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#BbW12 – Developing a Service Dashboard

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  • Presenter: Malcolm Murray
  • Building Block
  • Writes monitoring data into a database table that was created by the Building Block
  • Possible issue to consider – production monitoring/trending data is being stored in the production system.  Might make diagnosing an issue difficult if the data can’t be accessed.
  • Malcolm scavenged a monitor and they have it sitting on a filing cabinet in the office – the dashboard is always displayed so the team can see the health of the service.
  • If you want to read more about dashboard design or visualization, take a look at Stephen Few and Edward Tufte.
  • Use colour carefully.  The dashboard is predominantly gray under normal conditions.  If there’s colour on the dashboard, there’s a problem.
  • Graphing values using js-sparklines
  • Only a handful of the values are being updated regularly.
  • Can configure the B2 with additional URLs that contain more monitoring info.
  • Using roles for authZ.  Management have read-only access.
  • Slides posted here

Written by jlongland

July 12, 2012 at 7:08 am

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