DMI tour

Applies to NAM 2018

To take a quick tour of the DMI report editor in NAM, start with an existing report.

The example here is specific to NAM 2018. For a similar walkthrough in DC RUM 2017, see DMI tour - DC RUM 2017.

On the NAM Server, select Reports ► Applications ► Health dashboard.
Opening the Health dashboard

This displays the Health dashboard report.

Report-level editor

  1. In the upper right corner of the report, open the report menu and select Edit report.
    Editing a report
    This opens the Health dashboard report for editing.
    Health dashboard report - editing
  2. The editor opens to the Sections and layout tab, which lists all report sections on the left.
    list of sections
    To edit a section, you would select it in this list and select Edit section.
  3. On the right, the same sections are shown as they appear in the general report layout.
    layout of sections
  4. The icons along the top are for creating and deleting section placeholders...
    section layout controls
  5. ...and for creating various types of sections to put in those placeholders.
    section add controls
  6. The Report tabs and links tab shows the tabs on this report, where each tab is a link to another report that you want to display as a tab within this report.
    Report tabs & links tab
    Select an Edit link to see details for a tab.
  7. The Breadcrumbs tab Breadcrumbs tab
    lets you edit the appearance and behavior of the breadcrumbs row at the top of the report.
  8. The Time tab Time tab
    lets you control the appearance and behavior of the time control at the top of each report.

    It also lets you specify report time ranges per report section (start and end times, rounding, etc.).
  9. The Annotation tab Annotation tab
    lets you add free-form text that appears in a collapsible control at the top of your report.
    Closed:
    Annotation - closed
    Open:
    Annotation - open
  10. The Global parameters tab lets you select or create parameters to manage the state of the report.
  11. To see how a section is constructed in DMI, let's go back to the Sections and layout tab for our example and select Edit section for Section 3 in the list, sHealthOverTime.

Section-level editor

To have a quick look at the section-level editor, let's open the Application health trend over time chart of the Health dashboard report for editing.

On the NAM Server, select Reports ► Applications ► Health dashboard to display the Health dashboard report. Opening a report

Open the Application health trend over time section in the DMI section editor. There are two ways to get there.

  • Open the report for editing and then, on the Sections and layout tab, select Edit section for Section 3 in the list, sHealthOverTime or
  • Display the report in NAM and then select Edit section for that section.

The section editor opens to the Data tab, where you specify the data DMI will use to generate this section of the report. DMI editor tour - section level - Data tab The breadcrumbs row at the top of the Data tab shows you where you are (report path, then Editing report, then section name). Then Display name (empty in this example) and Section type ("Chart" in this example) describe the section, and Show section offers a way to switch to another section as needed.

In the Subject row, select Edit to expand the row and display editing controls. Edit the subject row

The Data view selection shows where you want to get data, which in this case is Application, transaction, and tier data.

Select Dimensions to display Selected dimensions, a list of all dimensions selected for this report section.

Select Metrics to display Selected metrics, a list of all metrics selected for this report section.

Switch to the Result display tab to see how the selected data will be displayed.

To finish this brief tour of how this chart section was made, switch to the Chart settings tab, General view.

The Chart settings tab is displayed only when you set Section type to Chart.

The chart Type is set to Stacked columns.

Switch down to the X-axis view, to see that we specify the time range as the X-axis.

Switch down to the Series view to see that we specify Series in : columns, and have four metrics selected for display as columns, with colors specified, etc.

For details on chart configuration, see Chart settings.

Other tabs to explore in the section editor:

  • Drilldown links is where you specify links to other reports. There were no drilldowns in this example.

  • Applying filters is where you specify filters.

  • Section list and buttons is where you define tabs specific to this section. Your report can have tabs (as specified on Report tabs & links in the report editor), and each section within your report can have its own tabs (as specified on Section list and buttons).

  • Annotation is where you can define text to display within your section.

When you are ready to create a new report of your own, see New report and the topics listed there for details on creating report sections to do precisely what you need.