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.
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!
You can verify that BVD is up and running using the status command: ovc -status
Now you can log into BVD using the web browser of your choice.
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:
The wizard explains three simple steps to get to your first dashboard:
Design your dashboard in MS Visio 2013 using predefined widgets
Export the designed dashboard and upload it into BVD
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:
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
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
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):
Afterwards, the exported SVG can be uploaded into BVD:
Send your data