EMA Releases New Top 3 Decision Guide for Observability Platforms

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EMA Top 3 Enterprise Decision Guide 2021 Research Report

The EMA Top 3 report enables enterprises to benefit from the experiences, good and bad, of their peers when modernizing and automating their applications and, ultimately, moving to a hybrid cloud-driven DevOps and SRE paradigm.

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today announced it has released a new report titled “EMA Top 3 Decision Guide for Observability Platforms in 2021,” authored by Torsten Volk, managing research director of cloud-native, DevOps, machine learning, and AI. EMA selects its Top 3 products based on the analysis of priorities and real-world challenges experienced by software developers, IT operators, DevOps engineers, and security professionals.

Establishing observability for modern, distributed applications and for often monolithic traditional enterprise applications is the critical pain point for this group of professionals in 2021.

This focus is a direct result of the rapidly increasing complexity introduced by the adoption of mostly autonomous product teams, distributed application architecture, and a hybrid multi-cloud operating model. Site reliability engineers (SREs) often scramble to find the information required to manage operational risk, since organizations typically do not have a unified approach toward collecting, processing, and storing logs, metrics, and traces across the stack in an application-centric manner.

“The EMA Top 3 report enables enterprises to benefit from the experiences, good and bad, of their peers when modernizing and automating their applications and, ultimately, moving to a hybrid cloud-driven DevOps and SRE paradigm,” says Volk. “The report provides decision-makers and influencers with concise and up-to-date market data and a shortlist of products that address the pain points and priorities reflected in this data.”

Some of the key research findings are:

  • Observability is the number-one DevOps challenge in 2021, ahead of availability and security.
  • Observability is key to unlocking the “other 50%” of developer and SRE productivity.
  • Between 2017 and 2021, the number of cloud-native technologies increased by 343%, leading to an increase in the number of cloud-native developer challenges by 527%.
  • Changes to the configuration of the application stack and to the application code are responsible for 68% of cloud-native outages today. Migrations (16%), security-related problems (11%), and upgrades (5%) make up the rest.

“Most enterprises are struggling to adjust to a world in which applications are managed and scaled independently of their infrastructure,” says Jens Soeldner, managing partner at Soeldner Consult. “This report provides a series of very specific starting points for your most pressing observability.”

A detailed analysis of EMA’s research findings is available in the: “EMA Top 3 Enterprise Decision Guide for Observability Platforms” report.

In addition to the research report, EMA launched a new EMA Top 3 website http://www.ematop3.com to deliver an ongoing stream of Top 3-related research content to provide readers with the latest data, opinions, and product information to identify and harness technology trends.

About EMA

Founded in 1996, EMA is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help their clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals, and IT vendors at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com.

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