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Users Entities


The User Entity type connects the User to the application data through the Dashboards and Widgets menu.

From there you can add a new Dashboard Group, and then a new Dashboard and Widget, or look into a shared one.

Ownership of these Entities implies that they are shareable with other users.



We’ll first look into these concepts and present you the sharing options and menus later.

Dashboard Groups

These facilitate the grouping of Dashboards (any number > 1). It is generally useful to observe a common theme, from an organisational perspective. With these elements, you can look at, for instance, seasonal events.

Another option is to organise your Dashboards per chosen context, e.g., making it easier to consult and then share that named group with another User.

Don’t forget to assign Permissions (read or write).

Dashboards

Dashboards are a great way to expose your information in one place. Use this Entity to organise and group Widgets to monitor a theme or topic.

Within each Dashboard, it is possible to define:


Pro Tip: Set up a global Dashboard, transversal to your system(s), or group them by application to see app-specific metrics; and use Templating to change the Widgets’ context promptly.

You can also mark a Dashboard as your Favorite to access key information (e.g., highlight the daily visited Dashboards) in one place, on-the-fly.

Widgets

Widgets allow you to save reusable graphs resulting from data exploration. These are used to represent data for one or multiple Metrics, acting as units of a Dashboard.

Here is where the action takes place, and you can exploit your data by exploring it in different relevant configurations:

Timeline

Statful defines a Timeline as a set period in which data is captured and/or displayed (in chronological sequence).

We provide predefined time frames with options that range from the last 60 seconds to last 30 days.

You can also define a beginning and end date option from the date picker, thus constituting a Custom Timeline.

Resolution

The Resolution enables you to define the granularity at which information is presented.
It strongly depends on the selected Timeline and it is always adjusted to the possible minimal.

Typical Resolutions:

  • Timeline for the last 60 seconds - Resolutions can go from 1 second to 1 minute.
  • Timeline for the last 24 hours - Resolutions can go from 10 minutes to 1 day.
  • Timeline for the last 30 days - Resolutions can go from 1 day to 30 days.

Templating

This feature will allow to quickly change the data observed on a Dashboard with a single click and without having to reconfigure multiple Widgets.

You will need to define Tags to act as anchors on the values that you display across a Dashboard.

Pro Tip: You can then reuse a Dashboard for the same application in various environments, or have an established Dashboard for showcasing multiple micro-services.