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History database schema, which is used to create dynamic tables and DWE
OLAP definitions.
The History database is used by the WebSphere Business Monitor dashboards.
The dashboards retrieve the data required to populate some views from the
History database. For example, the Reports view focuses on analyzing data
extracted from the History database.
6.5.4 The dashboards
WebSphere Business Monitor has WebSphere Portal-based dashboards that
can be customized with a predefined set of configurable views that are
implemented via portlets. A dashboard designer with WebSphere Portal skills
can take these portlets and configure them or create custom dashboards. Some
of these view types leverage DB2 Alphablox for a more refined data analysis.
Measuring the process using the Dashboard Client component of WebSphere
Business Monitor Version 6.0 enables users to monitor business performance
through a set of views. The following are examples of those views, which can be
combined to create dashboards.
Scorecard view
A scorecard is a set of performance measures that are linked to objectives and
goals of a specific business area. Business users select the KPIs pertaining to
their various areas of responsibility and place them in
perspectives (categories)
on their scorecards. On the Scorecards view, users can easily watch the runtime
values of vital numeric KPIs, monitoring them against their defined targets. This
is depicted in Figure 6-56.
Figure 6-56 Scorecard view
KPI view
This view shows the values of individual KPIs, focusing on the position of the KPI
value relative to its defined limits. It displays all KPI information so that business
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users can easily monitor the KPIs and take action if necessary, as depicted in
Figure 6-57. For this, you must have a business measures model that contains
the KPIs to monitor with their threshold limits.
Figure 6-57 KPI view
Gauge view
This view displays individual KPI values, either relative to KPI threshold value or
relative to the KPI target value. It visually uses a paradigm of physical
instruments in the form of gauges and dials, such as automobile speedometers
or temperature gauges. This is depicted in Figure 6-58.
Gauges help you to visualize information by representing KPI values. They have
a focus on representing numeric KPIs that belong to aggregated business
measures in a business measures model. Each gauge represents the value of a
single KPI.
Figure 6-58 Gauge view
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Active instances view
This view shows the details of processes, which contain a group of related
metrics, KPIs, and situations in a particular process. The monitor view can
monitor either individual instances or groups of process instances. This is in
addition to providing the capabilities to perform drill-down and drill-up among
child and parent instances.
The Active instances view shows the details of a process at runtime and displays
information about running instances. You can monitor values of KPIs and metrics
that belong to an aggregate business measures group, along with stopwatches
and counters. You can also drill down to view the underlying activities, such as
items in process instances, and whether they are realized by activities, local
subprocesses, or global subprocesses.
The Active Instances portlet is shown in Figure 6-59, and consists of an Active
Instances table that displays the business measures of each currently running
process instance.
Figure 6-59 Active instances view
Other views are:
򐂰 Alert view displays the notifications for a specific user.
򐂰 Report view provides performance reports relative to a time-axis. Such
reports contain tables and graphs for analyzing historical data contained
within the performance warehouse data store. The Report view has built-in
analysis types that include Quartile, Trend, and Control Analysis.

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