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Nov 13, 2023

Meet Sifflet AI Assistant - Automating your data observability at scale

Post by
Ewa Jankowska

In an era where data drives decisions, understanding this data becomes the cornerstone of effective business strategy. However, it is no longer enough to monitor your data - to truly harness the power of information, modern data observability must be:

  • Democratized - accessible in real-time across the whole organization, to both technical and non-technical users.
  • Scalable - equipped to handle extensive data pipelines and large datasets seamlessly.
  • Reliable - decreasing time-to-detection through covering a broad set of use cases.
  • Intelligent - transitioning from static expectations to dynamic ones using automation, machine learning, context awareness, dynamic thresholds.
  • Actionable - translating observations into insights, enabling root cause analysis and assessing the business impact or data irregularities.

Why Data Observability matters

Setting up data monitors correctly is crucial. Inaccurate configurations can lead to an overflow of false alerts, inundating users and diminishing trust in the system. If not addressed promptly, these false positives can waste valuable time and resources, diverting attention from genuine issues that might arise. Additionally, a system that consistently sends irrelevant alerts runs the risk of being ignored, potentially leading to missed critical data events.

Moreover, with ever-changing data pipelines and shifting business patterns, monitoring must evolve to reflect these modifications and remain attuned to recent data trends within your organization. Failing to adapt can lead to significant data blind spots, jeopardizing informed decision-making. For instance, consider an e-commerce platform that has experienced sustainable, gradual growth in sales in the UK market over recent months, with a consistent pattern of spikes during weekends. In order to achieve accurate results, a sophisticated and regularly optimized monitoring configuration must be maintained. It’s a high-effort and time-consuming solution, nonetheless leading often to suboptimal and unreliable anomaly detection. However, with ML-driven monitoring, the Sifflet System can swiftly recognize the pattern, thereby not only preventing false alarms but also ensuring that genuine anomalies are flagged.

The Challenge is at scale

Now imagine that e-commerce platform working at a global scale, handling region-specific data evolutions. Add numerous data sources and their potential downtimes, not even mentioning less than perfect transformation processes. Adapting to these manually quickly becomes unsustainable. How can businesses keep up without getting overwhelmed?

Solution - the Sifflet AI Assistant 

Enter autonomous and accurate monitoring powered by AI. This solution not only observes but also learns, adjusting to new data trends and ensuring that businesses stay ahead of the curve, making data observability truly insightful and actionable. Now - where to start?

Monitoring your monitoring

The most important job of the Sifflet AI Assistant is to help you fine tune your monitoring setup. Designed with the primary objective of auto-correcting ML monitoring, it’s your go-to tool for optimizing at scale. Unlike traditional fine-tuning solutions that remain static, its recommendations evolve alongside your data, guaranteeing accuracy and continuously reducing noise. Day by day, it observes your monitoring setup and its outcomes, diligently analyzing this information to offer the right adjustment suggestions. The brilliance of the Sifflet AI Assistant lies in its proactive approach; instead of just reporting data, it challenges all monitor-level settings like time parameters, sensitivity and schedule, to discern any potential inefficiencies or inaccuracies.

In essence, it isn’t just a feature — it's a revolution in the realm of ML-based monitoring. It’s your own private assistant, tirelessly controlling your monitoring setup and letting you know when it could benefit from adjustments.

Pictures below illustrate a process of reviewing and accepting a fine-tuning recommendation provided by the Sifflet AI Assistant.

Alt tag: A Web application Sifflet opened on a Monitor Details Page. Image shows a monitor name, description, and a graph. Above the monitor name are 2 horizontal purple panels generated by the Sifflet AI Assistant, containing monitor parameters optimization suggestions.
If available, Sifflet AI Assistant’s suggestions are displayed at the top of a Monitor Details Page and at the top of the Monitors List Page.

Alt tag: A Web application Sifflet opened on a Monitor Details Page with an overlay explaining a monitor parameter called model sensitivity.
After clicking the “Learn about…” link on an AI Assistant Suggestion panel, a user will be presented with additional information on the parameter the suggestion concerns.

Alt tag: A Web application Sifflet opened on a Monitor Details Page. Image shows a confirmation panel displayed after accepting a Sifflet AI Assistant Suggestion.‍
Each AI Assistant Suggestion may be accepted or dismissed. If dismissed, it won’t show up again until some new changes in the dataset occur. If accepted, parameter changes will be applied instantly and a success message will be displayed.

Sifflet AI Assistant - what comes next 

It is just the beginning. In the months to come, the Sifflet AI Assistant’s focus will be on bridging the gap between technical and non-technical users. This means enabling non-technical stakeholders to effortlessly create new monitors using natural language, bypassing the complexities often associated with such tasks. But that's not all. The AI assistant will also play a crucial role in optimizing monitoring coverage. By continuously analyzing the current data landscape, it will proactively offer suggestions to enhance monitoring coverage, ensuring no data blind spots exist. Moreover, as data platforms grow in size and complexity, the AI assistant will provide invaluable insights and recommendations to scale these platforms efficiently, ensuring they remain robust and agile in the face of increasing data loads.

Get in Touch!

Get in touch with the Sifflet Team to learn more about the ever-expanding capabilities of the Sifflet Platform.

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