Components of Full-Stack Observability

By Michael Kedik, Xigent VP Offering Management

Xigent’s Full-Stack Observability Blog Series (Part 4 of 6)

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word “component” as “a part or element of a larger whole, especially a part of a machine or vehicle.” Take a car, for example; we turn it on and drive to our destination, yet there is so much more going on under the hood.

Likewise, Full-Stack Observability works as a component of your business. Yet, it has plenty of moving parts of its own that enhance your business toward its destination.

In the 4th part of our Full-Stack Observability series, Xigent’s FSO expert, Ed Ferron, will look “under the hood” of FSO and break down the five components that make it more of a Mercedes than a Miata.

5 Components of Full-Stack Observability

  1. Business Outcomes – This component is the roadmap for how your customers engage and navigate your application. The business outcomes component provides insight into what is important and focuses on data where there may be a spike or dip along the user journey. With confusion removed and clear insight into customer needs, this sets up your business for success.
    “Business outcomes helps the customer create a visualization for the customer journey, understanding how the customer is moving through the application at each segment in their journey.” 
  2. User Experience – Now that we know the customer pathway, this component shows real-time data around each page, screen, and mobile performance. Receiving these data points in real-time allows you to make calculated adjustments when needed.
    User experience allows us to measure things like page performance, screen performance, and mobile device performance, so I can understand how my application is performing across different devices, browsers, and for customers around the world.”
  3. Network PerformanceNetwork performance monitoring allows cohesiveness across all platforms. Instead of wasting time deciphering if a particular platform is working at an optimal level, this component allows for a much smoother process to work towards the same goal.
    “Networks are becoming more complicated as customers migrate their experience between their data centers and cloud providers. Understanding how my application is performing across those data centers, and across different cloud providers, is key to application success.”
  4. Infrastructure– Not quite sure how things will go after implementing a new change or migrating a new technology? Infrastructure monitoring tells you exactly how these changes affect you and your systems.
    “Infrastructure is becoming increasingly complicated with the introduction of things like Kubernetes and the migration from legacy platforms. Customers often want to understand how migrations are being impacted from their legacy platforms to modern platforms. Monitoring infrastructure metrics are key to helping you understand how your application is performing over time.”
  5. Application Performance Monitoring (APM) – Gain visibility across your entire application with APM.
    “Application Performance Monitoring is at the heart of Full-Stack Observability platforms and implementations. Oftentimes developers rely on logging information to logs and aggregation of those logs when really, it takes a combination of performance metrics, performance traces, events, and logs to understand your application performance. APM pulls all of those metrics together in an easy-to-use format.”

Understanding the components of Full-Stack Observability brings you one step closer to a successful journey to FSO, which we will cover in part 5.

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Want to Learn More About Full-Stack Observability?

Be sure to check out Xigent’s FSO web pages, follow us on social media, and stay tuned to read part 5 of Xigent’s Full-Stack Observability blog series to stay up to date as we release content discussing Full-Stack Observability:

Part 1Meet Xigent’s Full-Stack Observability Expert: Ed Ferron
Part 2What is Full-Stack Observability?
Part 3 Benefits of Full-Stack Observability
Part 4Components of Full-Stack Observability
Part 5 – Journey to Full-Stack Observability
Part 6 – Xigent’s Approach to Full-Stack Observability