Uptime IT Reporting
This is the third in a four-part summary series based on our recent “Unified IT Monitoring Webinar: Beautiful Dashboards vs Deep Reporting – What’s More Important?” You can also view Part One and Part Two of this blog series here.
As most IT pros already know, IT Reporting is an essential part of IT monitoring, providing critical underlying background data for both proactive and forensic analysis. However, the traditional problem with IT reporting across a complex and multi-platform IT environment is the large volume of IT data that can be generated by it. With many IT tools, IT reporting can produce data overload, equal to looking for a needle in a haystack. Is there an easier way to visualize data at scale? Alex Bewley tackles this question, along with other common questions, in our “Unified IT Monitoring: Beautiful Dashboards vs Deep IT Reporting” webinar, highlighting the strengths and weakness of monitoring IT by dashboards and reporting. He makes a strong case for the need to use both in today’s data center. With that in mind, let’s review the key benefits that Alex discusses with regards to IT reporting:
What should IT reporting be used for?
- Capacity Planning
- Summary Growth Reports
- Service Level Agreements
How valuable is IT reporting to my business?
Reporting is critical in helping enterprise IT departments manage the IT environment. Reports provide deep data for analysis to aid in proactive and reactive root-cause, SLA management, and capacity planning. The primary benefit of IT reporting is the ability to collect, analyze, and distribute data from specific periods of time, extracting relevant metrics for inclusion in additional summary presentations or reports to other departments and management.
Is reporting the right answer for your IT department?
To be honest, yes but it depends. I know, not the crystal clear answer that you were looking for. All IT departments need some form of IT reporting on the performance, availability, and capacity of their infrastructure (across all server platforms, as well as the network), applications, and services. When looking at IT monitoring solutions, it’s essential to understand what you need and what solution you’re committing to. For example, SaaS based solutions tend to be developer focused, have good dashboards and GUIs, but usually lack the deep dive reporting required by many enterprise IT departments. On-premise solutions are more IT operations focused, include deep IT reporting, have everything on-site (some can monitor cloud deployments), and provide more flexibility.
So what do you choose? The good news is that you don’t have to. You can get the sexy IT dashboards and GUIs typical of SaaS based IT monitoring tools, and the deep dive reporting and multi-platform monitoring capabilities of an on-premise monitoring solution with up.time. We have designed up.time to cross-the-chasm, with many pre-built and customizable IT dashboards out-of-the-box, along with some of the deepest reporting capabilities in the industry. Get the best of both worlds – a killer IT monitoring user interface along with deep reporting and forensic analysis tools!
To learn more, please tune in below to watch Alex Bewley, Chief Technology Officer at uptime software, talk more about “IT dashboards vs. IT reporting” in today’s modern enterprise - Unified IT Monitoring: Beautiful Dashboards vs Deep IT Reporting.
To learn more about up.time’s unified and cross-platform IT monitoring and reporting capabilities, please visit up.time’s IT Reporting.
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