Strange Loop

Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2021


Union Station


St. Louis, MO

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Introduction to OpenTelemetry

No matter what language you program in, observability of the code is critical. OpenTelemetry is an open-source and vendor-agnostic project set on democratizing instrumentation and data collection of telemetry signals. Telemetry data is critical in solving both availability and performance issues, especially in distributed, polyglot architectures. Unfortunately, telemetry data has often been proprietary, at least when it comes to ease of use or combining different signals. OpenTelemetry looks to solve this problem by offering flexibility and choice as well as an open-standards approach.

Beyond providing the ability to generate and emit traces, metrics, and eventually logs, the project provides other core concepts, including the notion of resources, semantic conventions, and a collector component. In this workshop, you will learn all about OpenTelemetry and get hands-on instrumenting the language of your choice, enriching the data collected, and sending it to a variety of different back-ends. With this approach, you will never need to worry about instrumenting your code again and will have full control over how the data is processed and where it is sent. By the end of the workshop, you will understand the components of OpenTelemetry and be familiar with how to instrument your application.

Steve Flanders

Steve Flanders


As Engineering Director at Splunk, Steve leads Observability “Getting Data In”: the top contributor to the CNCF OpenTelemetry project. Previously, he served as a founding member and Head of Product at Omnition; and Global Engineering Manager for log analytics at VMware. Steve’s background includes business strategy, software development, product management, user experience, and operations management. He uses data-driven decision-making, agile development processes, and teamwork to create innovative and sustainable solutions; and is distinctly passionate about open-source software and democratizing data. Steve authors, a technology-centric weblog, and presents regularly at international conferences including KubeCon and Google Cloud Next.