It is easy to over-complicate log management. Almost all departments in a company need to log messages for their daily activities. However, installing several different log management and analysis systems in parallel is a nightmare both from a security and an operations perspective and wastes many resources. You cannot always reduce the number of log analysis systems, but you can reduce the complexity of log management. Let me show you, how.
Note: unlike most of my blogs, this one is not deeply technical. Rather it gives a good overview, why a dedicated log management layer is important. The second half of my blog also mentions commercial software.