by Datadog

2022 Workshops

Dash workshops are three-hour-long technical sessions that you can add to your in-person registration at no additional cost. This year, we will have more than 15 workshops with a wide range of topics and levels of expertise, from an introduction to Datadog for both SREs and developers, to more advanced sessions on topics including security, Kubernetes, serverless, performance, frontend monitoring, and more.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.

View the Dash Workshops Agenda.

Virtual Workshops 


in-person, beginner

Delivering High-Quality Software with APM and Distributed Tracing

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 403

Modern applications consist of a wide array of frontend applications, backend services, and dependencies deployed across hosts, containers, and serverless infrastructure. Without end-to-end observability into an environment, triaging an issue becomes a slow and arduous process.

In this workshop, you will instrument an application with Datadog APM. Then, you’ll use Distributed Tracing to identify issues with the application and improve the user experience. Once the application is functioning as expected, you will put measures in place to make sure you are alerted if latency increases above a threshold.

in-person, beginner

Get Product Analytics Insights with Real User Monitoring (RUM)

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 408

This workshop will provide both non-technical folks and developers tools for building actionable product analytics insights from their RUM data. We will go over how to get started with out-of-the-box dashboards, discover new visualizations like funnels, and use Session Replay to form hypotheses about user behavior. Along the way, you will learn how to analyze product usage with RUM data, identify user frustration signals, and validate that new features are working effectively.

in-person, intermediate

Monitoring Modern Applications with Datadog in Microsoft Azure

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 412

When using Microsoft Azure to host your applications and workloads, it’s important to know how to keep track of what’s going on and what to do if things go wrong in the middle of the night. Datadog offers the ability to monitor modern applications in Azure and gives you the information you need to take action when things go wrong (or right!).

Join us for this challenge-based workshop where you will learn how you can use Datadog to keep an eye on your Azure environment. Working in groups of three to five people, you will get hands-on experience with Datadog by solving technical challenges using a sample application environment in Azure. Working with different types of applications, you will explore how to use Datadog to set up alerts, activity log collection, application tracing, and dashboards.

You will leave this workshop with a solid understanding of how you can integrate Datadog into your Azure environment. And, you will learn how to understand and identify which metrics, traces, logs, and business indicators from your own services are key for monitoring your Azure-hosted applications.

This workshop is sponsored by Microsoft Azure.

in-person, intermediate

Monitoring Your Kubernetes Cluster with Datadog

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 405.1

Every day, new companies are adopting Kubernetes as the base for their internal development platforms and increasing the number of workloads that they are running on top of the orchestrator. For their platform teams, learning how to successfully monitor Kubernetes and identify potential issues becomes critical.

In this hands-on workshop, you will use the Datadog Operator to deploy the Datadog Agent and Cluster Agent in a Kubernetes environment. You will learn how to use Datadog’s Live Containers, Live Processes, and Kubernetes views to understand the state of your cluster. We will also walk through some of the key metrics to pay attention to when operating Kubernetes and show you how to enable monitors for them. Using simulated outages, you will identify potential issues in a cluster, find the root causes, fix the issues, and get the cluster back to a working state.

in-person, intermediate

Now You See Me: GCP monitoring with Datadog

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 401

In this workshop, you will walk through a series of small tasks in order to learn how to set up and get the most out of monitoring GCP with Datadog. You will start by configuring the integration and connecting your GCP account to Datadog. You will also see how to use the Datadog Agent to collect metrics from applications running on a GKE cluster. You will then explore how to generate alerts for specific cloud events and trigger conditional actions using Google Eventarc. Finally, we’ll try out Datadog’s new Google Cloud Run integration to bring it all together.

This workshop is sponsored by Google Cloud.

Office Hours & Workshop Support (AM)

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 410

Drop by with questions about Datadog, take a self-paced course on the Learning Center or just work quietly with the assurance that experts are mere feet away if you need something. You couldn’t find a more perfect opportunity to try something new with Datadog.

Have a workshop in the afternoon? Use this place to step through the pre-work, ask questions, and make sure your computer is ready.

in-person, intermediate

Securing Cloud-Native Infrastructure: A Journey Through the Attacker Lifecycle

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 402

Cloud infrastructure today is complex. It’s the relationship between hosts, containers, managed cloud services, and of course cloud resources like blob storage, users and roles, and the cloud control plane. To effectively secure cloud infrastructure it’s critical to correlate information from a variety of sources. In particular, information about the state of resources, coupled with detection of suspicious and anomalous activity within those resources.

In this workshop, you will wear the hat of an engineer investigating an actual cloud-native attack against a real AWS environment. The attack will make use of techniques leveraged by attackers in the real world. After familiarizing yourself with the infrastructure - that you’ll have a chance to experiment with - you will identify, investigate, assess the full extent, and actively remediate the attack, leveraging Datadog CSPM and CWS to capture the entire attacker lifecycle. You will also experience how valuable observability is when investigating security incidents!

in-person, beginner

Using Log Management with Metrics and Traces to Improve Developer Productivity

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 406.3

The complexity of modern applications and shared infrastructure creates challenges for developers, particularly when it comes to troubleshooting production outages quickly and consistently. Knowing what to look for—and where—can be difficult when you don’t have the right observability, especially when you are up against the clock.

By combining metrics, traces, and logs, you can improve observability and reduce the time to detection and resolution of operational incidents.

With the help of hands-on labs, this workshop will take you from beginner to expert in building observability with log data. You will learn best practices for log collection, processing, and retention, and then dive into scenarios that will help you analyze data from multiple sources with Datadog Log Management’s powerful search and analytics capabilities.

You will come away with proven strategies for building an organizational culture of efficient logging, optimizing for various use cases, and gaining richer insights into application behavior and user experiences.

in-person, intermediate

AWS GameDay

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 500

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 410

GameDays are collaborative learning exercises that test skills in implementing AWS solutions to solve real-world problems in gamified, risk-free environments. These are completely interactive opportunities for technical professionals to explore AWS services, architecture patterns, best practices, and group cooperation without step-by-step instructions.

Participants will be provided with free, live AWS and Datadog accounts to solve a variety of challenges. Our events are open-ended to provide flexibility to think creatively and experiment. Our leaderboard adds an element of competition, as teams earn or lose points based on their progress. Top teams earn prizes!

This event is best played in teams of two, but pairs are not required.

This workshop is sponsored by AWS.

in-person, intermediate

Capture the Flag with Hack The Box

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 413

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 413

Good news! We’ve added fresh new content to Datadog’s Capture the Flag in partnership with Hack The Box. Join us to get hands-on with our latest and greatest security products, including the latest innovations from the Application Security Management (ASM) team.

Whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned veteran of security monitoring, this set of challenges has something for you. Throughout the contest, you’ll have the opportunity to use Datadog’s security products, including file integrity monitoring, to investigate a range of real-world threats. Don’t miss out on the chance to play Capture the Flag and learn more about web application security with Datadog.

This event is best played in teams of two, but pairs are not required.

in-person, beginner

Datadog 101: Developer

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 405.3

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 405.3

Application developers get enormous value out of Datadog, but in significantly different ways than DevOps engineers or SREs.

You’ll begin this workshop by installing the Datadog Agent and configuring it to monitor a containerized web application. You’ll then create Synthetic tests to monitor critical frontend services with simulated customer interactions. And you’ll see how Real User Monitoring (RUM) can help you measure and improve the quality of your user experience.

Along the way, you will learn how Datadog’s core tools, such as Log Management, APM, dashboards, and monitors, can help you stay ahead of application issues before they cause problems for your users.

in-person, beginner

Datadog 101: Site Reliability Engineer

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 405.2

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 405.2

Datadog’s core tools are tailored to SREs and provide a bird’s-eye view of your entire infrastructure, as well as the ability to zoom in on individual processes.

In this workshop, you will learn how to monitor a containerized web application with the Datadog Agent and essential Datadog tools, including:

  • Integrations
  • Logs
  • Alerting
  • Application Performance Monitoring (APM)
  • Network Performance Monitoring (NPM)
  • Dashboards

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to use Datadog to analyze the past, observe the present, and optimize the future of your application infrastructure.

in-person, intermediate

Datadog 201: Become a Power User

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 406.2

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 406.2

Now that you’ve established your baseline observability, what’s next? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn a variety of techniques for composing an executive dashboard that displays a mix of preset and custom widgets. This dashboard will include custom revenue metrics from logs and a UX SLO from a synthetic browser test.

You will then create a special-purpose notebook for troubleshooting business-critical UX issues. This runbook will use graphs, text, and links to guide colleagues through investigating, diagnosing, and resolving application issues.

Along the way, you’ll learn techniques and shortcuts that will increase your productivity in everyday Datadog tasks.

in-person, beginner

Monitor and Analyze Critical User Flows with Datadog Synthetic and Real User Monitoring

October 18 | 10:00AM EDT | Room 406.1

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 406.1

In this workshop, you will learn how to set up Datadog Synthetic and Real User Monitoring (RUM) on your applications. Synthetic Monitoring will provide a safety net for your teams by proactively ensuring that your main user flows and applications are continuously monitored for breaking changes. With RUM, you can analyze real user traffic to understand performance issues, track user behavior, and isolate the root cause of errors and issues. You’ll learn how to create a Synthetic browser test with our code-free web recorder, analyze the results within the Synthetic Monitoring UI, and then pivot to RUM to analyze the same context from Synthetic Monitoring alongside the frontend data collected from RUM’s Browser SDK.

in-person, intermediate

Building and Monitoring a Serverless App on AWS

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 408

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use Datadog to trace through popular AWS managed services like API Gateway, SNS, and SQS—and how you can use these insights to successfully operate your serverless services at scale. You’ll see this firsthand by designing, deploying, and monitoring a fully serverless GitHub bot.

in-person, advanced

Diagnose and Optimize CPU Performance with Continuous Profiler

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 405.1

Modern applications behave quite differently in production when compared to development or testing environments. Outlier requests, edge-case behaviors, configuration changes, security features, and request spikes can all impact application performance in unexpected ways.

This workshop will show you how to diagnose production CPU performance problems in your applications. By using Continuous Profiler, you will be able to quickly uncover costly bugs and identify improvements that will help enhance your end-user experience and reduce your infrastructure bill.

In this workshop, you will instrument an application with Datadog APM and Continuous Profiler and learn how and when to use these tools to diagnose issues. You will learn how to apply a performance diagnostic methodology to diagnose a CPU performance issue—and how to utilize profiling to the fullest by leveraging comparisons, different profile types, and other features.

in-person, beginner

Hacking Your Web Applications: From Benign Reconnaissance to Code-Level Exploits

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 402

Vulnerabilities such as server-side request forgery (SSRF) and SQL injections still make it to the top of the OWASP Top 10. These vulnerabilities could allow a skilled attacker to gain access to unauthorized data and compromise your infrastructure. In this workshop, you will get the opportunity to think like an attacker by performing various attacks against a web application. You will also see, as a defender, how you can leverage Datadog Application Security Management to identify which users are targeting your applications and which part of your code is impacted. By the end of this workshop, you will understand how to quickly detect and respond to threats by getting visibility into code-level exploits.

in-person, beginner

Introduction to AWS Monitoring with Datadog

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 406.3

This workshop will introduce how to get started with Datadog’s AWS integration. To understand how the integration works and how it’s configured, you will participate in a series of hands-on exercises, including installing the integration and installing sub-integrations for specific services, such as AWS Lambda and Amazon RDS. Then, you will observe what the integration provides out of the box by touring the resulting metrics, logs, and dashboards in the Datadog app.

Office Hours & Workshop Support (PM)

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 401

Drop by with questions about Datadog, take a self-paced course on the Learning Center or just work quietly with the assurance that experts are mere feet away if you need something. You couldn’t find a more perfect opportunity to try something new with Datadog.

Did you have a workshop in the morning? This is an excellent place to apply what you learned on your own projects while you have an expert in the room. Chat with people you met in the workshop and share notes or discuss your biggest takeaways.

in-person, intermediate

Safe and Secure Local Processing with Observability Pipelines

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 412

As modern environments grow in size and complexity, teams need new solutions to help them manage and route large volumes of telemetry data. This workshop will show you how to use Observability Pipelines to address these challenges by using a highly scalable platform to collect, transform, and route data in your own environment.

In this workshop, you will learn how to set up Observability Pipelines on an existing cluster environment and configure the Datadog Agent to utilize it. You will also learn how Observability Pipelines can empower you to tamp down on these logs, manage data costs, improve compliance, and improve data visibility in your own environment.

in-person, beginner

Unified Incident Management: Accelerating Time to Resolution

October 18 | 2:00PM EDT | Room 403

Ineffective incident management workflows can affect revenue, team morale, and development velocity. There’s nothing more stressful than siloed communication while debugging a production outage.

Datadog Incident Management enables you to manage your team’s incident response workflows in a central location. Within Datadog, you’re able to declare incidents in response to alerts, investigate issues, coordinate incident response efforts, and remediate incidents, all without switching contexts or tools.

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the ins and outs of managing incidents, work through a realistic incident scenario, and learn how to effectively use Datadog’s integrations to automatically communicate incident status to your broader organization. You’ll also learn how to leverage Incident Management, dashboards, and Notebooks to automatically populate postmortems with incident artifacts, such as assigned tasks, resolution steps, and dashboard snapshots.