can be summarized into 5 points:

  1. Know the Basics
  2. Be Able to Explain Those Basics Simply
  3. Be Ready to Answer the Four Questions of Monitoring
  4. Make Sure You’re as Good as Your Tools
  5. Understand What Monitoring Is (And Isn’t)

That’s not all there is, but it is all I shared in the blog. Go ahead and check it out If you like it, share it with friends. If you have questions or comments, I’d love to hear them either here or in the original post.

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