Variance is particularly useful for Datadog as it's both a complicated application with lots of deep functionality as well as something you are often accessing in urgent moments. Here's how we're using Datadog as well as some ideas on how you might use it.

Slack

When a Datadog alert comes in it includes a link to the appropriate Variance Playbook.

If you click that link you land directly in Datadog with your Variance guide open.

Card two of that Guide deep links you into other Variance guides to continue your debugging:

If we follow one of those you get a sense of what's there:

Associating Your Note or Guide with a Dashboard

The most obvious way to use Variance in Datadog is to build these kinds of Dashboard-centric Note guides (Note guides are single card). To make that work you need to associate your Note with the specific Dashboard. Luckily that's pretty easy.

First, you'll want to add a Guide start URL. You can do that by either pasting the Dashboard URL in the box or clicking the little Target icon (red box) if you're on the current page.

From there you'll click Add automated trigger and then User visits a specific Datadog URL:

Finally, you'll just type in the name of the Dashboard. As long as you've visited it while you've had Variance installed it should show up in the list.

Now your guide will automatically come up when someone visits that Dashboard. You can also embed the link by clicking "Get Sharable Link" in the Overlay.

Guide Library

Finally, we've added some Guides to install, copy, and edit to the Datadog Guide Library. They are mostly guides that are about contextualizing the specific metrics and scopes you use. We've also included a few example guides for Datadog preset dashboards like Kubernetes and System - Metrics. If you use these you should be able to install and edit directly. Because they exist across all systems, we can make them trigger automatically.

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