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We’re adjusting to the new reality that DevOps is a compelling layover on the journey between legacy ops and self-healing infrastructure. Eliminating the cultural gap between developers and operations, the now-cliched state of IT nirvana called “DevOps”, is by no means the end goal. The goal is reliable system performance and availability without human intervention - the panacea called “NoOps”.

Today, I'm happy to announce that BigPanda has raised $16 million in Series B funding.  Battery Ventures led the round, with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital and Mayfield.  We are thrilled to call them all partners. If you're into press releases, you can check it out here

We’re proud to be unveiling a new concept we pioneered in the den that finally moves beyond dashboards as eye candy to a new place where IT analytics can be used to make better ops decisions. It’s called Service Health Analytics and it exposes all data from all monitoring sources in the form of configurable dashboards that can be customized, saved, and shared.

Tsunami detection. Crop dusting. Biohazard monitoring. What may sound like innuendos in the next EL James novel are also fields being revolutionized by quant jocks and smart algorithms. And yet, despite all the innovation, we technorati continue to bastardize the terms “data science”, “machine learning,” and “big data”. They’ve become lazy speak for “we’re not sure what we’re doing so we’ll hand wave cliches until we have real technology and a business model."

In the last two decades, with the emergence of cloud infrastructure and SaaS delivery models, the monitoring ecosystem has changed dramatically to include over 100 monitoring solutions. The upside of that change is the rapid implementation of monitoring infrastructure, but the unintended consequence of this is that the tools themselves decide what IT measures. 

Rishi is too humble to be the CIO of a Fortune 100 bank, too busy to be the father of four, too accomplished to blog about ice cream, and too educated to love John Gray. Mostly, he's too unpredictable to fit stereotypes and too passionate about everything he does to do anything at less than full throttle.

I met Rishi this week at the Pacific Crest Global Technology Leadership Forum in Vail where he was presenting and I was lucky to be in the audience. We spent an hour together before his talk that inspired me to rescue Nepalese orphans... and eat more ice cream.

Rishi's been an IT leader since before we called it that. He has helped organizations grow and shrink and grow again. He's more scared about the state of IT today than he has ever been.

Here are excerpts from the discussion...

What is MTTR? Don’t answer with what it stands for or how you use it. The question is more philosophical than literal. For too long we’ve measured operational performance based on the number of minutes it takes to resolve an incident. The almighty trend line slopes down then we gulp milk from the jug of IT inflated ego like NASCAR drivers drunk on Nagios exhaust fumes.

Like the Zen riddle about one hand clapping it’s important to first ask:

  1. What’s an incident?
  2. What does it mean to resolve one? …and (the ever-blasphemous)
  3. Is it unequivocally better to resolve them quickly?

My answers...

ITSM is evolving thanks to new capabilities that make it easy to visualize service health based on real-time CMDB updates fed via automated change management driven by smarter monitoring infrastructure. We’re nearing a time where machines will manage machines. At BigPanda, we’re doing our part to get there quickly.

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