Observability is Mission Critical
September 14, 2021
Share this

While 90% of respondents believe observability is important and strategic to their business — and 94% believe it to be strategic to their role — just 26% noted mature observability practices within their business, according to the 2021 Observability Forecast, from New Relic.

Recognizing the importance of closing that gap, 81% of C-Suite executives expect to increase their observability budget in the coming year with 20% expecting budgets to increase significantly.

"IT teams are under more pressure than ever to ship new features faster, minimize downtime and resolve issues before they ever impact customers," noted Buddy Brewer, GVP & GM, New Relic. "With the accelerated shift to digital resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the roles of software engineers and developers have become more critical today, as has empowering them with a data-driven approach to observability so they can plan, build, deploy and run the great software that delivers great digital experiences for their customers, employees and partners."

During the pandemic, most organizations accelerated their digital transformation initiatives by as much as three or four years. This phenomenon has condensed software development cycles and burdened data pipelines, making both increasingly complex for engineers and developers with multiple stages of telemetry ingest, processing and compounded interdependencies between various systems of record, applications, infrastructure and networks.

Yet despite the promises and because digital experiences are built on thousands of microservices, today's monitoring tools often require engineers to spend an unreasonable amount of time stitching together siloed data and switching context between a patchwork of insufficient analysis tools for different parts of the tech stack — only to discover blindspots because it's too cumbersome and too expensive to instrument the full estate. And even then, engineers get stuck at what is happening, instead of being able to focus on why it's happening.

In fact, 72% of our global survey respondents noted having to toggle between at least two and 13% between ten different tools to monitor the health of their systems.

This all comes at significant cost to businesses — in shipping delays, slow responses to outages, poor customer experiences and time wasted that engineers could have spent on the higher priority, business-impacting and creative coding they love.

Consolidating tools into a single, unified observability platform is among the research report's five key insights for charting an organization's path to achieving modern observability. Adopting a data-driven approach for end-to-end observability, expanding observability across the entire software ecosystem, modernizing the IT budget for full-stack observability and upleveling the value of observability to further engage the C-Suite round out the list.

"The art and science of planning, building, deploying and operating great software has changed forever," noted Brewer. "Modern observability — taking a data-driven approach by pairing a unified data platform for all telemetry with full-stack analysis tools wrapped in a consumption-based pricing model that makes all data accessible to all engineers — positions IT teams to improve uptime and reliability, drive operational efficiency and deliver exceptional customer experiences that fuel innovation and growth."

Key findings from the 2021 Observability Forecast include:

Observability is mission critical

■ 90% of respondents believe observability is important and strategic to their business.

■ 94% believe observability is important to their role.

■ 81% of C-Suite executives expect to increase their observability budget in the next year with 20% expecting budgets to increase significantly.

Observability delivers clear, positive business impact

■ 91% of IT decision makers (ITDMs) see observability as critical at every stage of the software lifecycle with especially high importance in planning and operations.

■ 42% believe observability helps support their digital transformation with 23% noting it helps deliver better digital experiences for end users.

■ 27% cite faster deployment with observability.

■ 25% believe observability helps the organization be more cost effective.

Massive opportunity to expand and mature observability practices

■ Survey respondents confirmed that outages are on the rise, and that monitoring is fragmented.

■ Unsurprisingly, 72% noted having to toggle between at least two and 13% between ten different tools to monitor the health or their systems.

■ 23% of respondents said that they cannot gain end-to-end observability at all.

■ 74% of respondents note room to grow their observability practice with only 26% claiming a mature observability practice in their business.

■ Additionally, opportunity exists to increase awareness of observability and its benefits in New Zealand and Japan; More than 60% of respondents from New Zealand said they only were somewhat familiar or not familiar with observability while the number was even greater in Japan — Interestingly those very familiar with observability or who self-identified as experts came from Indonesia, India and Australia.

Organizations lack a strategy or roadmap for implementation

■ Only 50% of respondents note their organizations are in the process of implementing observability.

■ Lack of resources (38%), skills (29%) understanding of the benefits (27%) and strategy (26%) are top barriers to success.

■ This could explain why 60% of respondents still monitor telemetry data at the application level, leaving massive amounts of valuable telemetry data unmonitored, thus foregoing an opportunity to understand their environment more comprehensively..

Observability for Kubernetes and containers expected to grow rapidly

■ While the majority of IT decision makers (88%) are exploring Kubernetes and containers at some level right now, 25% are conducting research, 25% are evaluating, 29% are in development and just 10% are in production.

■ There is hope among IT decision makers that this will change as 40% expect to be in production within three years.

■ This is critical because achieving true observability hinges on deploying solutions across all data that will automatically collect and correlate observability data from any and all available sources.

Research methodology: On behalf of New Relic, CITE Research conducted an online survey among nearly 1,300 software engineers, developers, IT leaders and executives across the globe in May-June 2021. This research was conducted in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the US and the UK. Respondents were screened to be employed full-time in Software Development / IT with a designated title. Company size ranged from less than 50 to more than 10,000 employees from a variety of industries.

Share this

The Latest

April 15, 2024

Organizations recognize the value of observability, but only 10% of them are actually practicing full observability of their applications and infrastructure. This is among the key findings from the recently completed Logz.io 2024 Observability Pulse Survey and Report ...

April 11, 2024

Businesses must adopt a comprehensive Internet Performance Monitoring (IPM) strategy, says Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT analyst research firm. This strategy is crucial to bridge the significant observability gap within today's complex IT infrastructures. The recommendation is particularly timely, given that 99% of enterprises are expanding their use of the Internet as a primary connectivity conduit while facing challenges due to the inefficiency of multiple, disjointed monitoring tools, according to Modern Enterprises Must Boost Observability with Internet Performance Monitoring, a new report from EMA and Catchpoint ...

April 10, 2024

Choosing the right approach is critical with cloud monitoring in hybrid environments. Otherwise, you may drive up costs with features you don’t need and risk diminishing the visibility of your on-premises IT ...

April 09, 2024

Consumers ranked the marketing strategies and missteps that most significantly impact brand trust, which 73% say is their biggest motivator to share first-party data, according to The Rules of the Marketing Game, a 2023 report from Pantheon ...

April 08, 2024

Digital experience monitoring is the practice of monitoring and analyzing the complete digital user journey of your applications, websites, APIs, and other digital services. It involves tracking the performance of your web application from the perspective of the end user, providing detailed insights on user experience, app performance, and customer satisfaction ...

April 04, 2024
Modern organizations race to launch their high-quality cloud applications as soon as possible. On the other hand, time to market also plays an essential role in determining the application's success. However, without effective testing, it's hard to be confident in the final product ...
April 03, 2024

Enterprises are experiencing a 13% year-over-year increase in customer-facing incidents, reflecting rising levels of complexity and risk as businesses drive operational transformation at scale, according to the 2024 State of Digital Operations study from PagerDuty ...

April 02, 2024

According to Grafana Labs' 2024 Observability Survey, it doesn't matter what industry a company is in or the number of employees they have, the truth is: the more mature their observability practices are, the more time and money they save. From AI to OpenTelemetry — here are four key takeaways from this year's report ...

April 01, 2024

In an age where technology evolves at a breakneck pace, it's crucial to explore how AI assistants can revolutionize our work processes and daily lives, ultimately enhancing overall performance ...

March 28, 2024

Nearly all (99%) globa IT decision makers, regardless of region or industry, recognize generative AI's (GenAI) transformative potential to influence change within their organizations, according to The Elastic Generative AI Report ...