If you have some downtime this Wednesday during your lunch or whenever you’re relaxing, now is a good time to catch up with us. See what our authors are writing about below.

Observability Made Easy with Synthetic Monitoring

When Christina Yakomin started her journey toward synthetic monitoring, she owned a platform for containerized applications and all of the underlying infrastructure. But she didn’t own the applications themselves that were deployed to that infrastructure. This consisted of some application servers, cache servers, and web servers. Find out more n a summary from Erik Dietrich on Sonatype’s blog. 

Enterprise Software: A Definition With Concrete Examples

The goal of enterprise software is to enable the activities of large organizations, supporting a wide range of different user roles. Over the years, this type of software has acquired the reputation of being slow, bloated, and bureaucratic, much like the organizations it’s named after. But in a plot twist worthy of M. Night Shyamalan, enterprise software is making a resurgence and is suddenly trendy again. Find out more from Carlos Schults on Plutora’s blog. 

What to Know Before Choosing a Database Management System and Best Database Tools

A database management system helps with centralized storage for the data an organization holds. Compared with storing data in multiple, unconnected databases, a database management system (DBMS) focuses on providing one single tool for handling all your data. In other words, a database management system helps an organization to efficiently manage its data in a single location. Learn more from Michiel Mulders.

Are you using AWS Lambda and looking for the best way to log? Or do you need a starting point? Your AWS Lambda functions can log to the CloudWatch service. If you want to look at how to start with AWS CloudWatch logging and how to use it to its full potential, look no further than Peter Morlion’s post on Scalyr’s blog.

The Importance of Data Visualization

When it comes to understanding, processing, analyzing, and communicating this data, the old techniques won’t cut it. It doesn’t matter how large your screen is, or whether it’s curved, that CSV you’ve imported into Excel is too much for anyone to understand. Good visualizations can help us achieve improved outputs in less time. They also help us explain our work to colleagues, management, and customers. This post is a quick snapshot that introduces what data visualization is, why it’s so important, and how you can get started. Learn more from Michael De Ridder on ASPE’s blog.

We also updated a post on CakePHP logging this week. CakePHP is a free, open-source rapid development framework for PHP. Its a structure of libraries, classes, and run-time infrastructure for programmers creating web applications originally inspired by the Ruby on Rails framework. If you want to learn more about CakePHP, check out Scalyr’s blog.