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0800-DEVOPS #55 – Establishing SRE Foundations with Vladyslav Ukis

30. 10. 2023

Welcome to 0800-DEVOPS, a newsletter digest of interesting ideas from the world of DevOps, technical practices and increased productivity! I talked with Vlad about introducing SRE practice to enterprise organizations.

A newsletter that started as a personal learning and getting-in-touch project by Ivan Krnic grew into a sociotechnical newsletter covering topics of technical excellence, organizational improvements, and productivity.

USER engineers

✨ “SLO breaches are user experience breaches.”
–Dr. Vladyslav Ukis

I like how Dr. Vladyslav Ukis put this, since, many times, we’re looking at SRE as a strictly technical discipline in charge of keeping the reliability up. When we talk about reliability, we put some weird polarized glasses that remove all user-related wavelengths and keep only technical-related ones. We see only CPU, memory, and network parameters without any clue what effect that has on the user experience. These technical parameters may be perfectly fine, but due to some unexpected combination, the user may suffer from experience degradation.

When we talk about SRE, it’s not Sites that need reliability. Sites couldn’t care less. Users need reliability to experience our services at its finest hour.

Therefore, I boldly propose we replace the SRE acronym with a new, more appropriate one: USER (User Should Experience Reliability). It’s a bit of a “GNU’s Not Unix,” but it does its job. And are we now “USER engineers”?

I know this is a very bold thing to propose, and it’s never going to happen – (who will reprint all the books? :))) – but we should always keep the users in our sight. The 2023 State of DevOps Report confirms that focusing on users predicts strong organizational performance. QED.

The conversation with Vlad was so insightful, don’t miss it.

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SRE Foundations with Vladyslav Ukis

SRE Foundations with Vladyslav Ukis

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Dr. Vladyslav Ukis is Head of R&D at Siemens Healthineers with a strong interest in topics of Software Architecture, Cloud Computing, and Digital Transformation, to name a few. Vlad is also a book author; his book “Establishing SRE Foundations” describes his practical experience in starting the SRE practice. Listen to our conversation on introducing the SRE practice to enterprise organizations.

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