Guest post by Mohamed Raoof, Serviceberry technologies
Dashboards are more meaningful when they really provide useful data. Now days, IT Operations Management teams require more valuable dashboards which will show the health of overall status of the monitored environment. This is where the real value of Micro Focus Business Value Dashboard.
BVD is highly customizable and it can be used as a stand-alone tool to show important customer statistics in a more meaningful way.
In this blog, I will show a sample dashboard where we will combine infrastructure-level data with application-level data.
Combining Application and Infra in a single view
Today we will setup a dashboard which will accommodate event status from Operations Management i 10.X and real user data from BSM 9.2X. Note: This is just a sample dashboard. Once you understand the concepts around the board, I hope you can create any kind of dashboard your environment requires.
Here are the steps to accomplishing this task with screenshots.
1.) Install tools and plugins required for BVD.
OMi 10.x by default contains the two scripts which will forward event status and KPI status to the BVD. But BSM 9.X does not have it by default. Thus we need to install it in particular location. You can download all the tools from BVD itself.
2. ) Next you will need Microsoft Visio and then install the BVD Export plugin which will help to export the dashboard.
3.) Create the dashboard in Visio. It’s not that difficult to use the Visio, those who already familiar with Word and PowerPoint will find it easy to create a new dashboard. You can also use the sample files as a starting point and then enhance it as per your requirement.
We can use the tools below to create different dashboard modules.
Here is the dashboard I made below.
4.) Once we are ready with the dashboard it’s time to export the dashboard as an SVG file. For this we have already installed the plugin which will help us to export the SVG file.
5.) After this we are going to import it in our Business Value Dashboard. It’s easy!! Just go to settings -> Manage Dashboards -> Add new dashboard and import the SVG file.
6. ) After this step, first populate the event status from Omi 10.X and KPI data from BSM 9.X. For this we are using below two scripts with parameters.
For OMi, use the command below to send the Event status of any dashboard
D:\HPBSM\opr\bin>bvd-event-status.bat -dc "D:\HPBSM\opr\examples\bvd\bvdconf.json"
-dn "YOURDASHBOARDNAME" –username <USERNAME> -password <PASSWORD>
For BSM users, use the command below to send the KPI Status from any BSM View
D:\HPBSM\opr\bin>bvd-kpi-status.bat –username <USERNAME> -password <PASSWORD>
-view_name <VIEWNAME> -kpi_name "volume" -url http://localhost:8004/topaz
This will start sending the required data to BVD from both OMi and BSM
7.) Once the data is sent, we can just populate inside our dashboard using the configuration options.
Go to BVD and populate each graph in the dashboard with appropriate data
8.) Once we populate all of the required data, we can now view our final dashboard. It looks like the one below.
I hope this will help you to configure their own dashboard. Feel free to share your valuable opinions and ideas on how you are using the Business Value Dashboards in your environment. Because remember, SHARING IS CARING!!