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Create an optimization plan

With your ingest data charted correctly, you have the ability to start optimizing your telemetry to reduce your redunant ingest data and lower your ingest costs. The first step is to create an optimization plan, and then use data optimization techniques to put that plan into action.

Understand your observability objectives

One of the most important parts of the data ingest governance framework is to create observability value drivers. These help you align your data with concrete metrics that you can use to measure how important (or redundant) they are to your goals.

They also help you understand your objectives when you need to configure new telemetry in the future. When you do, you'll want to understand what it delivers to your overall observability systems to prevent any needless overlap. If you find yourself creating new telemetry data that doesn't align to any of the objectives below, it may be a good sign that the data isn't needed, and that you can prevent creating it to help cut down on costs:

  • Meeting an internal SLA
  • Meeting an external SLA
  • Supporting feature innovation (A/B performance and adoption testing)
  • Monitoring customer experience
  • Holding vendors and internal service providers to their SLA
  • Monitoring business process health
  • Other compliance requirements

Alignment to these objectives allows you to make the right decisions about value prioritization and helps guide teams to know where to start when instrumenting new platforms and services.

Develop an optimization plan

Once you understand your objectives, it's time to get an optimization plan in place. This plan will help you measure the value of your ingest data, and helps you find what data you can safely exclude to help keep costs down.

For this section, we'll make two core assumptions:

We have three examples below of how you can assess your own telemetry ingest and make the right decisions for your organization's needs. Although each of these examples focuses on one value driver, most instrumentation provides data on many areas of value.


We recommend you to track the plan in a task managing tool to help manage the optimization plan and understand the effect each optimization task takes. You can use this Data optimization plan template to help.

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