The Operational Metrics option lets you create a graphical metric from browse data. Operational metrics provide a live snapshot of production data, which lets you monitor in real time how the system is being used. You can use operational metrics to visually track any type of browse data, including data from customized browses created in Browse Maintenance.
A number of predefined metrics are supplied with the system in the Metrics folder. In this slide, the Accounts Receivable metric displays different customer metric results.
Metrics are created and managed by administrators using the Create Metric Collections function on the Administration menu.
Creating Metric Collections
1 Select Create Metric Collection from the Administration menu to create the initial metric collection. The system prompts you to name the collection.
Creating Metric Groups
2 Right-click the collection title, or select Edit|Create Metric Group to create a metric group for the collection.
3 A list of browses in the system displays so you can select the parent browse for the group. Double-click the name of the browse to select it.
4 You are prompted to name the Metric Group. Enter a name for the metric group (for example, Customers by Site) and click OK. The system then prompts you to create the first metric.
Creating Operational Metrics
Enter a title for the metric (for example, Customers at site 10-100).
The default type is Count. When you select the Count type, the browse filter drop-down is unavailable. Type options depend on the type of browse. For browses that produce numerical values as results, you can also choose Sum, Average, Maximum, or Minimum as the Type option. When you select a type other than Count, you can then select the value to which you apply the type.
Select Percent to display the metric as a percentage of the browse total.Select Range to display the metric as a range of figures. This option lets you increase the granularity of the results.
Select the browse filter, operator, and value to define the metric. For example, this metric is based on the number of customers in Customer browse whose site code equals 10000. You therefore select the site code filter to equal 10000. You can set multiple filters for the metric, as you do on a normal browse. Click Search to find out how many sites meet the criteria (in this case, the number is 33). This information is displayed as a percentage of the total (when you have selected the Percent display option). Use the slider controls on the percentage bar to set the color code for thresholds.
Editing Operational Metrics
You can edit metric details by right-clicking the metric name on the main screen and selecting Edit. Click on the Save button to save the operational metric to the Metrics folder, New to save the metric for the first time, and Replace to replace an existing metric.
The metric is now available in the Metrics folder. You can add operational metrics to Favorites. To refresh the metric information, rerun the individual browses from within their metrics.