Dashbird product update – February 2019

Mikk and the rest of the dev team at Dashbird have been working overtime this past month, in an effort to rehaul the user experience in the app based on the feedback we are constantly getting. We believe in having an honest and open, two-way street when it comes to communication so I advise each and every one of you to either write us an email via support@dashbird.io.

Alright, now back to the point.

We reworked our global search and added different graphs that indicate keyword hits in the past 7 days. Just hover your mouse over each day to see how many occurrences you had at any particular time during this past week.

graphs update

Invocations view had a bit of a touch-up last week when the team added a timestamp that indicates the time of the invocation. Our old clients might remember having this in an old version of the app but got misplaced during an update. Nevertheless, it’s back once more!

The API Gateway view finally got metrics based on Lambda functions activity. This update is experimental, meaning that while we’ve run A LOT of tests to check different scenarios before launching, it might see some modifications over the coming months. Needless to say but we’d really appreciate some feedback on this.

The client and user page got an update too. From your settings page you can view all the users, add new ones or deactivate them as you see fit.

We’ve also worked on the way data is displayed throughout the app. Starting today the app will display sparse data, thus making it easier for our developers to understand what’s happening behind the scenes of their Lambdas.

data display update

One of the biggest changes we’ve made was to the onboarding. Up until now whenever a user onboards he would have to create a Cloudformation on their stack. That Cloudformation would contain two things, an IAM policy for delegation and a Lambda function that would connect to our service every 5 minutes. That resulted in a bit of cost to our user and while that amounted to a negligible $1 to your bill if you were having millions and millions of invocations so we changed it up.

Starting today, whenever a new customer onboards the Cloudformation will only have the IAM policy for delegation, and the whole Lambda logic is moved to our backend – making the whole process a lot more efficient.

We had a very busy couple of weeks and we’ll keep working on improving our service, creating a better experience for our users but in the meantime, I’d love to hear your feedback. What do you think of the latest changes and what can we do to improve it even better? Let us know!

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Dashbird gives us a simple and easy to use tool to have peace of mind and know that all of our Serverless functions are running correctly. We are instantly aware now if there’s a problem. We love the fact that we have enough information in the Slack notification itself to take appropriate action immediately and know exactly where the issue occurred.

Thanks to Dashbird the time to discover the occurrence of an issue reduced from 2-4 hours to a matter of seconds or minutes. It also means that hundreds of dollars are saved every month.

Great onboarding: it takes just a couple of minutes to connect an AWS account to an organization in Dashbird. The UI is clean and gives a good overview of what is happening with the Lambdas and API Gateways in the account.

I mean, it is just extremely time-saving. It’s so efficient! I don’t think it’s an exaggeration or dramatic to say that Dashbird has been a lifesaver for us.

Dashbird provides an easier interface to monitor and debug problems with our Lambdas. Relevant logs are simple to find and view. Dashbird’s support has been good, and they take product suggestions with grace.

Great UI. Easy to navigate through CloudWatch logs. Simple setup.

Dashbird helped us refine the size of our Lambdas, resulting in significantly reduced costs. We have Dashbird alert us in seconds via email when any of our functions behaves abnormally. Their app immediately makes the cause and severity of errors obvious.