Observability is a comprehensive set of capabilities around logging, analytics, monitoring, troubleshooting, and measurement of a system. Here the term system is broadly used to indicate platform, runtimes, and applications. Observability plays a consequential role in providing the real-time pulse of a system. Lacking observability in a system would be similar to flying an aircraft without a fuel indicator.
For the last few decades, application and operational teams have been preaching loudly about monitoring and alerting capabilities to improve system resiliency. It is only with COVID-19, however, that these capabilities have shifted from “luxury” items to “absolutely necessary” capabilities to ensure business continuity.
As businesses take the next steps to refine their monitoring and alerting capabilities, it is critical that all stakeholders understand and utilize the same frameworks and metrics.
Finding performance problems just a couple weeks before the production release date of an application API is a common occurrence as most organizations do performance testing when all the development and integration testing is completed. The application owner is stressed on how to break the news to his leadership team and how the customers will react if they have to deal with slow response times. According to a study by Akamai research,
Most organizations today have a governance strategy depending on their industry. Policies such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), or other acts influence a company’s governance strategy. However, these types of policies are often abstract and only provide mandates on “what” but not on “how” to govern an IT infrastructure and services. Organizations have recognized the need to enforce additional governance to derive uniformity, standards, best practices, and common operating procedures across teams.
It’s important to monitor your service and check if it is available and/or is performing as expected. To do this, we need to understand what service health means. In this article, I will present two different definitions. However, keep in mind that your project can have its own specific definition as well.
Today’s enterprises are increasingly dependent on all types of APIs and applications for flexibility and rapid development. However, if even one component of this chain breaks, it can have a ripple effect on its dependents, ultimately sacrificing customer experience and impacting the overall business. Meanwhile, the demand on IT is only getting higher, and the last thing they need is more burden on troubleshooting issues. So how can organizations increase governance, visibility, and control without introducing additional overhead and complexity?
Governance, visibility, and control are the trifecta requirements for software management. With digital landscapes comprised of APIs, integrations, applications, hardware devices, on-premises systems, and SaaS tools, the companies with the most accurate pulse on their digital landscapes are the ones setting economic and digital trends.
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