"Updates" Posts


Meet Mark Morris, Scout's New Team Member

By Mark Bullet_white Posted in Updates Bullet_white Comments Comments

Tap. Tap. Is this thing on?

Hi. My name is Mark Morris, and I just joined the Scout team as the new Dev Evangelist.

Whoa. I already like Scout, I don't need to be preached to.

In my first two weeks, I've already had the chance to talk with some of you. It's been great hearing how many customers already like Scout. But what about all those other people who are missing out on Scout? I need to help spread the word.

Scout is a bunch of developers who would much rather be heads down and work on awesome new features. While I enjoy digging into code as well, I'm unusually social for a geek, don't consider myself too disruptive around "normal" folks and I don't mind occasionally talking in front of a few people. Seems to be a good fit.

Ok, but what sort of skills do you bring to Scout?

Well, I think I bring initiative. When knocked down, I picked myself up and took the initiative to make a major career transition. I'm not likely to settle for "good enough" and just like the rest of the team, I want Scout to be the best monitoring solution in the world.

What else?

I spent some time at a Ruby on Rails/Javascript consulting firm, so I guess I've got a few codez skillz. I've also got life experience, er, a nice way of saying that I rolled around in the corporate world for 20 years or so. More importantly, I believe I bring a "Let's solve this problem together" attitude. I look forward to working with all of our customers.

I'm so excited to be joining team Scout! Feel free to contact me or check me out on Twitter.

 

The year at Scout - 2014 edition

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Updates Bullet_white Comments Comments

2014 was a year of major updates to Scout. Some stats on what’s been a fun year:

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Product Highlights

  • Scout Realtime - In January, we released our open-source standalone realtime monitoring agent. Scout Realtime was the second most popular repository on Github during its release week (trailing Popcorn - we'll take the runner-up spot behind free movie streaming).
  • New Server View UI - In February, we released our new d3-powered server view interface and introduced automatic process monitoring. We think there's no better single-page view of your server's health.
  • New Dashboards UI - July brought our new dashboards UI. From quick ad-hoc charts to a persistent display on an external monitor, we think there's no better way to view your key metrics than your new dashboards.
  • New API - in September we debuted our new RESTful API.
  • New Realtime Charts BETA - in December we announced our new realtime charts experience. Viewing every-second-updating charts has never been easier.

Blog Post Highlights

2015

Thanks for all of your support, feedback, and hard-earned money in 2014. Our mission of lightweight, non-enterprisey server monitoring continues next year.

 

OpsGenie adds Scout Integration

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Updates Bullet_white Comments Comments

Opsgenie, the IT alerts company, now integrates with Scout. Email, SMS, phone calls, and and mobile push - OpsGenie lets your team receive alerts exactly how and when they want.

OpsGenie has a full integration guide on their website. Here's the gist:

1. In the OpsGenie UI, click to add a service integration with Scout.
You'll see a webhook URL. Copy that to your clipboard.

2. Create a Webhook in the Scout notification area using the URL provided by OpsGenie above.

3. Add the OpsGenie webhook to a notification group.

Boom! You are ready to go with OpsGenie.

 

Using Gmail and Scout emails marked as SPAM?

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Updates Bullet_white Comments Comments

Last week, our background task that sends out emails went down. When it came back up, the task sent out a large amount of emails, and it looks like some folks marked the emails as SPAM to clear their inbox. This is causing emails from Scout for some customers to enter their SPAM folder with messages like the following:

spam

We're working on some technical fixes - the fastest way to ensure alerts from Scout don't die in SPAM:

  • Search for "in:spam from:scoutapp.com"
  • Select all conversations
  • Click the "More button" and select the "Not spam" option

not spam

Additional options:

  1. Add the scout notification addresses to your Gmail contact list.
  2. Google Apps Enterprise customers can whitelist scoutapp.com in the Google Apps administration settings such that they don't go through the spam filter at all.
 

The year at Scout - 2012 edition

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Updates Bullet_white Comments Comments

If 2011 was the year of fine-tuning, 2012 was the year of major feature enhancements at Scout. Some stats on what’s been a fun year:

Feature Highlights

  • Realtime Charts – We started the year off with a bang, adding realtime capabilities to Scout’s charts.
  • Pagerduty Integration – We made it easier to feed your alerts into Pagerduty.
  • Rails Application Monitoring – A lightweight approach to finding and tracking app bottlenecks. We soft-launched this (you’ll hear more about it in 2013).
  • Webhooks – Send your alerts to an HTTP endpoint of your choice.
  • Dashboard Enhanncements – Add charts and plugin displays to a dashboard without leaving the page.
  • Javascript Charts – View your charts on iOS devices.
  • A cleaner navigation header – Our navigation header was packed-full of links (and let’s be honest, looked a little stale). No more.

Read More →

 

Fort Collins Ruby Meetup - Getting real(time) with Ruby

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Updates Bullet_white Comments Comments

In the Colorado Front Range area? I’ll be talking about the realtime web at the Fort Collins Ruby Meetup this Wednesday.

I’ll show how adding realtime functionality is the easy: in less than 30 minutes, we’ll build a Sinatra app that uses Pusher for realtime functionality.

UPDATED

See the demo Sinatra app, a Ruby Meetup Realtime Heckle Board on Github.

 

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