IT leaders are investing in observability technologies that can help them gain greater visibility beyond internal networks and build more resilient environments, according to recent research from Splunk.\nSplunk, which Cisco announced it would acquire for $28 billion, surveyed 1,750 observability practitioners to gauge investment and deployment of observability products as well as commitment to observability projects within their IT environments. According to the vendor\u2019s State of Observability 2023 report, 87% of respondents now employ specialists who work exclusively on observability projects.\nIn the big picture, observability plans are part of a larger effort among many IT leaders who are working toward building more resilient environments that can recover quickly from incidents and remediating security threats faster.\nBoth Splunk and Cisco offer products that can deliver greater visibility into enterprise environements. Splunk\u2019s software platform is known for its ability to search, monitor, and analyze data from a variety of systems spanning network and security components. Cisco expects to bring those capabilities and more to its security portfolio. Cisco also offers observability capabilities through its ThousandEyes division.\n\u201cOur combined capabilities will create an end-to-end data platform to enhance digital resiliency,\u201d Chuck Robbins, chair and CEO of Cisco, told analysts during a call about Cisco\u2019s Splunk acquisition, which is set to close by the third quarter of 2024.\nIn the Splunk survey, 79% of respondents say they fear that failure to become resilient will cause them to lose customers due to an outage, and 74% report that they worry they will be out innovated by competitors due to lost productivity. In addition, \u201c95% of respondents say that their observability leaders are actively collaborating more with line-of-business leaders on resilience strategies, priorities, and investments than just a year ago," the report states.\nOther factors that are driving organizations to seek greater visibility include multi-cloud environments, hybrid work, and the convergence of networking and security operations.\n\u201cOrganizations that build a rich observability practice have more visibility into their interwoven environments, which translates into fewer outages, faster issue resolution, greater confidence in their apps\u2019 reliability \u2014 and, ultimately, more revenue and happier customers,\u201d the report states.\nDigital resilience efforts are growing but inconsistent, according to the survey results. For instance, 40% of respondents have a formal approach to resilience that has been instituted organization-wide, while another 40% have a formal approach that has only been instituted in pockets. Some 16% have a formal approach to resilience that has yet to be instituted, and 4% do not have a formal approach to resilience. \u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\nIT leaders believe that if they can build a more resilient digital environment, they can also:\n\nRecover customers and user services faster.\nRespond and remediate security incidents quicker.\nGain visibility throughout the entire technology environment.\nCombine resilience efforts with traditional business continuity preparation.\nUnderstand the downstream impact of security incidents.\n\nTools overload adds to complexity\nAs environments grow more complex, survey respondents report adding more tools to try to monitor and control all the components in their digital infrastructure.\nSome 81% of respondents said the number of observability tools and capabilities they use has been increasingly recently, with 32% reporting the increase as significant. The report also shows that 44% of respondents report an uptick in vendor count\u201412% say the increase is significant\u2014 and another 40% said they are consolidating tools. Organizations surveyed for the Splunk report indicated the following tools are most prevalent in their IT environments:\n\nNetwork performance monitoring (79%)\nSecurity monitoring (78%)\nApplication performance monitoring (78%)\nDigital experience monitoring (72%)\nInfrastructure monitoring (70%)\n\nBoosting collaboration between network and security teams\nObservability projects are also driving efforts to converge some of the functions of network and security teams and the tools they use, according to the Splunk report.\u00a0\nRespondents pointed to several reasons why it makes sense to increase collaboration across the two IT domains. For instance, 59% of respondents said combining the two \u201chelps us uncover security issues, thanks for intelligence and correlation capabilities native to observability tools.\u201d Another 55% said bringing observability and security together \u201callows us to uncover and assess more security vulnerabilities, thanks to the visibility afforded by observability solutions.\u201d\nMore than half (51%) said collaboration helps them take action on security issues faster because of the remediation capabilities in the observability solutions. And nearly half (48%) said combining efforts of the two domains is \u201can ideal way to make security a shared organizational responsibility.\u201d More than one-third (36%) reported converging observability with security monitoring was a \u201ctop-down mandate to integrate.\u201d\n\u201cAs observability tools continue to become more sophisticated, the visibility they provide grows deeper and more granular. This rising tide will no doubt lift both boats\u2014security and observability\u2014as more teams maximize these benefits to proactively prevent issues, pinpoint problems, and keep systems running smoothly and securely around the clock,\u201d the report states.