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Data Science for Smarter Alerts (or, How to Avoid the Mean Time to WTF)


This session by Dev Nag, co-founder and CTO of Wavefront, is based on the talk he gave at nginx.conf 2016.

He will introduce concepts for applying data science to improve monitoring of modern cloud application environments, and how metrics combined with real-time analytics can raise the quality of alerting on what matters.

The talk will also review query-driven analytical methods to finding anomalies before and after incidents occur in production, with examples from the operational trenches of leading SaaS companies.


Dev Nag is the CTO/co-founder at Wavefront, which provides a hosted metrics and analytics platform used by Workday, Box, Lyft, Intuit, Citrix and other leading cloud businesses.

He was previously a Senior Software Engineer at Google where he helped develop the back-end for the financial processing of Google ad revenue.

Dev also served as the Manager of Business Operations Strategy at PayPal where he defined requirements and helped select the financial vendors for tens of billions of dollars in annual transactions. At PayPal, he helped launch eBay's private-label credit line in association with GE Financial.
Follow Dev on Twitter: @devnag.


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  • John S.

    Great presentation - Thanks Wavefront for hosting (and presenting)!

    3 days ago

  • Dan M.

    There was a slight error on the address, we are at 2865 Park Blvd.

    4 days ago

  • Caroline K.

    If parking spots along the street fill up, I'd suggest parking across the street in the Medallia/AOL parking lot. (Entrances on Park Blvd & Page Mill)

    February 8

  • Brian K. K.

    I have multiple people that are remote, so you guys stream all of these live? I know you post after the fact but I'm wondering how I get remote people engaged real time if possible.

    February 1

    • Rob M

      See broadcast link for remote participants in above comment, thanks, Rob.

      February 7

  • Rob M

    If you are remote and you want see/listen to this live talk, we will broadcast over this link:

    1 · February 7

  • Rob M

    Yes - we are planning to live stream it - I will add a link for that next week.

    February 3

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