Security and Compliance Drive Adoption of Observability Practices


See findings from New Relic’s 2022 Observability Forecast report.

New Relic’s 2022 Observability Forecast surveyed tech professionals across 14 countries to better understand their use and adoption of observability tools and approaches. 

In regard to what is driving adoption of observability practices, the top response was an increased focus on security, governance, risk, and compliance (49%). Other factors included:

  • Development of cloud-native application architectures (46%)
  • Increased focus on customer experience management (44%)
  • Migration to multi-cloud environment (42%)
  • Adoption of open source technologies (39%)

The survey also asked whether practitioners viewed observability as more of an enabler for achieving business goals or more for incident response, with the following results:

  • 50% said observability was completely or generally for achieving core business goals.
  • 28% said observability was equally for business goals and incident response. 
  • 21% said observability was more for incident response/insurance.

The survey also found that “IT operations teams were most likely to be responsible for observability followed by network operations and DevOps teams.”


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