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Honeycomb Authors O’Reilly Book on Observability Engineering

By Harrison Calato  |   Last modified on May 9, 2022

The book is the first to concretely demonstrate the theory and practice of observability in order to provide readers with a blueprint for increasing business velocity

SAN FRANCISCO, May 10, 2022 – Honeycomb, the leading observability platform used by high-performance engineering teams to quickly visualize, analyze, and improve cloud application quality and performance, today announced the release of its book, Observability Engineering with O’Reilly Media. Written by Honeycomb technology visionaries and evangelists, Charity Majors, Liz Fong-Jones, and George Miranda, this book is the first piece of literature that provides a concrete blueprint on how to build a practice of observability and achieve the business outcomes which can only be derived by leveraging its three foundational elements: structured events, iterative verification of hypotheses, and the core analysis loop.

Growth in usage of observability tools (up 128% in 2021) is due in part to organizational shifts toward modernizing applications with microservice architectures. Designed for monolithic architectures, traditional monitoring tools and practices aren't built to scale with modern unpredictable and distributed systems. Teams using legacy monitoring techniques to manage modern systems struggle to identify and diagnose application performance issues, slowing down their ability to innovate. Observability tools are purpose-built to help software engineering teams quickly find and resolve issues deep within their cloud-native, microservice-based applications.

“The story I tell early on in the book from my days at Parse illustrates how and why organizations, even then, made the transition from traditional tools and monitoring approaches to scale their practices as we shifted to modern distributed services and observability,” said Charity Majors, CTO and Cofounder of Honeycomb. “Liz, George, and I believe that it's this shift from monolithic to cloud-native systems that accounts for the enthusiasm behind, and the rise in popularity of, observability. It’s truly the only solution to the visibility challenges plaguing so many when scaling their modern systems. This book is meant to serve as an owner's manual for generating the cultural shift for high-performance engineering gleaned from observability.”

The booming demand for observability tools has also created a competitive marketplace rife with disinformation. This pragmatic book provides a concrete and vendor-neutral guide to understanding both the theory and practice of observability. In cooperation with O'Reilly Media, a company on a mission to change the world by sharing the knowledge of innovators for over 40 years, this book serves as an objective blueprint any engineering team can follow to implement observability in order to quickly debug any issue, deliver better customer experiences, and align software engineering priorities with business objectives.

Please download your FREE PDF copy of Observability Engineering. For those who prefer a hard copy, they are available here

Interested in hearing more about the themes discussed within the book as it relates to Honeycomb and observability? Then join us for an ongoing Author’s Cut series where Charity, Liz, and George will bring these concepts to life. Sign up here.

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About Honeycomb

Honeycomb provides observability for high-performance engineering teams so they can quickly understand what their code does in the hands of real users in unpredictable and highly complex cloud environments. Honeycomb customers stop wasting precious time on engineering mysteries because they can quickly solve them and know exactly how to create fast, reliable, and great customer experiences. HelloFresh, Stripe, Slack, Heroku, CircleCI, LaunchDarkly, and many more rely on Honeycomb for fast incident response, performance optimization, and to safely accelerate release cycles. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter.



Harrison Calato 

Senior Corporate Communications Manager, Honeycomb 


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