Grafana Labs Observability Survey 2023 Finds Centralization Saves Time and Money for an Industry Plagued by Tool and Data Source Overload

Published: 8 Mar 2023
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Survey results reveal different ways companies measure ROI on observability, from decreased MTTx and increased developer productivity to better adoption and improved capacity planning.

NEW YORK, March 8, 2022– Grafana Labs, the company behind the world’s most ubiquitous open and composable operational dashboards, today announced the findings of the Grafana Labs Observability Survey 2023. The report, which focused on the state of observability, found that organizations are challenged by tool sprawl and data source overload, with 52% of respondents reporting that their companies use 6 or more observability tools, including 11% that use 16 or more. To combat this, 70% of respondents say their companies have centralized observability, and of those, 83% have saved time or money as a result. 

Pulling together responses from an anonymous online survey as well as more in-depth interviews with half a dozen observability practitioners, the research provides a look into where the industry is today and where it’s headed in the future. Respondents from across industries, at organizations large and small, commented on observability tools, techniques, benefits, and challenges, and many reported how observability is helping their organizations save costs and drive efficiencies. Other key takeaways from the report include:

  • Organizations are using a wide range of observability tools. Grafana (94%) and Prometheus (79%) were by far the most commonly used observability tools, which points to heavy Kubernetes usage. But respondents listed more than 20 others in active use, including established products like Elastic (44%), Datadog (19%), and Splunk (22%), as well as emerging tools like Grafana Loki (44%).
  • Tool and data overload varies across industry, company size. Larger organizations tend to use more data sources: 41% of companies with more than 1,000 employees pull in 10+ data sources, compared to just 7% for companies with 100 employees or fewer. Industries leading in observability tool usage were financial services (31% use 10 or more tools) and government (27% use 10 or more tools).
  • Organizations are at different stages in their observability journey. Nearly one-third of respondents haven’t centralized observability yet, and some industries are further along than others. For example, 70% of financial sector companies have adopted centralized observability and saved time and money as a result, compared to 58% across all sectors.
  • Not all ROI is the same. Different organizations have different objectives with their observability strategies. Yes, saving money is the overarching goal, but there are multiple paths to get there, including MTTx improvements, less toil and infrastructure maintenance, better adoption, increased developer productivity, less complexity, service level objectives (SLOs), better capacity planning, and better alerting and visibility. Among all respondents, 37% say they prioritize capacity planning when correlating data, 25% prioritize cost control, and 9% prioritize profitability and margin calculation.  
  • Accountability, market maturity comes to observability. The proper execution of SLOs is a good sign of a mature observability strategy. Most respondents say they are using them or moving in that direction, but they’re not all at the same stage. Moreover, only slightly more are actively using SLIs/SLOs (28%) than those that don’t have them on their radar (21%).

Additional resources 

Read the full report: Grafana Labs Observability Survey 2023

Read the blog: 5 key takeaways from the Grafana Labs Observability Survey 2023

Methodology

Grafana Labs developed the survey –  which included questions about the tools, strategies, benefits, and challenges around observability – and solicited responses through newsletters, live events, social media, and its own website. Hundreds of people responded. Once we collected the survey responses and analyzed the data, we decided to add another dimension to the report by conducting interviews with observability practitioners about how their companies are addressing some of the benefits and challenges presented in our key findings.


About Grafana Labs

Grafana Labs provides an open and composable monitoring and observability stack built around Grafana, the leading open source technology for dashboards and visualization. There are more than 3,000 Grafana Labs customers, including Bloomberg, Citigroup, Dell Technologies, Salesforce, and TomTom, and more than 1 million active instances of Grafana around the world. Grafana Labs helps companies manage their observability strategies with the LGTM Stack, which can be run fully managed with Grafana Cloud or self-managed with the Grafana Enterprise offerings, both featuring scalable metrics (Grafana Mimir), logs (Grafana Loki), and traces (Grafana Tempo) as well as extensive enterprise data source plugins, dashboard management, alerting, reporting, and security. Grafana Labs is backed by leading investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital, GIC, Sequoia Capital, Coatue, and J.P. Morgan. Follow Grafana Labs on LinkedIn and Twitter or visit https://grafana.com.

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