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Christina Yakomin

Christina Yakomin

Christina Yakomin

Vanguard

Christina is a Site Reliability Engineer in Vanguard’s Chief Technology Office. She has worked at the company’s Malvern, PA headquarters since graduating from Villanova University in 2015 with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. Throughout her career, she has developed an expansive skillset in front- and back-end web development, as well as cloud infrastructure and automation. She has earned three Amazon Web Services certifications: Solutions Architect - Associate, Developer - Associate, and SysOps Admin - Associate. Christina has also worked closely with the Women’s Initiative for Leadership Success at Vanguard, both internally at the company and externally in the local community, to further the career advancement if women and girls - in particular within the tech industry. In her spare time, Christina is passionate about traveling; she has visited 20 different countries and 25 U.S. states so far!

Session: Observability Made Easy

Everyone in tech is getting excited about adopting SRE practices, but before jumping into something like chaos engineering, it’s important to instrument systems for observability first. At Vanguard, we have developed a central AWS Lambda function that application teams can utilize to send synthetic traffic to their applications, with minimal effort. The function generates results in a standardized log format that allows teams to clone dashboards and alerts from pre-built templates, based on customizable Service Level Objectives, so they can check the observability box quickly and focus on continuing to deliver new features. In this session, I’ll cover why we decided to build vs. buy when so many products offer this functionality (spoiler alert: it was more than just cost!), how we implemented the solution technically, and all of the benefits we have observed so far.