In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, organizations heavily rely on their applications and systems to deliver optimal performance. As such, driving down the key metric of Mean Time to Resolution (MTTR) is clearly one of the biggest challenges facing observability practitioners today.

According to the 2023 DevOps Pulse  Report, based on our annual survey of global IT and DevOps leaders, over 75% of respondents said their current pace of MTTR exceeds multiple hours, continuing a trend of the past several years. As a result, only 14% of respondents stated they were satisfied with their current MTTR, indicating an urgent need for improvement. 

Today, we’ll explore five essential tips for faster troubleshooting to reduce MTTR and ensure optimal performance using some proven observability practices. By implementing these strategies, organizations can streamline their troubleshooting processes, minimize downtime, and deliver exceptional user experiences.

If you want to learn more about these tips, watch this webinar replay explaining the tips in full hosted by’s Matt Hines and Charlie Klein.

Tip 1: Application Performance Investigation

One of the biggest challenges in troubleshooting today is gaining centralized visibility into application performance across metrics, infrastructure and logs. Without this unified visibility, it remains difficult to identify and resolve issues promptly. To address this challenge, organizations can leverage observability tools that provide a centralized overview of application performance and health

By automatically discovering and inventorying all services running in the environment, these capabilities enable quick identification of performance metrics, errors, and infrastructure details related to each service. This comprehensive view allows teams to pinpoint the root cause of issues and accelerate the troubleshooting process. 

Proactively monitoring and investigating application performance further enables organizations to identify and address potential problems before they impact end-users, reducing MTTR and improving overall system performance.

Tip 2: Infrastructure Performance Investigation

As organizations adopt distributed services and ephemeral infrastructure, troubleshooting becomes more complex. Managing Kubernetes environments, in particular, poses challenges due to their dynamic and ever-changing nature. 

To streamline troubleshooting in Kubernetes, organizations need unified observability capabilities. These capabilities provide deep insights into infrastructure performance metrics, allowing teams to filter related data by clusters, namespaces, and deployments. 

Additionally, organizations can investigate logs associated with specific services or pods, gaining valuable context for troubleshooting. By having a holistic view of the Kubernetes infrastructure, teams can identify performance bottlenecks, detect anomalies, and resolve issues swiftly. 

This proactive approach to infrastructure performance investigation minimizes MTTR by reducing the time spent on identifying and troubleshooting issues in dynamic environments.

Tip 3: Automated Data Investigation

Automation plays a vital role in accelerating troubleshooting processes. By leveraging machine learning and so-called “AIOps” capabilities, organizations can automate log analysis and gain valuable insights quickly. Tools that cluster logs into patterns and highlight critical exceptions help teams focus on the most relevant information and reduce manual search efforts. 

Additionally, generative AI systems and sentiment analysis can assist in troubleshooting by providing recommended remediation actions and surfacing critical log data. These automation features enable faster log search and analysis, reducing the time spent on identifying and resolving issues. 

By harnessing the power of automated data investigation, organizations can improve MTTR, optimize resource utilization, and enhance overall system performance.

Tip 4: Correlating Deployments with Change Analysis

In today’s fast-paced software development environment, frequent deployments and code changes are common. Understanding the ongoing impact of these changes on system performance is crucial for efficient troubleshooting. 

By overlaying deployment information on telemetry data, organizations can quickly identify correlations between deployments and issues. This allows teams to determine if a recent deployment is causing performance degradation or errors, enabling them to take appropriate actions, such as rolling back the changes in question. 

Change analysis provides valuable insights into the impact of deployments and helps reduce MTTR by swiftly identifying and addressing potential issues arising from changes. By closely tracking and analyzing changes, organizations can ensure smoother deployments, minimize system disruptions, and optimize overall system stability.

Tip 5: Create an Error Tracking Dashboard

Maintaining a comprehensive repository of error data is essential for effective troubleshooting and trending analysis. A unified source of error data allows teams to track issues over time, identify trends, and analyze patterns. 

By utilizing log visualization tools, organizations can create visual representations of error data through dashboards. These charts help identify which services are experiencing errors, enabling teams to investigate and resolve issues more efficiently. 

Customized visualizations within the observability platform provide cost-effective error tracking without the need for additional specialized products. By leveraging error tracking capabilities, organizations can enhance their troubleshooting processes, reduce MTTR, and improve overall system performance.

Discover How Can Help Reduce MTTR

Reducing MTTR is crucial for maintaining optimal performance and user satisfaction. By implementing the five tips discussed here, organizations can streamline their troubleshooting processes and minimize downtime.

Leveraging observability capabilities like those provided by’s Open 360™ observability platform will help teams identify and resolve issues promptly, leading to improved system performance and enhanced user experiences.

By adopting’s unified, simple, and cost-effective approach to observability, organizations can optimize their resources, minimize disruptions, and deliver exceptional results.

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