Tips and Gotchas for Evaluating Software Platforms

As a platform engineer, you might find yourself asked to evaluate vendor software from time to time. Your teammates want the software with the best features, your security team wants to make the most safe choice, salespeople want you to buy their product, and somehow finance and legal got involved too. With so many voices to balance, it’s easy to lose track of important considerations. In this talk, we’ll talk about how you can create a plan to successfully evaluate software before purchasing and pitfalls you might run into.


Amy Nguyen


Amy Nguyen is an observability software engineer who makes timeseries data accessible for everyone. In the past, she studied computer science and philosophy at Stanford University, served on the board of Stanford Women in Computer Science for three years, and helped in making computer science the most popular major for female undergraduates during her time there. Outside of work, Amy writes about the tech industry, loves baking, and reads too many self-improvement books.