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Let's Talk about Feelings!

The Meltwater Engineering teams have always been doing a lot of remote collaboration, due to the distributed nature of our company. Still, we have to get used to the work-from-home situation where we cannot even meet the colleagues in our own offices.

In this post Niall Burkley from our middleware team shares a simple standup routine to remind us that “we’re all people” after all. This can support your growth as a remote team.

You find more articles like these on Niall’s blog niallburkley.com.

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Tech Talk: Scalability Testing of a Production Kubernetes Cluster

In early spring 2018 Kubernetes went into Production at Meltwater and has seen great adoption from a lot of our engineering teams. Our Kubernetes cluster went from hosting 150 services at the end of 2018 to more than 800 services 9 months later.

As part of our involvement in the Cloud Native Nordics community, we recently gave a tech talk there where the team managing our Kubernetes cluster shared what they learned about scalability testing Kubernetes.

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Boosting Collaboration with an Internal Unconference - On the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

Gene Connolly and Jeff Campbell joined the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast for an episode on boosting collaboration and promoting DevOps culture. Gene (Principal Software Developer at Meltwater) and Jeff (long time contributor to the Scrum Master Toolbox podcast) share their own experience organizing Internal Unconferences, and why this may be exactly what you need to improve collaboration in your organization.

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The Journey To Front-End Performance  —  Assessing Current Performance

Our Application Framework team was tasked with assessing and improving application performance. Analyzing performance across the globe is challenging. The architectural layout of Meltwater’s application, as well as the way we organize our teams, lead to various challenges.

This is the first post in a series about front-end performance. We will share how our Application Framework team went about assessing the current performance of our app. Continual monitoring and relative metrics are a cornerstone to build from when focusing on performance. Here is how we laid our cornerstone.

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Cheaper Logging from AWS Lambdas

To provide structured data from the Web to our customers, our team maintains a web crawler. The system downloads and processes 600K URLs per hour, resulting in huge amounts of logs. That costs a lot!

In this blog post, Róbert from our Crawler team explains how we modified our architecture to save 40k USD/year on logging.