Business iQ - Business Health Monitoring Webinar [Air-Date March 20, 2018] Run Time: 58 minutes.
@richard.paul led a talk on business health monitoring and how to get started. He did a live step-by-step live demo and built BiQ business health dashboard.
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Webinar Q&A Table of Contents
If I am a customer who is just getting started, what are the first key steps I should take or conversations I should have to start setting up parameters?
How many metrics should I collect if I am just starting out with business health monitoring?
What if I am interested in implementing this but need to consult with my business team members?
I’m interested in getting started but I need additional assistance. How can I get help?
Q: If I am a customer who is just getting started, what are the first key steps I should take or conversations I should have to start setting up parameters?
For a new customer, we understand it can be daunting. The best way to get started is by going to a whiteboard and mapping out everything to determine your key metrics. Think about what information and numbers your business cares about. At this point, don’t worry about how you will collect them; the most important part is deciding which metrics you want to capture. Once you have done this, find out who can assist with the technical configuration. You can always contact your AppDynamics Account Manager or start a support ticket for help.
Q: How many metrics should I collect if I am just starting out with business health monitoring?
It depends on what stage you’re at with business health monitoring. If you are using the Business Health Dashboard for the first time, start with your top 1-2 metrics and get in front of them so you can better understand how AppDynamics captures this data. Begin driving conversations with people in the company who are invested in these business metrics. Once you’re past that stage, start asking about additional key metrics (be it 3, 4 or 10) and build from there.
Q: What if I am interested in implementing this but need to consult with my business team members?
AppDynamics can help you lead conversations with your business team. Bring us into these discussions so we can guide you. We want to really highlight the importance of having these conversations.
Q: I’m interested in getting started but I need additional assistance. How can I get help?
Reach out to your company’s AppDynamics administrator and have them connect you with your AppDynamics Account Manager. Your Account Manager can set up a Business iQ workshop to help you identify key metrics and mock up a dashboard in a way that best visualized your data. Once you’ve completed this, determine who you need to talk to at your company about collecting data from a technical perspective. We also have additional self-service resources in AppDynamics University, or you can post a discussion in our Community.
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Business iQ - Transaction Analytics Webinar [Air-Date February 21, 2018] Run Time: 56 minutes.
@mohammed.rayan led this introductory transaction analytics session. During this session Mohammed also demonstrated the capabilities of transaction analytics and shed light on the art-of-the-possible with Business iQ. See below for attached slide deck and additional resource links.
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Table of Contents
How do I enable Transaction Analytics for an application?
How can I run a query and view Transaction Analytics?
Where can I find a demo application for Transaction Analytics with Docker support?
What are best practices for enabling Business Transaction collections for analytics?
How do SQL Data Collectors work? Are they strictly for transaction data stored in the database (limited to just transactions) or do they access other event types?
Q: How do I enable Transaction Analytics for an application?
A: Within the Controller, go to the Analytics tab at the top and select the Configuration tab from the left-hand navigation bar. In the Transaction Analytics tab, select the application of interest from the Configure Analytics For Application drop-down menu. Check the box to Enable Analytics Data Collection For XXXX, then select the Business Transactions that will report analytics data. You can add and configure Method Invocation Data Collectors to capture custom data. Specify the data you would like to retrieve and display in Transaction Analytics by extracting a particular parameter from your code. You can enable HTTP Request Data Collectors, as well.
Q: How can I run a query and view Transaction Analytics?
A: To run a query, navigate to the Analytics tab and select the Searches tab . Click the +Add button and select either Drag and Drop Search or Query Language Search. In the Data view, you can customize your search criteria and filter by time frame and fields (e.g., Application or Business Transaction) to see raw data. Within the Visualization view, you can create and save a widget to your Dashboard. One helpful widget type is the Funnel widget. Additional properties were added as part of 4.4 to provide more control over the widget appearance.
If you click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the Controller and select AppDynamic Agents and the Analytics Agents tab, you can see the Transaction Pipeline Health and Log Pipeline Health. You can also sort by All Agents, Agents Publishing Log Data, and Agents Publishing Transaction Data, which can help you identify which agents are publishing the transaction data.
Q: Where can I find a demo application for Transaction Analytics with Docker support?
A: We recommend that everyone tries the Self Demo , which has instructions and is straightforward to use. All you need to do is install the Docker daemon and download the project.
Q: What are best practices for enabling Business Transaction collections for analytics?
A: As a best practice, we recommend you start by enabling just a few Business Transactions that you know well and matter most to see what the patterns and contents are and then slowly increase from there. Avoid enabling Business Transaction collections for analytics for everything initially, as it can be challenging and can cause you to run into other types of issues (e.g., connectivity or licensing issues).
Additionally, on the Business Transaction schema that we have, you may know that we have an All Other Traffic bucket. Many times what we find is that Business Transactions are enabled but in reality, that information is going into the All Other Traffic bucket because you are limited in terms of Business Transaction numbers per node or per application. That’s why being iterative here with your Business Transaction collections makes a lot more sense and will be useful for you in learning the flow as you enable them. Start with one Business Transaction that you know really well and incrementally go from there.
Q: How do SQL Data Collectors work? Are they strictly for transaction data stored in the database (limited to just transactions) or do they access other event types?
A: It pertains only to transaction collection. SQL Data collections will show you the parameter value as part of that transaction so when the analytics data set, you’ll actually see the value was passed to that particular SQL. That’s what this will allow you to do.
It doesn’t send any other event types. In SQL Data Collectors, that’s all the SQL database calls from the Business Transactions and from the parameters of those SQL calls, we capture specific custom or business information.
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