OpenSignals is an innovative approach to the Observability and Controllability of scalable distributed service computing.

Inspired from concepts and techniques in signaling theory, stigmergy, systems thinking, and social cognition, OpenSignals offers a humane and scalable way to infer and reason about the local and global state of services, resources, and systems at various scales and scopes compared to other forms of instrumentation and measurement including tracing, metrics, events, and logging.

OpenSignals does not entirely replace existing Observability technologies when it comes to ad hoc data diagnostics; instead, it offers a vastly simplified model and superior means to reframe and contextualize data collected by other techniques in terms that are more meaningful, relevant, and effective for enterprise application monitoring and service level management purposes.

OpenSignals is explicitly designed to reflect and address the modern complex nature of software execution flow spanning multiple microservices, each with varying levels of resilience, reliability, availability, adaptability, change, and criticality to delivery.

From Data to Dashboard – An Observability Anti-Pattern

25 October, 2020

Numerous initiatives around Observability, sometimes referred to as Visibility in the business domain, fail to meet expectations due to engineers naively expecting that once data… >

Hierarchies of Attention and Abstraction in Observability

3 October, 2020

When designing observability and controllability interfaces for systems of services, or any system for that matter, it is essential to consider how it connects the… >

Observability via (Verbal) Protocol Analysis

27 September, 2020

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to explain and relate to the design of the OpenSignals conceptual model of signals and states. So it was a… >