Understanding Distributed Systems using OpenTelemetry (In-Person) with Liz Fong-Jones

  0.5 days


Want to start incorporating an observability strategy into your cloud native stack?

Microservices have broken monitoring tools and practices. Traditional methods of application logging and host-based metrics can’t provide accurate and timely signals for issues impacting production. OpenTelemetry solves this dilemma by providing a single set of APIs, SDKs, and automatic instrumentation tools that give you the ability to understand your distributed system and the performance of individual services within it.

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the history and theory behind OpenTelemetry and why it’s essential to developing and deploying modern software. We’ll learn by doing, taking an existing microservices application and instrumenting it for observability using the many tools OpenTelemetry provides.

Photo of Liz Fong-Jones speaking at YOW! Conference 2019

We’ll use open source tools, like Jaeger and Prometheus, to ingest this telemetry data and show how you can analyze it in order to understand the performance of the application and identify performance regressions in your software.

How does it work?

This workshop will be hosted as a Hybrid event with both speaker and attendees joining either in-person or online.
Online Tickets

The real-time workshop offered in an intimate virtual classroom — where you will learn directly from Liz.

Online tickets do not include access to the In-Person event.

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In-Person Tickets

Participants can attend for the face to face workshop in Sydney (26EF at 1 Bligh Street Sydney, NSW 2000).

In-Person Tickets include access to the Online event.

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Learn how to:

  • Identify the fundamentals of the distributed tracing data model.
  • Discover key features of OpenTelemetry.
  • Instrument systems for maximum benefit.
  • Analyze bottlenecks and critical paths with Jaeger and Zipkin.
  • Correlate trace data and other metadata.
  • Configure and switch APM backends easily.

About the Author

Liz Fong-Jones

Field CTO

Available dates

Dates coming soon

Can't make it on any of these dates?
Our team is happy to discuss other options with you.
Contact us at and mention ref: OPENTELEMETRY-LFJ-01.
Private tuition and large-group discounts are also available. Find out more here.

Who should take this workshop?

Application developers, systems engineers, and SREs.


Experience reading, debugging, and compiling programs written in Go or Python

Bring your own hardware

Attendees need to bring their own laptop and WiFi for the in-person workshop.

Workshop Outline

In this course, you'll develop an understanding of observability by exploring topics and activities like:
  • History and theory behind OpenTelemetry
  • Why observability is essential to developing and deploying modern software
  • Instrumenting a microservices application for observability
  • Analyzing telemetry data using open source tools

Understanding Distributed Systems using OpenTelemetry (In-Person) with Liz Fong-Jones
Dates coming soon