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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Future Of Observability and Developer Business Intersect Dashboards

Not sure if y'all came across https://thenewstack.io/observability-a-3-year-retrospective/

I really liked this part and for me resonated with the value of PCF Metrics. We have a single unified firehose of information available to us which helps us achieve the things Susan mentions i.e. figure out the unknown unknowns ... 

The Future of Observability
Three short years into this ride, I ponder the question; What’s next and where will this movement take us? I believe that in the next ~3 years, all three of those categories — APM, monitoring/metrics, logs, and possibly others — are likely to cease to exist. There will only be one category: observability. And it will contain all the insights you need to understand any state your system can get itself into.
After all, metrics, logs, and traces can trivially be derived from arbitrarily wide structured events; the reverse is not true.
Users are going to start to figure out that they are paying multiple times to store single data sets they should only have to store once. There is no reason to invest budget with separate monitoring vendors, logs vendors, tracing vendors, or APM vendors. If you collect data in arbitrarily wide structured events, you can infer metrics from those, and if you automatically append some simple span identifiers, you can use those same events for tracing views. Not only can you cut spending by 3-4X, but it’s phenomenally more powerful if you can use a single tool and fluidly flip back and forth between the big picture (“there’s a spike”) and drilling down to the exact raw events with the errors.
 Next, compute what outlier values they have in common, trace one of them, locate wherein the trace a problem lives, and figure out who else is impacted by that specific outlier behavior. All conducted in one single solution with all teams getting the same level of visibility.
Right now this is either a) impossible, or b) a human being has to copy-paste an ID from one system to another to the next. This is wasteful, slow, and cumbersome, and extremely frustrating for the teams that have to do this when trying to solve a problem. Tools create silos and siloed teams spend too much time arguing about the nature of reality instead of the problem at hand.

In the same vein - wonder what a perfect App Metrics dashboard looks like for the organization ?
Here is a sample soup 2 nuts source to business OKRs dashboard that you should emulate

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