Dashboards

An Intro to dashboards:

Our flexible dashboards assist organizations with turning data stored in their VSM inventories into actionable insights. The user-friendly functionality gives LeanIX users fast and easy access to new and pending actions and information, simplifying workflows and creating more efficient processes and robust actions. The dashboard allows a swift real-time overview of the most important statistics of your software artifact catalog. Admins can configure the dashboard using drag-and-drop.

In our experience there are three main uses of dashboards:
• Stakeholder Management/ Team Dashboards/ Persona Dashboard (e.g. CIO, Project Team)
• Call to actions with regards to use cases (e.g. What is the status of our deployment KPIs? Where are we relying on specific libraries?)
• Deliverables (define strategies and objectives to display on dashboard)

How to configure a dashboard:

You will see a new section on the right-hand panel of your home screen. The button 'New Dashboard' and 'Edit Dashboard' guide you to a view where you can either create a new dashboard or adapt the dashboard you currently use.

After clicking on 'New Dashboard' you have the options to:

  1. Create a new Empty Dashboard
  2. Create a new "Default Dashboard" (will appear when entering the home screen)
  3. Copy and adapt a dashboard that is already in place
    The editing mode of the dashboard works via drag-and-drop. You can drag the different types of panels from the right-hand side into the pre-defined boxes (blue dotted lines).

Create a Fact Sheet Chart
If you want to set up some custom charts, drag the Fact Sheet Chart label, which is found at the bottom of the selection, into one of the pre-defined panels. You will then be asked to configure the following information for your chart:

1 . Chart Title: Give your chart a title depending on the content you want to show.

2 . Chart Type: Defines the type of the chart you want to configure. We currently support bar-, column-, and pie-charts.

  1. Fact Sheet Type: Defines from which Fact Sheet Types data will be retrieved.

  2. Field or tag group: Defines which attribute or tag group will be evaluated (e.g. Tag Group Environment will show you how many Deployments are part of a dev/test/prod environment). Only Tag Groups that have the mode "single" can be displayed and selected.

  3. Filter: Enables you to apply certain filters to your chart (e.g. if you only want to include Software Artifacts with the tag "Public Cloud"). You are able to apply all filters to your chart, as you are used to it from LeanIX.

  4. Data visibility: Once the previous fields are filled out, you can select number of entries to be displayed, and whether to see the n/a entries or not.

  5. Order of entries: Lets you select the order of the entries, as shown.
    After finishing the configuration of your custom chart and saving it, you will see the chart on your home screen. You can continue to define your dashboard the way described. The dashboard is not restricted to a number of panels.

If you want to change your chart, just hover over it while being in editing mode. Here you are able to:

  1. Delete the chart
  2. Decrease size
  3. Increase size
  4. Edit chart configuration (e.g. adapt filters)

Example Dashboards

Welcome Dashboard

To help with onboarding users into the workspace quicker, we can collect a number of resources to get users up to speed. Including links to product documentation, best practices reading material, or even a short introductory video all imbedded within the workspace itself on this dashboard.

Additionally, we can have additional resources such as data model diagrams to familiarize users with how the information in the workspace relates to each other, with a viewable resource from our production documentation regarding the definitions of the different Fact Sheet types of the data model.

CTO Dashboard

This dashboard is dedicated to showing key insights to define and implement technological strategy.

Answering potential questions such as:

  • How to monitor key DevOps metrics to increase productivity?
  • How to create a knowledge base and facilitate self service capabilities?
  • Which microservices use vulnerable open source libraries?

With a focus on high level strategic information, we can see in this dashboard a Software Artifact Landscape report with a heatmap view applied to show the compute cost of running the microservices, as well as being able to relate that information to the relevant business context (e.g Applications, Domains, etc).

In addition to that, we have a number of statistical charts and metrics on things like the software artifact distribution according to tracked SLA information, or the breakdown of Violations by their severity, but perhaps they also need to answer specific questions, such as who is responsible for the software artifact that are below SLA threshold with high priority tickets.

Engineering Manager Dashboard

This dashboard is dedicated to Engineering Managers to improve engineering quality and efficiency.

Here you'll find answers to questions like:

  • How to automate documentation & eliminate operations overhead?
  • How to efficiently navigate & operate the microservice landscape?
  • How to onboard new developers faster?

Seeing a Software Artifact Landscape with a heatmap view of SLA status, highlighting the impacts of low-performing services on their respective domains.

A high level application architecture diagram.

Support Dashboard

This dashboard is dedicated to provide relevant information to improve customer experience by quickly solving issues.

Potentially answering questions such as:

  • Who is the responsible on-call engineer?
  • Which microservices are affected by the current incident?

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