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  • January 25, 2019

Blog Series: Building Interactive Dashboards in Oracle Management Cloud - Part 2

Guest Author: Pratul Mathur, Senior Product Manager, Oracle Management Cloud


In this 3 part blog series, I will show you how to build and connect several interactive dashboards together in Oracle Management Cloud, which will enable you to drill-down to view and manage the health of your applications and infrastructure. I’ll show you how to set up and link your own custom dashboards with easy to follow steps. The blog topics in this series will cover:

Part 1: Drill-Down from Dashboard Widgets using Entity Links
Part 2: Using Out-of-the-Box Data Explorer Widgets with Drill-Down Capabilities
Part 3: Drill-Down from Dashboard Widgets using Widget Title Linking

Part 2 – Using Out-of-the-Box Data Explorer Widgets with Drill-Down Capabilities

In part 1 of the series, I talked about how to use the Entity Link API within Oracle Management Cloud to connect dashboards together. In this article, I will show you how to use the out-of-the-box widgets with drill-down capabilities.

What is an Out-of-the-Box Widget?

Oracle Management Cloud provides several generic purpose-build widgets for looking at metrics, logs and security data. The solution allows you to surface this information from within your dashboards. It is a great way to get a high-level view of what’s really going on within your applications and infrastructure. Oracle Management Cloud gives you the flexibility to copy widgets and customize them based on your needs.

Oracle Management Cloud’s Data Explorer provides two out-of-the-box widgets with drill-down capabilities in to the Infrastructure Monitoring and Alerts pages. Using these widgets, you can diagnose infrastructure performance issues much faster—you don’t have to spend time looking for where the issue is occurring, the widget will help guide you.

The following are two widgets for Infrastructure Monitoring.

1. “Entity Status” Widget

This widget shows the distribution of the entities by their status and has capabilities to fetch more details about these entities with a particular status by navigating to the Monitoring page. For example, if you have this widget in a dashboard and you saw that three of your entities are down for the OrderApp application, you can click on the red “Down” section of the circle graph to navigate to the Monitoring page to find out which entities are having trouble.

2. "Open Alerts by Severity" Widget

This widget shows the count of open alerts categorized by their severity and has the capability to fetch more details on the alert severity by navigating to the Alerts page. When you click on a bar in this widget, it will take you to the Alerts page and show you the corresponding alert severity and entity information, including, its time context. Using this widget enables you to quickly and visually sort through your most severe alerts to find out which ones need immediate attention.

Using Widgets in a Dashboard

You can add the widgets above, along with many others in Oracle Management Cloud. To customize your dashboards follow these steps:

First, enter the dashboard Edit mode by clicking on the ‘Edit’ button.

Edit mode will show the ‘Add Widget’ panel. Search for the widget name and click on the widget to add it to the dashboard.


The links in the widgets are activated when a user selects a composite entity such as an Application or Group in the global entity.

You can navigate to the Infrastructure Monitoring page with the appropriate context and filters.

You can navigate to the alerts page with the appropriate context and filters.

Conclusion

In this article, I outlined how to use Oracle Management Cloud’s out-of-the-box widgets to drill-down in to the Alerts and Entity Summary pages. This is an effortless and easy way to navigate within Oracle Management Cloud and allows you to quickly triage potential issues that could disrupt application performance.  In the next article, I will show you how to use the widget “Title Linking” so you can create your own custom links to and from different dashboards or to different Oracle Management Cloud pages.

Guest Author: Pratul Mathur, Senior Product Manager, Oracle Management Cloud

Up Next:

Read the 3 Part Blog Series: Building Interactive Dashboards in Oracle Management Cloud
Part 1: Drill-Down from Dashboard Widgets using Entity Links
Part 2: Using Out-of-the-Box Data Explorer Widgets with Drill-Down Capabilities
Part 3: Drill-Down from Dashboard Widgets using Widget Title Linking