Zvi Uretzky recently joined our team as a Senior Software Developer. After a series of collaborations on a project basis, he decided to move from Tel Aviv to Amsterdam and is now a full-time member of the development team. We were intrigued and wanted to know more about his background and experience, as well as his current views on the industry and the future of monitoring. Continue reading if you are curious, too!
Welcome to our team, Zvi! Tell us, why did you decide to join Savision?
Thank you! I am thrilled to be part of the Savision family. I am especially happy to join during such an exciting period, having recently been acquired by Martello Technologies. There are many reasons behind my decision, so let me tell you why I joined:
First of all, I have been working on projects with Savision before I joined, like for example the Free SCOM Management Packs, and the collaboration went really well. We already had a good relationship and I knew I would get along with the team. Working in a dynamic environment based on mutual respect is very important for me.
Secondly, I wanted to become part of the team that develops Savision’s software because I know it can help a lot of people out there. IT departments are currently experiencing difficulties in controlling all the data that results from monitoring, service management, log management, change management, security management, and other systems. I think Savision’s solution is unique and can really help solving this, because it does more than just showing the data in a dashboard. It is based on bi-directional integrations that collect data but also allow to easily interact with the source system, which is essential to make a single-pane-of-glass solution effective.
My third reason to join the company was the office location. What can I say, working in the city center of Amsterdam is fantastic! After having been here for a couple of weeks now, I agree with the statement that Amsterdam is unique because you live in a city yet it feels like a village. Great atmosphere!
“I wanted to become part of the team that develops Savision’s software because I know it can help a lot of people out there.”
You’ve come from far away… all the way from Israel to the Netherlands.
How do you feel about moving here for this job?
We have only been in Amsterdam for a few weeks now so it might be a bit early to ask about my feeling of moving here… but so far, we love it! We have already taken a bicycle ride which was a lot of fun to do with our children. Also, we visited the center of Amsterdam and walked around the city.
Can you tell us about your professional background?
In my previous job, I was a Monitoring Team Lead at Clalit Health Services. Clalit is one of the largest companies in Israel with more than 5,000 servers and a very complicated network architecture. We used SCOM as a primary monitoring system to monitor hardware, operating systems, applications, and business services. To be able to do this while ensuring good performance, we had to develop dedicated management packs for SCOM, so my background in software development helped a lot. I decided to leave the company because I was ready for a new challenge, which I quickly found at Savision. One of the best parts about being a developer in the Savision team is the opportunity of getting to know new monitoring and ITSM systems. I am very excited about learning and expanding my knowledge!
From your background and experience, what are the challenges in monitoring today?
From my perspective, today’s most significant IT monitoring challenges are connected to the complexity of the application environment and the size of IT departments. The last two decades have seen many changes and advancements for IT. The media revolution caused by the internet and smartphone popularity increased the importance of IT departments. Nowadays, preference for a service is more and more based on the company’s website or app. Therefore, companies invest in R&D teams to build better and faster applications, so IT environments have shifted from being small and simple to large and complicated. As a consequence, companies have placed pressure on their employees to build apps as quickly as possible with a lean team. On the one hand, there is a requirement to supply applications as quickly as possible and keep them online 99.9% of the time. On the other hand, there are not enough IT employees to build and maintain these applications. For these reasons, network monitoring has become critical.
“From my perspective, today’s most significant IT monitoring challenges are connected to the complexity of the application environment and the size of IT departments.”
Until a couple of years ago, companies have been trying to use just one or two monitoring systems, a practice based on the belief that simpler monitoring systems would require less maintenance and decrease alert response time. Unfortunately, this does not always work because different monitoring systems have specific strengths and use cases. More often than not, the less monitoring systems you have, the more time you will have to spend pinpointing the sources of an issue. This is where Savision comes in with a holistic solution which easily allows integrating and controlling many different tools from a single interface.
Where do you see the monitoring industry develop?
I think the complexity of software will impact the monitoring industry in two ways. We will see an increase in cloud SaaS solutions such as Azure Monitor, AppDynamics, AWS Monitoring, and many others. And, we will see more tailored open source monitoring systems such as Nagios, Zabbix, etc. The solutions will become more user-friendly from a design perspective, yet more sophisticated as they will use machine learning and AI technology.
We are excited to have Zvi as part of the Savision team and highly value his experience and industry knowledge. We believe that he can greatly contribute to the team with his insights. We are looking forward to working with you, Zvi!