Technologists in every industry recognize the critical need to provide exceptional digital experiences to meet ever-increasing customer expectations. Increasingly sophisticated and fragmented IT properties – highlighted by the dramatic growth of cloud computing – mean that IT teams can’t afford to miss out. They should be able to monitor and optimize online performance at all times. That’s why many technologists say they are now looking for the ability to monitor a full stack to help.
Full stack visibility gives IT operations, development and networking teams an overview of the entire IT environment. It enables IT teams to quickly and easily identify anomalies, understand the root causes of problems through dependency analysis, and resolve issues before they affect end users. When these IT performance data are related to business results, technologists can assess the problems based on their potential impact on the business and prioritize actions accordingly.
Technologists are under pressure as they struggle to take control of their innovation strategies and implement technological solutions that will give them a competitive advantage.
The journey to observability so far
Twelve months ago, full stack monitoring was still seen primarily as a future ambition for most organizations, with few making significant progress. However, the latest Cisco AppDynamics report The journey to observationreveals that more than half of the companies (54%) have started the transition to full stack monitoring, and another 36% plan to do so in 2022.
You just have to go back 18 months to see that many technologists had to fight for resources to implement performance monitoring tools in new cloud environments. Research by AppDynamics in 2021, Transformation Agents: The Rise of Full Stack Observabilityfound that although 96% of technologists acknowledge the benefits of monitoring all technical areas in their IT stack, 66% say they lack the strategy and tools to do so.
Apparently, this has changed in 2021, with business stakeholders realizing that full stack monitoring is critical to delivering the seamless digital experience that customers demand. A whopping 88% of technologists report an appetite for full stack monitoring increased in their organizations last year. And 90% now say their organizations see the transition to full stack monitoring as a priority.
Overcoming obstacles in the journey to observe a full stack
It is important for businesses that want to reap the benefits of full stack visibility, especially at the beginning of the journey, to be aware of common obstacles and know how to deal with them. While many are moving in the right direction, technologists are also reporting some obstacles that need to be overcome in the early stages. These include implementation challenges (39%), integration problems (37%) and concerns about the increasing complexity of scaling them up (34%). Despite these challenges, many remain optimistic as they realize that implementing full stack monitoring is a multi-stage journey that will evolve as the complexity of IT continues to increase in their organizations.
Respondents identified five main critical success factors for achieving the full stack monitoring targets in 2022. These include: having a clearly defined strategy and implementation plan (43%); fully qualified team (41%); a clear roadmap for implementation and integration (39%); identifying the right technology provider (36%); and senior management commitment (34%). To move forward in such a rapidly evolving field of technology, IT teams must first seek the necessary support from a trusted partner to provide confidence and address these critical success factors.
2022: a vital year ahead
The majority of organizations (85%) agree that 2022 will be a key year on the road to full observability. About 80% believe that companies that fail to make significant strides in this journey over the next 12 months will face a competitive disadvantage.
To continue this year, IT teams need to ensure they have the support of senior management and the wider business, and then use that as an opportunity to break down silos. AppDynamics teams work with customers to navigate the path to full-stack monitoring, providing them with the tools, insights, and expertise they need to upgrade their existing monitoring capabilities and generate real-time visibility across the board. your IT stack. This allows technologists to accelerate their full stack monitoring initiatives and provide the exceptional digital experience that customers and employees expect now.
To read the comprehensive study and learn more about how global technologists are accelerating the transition to full observability, download the report “The Journey to Observability” here.