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SLIC Watch

Well-architected observability out of the box.

Observability should be your friend from day one.

In distributed systems, achieving a high level of observability is of utmost importance. It enables you to detect, investigate, and resolve issues within your applications across cloud, hybrid, or on-premises environments. 

Amazon CloudWatch is a super powerful tool, but it requires time and effort to make it work for you. By default, CloudWatch only provides service-level dashboards and metrics, leaving users responsible for manually creating alarms for each monitored resource.

Introducing SLIC Watch.

SLIC Watch automates the creation of CloudWatch alarms and dashboards for your SAM, CloudFormation, CDK and Serverless Framework applications; empowering users to quickly detect and troubleshoot operational issues. 

SLIC Watch provides sane defaults that work out of the box. Any of which can be disabled or configured to your thresholds if they don’t suit you.

  • Lambda Functions
  • API Gateway
  • DynamoDB
  • Kinesis Data Streams
  • SQS Queues
  • Step Functions
  • ECS / Fargate
  • SNS
  • EventBridge
  • Application Load Balancer

A note on CloudWatch cost.

SLIC Watch creates additional CloudWatch resources that, apart from a limited free tier, have an associated cost. Depending on what you enable, SLIC Watch creates one dashboard and multiple alarms. The number of each depends on the number of resources in your stack and the number of stacks you have.

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The Benefits

Why use SLIC Watch?


SLIC Watch offers a single-page dashboard that combines all essential application metrics. This helps you understand the distributed system’s connections and identify any issues swiftly.

Best Practice

Ensure effective monitoring and alerting as advocated by the AWS Well-Architected Framework Operational Excellence Pillar.


Save time and money researching either hand-crafted CloudWatch resources or third-party options. Automatically generate alarms and dashboards for each application with just a single line of code.


SLIC Watch allows for prompt detection and resolution of issues, even those previously unknown.

SLIC Watch is an Open-Source Project

If you want to contribute to SLIC Watch you’d be more than welcome. We’d love to hear your feedback.

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