SREday 2023

14 - 15 Sep London, UK
Site Reliability Engineering Conference

Synthetic Monitoring and E2E Testing: 2 Sides of the Same Coin

Carly Richmond

As a developer who loves SRE, I want to collaborate with SREs and support engineers to build amazing software. With traditional support teams' adoption of SRE, we automate similar workflows with different tools. Let's use Synthetic Monitoring as E2E tests to validate the user experience together!

Despite the emergency of DevOps to unite development, support and SRE factions together using common processes, we still face cultural and tooling challenges that create the Dev and Ops silos. Specifically, we often use different tools to achieve similar testing: case in point validating the user experience in production using Synthetic Monitoring and in development using e2e testing. By joining forces around common tooling, we can use the same tool for both production monitoring and testing within CI. In this talk, I will discuss how Synthetic Monitoring and e2e Testing are two sides of the same coin. Furthermore, I shall show how production monitoring and development testing can be achieved using Playwright, GitHub Actions and Elastic Synthetics.

Carly is a Developer Advocate at Elastic, based in London, UK. Before joining Elastic in 2022, she spent over 10 years working as a technologist at a large investment bank, specialising in Frontend Web development and agility. She is an agile evangelist, UI enthusiast, and regular blogger. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, photography, drinking tea and chasing after her young son.

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