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Business Value Dashboard: Get started now!

HaraldPfaender on ‎02-15-2016 02:03 AM ‎06-15-2016 01:50 PM Julia_Dickinson

Visualization of data is an important method for communicating data efficiently and clearly. Complex data can be understood more easily because the data is presented in a much simpler way. In the IT business, a dashboard is used as the tool of choice for visualization. The requirements for IT Dashboards are simple: a dashboard should have well-designed charts and graphics to support you with the visualization of complex data. It should show data and KPI in real-time with the ability to have it all in one single view.

Now HPE provides you a brand new dashboard solution with the release of the HPE Business Value Dashboard (BVD):

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BVD is a new product release which fulfills all these requirements mentioned above and in addition is easy to use and fast to implement. BVD helps you to visualize complex data and displays the status of your IT at a glance. You can present and show your business KPIs and organization objective in an appealing way. Changes in your IT business can be detected and identified much faster. Problems can be identified quicker than before. In addition, BVD supports state-of-the-art devices like modern web browsers, tablets or phones. Just choose your favorite!

Interested? Watch the Demo: https://demo.coloryourdata.io/#/login/demo@coloryourdata.io/colour

Ok, let's start

Installation files for local usage are part of the Operations Manager i download (select the BVD 10.10 package) http://hp.com/go/omi

Hint: Did you know that you can install Business Value Dashboard together with Operations Manager i (OMi)?

Installation

To start the installation of the on premise version, simply extract the files you have downloaded, click on install.bat|sh and move yourself through the installation wizard:
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Hint: BVD is supported to run on Windows and Linux platforms. For more details, please have a look into the BVD installation guide.

Once you have finished the installation, you can start the configuration.

Configuration

The configuration allows you to customize the database connection, SSL connection and to select the webserver port. All these settings are stored as <config_file>.ini-file. A sample is available here:

  • Windows: <BVD_Install_Dir>\BVD\config_example.ini
  • Linux: /opt/HP/BVD/config_example.ini

The configuration file is self-explaining. I recommend to make you a copy of it and edit the copy. Afterwards start the configuration using this command line:

  • Windows: "<BVD_Install_Dir>\BVD\bin\configure.bat" -c <configuration_file>.ini
  • Linux: /opt/HP/BVD/bin/configure.sh -c <configuration_file>.ini

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You can verify that BVD is up and running using the status command:
ovc -status

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Now you can log into BVD using the web browser of your choice.

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First Steps

As a first step, I recommend you to walk through the guided wizard (it opens automatically when you login for the first time). It provides you with a good overview of the first steps:

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The wizard explains three simple steps to get to your first dashboard:

  1. Design your dashboard in MS Visio 2013 using predefined widgets
  2. Export the designed dashboard and upload it into BVD
  3. Upload your data to the BVD and connect it with your dashboard widgets

Design your dashboard

BVD provides a sample MS Visio graphic to start with. Please download it and open it in MS Visio. BVD is using predefined "widgets" in MS Visio to display and visualize data according to the widget style.

Hint: BVD is supported and certified to work with MS Visio version 2013

The following widgets are available as stencils in MS Visio:
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Stencils include basic charts like Bar Chart, Text Value or Donut Charts included. It is also possible to embed RSS Feeds or other web pages. Status Visible Groups can be used to show or hide widgets depending on the connected data. The widgets are available as MS Visio stencils for download here: BVD -> Administration -> Download Tools & Samples

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Upload your dashboard

Once you have designed your dashboard, it is time to upload it. Export the dashboard from MS Visio in SVG file format. To simplify this step there is a MS Visio add-in available: BVD -> Administration -> Download Tools & Samples

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Once installed you will see the ribbon in MS Visio. With one click you export the MS Visio documentas SVG (it will automatically do all the necessary export settings for you):

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Afterwards, the exported SVG can be uploaded into BVD:

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Send your data

Before connecting your dashboard with real data, it is time to think about which data to send. So in case you have not yet sent any data to BVD, it is necessary to do it now. In BVD, all data is grouped into so called data-channels. These data channels can be connected to the dashboard widgets. In order to create a data channel, you need to send your data in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format with a HTTP post request. A typical request has a URL and contains the data as POST-request.

BVD URL

http(s)://<BVD_server>:<port>/api/submit/<API key>/dims/<dims>/tags/<tags>

  • <API key> is your BVD API key which is generated during the installation. It identifies your instance: BVD -> Administration -> System Settings:

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  • <tags> are static value pairs to identify data sources (e.g. by geography, region or location)
  • <dims> represents the name value pairs in order to display the information on your dashboard. This can be your KPI Name, CPU Time and Health of a Service.

Hint: The API key is created during installation. This key is used as authorization and allows a client to send data to your BVD instance.

POST-request

The post request should contain your data in JSON format. These are basically name, value pairs:

[{
"omiSystem":"harald_omi",   
"viewName":"OprSample",
"ciId":"77fe95ce6e4c2079a8d23ee3c99cbb38",
"kpiName":"System Performance",
"kpiId":1002,
"status":"Downtime"


And don't forget to check out the HPE Business Value Dashboard (BVD) website!


 

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HaraldPfaender

Comments
.tomaz
on ‎02-15-2016 06:35 AM

Really nice tool! Just a little question: thas it require a different license or is it included in OMi license?

bilalpostaci
on ‎04-27-2016 02:34 AM

I can share this from the document:

If you purchased an Operations Bridge license before OMi version 10.10, you need to retrieve and activate a new, up-to-date license in order to use BVD. To do so, perform the following:

1. Retrieve your up-to-date license in the HPE My Software Updates portal:

https://www.hpe.com/software/updates

2. Activate the license in the HPE Licensing for Software portal: https://h30580.www3.hp.com

3. Install the new license by following the steps in "License Installation" on the previous page.

If you purchased an OMi Event Foundation license, you can continue using your license, but you will not be able to use BVD. To be entitled to the use of BVD, you can exchange your old license for a new license in the new Operations Bridge licensing structure. For more information, contact your sales representative to discuss your options.

 

anuj123
on ‎06-21-2016 11:44 PM

Thanks for the beutiful and nicely put introdcution. As always you never disappoint me Harald.

Just cuious to know two things:

Is it available as standalone product ?

Is it a successor of IT Executive scorecard ?

HaraldPfaender
on ‎06-22-2016 12:14 AM

Hello anuj123 ,

  • BVD is part of the Operations Bridge. Currenly it is not available as a standalone product. But you could use the OpsBridge Express and have BVD as an Add-On.
  • It is not a successor for executive scorecard. The Executive Scorecard in addition has business logic and does status calculation. The BVD is "just" displaying data (which it does very nicely )

Kind regards,
Harald 

wboy
on ‎09-17-2016 10:24 AM

Great article, but I belive this should have been less complex and part of OMi

HaraldPfaender
on ‎09-18-2016 10:53 PM

Hello wboy,

the BVD is a separate product (and installer). This gives much more flexibility: Simple, easy, fast to deploy and it comes with no dependencies. That means you could even use it standalone.

For sure it can also installed together with OMi.

Kind regards,
Harald

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