03. 02. 2021

Making sure your applications run “like clockwork” – the 5 challenges of the multicloud environment for application monitoring

Reading time: 5 min

The digital transformation is getting faster every day. Now more than ever we live online – it’s where we work, shop, learn, have fun, and collaborate. And not only because of all the precautions associated with the pandemic. Both private organizations and public authorities place an enormous emphasis on application availability for internal and external users and the rapid resolution of any incidents or faults that arise.

Nowadays many companies and organizations are abandoning the on-premise world (data centers) and transferring their systems to the cloud, often into a dynamic multicloud environment.  To ensure problem-free IT system operation in a hybrid or multicloud environment is a challenge for every IT department. The scope, complexity, and speed of changes in the cloud world is exponentially greater than in the traditional, on-premise world.

The latest survey conducted by Dynatrace (2020 Global CIO Report: Observability, automation, and AI are essential to digital business success) identifies five of the greatest challenges that organizations face in the world of modern multicloud environments.

1. IT and digital teams are under greater pressure than ever before

If they wish to maintain productivity, meet customer requirements, and keep pace with the competition, they have to innovate more rapidly, collaborate more effectively, and provide greater benefit for business – all with the same or fewer resources.

89 %

of IT department directors say that digital transformation in the organizations where they work has accelerated in the last 12 months

58 % also say that digital transformation in their organizations will continue to accelerate

2. Migration to the cloud brings increased complexity and intricacy to IT administration

The complexity of administration of cloud/hybrid ecosystems is dramatically increasing as they grow and become more dynamic. This further increases the pressure on already strained cloud and IT operations teams.

86 %

of organization use native cloud technologies and platforms such as Kubernetes, microservices, and containers

3. Traditional tools and manual access no longer suffice

Containers and microservices start and depart within a matter of seconds. IT teams must tackle volume, speed, and diversity of data from metrics, logs, and tracing, which human capabilities and manual processes cannot manage.

11 %

despite all the solutions for application monitoring, IT teams have a complete overview over no more than 11 percent of all applications

10 is the average number of application monitoring solutions organizations use

4. We need to radically change our approach

Statistical projections are insufficient; IT teams need exact answers with detailed descriptions of the current state of their multicloud environment. There’s no time for manual configuration – the system has to begin constantly and automatically monitoring applications, microservices, and containers. Entity mapping and threshold values must be updated on an automated and continual basis.

72 %

of IT directors say that they cannot continue integrating monitoring tools; they need a single, unified platform that covers all usage scenarios and offers a consistent source of truth

5. Observability, automation, and AI are the key

For organizations to understand what’s going on in their dynamic hybrid multicloud environments, they need distributed routing and the ability to map topologies in real time. They need details at the level of code and entity relationships, as well as data about user experience and behavior, all in a unified context. Monitoring (observability) with constant automation and artificial intelligence is no longer just a 'nice to have'. It’s a necessity.

93 %

of CIOs predict that artificial intelligence will be decisive for IT's ability to handle the growing workload

Only 19 % of repeatable operating processes for administration and monitoring of digital experiences are automated

If you face similar challenges and you're looking for a platform or tool to take them on, contact us. As a Dynatrace Master Partner we will be happy to provide you with the full survey conducted by Dynatrace.

The Dynatrace Global Survey involved 700 IT directors working in large organizations with more than 1,000 employees. The Survey included 200 respondents from the USA, 100 from Great Britain, France, and Germany, and 50 from Australia, Singapore, Brazil, and Mexico.

Want to find out more? Contact us.

Thank you

We will contact you as soon as possible.

Jiří Kurejko