Dashboards and Widgets

Which widget should I use?

The primary decision in selecting a widget is the type of information you are looking to display.  Widget types are broken down into the following objectives:

 

I want to display status information

The recommended widgets for status information are:

  • Alert widget:  Fully customizable based on multiple filters, column selection, and sort order, display active alerts based on group or customer context.  A miniature view of the Alerts Page that allows you to have an easy to access pre filtered display.
  • Batchjob widget: To display the status of batchjobs, including start and finish times.
  • Google map widget: Get the 30,000 foot view of location status.  Display groups or devices based on location, including alert status.
  • NOC widget:  For a higher level view of status, or to get an at a glance view of multiple components.   The NOC widget displays color coded items for groups, devices, datasources, or instances for an at a glance view of a location, application, or other meaningful combination.
I want to display status information

I want to display a single value

Displaying a single value, whether it is an individual metric or aggregate, can be best accomplished with the:

  • Big Number Widget:  To display one to four specific values.  Values can be individual, aggregate, or based on a calculation.  Labels are configurable.
  • Gauge Widget:  Best used when a number represented in a big number widget is better served by having a relative min / max value for context.
I want to display a single value

I want to see how one or many values are trending

There are two primary ways to see how a datapoint is trending over time, the Device instance or overivew graph and the Custom Graph widget.  Both support line, area, and stack graph types.

  • Device instance or overview graph:  Graphs are defined as part of the datasource and display datapoints specific to the datasource.  Graphs can be added to a dashboard from the Device view.
  • Custom Graph widget:  Enables any combination of datapoints to be displayed on a single graph.  Values can be distinct or aggregate and can be limited to top ten.
I want to see how one or many values are trending

I want to embed external content

Videos, wikis, internal web pages, or other secure websites can be embedded in your dashboard using:

I want to embed external content