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How to: Choose the Right VP of Engineering

No matter whether you’re just starting to build a business, growing a company, leading a major corporation, or anything in between, technical leadership will be one of the most important decisions and hires you make.

How to: Build an Engineering SaaS Stack

So, you have a business idea. Before you can start writing any code, you’ll first need to figure out what software tools and programming languages you’ll use to power your business.

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OpsGenie

OpsGenie

OpsGenie

Opsgenie integrates with over 200 of the best monitoring, ITSM, ChatOps, and collaboration tools. Paired with a flexible rules engine, Opsgenie notifies the right people on-call, enabling them to take rapid action.
PagerDuty

PagerDuty

PagerDuty

PagerDuty sits at the heart of your technology ecosystem to analyze digital signals from virtually any software-enabled system. They help you pinpoint issues like outages, empowering teams to take the right real-time action.

Pingdom

Pingdom

Website performance monitoring made easy. Pingdom helps you gain instant insights into your website’s availability and performance so that you can outsmart competition with an amazing end-user experience.
Scout APM

Scout APM

Scout APM

Rails Monitoring, Django Monitoring, Elixir Phoenix Monitoring, PHP Laravel Monitoring, and more that identifies slow database queries, memory leaks, and more. Scout APM is cheaper, startup-friendly, and easy to use, but doesn't support as wide a range of stacks or features.
New Relic

New Relic

New Relic

New Relic's application monitoring gives you detailed performance metrics for every aspect of your environment. Manage application performance in real-time. New Relic is the market leader, but tends to be on the more expensive end.
DataDog

DataDog

DataDog

Logging: Quickly search, filter, and analyze your logs for troubleshooting and open-ended exploration of your data. Explore and analyze logs from all your services, applications, and platforms. Search and filter your logs using automatically generated facets. Visualize log data on dashboards or build sophisticated alerts. DataDog is super capable and enterprise scale, but on the more expensive end. APM: Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize end-to-end application performance.
CircleCi

CircleCi

CircleCi

Automate your development process quickly, safely, and at scale.
GitLab

GitLab

GitLab

From project planning and source code management to CI/CD and monitoring, GitLab is a complete DevOps platform, delivered as a single application. GitLab is up and coming, and especially great for its built-in support for testing and CI/CD.
BitBucket

BitBucket

BitBucket

Collaborate on code with inline comments and pull requests. Manage and share your Git repositories to build and ship software, as a team. BitBucket is good for teams who have gone all-in on Atlassian products.
GitHub

GitHub

GitHub

GitHub brings together the world's largest community of developers to discover, share, and build better software. Tried and true market leader for code storage.
Split

Split

Split

Split provides a unified solution for feature flags, experimentation and continuous delivery, centralizing feature flag management. Split has a more complex offering than just feature flagging that includes A/B testing and experimentation. Has a free tier.
LaunchDarkly

LaunchDarkly

LaunchDarkly

Development teams are using feature management as a best practice to separate code deployments from feature releases and control their feature lifecycles. LaunchDarkly is a simple offering specifically targeted at feature flagging; no free tier.
Papertrail

Papertrail

Papertrail

Frustration-free log management. Seamlessly manage logs from apps, servers, and cloud services. Papertrail offers a simple, relatively cheap, and startup-friendly solution.
FullStory

FullStory

FullStory

FullStory is your digital experience analytics platform for on-the-fly funnels, pixel-perfect replay, custom events, heat maps, advanced search, Dev Tools, and more.
Mixpanel

Mixpanel

Mixpanel

Get valuable customers insights to make smarter decisions and act faster based on how customers use your product or website.
Segment

Segment

Segment

Segment is a customer data platform (CDP) that helps you collect, clean, and control your customer data.
Sentry

Sentry

Sentry

Sentry provides self-hosted and cloud-based error monitoring that helps all software teams discover, triage, and prioritize errors in real-time.
Bugsnag

Bugsnag

Bugsnag

Bugsnag monitors application stability so you can make data-driven decisions on whether you should be building new features, or fixing bugs. Their tool alerts users of bugs, errors & more.
Neural Magic

Neural Magic

Neural Magic

Neural Magic is No-Hardware AI, a pure software engine that delivers GPU-class performance when running deep learning networks on commodity Intel CPUs.
Edgewise Networks

Edgewise Networks

Edgewise Networks

Edgewise was founded in 2016 to eliminate the problems of data breach and application compromise against companies’ critical business applications.
Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Jellyfish provides insight into the engineering team, similar how Salesforce provides insight to the sales team. Leverage insights from Jira and GitHub to maintain high performing engineering teams that are strategically aligned with the business.
VPE Forum

VPE Forum

Contact: Melanie Ziegler

VPE Forum

Contact: Melanie Ziegler

Led by experienced engineering leader, Melanie Ziegler, the VPE Forum provides a peer group for leading VPEs in scaling Boston companies. The organization hosts small, dedicated groups of executives from non-competing, similarly sized companies meet in a confidential, trusting and supportive environment. Members benefit from the insights, honest advice and shared best practices of their peers. Several trusted friends of Pillar have participated in the program who have wonderful things to say about their experience.

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