ilert vs. incident.io

Why go with ilert vs incident.io?

Comprehensive Incident Management vs. Slack-Centric Response.

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Why go with ilert vs. incident.io?

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Why businesses chose ilert over incident.io

Selecting the right tool can significantly impact the efficiency of your response processes, the clarity of your communications, and the lessons you extract from each incident. Here, we'll compare ilert and incident.io.

On their website, incident.io claims to be an end-to-end incident management platform that covers the entire incident response process. Therefore, we will structure our comparison around four key stages of the incident response lifecycle:

  • Preparation: Sets the stage for swift and efficient response by establishing the right systems and protocols.

  • Response: Acting promptly and decisively when an incident occurs, leveraging key communication and collaboration tools.

  • Communication: Clear and timely communication during incidents to reduce user anxiety and enhance trust.

  • Learning: Post-incident reviews to drive continuous improvement in your incident response strategy.

A deep dive into the Incident Response Process with ilert vs. incident.io

tl;dr: incident.io primarily focuses on one part of the incident lifecycle (respond), while ilert is designed to tie your incident response together, allowing you to manage incidents from detection through resolution in a single platform

Preparing for incidents: incident.io vs. ilert

Preparation involves setting up systems and structures that facilitate efficient detection, notification, and resolution of incidents. Here's what an incident response platform for tech teams needs to cover:

  • On-call management: Establishing a dedicated on-call team with a well-structured rotation is vital for efficient incident response. incident.io doesn't provide anything in this regard. ilert provides purpose-built scheduling for on-call teams and automatic escalation.

  • Actionable alerting: incident.io integrates with other alerting solutions, but doesn't provide any alerting capabilities. ilert provides two-way alerting across a number of channels, including SMS, phone calls, critical push notifications and WhatsApp.

  • Integration of monitoring tools: incident.io doesn't integrate with monitoring tools. In incident.io, incidents are created by humans in Slack or through one of their alerting integrations. ilert integrates with 100+ monitoring and ticketing solutions and ensures instant alerts and immediate notification of the right on-call team member when anomalies occur.

  • Manual incident reporting: incident.io lets you manually create incidents in Slack. It seems that incident.io was built for this use case in the first place - to let everyone in a company create incidents from Slack. ilert provides a few ways to manually report incidents: through dedicated call routing numbers, in Slack or MS Teams and via email. Incidents are routed based on the on-call rotation.

On-call schedules
Escalation policies
Multi-channel alerting
Integration with monitoring tools
Call routing
Report incidents from MS Teams
Report incidents from Slack

iLert is more than just alerting: status pages, uptime and heartbeat monitoring

iLert is an integrated solution that goes beyond alerting, covering basic needs to increase uptime, including uptime monitoring, alerting, incident comms, status pages and on-call management. PagerDuty is laser-focused on incident response and event intelligence and provides advanced features that are available on the more expensive plans.

iLert intentionally leaves features out that are not needed most of the time, but has additional benefits through the integrated approach. E.g. you can update your status page right from an alert.

Alert timeline and data from monitoring tools
Re-route incidents to a different team
Dedicated incident channels in MS Teams
Dedicated incident channels in Slack
Page additional responders
Execute external actions from MS Teams / Slack
Assign incident-specific roles, e.g. incident lead

Responding to incidents in incident.io vs ilert

incident.io starts at this stage of the incident response process. It lets you coordinate your incident response in Slack in a structured way, e.g. you can assign incident-specific roles and require certain steps, such as involving stakeholders if certain conditions are met. This is the area where incident.io shines. Having said that, we think there's more to it: Rapid incident response is all about reducing the impact on services and customers. To achieve this:

  • Equip the on-Call team with the latest system information, monitoring data, and essential troubleshooting resources.

  • Ensure quick containment by paging the right people and start collaborating on the incident resolution.

  • Harness chat tools and collaboration tools like Slack, Microsoft Teams for real-time teamwork during incidents.

  • Execute alert-related tasks directly within the chat interface to consolidates the response process, eliminating the need for context-switching and promoting faster incident resolution.

None of these areas is covered by incident.io. E.g., in incident.io, you would need create a task to gather systems information and assign it someone so they can paste the information in Slack.

incident.io vs. ilert for incident communication

During incidents, effective communication is pivotal both internally within the team and externally with users and stakeholders. Here are key communication strategies to adopt:

  • Prioritize Transparency: Actively share incident details to manage user expectations and reduce the influx of support queries. Both incident.io and ilert provide incident subscriptions with the ability to send updates via SMS and email. ilert additionally provides a mobile app with push notifications and a convenient way for stakeholders to subscribe to services that they rely on, so they receive automatic updates whenever on of their service is affected.

  • Utilize dedicated status pages: Both incident.io and ilert provide private and public status pages. ilert additionally provides embeddable in-app widgets to display incidents directly in your app.

  • AI-assisted incident communication: ilert uses generative AI to enhance the precision and promptness of incident communications, letting you focus on incident resolution.

Status page
Internal incident communication via push & SMS
Communicate incidents via in-app widget
AI-assisted incident communication
Integration with monitoring tools
Call routing
Report incidents from MS Teams

iLert is more than just alerting: status pages, uptime and heartbeat monitoring

iLert is an integrated solution that goes beyond alerting, covering basic needs to increase uptime, including uptime monitoring, alerting, incident comms, status pages and on-call management. PagerDuty is laser-focused on incident response and event intelligence and provides advanced features that are available on the more expensive plans.

iLert intentionally leaves features out that are not needed most of the time, but has additional benefits through the integrated approach. E.g. you can update your status page right from an alert.

Followup actions
Post mortems
AI-assisted post mortems

Learn and improve

Post-incident phases should pave the way for reflection and growth. ilert lets you easily create postmortem documents by providing a detailed timeline of events and access to chat protocols. Moreover, postmortems are generated using AI based on the timeline and chat messages in the dedicated incident channels.

incident.io connects to your issue tracker (Jira, Linear, Asana, GitHub, etc) and allows you to seamlessly create actions to be picked up after the incident. Actions logged through incident.io will automatically track the status in the respective issue tracker, and our follow-ups dashboard allows you to track completion rates, define policies and perform bulk actions.

incident.io vs. ilert at a glance

When comparing ilert and incident.io, it's essential to understand the specific needs of your organization. If you're looking for a comprehensive solution that covers every phase of incident management, ilert presents a compelling case. On the other hand, if your organization primarily operates within Slack and needs a more streamlined solution, incident.io might be worth considering, though with the understanding of its limitations. At any rate, if you operate always-on services and need to respond quickly to incidents 24/7, you're going to need a solution to bring immediate human attention to issues.

Remember, the key to effective incident management is not just responding and coordinating within Slack, but preparing your team for incidents, integrating all potential sources for incidents and then effectively alerting and mobilizing responders to coordinate incident remediation. Choose a platform that aligns with your operational needs and strategic goals.

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