Honeycomb Unveils Natural Language Querying for Observability

Honeycomb, an observability platform used by high-performing engineering teams, is launching and fully-executing Natural Language Querying using generative AI for its new capability, Query Assistant. This development dramatically scales the platform’s query power and makes observability more usable for all engineering levels, according to the company.

By leveraging OpenAI, Honeycomb’s new Query Assistant enables developers at all levels to ask questions in plain English instead of a query language.

Generative AI then builds a relevant, modifiable query, eliminating the prerequisite for advanced knowledge of query-based languages like SQL.

Integrating AI into Honeycomb’s query engine is a huge step toward making it possible for everyone on an engineering team to understand code behavior and performance without needing deep familiarity with their code or querying languages, according to the vendor.

“The best developer tools are increasingly going to be the ones that get out of your way and become invisible,” said Charity Majors, CTO of Honeycomb. “Observability shouldn’t require you to master complicated tools or languages that force you to constantly switch context and piece together clues to get answers to complex problems. The only thing observability tools should encourage you to focus on is your own curiosity about what’s happening in your system.”

Query Assistant joins Honeycomb’s other human-first, machine-assisted debugging tools, such as BubbleUp.

Used by engineering teams to quickly answer complex problems in their code, BubbleUp uses machine analysis to cycle through billions of high-cardinality data points (fields like userId, shoppingCartId, and orderId, etc.), visually compares problematic user experiences to healthy ones, and identifies the differences.

This dramatically accelerates the debugging process by eliminating the time-consuming and error-prone legacy APM workflow of jumping from metrics dashboards to individual logs and traces to guess at problematic patterns, according to the company.

Query Assistant is available to all Honeycomb users.

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