4.15.2015 SmartFlow Tablet Issue

Yesterday, April 15th 2015, we experienced a service issue with our SmartFlow tablet applications for both iOS and Android devices. Today, we are providing an incident report that explains the details of the event and the actions we have taken in the aftermath.  Problem Summary: Beginning at approximately 4:50AM PDT, the SmartFlow application experienced time-outs which prevented users from accessing information on the tablet. At the root of the problem was a database issue caused by high erroneous activity, leading to symptoms which include: missing vehicles, inability to load or submit inspections, and incorrect worksheet information. This was discovered and corrected by 7AM PDT. Corrective & Preventative Measures:  1. Fail Safe Mode (detailed article found here) We know the importance of our services to your shop’s day to day workflow and do not take this lightly. To ensure no loss of data and the ability to create inspections with your tablet 100% of the time, we have developed a fail-safe method for performing inspections and have already begun the testing phase with a dozen shops. We will extend “Fail Safe Mode” to more shops at the start of next week and are currently scheduled to go live by the end of May. 2. Monitoring Improvements In order to detect and prevent similar issues in the future, we have taken efforts to tighten our monitoring and recovery system. We are implementing additional monitors into every layer for our application and services. The new insights into the out-dated software and systems allow us to revisit previous designs, optimize performance, and improve the overall experience for our users. 3. Information Resources In the event where an AutoVitals service is...
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