1. Consistent main navigation at the top of the page
The main navigation consists of three important separated parts, which are:
- The top bar
- The blue bar (with the timeline)
- The space in between for the relevant navigation items
The top bar contains:
- CA logo and the product name (CA APM Team Center/ CA APM Cloud)
- A dropdown with shortcuts to Map, Dashboard, Settings and WebView (by opening Map or Dashboard from this link, there is no filter applied to the data)
- An icon for system messages
- An icon as a shortcut to the settings
- A Universe selector
- A user role dropdown with About and Logout options
The space between the two rows contains:
- In the Experience view, there is a place for breadcrumb navigation which follows and captures each user step based on his data exploration.
- Shortcut to Map. In this case, the filter definition is reflected in the map data. User will see the data narrowed down by his previous steps in Experience view (for example, data for one card only).
- In Map and Dashboard, there are buttons for opening filters, highlighting and search capabilities instead of the breadcrumb navigation.
The blue bar contains:
- Name of the page, time controls
- + in the Experience views, there is an option for opening the Summary overview
- This bar is implemented everywhere besides Settings.
2. Summary overview SHORTCUTS to see the problematic areas in one click
A. Show me the list of failed transactions ONLY
Slow and failed transactions buckets are clickable in the Summary overview.
- Open the Experience view for one card (Company name) and the perspective is based on Application.
- Click to see failed transaction for this company & for the selected time range.
- The cards are filtered; perspective is changed to see the transaction name; sorting is done by failed count.
- The same will happen by clicking the slow transactions.
B. Show me the data for the time with the biggest peak ONLY
Average Response Time Sparkline and Transaction Volume Chart are zoomable!
- Unusual peak appears in the chart somewhere in the middle of the selected time range.
- Just hover over the chart, click it, drag the mouse over a section of the chart to mark the relevant area you want to zoom in, then release the click
- Data for this new selected range will be rendered. No need to play with Timeline, EASY!
- Every line chart in the Metric overview in Notebook is zoomable as well.
3. Active and inactive problems & anomalies
It means that if any alert (could be the only one) was active in the first minute of the selected time range, the Problem is visible in the list.
This is extremely useful for any report purposes. For investigation purposes, it is better to know which problem is still active at the end of the time range and which one is not.
Blue flag in front of the row means that this item is still active now!
Grey flag tells you that this item is not active anymore (15 minutes without any alert activity).
Both Problems and Anomalies sections are grouped by Culprit Application Name.
Groups are sorted by group size (largest group first), stories within the group are ordered chronologically (latest first).
New evidence detail in Analysis Notebook contains:
- Story duration section with first and last occurrence of the Problem/Anomaly
- A list of impacted transactions
- Culprit owners item if there is at least one owner available
- Possible culprit
- Suspect nodes section which represents story evidence messages grouped by a node name
- There are 4 evidence types - Alerts, Error Messages, Stalled Components, Unstable Response Times
5. Problems & anomalies interact with the map contextually
User selects a node in the Map
Is this node the culprit of other (collapsed) Problems/Anomalies?
YES: Problems/Anomalies are flagged by BLUE colour
6. Component CHARTS in the map
What does Component Chart mean?
- Component Chart is the additional metric information available for every component in the map (not for connections yet).
- Component Chart contains Transaction Volume Chart, Average Response Time Sparkline and Aggregated Response Time Histogram.
- Time series data in the Component Chart reflects the selected time range.
- Every time the time range is changed, the data in each Component Chart is rewritten as well.
- Component Charts show data that corresponds to the time range settings.
- Component Chart has the carousel selector for the time series data to swap.
- If more than Component Chart is open, the carousels are synchronized.
- By default, the Component Chart opens with the Aggregated Response Time Histogram. Any further charts reflect the current chart selection.
- If the component doesn’t contain any available data, the user is informed about this “no data” situation.
How to open the Component Chart?
- Every component contains an icon for opening its Component Chart. An icon is visible when you hover over the component.
- By clicking this icon, Component Chart opens above the component.
- The icon is visible on the relevant component as long as the Component Chart is open.
- Clicking this icon doesn’t open the Component View panel. (It doesn’t make selection.)
- Component is selected by clicking any part of the remaining area of the component.
How to work with Component Charts?
- User can open as many Component Chart as he wants until he reaches the defined limit for the number of metrics.
- If the number of open metrics is over the limit, the icons on remaining components become inactive. Close some of the open tiles to see a new one.
- The user is informed about the limit by an inactive icon with a tooltip.
- The time series data in the Component Chart is best visible with maximum zoom.
- Tiles can overlay. The one opened last is always on the top.
- Tiles can be closed by using the cross icon, by clicking the icon again or by using Close All Components Charts option in the map toolbar.
- By changing the data set (filtering) or perspective change, active open tiles are automatically closed.