Don’t Let New Errors Ruin Your New Year

 ● 07th Jan 2020

4 min read

Happy New Year from OverOps! Resolve to eliminate new application errors in 2020 with the help of OverOps’ Continuous Reliability solution.

It’s that time of year again when we all pause to reflect on past accomplishments, and establish future goals that we seek to accomplish in the next 365 days. 

In working to prepare my own New Year’s resolutions, I came across an interesting article on Business Insider about why most New Year’s resolutions fail. As the article notes, “Millions of people in the US make New Year’s resolutions each year, but only a small fraction of them manage to keep them.” The reason? Most people fail to make resolutions that are specific and measurable. 

As I think about this in the context of my role here at OverOps and the many aspirations of our customers and prospects, I’ve noticed this rings true.

Every software delivery team wants to push awesome code as fast as possible, while simultaneously reducing the current backlog and erasing the mountains of technical debt their team has built up over the years. To tackle these seemingly impossible goals, we often hear of lofty strategies and mission statements like the following:

  1. “We want to reduce our IT backlog by X%”, or 
  2. “We have to reduce technical debt and improve the quality of our software to deliver a positive user experience”, or 
  3. “We will deliver X amount of new features over the next year.”  

Sound familiar?  

These goals – while commendable – are too vague, and lack the specific “how” details that could make daunting targets a reality. 

And while organizations have invested heavily in existing tools and processes that promise to help them accomplish these lofty goals, the “how” has become even more elusive. This is evident when we see that user experiences continue to suffer, while IT backlogs balloon to record levels, and technical debt has never been more overwhelming for software delivery teams.

OverOps’ 2020 New Year’s Resolution: Help Software Delivery Teams Identify and Resolve New Errors Faster Than Ever

Whether your team is testing for a major software release in 2020, or crossing your fingers after deploying new code to production, new application errors impact software developers and users everywhere. New errors waste time and developer resources to find and fix. 

New errors that aren’t found and fixed in a timely manner go into the abyss of IT backlog and technical debt. This means that new errors delay the time-sensitive delivery of new features meant to win over the hearts and minds of customers.

Unlike the countless exercise and weight-loss resolutions that fail each year, development teams don’t have to accept the fate of the chaos that new errors invoke upon them. All of this takes us back full circle to those vague mission statements we discussed earlier about technical debt, IT backlogs, and new software features, and how specifically we can inject the detailed “how” into those goals.  

The first step to tackling technical debt through code refactoring is to ensure that changes to code do not introduce new errors and break existing functionality. The first step to reducing backlog is not allowing new errors to catch the development team by surprise. The first step to delivering new features is to stabilize the software in such a way that developers aren’t wasting their time trying to find, reproduce, and fix new errors. 

Taking the First Step with OverOps

OverOps analyzes code at runtime to automate the process of identifying, preventing, and resolving new application errors, allowing development teams to take back the control and do more with less. This progressive approach to new errors is what has made development teams that use OverOps so successful in reaching their software goals, helping them to accelerate the find and fix of current issues that historically have proven to be the most challenging. 

I believe now, more than ever, that this is the year to make it your New Year’s resolution to prevent new errors from impacting your users, AND the bottom line!

From all of us here at OverOps, we wish you a happy (and new error-free) New Year! To learn how OverOps can fully automate the process to Identify, Prevent, and Resolve new application errors, check out

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Rich Borucki is a Senior Solutions Engineer at OverOps, helping development teams deliver more reliable software. When he's not busy integrating OverOps with other tools in the SDLC, Rich enjoys going on trips with his family, attending his children’s sporting events and playing soccer and basketball – while trying not to get hurt!

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