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Lodewijk Bogaards

Lodewijk Bogaards joined Xebia in 2014 and has fueled development of StackState to a stable product. He has over 20 years of software development experience. He has been a DevOps evangelists and architect for 5 years. He was the lead software engineer and developer of a multi-purpose 3D simulation environment.

Recent Posts

Is Root Cause Analysis Dead or Are We Just Getting Started?

Posted by Lodewijk Bogaards on Nov 27, 2017 5:09:34 PM


Recently a friend sent me a link to a blog post called “The myth of the Root Cause” ( This post makes some valid points. Especially the point that as our systems become more sophisticated, so do our problems. Often it is hard to find a single root cause. In fact, there might not even be one!


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Topics: Monitoring, Algorithmic IT Operations, DevOps, Root Cause Analysis

Capture your entire IT stack in one data model

Posted by Lodewijk Bogaards on May 24, 2017 6:16:40 PM

On October 16th of 1843 a mathematician called William Rowan Hamilton crossed a bridge in Dublin when all of a sudden he was struck with the solution to a problem he had been working on for many years.
He became so enthusiastic that he cut his famous equation for a new type of number he called a quaternion into the stone of the bridge: "i^2=j^2=k^2=ijk=-1." Quaternions, among other things, make rotating objects through arbitrary orientations in a 3D space possible. We have Hamilton to thank for making it possible to safely land on the moon. In fact we have Hamilton to thank for making our WebGL powered 3D engine work at StackState.
At times, the ability to get an insight of such complexity seems to me to require a superhuman amount of genius. Yet I recognize that Hamilton, that day on the bridge, had simply arrived at a critical point after a long and arduous journey. The end of one stage of the journey and the beginning of another. Once given enough background information on what Hamilton was exploring mentally, the equation that marks the completion of that stage of the journey, though still highly impressive, is not beyond human capability.
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Topics: Product, Algorithmic IT Operations

Preventing surprises with a realtime visual model of the IT Stack

Posted by Lodewijk Bogaards on Jul 7, 2015 12:11:00 PM

Getting a change approved is hard even if it makes the system more stable
As an engineer, again and again I’ve found myself in this position: explaining why some company should invest in rebuilding or refactoring some set of components that at that time do not seem to cause any problems. These discussions were never easy, sometimes near impossible. I remember a frustrated engineer asking me how I got a change approved that he had been calling out for for years. Of course there is a whole lot you can do to get peoples’ attention, but the simplest way is by being in a position for it. The more respect you get from colleagues the more likely you will have influence.

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Topics: Dev/Ops

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