Access Logging, Legal Issues And Debugging For Your Digital Platform
Digital Platform Part 10 Of 10
Progressive Digital Platforms typically have various monitoring and logging mechanisms. These mechanisms allow for simple availability monitoring or sometimes a more detailed access log is needed.
In low-trust environments it may be important to track which users are accessing which data when in order to discover suspicious patterns of activity. For example, in financial institutions, unusual patterns of credit card activity may be flagged.
Access Logging is a thorny legal issue and legal advice should ALWAYS be sought when implementing such a system. Digital Transformations typically cover multiple countries and legal jurisdictions where data protection legislation varies and the degree of consent required (if it is even legal) for monitoring system usage will vary.
Logs can also allow the replay of previous data changes requested by users which is very useful when tracking down difficult to repeat bugs. If a transaction log is kept as part of the data synchronization or modification processes, then those transactions may be replayable by a tester or programmer when tracking down system errors. This typically requires some forethought and incorporation into the overall system architecture.
Microsoft Azure Application Insights
Microsoft Azure Application Insights is an excellent application performance management system and logging platform. It neatly provides extensive performance information (request rate, time to process requests, failure rates etc) for cloud-based applications as well as providing a great platform for unifying logging in a widely distributed Digital Platform. It comes with a complete query language and is highly recommended for use in Digital Transformations!
That’s the end of our digital platforms series! If you missed our previous blogs in the series, we recommend starting from the beginning, as we discuss how to implement systems integration via a digital platform to leverage your legacy it systems.
If you have any questions in regards to digital platforms, then please contact us, so we can discuss them further with you.