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Dashboards are powerful tools that provide visual representations of data, making it easier to analyze and understand complex information. Dashboard is a collection of panels organized in rows. Each panel is a visualization unit with its own data query editor. This editor is tailored to the panel’s chosen data source, helping you create the right visualizations.

Dashboards make it easy to build the perfect view. You can create queries, adjust visuals, and craft the ideal dashboard. Every panel can pull data from any configured source. However, dashboard snapshots are fixed. Changes to queries won’t update snapshot data since snapshots can’t re-run queries. For instance, if you wish to gain insights into your business journey, you can create a dashboard that incorporates various panels to offer comprehensive observability into the business journey.

  • Simplified Data Interpretation: Dashboards simplify data interpretation, enabling users to quickly identify trends and patterns.
  • Customizable and Interactive: The dashboard’s customizable and interactive features empower users to uncover actionable insights and make informed decisions.
  • Dynamic and Intuitive: Get ready for a dynamic and intuitive data analysis experience with dashboards.
  • Comprehend Data Visualization: Dashboards present data visualization in an easy-to-understand format.
  • Enhance Collaboration: By facilitating data sharing, dashboards enhance collaboration among team members.
  • Facilitate Data-Driven Decision-Making: Dashboards empower users to make data-driven decisions based on real-time insights.
  • Improved Visibility into Key Metrics: Gain improved visibility into essential metrics with dashboard analytics.
  • Swift Access to Valuable Insights: Users can swiftly access valuable insights through the dashboard interface.
  • Real-Time Data Observation: Observe real-time data updates and changes in the dashboard.
  • Effortless Customization: Customize the dashboard display effortlessly for a seamless data experience.

Dashboards Advantages and Applications

Dashboards serve as powerful tools for visualizing data and uncovering patterns or irregularities that contribute to faults or low performance. When faced with a system failure, simply examining the raw numbers may not provide a clear understanding of the root cause. This is where the charts, graphs, and visuals on the dashboard play a crucial role in helping us identify and address the underlying issues more effectively.

Here are the main advantages of a Dashboard in vuSmartMaps™.

  1. Data-driven decision-making: Dashboards enable data-driven decision-making by providing real-time or near-real-time insights into key metrics and performance indicators.
  2. Cross-functional visibility: Dashboards provide a consolidated view of data from multiple sources, allowing different teams or stakeholders to access and analyze information in a unified way. This promotes collaboration, facilitates communication, and ensures that everyone is working with the same data and metrics, fostering alignment and coordination across various functions.
  3. Quick identification of issuesDashboards help in identifying issues, bottlenecks, or anomalies promptly. By visualizing data and setting up alerts or thresholds, anomalies or deviations from normal trends can be detected quickly, enabling timely intervention and proactive problem-solving.
  4. Improved data accessibility: Dashboards make data more accessible to a broader range of users, including those without extensive data analysis skills. Instead of relying on specialized reports or complex spreadsheets, dashboards provide an intuitive and user-friendly interface that allows users to interact with data and explore insights on their own.
  5. Increased transparency and accountability: Dashboards promote transparency within organizations by making data readily available to stakeholders. By sharing dashboards across teams or departments, individuals can have visibility into the same data, fostering transparency and accountability in decision-making processes.

Apart from that, Dashboards also offer multiple applications such as:

  1. Data visualization: Represent data through charts, graphs, and maps for easy comprehension.
  2. Real-time Observability: Display live data for instant insights and timely decision-making.
  3. Performance tracking: Dashboards allow users to observe and track performance metrics in real time. By presenting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and other relevant data, dashboards help identify areas that are meeting or exceeding targets as well as areas that require attention or improvement.
  4. Data exploration: Interact with data, apply filters, and drill down for deeper insights.
  5. Reporting and presentations: Create visually appealing reports and share data-driven presentations.
  6. Collaboration and sharing: Share dashboards, grant access, and collaborate with stakeholders.
  7. Mobile access: View dashboards on smartphones or tablets for on-the-go data observability.

Dashboards Implementations

Dashboard offers comprehensive insights into IT infrastructure health and performance. Any abnormalities or potential bottlenecks are immediately flagged, enabling you to proactively identify issues before they impact our operations.

  • Intelligent Alerting: With intelligent alerting capabilities, the dashboard promptly notifies your IT team when critical thresholds are breached or anomalies are detected. This ensures immediate action can be taken to prevent disruptions and keep your systems running smoothly.
  • Historical Data Analysis: The dashboard serves as a valuable tool for historical data analysis. It securely stores and visualizes historical data, empowering you to identify patterns, plan for capacity needs, and make informed decisions to optimize your systems’ performance and reliability.
  • Troubleshooting Made Easy: Troubleshooting becomes significantly easier with the dashboard’s interactive and drill-down capabilities. IT administrators can swiftly dive into specific metrics, isolate problematic areas, and resolve issues promptly. By minimizing downtime and improving system availability, your organization can operate more efficiently and effectively.

In summary, this powerful dashboard revolutionizes the way you manage your IT infrastructure, providing real-time insights, proactive alerts, historical data analysis, and efficient troubleshooting capabilities. It ensures uninterrupted operations and empowers your IT team to optimize system performance, contributing to the success of your organization.

You can select various panel types within the same dashboard and arrange them side by side to assess the impact of server health from different components and vice versa. This allows for a comprehensive understanding of the overall server health status.

In summary, our infrastructure observing dashboard empowers us with real-time visibility, proactive alerts, historical analysis, and troubleshooting capabilities. By leveraging this solution, we can ensure a robust and optimized infrastructure, delivering uninterrupted services to our customers and gaining a competitive edge in the market.

Dashboards Secondary Applications

You can export Dashboards from vuSmartMaps for multiple purposes and this feature comes in handy when you need it for external usage. Exporting dashboards to external media formats like images and PDFs in vuSmartMaps offers several useful applications:

  1. Collaborating with Others: Exporting dashboards as images or PDFs allows for easy sharing with colleagues, clients, or stakeholders who may not have direct access to the vuSmartMaps platform. These media formats provide a portable way to distribute the dashboard’s visualizations and insights.
  2. Offline Acces: By exporting dashboards to images or PDFs, users can print them and have physical copies for offline use. This is beneficial when presenting data in situations where internet access or access to the vuSmartMaps platform may be limited or unavailable.
  3. Documentation and Archiving: Exporting dashboards to images or PDFs enables the creation of documentation and archives. Users can capture snapshots of dashboards at specific points in time, preserving a visual record of data insights for future reference, audits, or compliance purposes.
  4. External Analysis and Integration: Exported images or PDFs of dashboards can be used for further analysis in external applications or tools. Users can import the exported media files into other software, such as spreadsheet applications or presentation tools, to combine them with additional data or incorporate them into comprehensive reports.
  5. Presentations and Sales PitchesExporting dashboards as images or PDFs is particularly useful for incorporating them into presentations and sales pitches. Users can leverage the visual appeal and data-driven insights of dashboards to enhance their presentations and effectively communicate system performance, analytics, or other relevant information.

By providing the option to export dashboards to external media formats, vuSmartMaps empowers users to share, utilize, and integrate their dashboards in a variety of contexts, ensuring flexibility and accessibility in data visualization and analysis.

Working with Dashboards

Loading Dashboards

In vuSmartMaps, accessing your dashboards is a seamless process. Simply navigate to the Left Navigation Menu and click on “Dashboards.” From there, you’ll see a list of available dashboards. Choose the one you want to view by clicking on its name or thumbnail. The selected dashboard will load, presenting the configured visualizations and data panels in a user-friendly interface.

The dashboard interface provides options for managing and configuring dashboards, including:

  • Creating, editing, and organizing dashboards within folders.
  • Configuring dashboard settings such as name, description, timezone, and auto-refresh.
  • Adding and configuring panels using predefined or custom visualization options.
  • Utilizing dashboard filters and variables for refining data and enhancing interactivity.
  • Downloading data statistics for in-depth analysis.

💡Note: To learn how to create a new dashboard refer to this link 

Within the dashboard, you can leverage a diverse range of panel types, including predefined options such as:

Selecting Time

Selecting the appropriate time range for your analysis is crucial, and vuSmartMaps makes it easy. Within your dashboard, you’ll find a time range selector typically located at the top right corner. Click on it to reveal a dropdown menu or calendar. From there, you can choose from predefined relative time ranges like “Last 30 minutes” or “Last 7 days,” or set a custom absolute time range. Once selected, the dashboard will update automatically to display data within the specified time frame.


Drilling down into your data allows for deeper exploration and understanding. In vuSmartMaps, initiate a drilldown by clicking on a specific visualization or data point within the dashboard. Depending on the configuration, the dashboard will transition to a more detailed view, providing additional insights related to the selected data. Continue drilling down further into the data hierarchy by interacting with subsequent visualizations or data points.

Search & Filter

Search and filter functionalities streamline data exploration and analysis. Look for the search or filter input field located near the top of the dashboard interface. Enter relevant keywords, terms, or values to dynamically filter the displayed data. As you type, the dashboard will update in real-time to show matching results. Additionally, apply predefined filters or filter conditions to refine the data further based on various criteria such as time, category, or specific data attributes.

You can configure the various panels and visualizations within vuSmartMaps, to learn more explore the visualizations panel page.

Dashboard Settings offer further configuration capabilities, allowing you to adjust parameters such as the dashboard’s name, description, and time options according to your preferences. Additionally, you can efficiently manage the dashboards by creating playlists, viewing snapshots, and accessing library panels for additional functionality. Dashboard Filters and Variables are crucial in facilitating refined data analysis, enabling to focus on specific criteria and dynamically adjust data based on selected variables.

You can download Data Statistics in CSV format for deeper analysis, providing you with comprehensive insights for further exploration and interpretation. Finally, by saving the dashboard configurations, you can preserve your analytical setups for future use, ensuring the saved dashboard is ready to use.

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