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Getting Started

  • Updated on 01 May 2018
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This section helps you getting started with the BizTalk360 Analytics Dashboards. It is divided in the following sections:

  • What is Analytics Service In BizTalk360?
  • Dashboard Widget Types And Their Strengths
  • An In-depth Look Into The Analytics Dashboard In BizTalk360
  • Using Analytics Dashboard
  • Minimum Tracking requirements for Analytics

What is Analytics Service In BizTalk360?

In a data-driven business setup, there will be scenarios where critical executive decisions are made based on the performance reports of various components of the listed servers in their environment. BizTalk360 aims to offer an out of the box tool with similar capabilities as the Performance Monitor tool in Windows servers. BizTalk360 Analytics offers visual display of the most important performance counters that are consolidated and arranged on a single screen so that the information can be monitored in a glance. Custom reports can be built in minutes with the metrics that really count for your business, and they’re easy to share with other users in the system. In addition, dashboards can give you a summary of many reports on a single page using drag-and-drop widgets for fast, easy customization.

The Analytics feature is available only to the Platinum license environments of BizTalk360 v8.0. By default, the Analytics service is installed with BizTalk360 and in non-Platinum environments, users can only view sample analytics data.

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Dashboard Widget Types And Their Strengths

Each environment includes a Default Dashboard to get you started, the dashboards on BizTalk360 Analytics are composed of widgets, the default dashboard contains 6 pre-loaded widgets (which can be customized by the users as per their requirements). There are four different types of widgets that can be used in BizTalk360, Click here to read more about the types of widgets. The process to create and customize different types of widgets under the Operations Dashboard and Analytics Dashboard remains the same.

An In-depth Look Into The Analytics Dashboard In BizTalk360

Analytics Dashboards are simply collections of widgets that allows you to quickly visualize the performance parameters of your BizTalk server environments. BizTalk360 allows premium users to add 'N' number of dashboards with 'N' number of widgets in each dashboard. Each environment includes a Default Dashboard to get you started, the default dashboard contains 6 pre-loaded widgets (which can be customized by the users as per their requirements). In this article, we are going to dive a bit deeper into only view Analytics screen to understand the functionality of every option and control present in the screen.

The Analytics feature is available only to the Platinum license environments of BizTalk360 v8.0. By default, the Analytics service is installed with BizTalk360 and for non-Platinum environments, users can only view sample analytics data. The process to create and customize different types of dashboards under the Operations level and Analytics level remains the same.

Using Analytics Dashboard

Using an Analytics dashboard is very much like using the Operations Dashboard in BizTalk360. You can examine the graph elements in a widget by hovering your mouse pointer over the element. The image below illustrates the operations you can do with Analytics dashboard:

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Home - The Home screen on the Analytics level contains the Analytics Dashboard with pre-defined widgets that display the performance parameters of the BizTalk server environment. Similar to the Home screen on Operations level, users have the capability to create custom (performance monitor) widgets. Environment Name - Displays the name of the current environment. Dashboard Operations - Displays the different dashboard operations - Add Dashboard, Delete Dashboard, Add Widget, Customize and rearrange the widgets on the page by dragging them to new locations and Refresh the dashboard's data by clicking the Refresh tab in the top right corner of the dashboard. Widgets Area - This area is reserved for the widgets. When you click the Customize option, you will notice that each grid is a 1x1 block. You can add/customize widgets depending on multiple sizes such as 2x2, 4x2, 4x4, 6x4, and so on. For detailed information about Customizing Widgets, please refer this section. However, when the analytics dashboard loads up for the first time (after a fresh install of BizTalk360 v8.0 or upgrade to v8.0 from a lower version), you will notice 6 default widgets on the Analytics Home screen. They are Message Volume By Schema - Displays the number of messages transacted between the application based on the different schema Analytics Service - Depicts the status of the analytics service. If the service is running without any problems, you will notice a green tick mark in the widget. If the service is stopped, you will notice a red cross mark in the widget. BizTalk Messaging Performance - Displays the performance statistics of the BizTalk Messaging Engine Failure Rate By Schema (Top 10) - Displays the statistics of failed messages based on the Message schema Failure Rate By Port (Top 10) - Displays the statistics of failed messages based on the port BizTalk Server Performance - Displays the end to end performance statistics of BizTalk server

Minimum Tracking requirements for Analytics

For Message Volume By Schema widget: Track events of either Send or Receive pipeline need to be enabled.

  • Ports start and send events
  • Message send and receive events

For Message Patterns Track Events of both Send and Receive pipeline needs to be enabled.

  • Ports start and send events
  • Message send and receive events
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