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Smartsheet is a collaborative work platform for dynamic work, aligning people and technology to improve productivity. Many enterprises, including major Fortune 500 companies, use Smartsheet to streamline and simplify work management. Smartsheet integrates with indispensable applications from Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, and many others. The SRE team at Smartsheet relies on Catchpoint Synthetic monitoring to track the health of external and internal service and to ensure the end-user experience.

Watch Jason Kehr, Engineering Manager at Smartsheet, explain the value Catchpoint brings to the company. 

 

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I'm Jason Kehr. I work at Smartsheet. I'm a senior SRE and that means that I'm monitoring the stack health, network, scaling, general performance, handling patching, and release deployment of that platform.

In the beginning, we didn't have an observability team. It was just a group of site reliability engineers all sitting in a room with a bunch of monitors looking at metrics all day long responding to alerts.

So, it's critical that we have good inside monitoring and also outside monitoring. That's why we use Catchpoint for the external, and some other stacks for internal.

Without synthetic monitoring, we would not have a clear understanding of what our customers are doing and what they're experiencing. And a lot of these companies use Smartsheet to run their business.

The Catchpoint team has been critical in providing us support in introducing, establishing, and getting to the point we are with Catchpoint.

Catchpoint integrates with a number of the other systems that we use to monitor the performance or respond to any incidents that come up with our platform.

Catchpoint has made my job a lot easier in a number of ways. It's very easy to tweak a node group so that I can add more nodes, remove nodes and target specific regional areas if we need to. So, a number of features like that, that allow us to bring tests in as needed has been immense.

We're on top of things a lot of times before our customers are aware there's an issue - we've been able to get in front of that.

We had an incident a while back with a specific customer in Australia. They were having issues resolving to our platform. And ultimately it occurred to us like, "Oh, we've got Catchpoint sitting right here for us. Let's just go ahead and spin up a test. We'll include all of the Australian nodes and then we'll run the test." And that took all of about five minutes.

Synthetic monitoring is super critical because our platform isn't just the internal metrics that we see. I mean, it's really about what the customer experience is.

It's been pretty easy to get other teams to adopt Catchpoint for their external monitoring. Initially, we had little or no outside monitoring capabilities. So being able to show an immediate benefit, they recognized that they have visibility now into the external performance - through simple to complex tests - that really allowed them to see how our platform is performing.