With distributed application architecture containing countless pieces of infrastructure comprising the components of a scalable platform, deep visibility into each element plays a paramount role in maintaining and supporting your system. All of these components of a modern platform contain a massive amount of logs, which makes it difficult to support and maintain without proper logging. Organizations are now implementing smart ways to gain visibility into their system through logging from all application components. Not only is this providing deep visibility into a system, but businesses are realizing immense value out of these logs also.
Redwood Logistics is a great example of this. With a high volume of transportation and logistics related transactions running through the RedwoodConnect platform every day, it is essential to be able to trace each transaction with ease. Due to this, Redwood has transformed its logging solution to be able to log all transactions to one centralized solution and gain valuable insight into the data that is stored.
This Meetup will feature a co-presentation from Eric Rempel, CTO of Redwood Logistics, and Aaron Lieberman, MuleSoft Practice Manager and Lead Consultant at Big Compass. We will talk about how together, Redwood and Big Compass have transformed the RedwoodConnect platform to become an easily supportable, automated machine by providing deep visibility and enhanced traceability with centralized logging. We will describe how important it was to define logging standards at the beginning of the process, and how we use Log4j2 with MuleSoft to send logs to an external system such as ELK, Splunk, or a database (and how you can too).
The presentation will wrap up with showing the current visualization techniques that Redwood uses to consume logging data, and we will talk about the direction for the future, including data warehousing and how logging can lead to a digital chain of events, or blockchain, of related data in transportation and logistics.
Eric Rempel is Redwood Logistics’ Chief Innovation Officer. He joined Redwood in 2004 as its chief technology officer. As CTO, he played a vital role in the creation of what would become one of Redwood’s flagship products ¬— its proprietary transportation management system (TMS) that combines historical analytics, market data and operational best practices. Eric led the design of Redwood’s TMS offering by integrating powerful transportation automation into customer supply chains, based on a web interface that can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection. TMS remains an integral part of the way Redwood delivers value to the company’s brokerage clients.
Eric founded 3PLogic in 2009, which is known today as Redwood Supply Chain Solutions (“SCS”). With a strategic focus on integrated enterprise systems, the technology created at 3PLogic was the design catalyst for today’s supply-chain integration platform, RedwoodConnectSM. A platform so successful that Redwood’s Software as a Service TMS partner, MercuryGate, has named Redwood as its first and only Logistics Integrator Partner.
From 2010 to 2015, under Eric’s leadership, Redwood SCS grew exponentially with over 8,000% advancement. The company’s achievement in developing customer-facing solutions and supply chain technology was recognized when Redwood earned a number three ranking on Crain’s Fast 50 List for 2016.
In 2017, Eric was named Redwood’s Chief Innovation Officer. As CIO he is focused on developing diverse solutions and services for the company’s clients. Eric is a thought leader and national speaker on advanced technologies such as API-lead architecture, cloud computing, supply-chain integration & automation, big-data analytics, and emerging technologies.
Eric is a Mulesoft Customer Advisory Board member, and a Blockchain in Transportation Alliance (BiTA) member. He holds a B.S., Computer Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Aaron’s passion for technology and for enriching connectivity between people and between systems drives him to find innovative ways to help advance organizations through technology. Aaron is a MuleSoft Practice Manager and Lead Consultant at Big Compass and has rich experience in a variety of integration environments. Aaron has led various implementations as a developer, architect, and development manager, so he brings the perspective of each role to every project to align people around a common goal. Aaron is also a Denver MuleSoft Meetup organizer where he brings people together from the Denver area to create a community and enhance collaboration. This platform allows him to engage the local community and beyond to spread knowledge and thought leadership while connecting people and ideas.