6 Things To Consider When Choosing A Log Management Solution
- By Miley Downing
Managing software virtually mandates effective logging. This is true for websites, apps, and programs. Whenever someone is operating something your business has produced, there will be instances of error. Continuous automated logging and proper management allow you to identify such instances and correct them.
As your business develops, the functioning of the software you use shifts as well. This is especially true with apps used in mobile devices. More users increase traffic, which can slow down application operation if you’re not prepared. Also, technological development leads to new innovations in software.
If you lag behind, those who accept such new changes may transition to a point where they’re no longer able to interact with your software. Logging requires continuous updates and management for basic operational relevancy.
Accordingly, you want to find the best ways to manage such business tools. That will commonly mean a log management solution of some variety. Here are six things to take into consideration as you seek such log management options.
1. Overall Cost
Logging frameworks for apps and software will have varying costs. Sometimes you can cut that by using two separate options for different areas of management. Consolidation is generally better, but mixing and matching could be appropriate for your budget.
Consultation can help you get an idea of what will work best, and what a realistic cost to expect at your level of operation should be. If you can’t afford the consultation, observe peers or competitors. Sometimes you’re a small enough operation you don’t need to purchase log management software until you scale out a bit. Generally, this won’t be the case, but there are always outliers.
2. Ease Of Interface
Whatever you choose, personnel need to be able to use such logging frameworks without undue difficulty. Ease of interface can be subjective to a business. If your operation is full of software engineers, a more “manual” log management interface could be better.
However, for most businesses, user-friendliness predicates a more “mainstream” interface. Find what works for your business by interacting with multiple logging frameworks.
3. Your Level Of Scalability
Some log management software isn’t very scalable, some is. For most businesses, higher levels of scalability is better. However, where you are may mean entry-level options are appropriate in terms of scope for a few years. Still, even a smaller operation may have a heavily-trafficked application.
4. How In-Depth Analytical Provisions Are
You want the opportunity for extensive analytics. The more, the better--as long as the interface isn’t bogged down by analytics, of course. Sometimes you’ll get little pop-ups, or have intrusive sidebars.
Ideally, you’ll have as many analytic options as you can think of, and some you didn’t even consider. As you grow, such analytics build a multi-dimensional “picture” of operational functionality. This allows you to continuously hone application effectiveness.
5. Which Log Management Tools Best Fit Your Needs
Some log management tools will be more useful for your business than others. Consultation can help you identify exact needs if you’re not sure. Once you know what you need, put together your tool stack. To help with that process, here’s a top choice for application logging.
6. What Similar Businesses In Your Market Have Said
Reviews, recommendations, referrals—these things make log management software look good. See what people are saying online, and get the opinion of people familiar with the subject matter whom you trust. Sometimes application log options don’t do much for you, sometimes they can give you a decided advantage when used right.
Also, seek out repositories of associated information available through blogs like that available at Stackify.com. Such resources help you identify best practices, and avoid common pitfalls of software management.
Getting The Best Log Management For Your App
Whether you’re managing a mobile application or other software core to your business, you’ll want some form of log management software. Manual log examination is possible, but it’s like finding a needle in a haystack, and you’ll be wasting your best people on a Sisyphean task.
Reviews, blogs, what fits your needs, analytical provisions, scalability, interface effectiveness, and associated cost are all very considerable variables in the search for appropriate log management software. Figure out what “values” to plug into these variables for your business, and you’ll find the best solution.