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July 27, 2023 By Michael Riordan

Four reasons to try our next-gen dashboards

four reason to try next-gen dashboard

When you need to troubleshoot faster, rich out-of-the-box content lets you easily monitor the tools in your technology stack. Dashboards are key to our customers’ success — offering you deep insights at a glance and the ability to drill into the details most important to you.

A couple years ago, we debuted a new style of dashboards, built on top of a scalable, flexible and extensible charting system. These dashboards offer you new visualizations and export capabilities versus our classic dashboards.

Haven’t given the new dashboards a try? In this blog, you’ll discover four reasons why you should adopt these next-gen dashboards today.

1. Gain a different perspective with additional chart types

The new dashboards unlock a host of new chart types across both logs and metrics. Some notable options that you will not find in our classic dashboards include scatter charts, bubble charts, heat maps and connection maps.

Scatter chart: Ideal for understanding the correlation between two variables, scatter charts enable the analysis of various application metrics. Teams can use scatter charts to identify patterns and outliers between different performance indicators, helping to uncover the root causes of issues and plan effective remediation strategies.

Bubble chart: Building on top of the scatter chart concept, the bubble chart is ideal when introducing a third numeric variable, which determines the size of each bubble. Bubble charts can represent the frequency and severity of various events, such as errors or anomalies, allowing teams to prioritize their investigation efforts.

Bubble chart

Heat map: Geo-based heat maps provide an effective way to visualize data spatially and allow you to instantly identify geographic hotspots, concentration areas or distribution patterns. By visualizing data density in log events or security incidents, teams can quickly identify unusual or suspicious patterns, enabling them to detect potential security breaches or anomalous activities.

Heat map

Connection map: A powerful visualization tool with dual benefits for application observability and security, connection maps provide valuable insights into data flows and network traffic across different regions. They also enable security teams to track and respond to suspicious activities and cyberattacks in real-time, bolstering defenses and protecting critical assets.

Connection map

2. Unlock the power of your logs and metrics

Along with the functionality you’ve used in classic dashboards (including creating public dashboards!), the new dashboards help you better leverage your log and metric data. With new dashboards, you can graph logs and metrics together on the same panel, as seen below, to make it easier to identify patterns, anomalies and potential causes of issues.

Log and metrics

This unified view — blending point-in-time insights that metrics can provide into CPU usage, memory consumption or request rates with the qualitative insights that logs typically offer, summarizing specific events or patterns — enables a holistic perspective of your system's behavior.

Whether you want to graph across multiple logs queries, metrics queries or logs and metrics queries, you can build panels across up to 6 logs and 6 metrics queries to create the ultimate compact panel visualization.

3. Wield greater control over your dashboards

Some customers have told us that our classic dashboards are limiting — from their font sizes to color choices. New dashboards give you the flexibility to do more. With next-gen dashboards, we put the control back in your hands and are more transparent about the way panels are created, styled and backed via queries.

One example of how you can wield greater control over your dashboards is the display override functionality. In the new dashboard framework, you can override the styles of a specific series or query. And if display overrides can’t serve your customization needs, we expose the guts of the panel through a JSON tab where you can go in and add in customizations that may not be available in the UI just yet.

The next-gen dashboards also introduce template variables, which address some of the major pain points associated with the classic dashboards. In classic dashboards, obtaining a different view of the data often meant manually editing the panel queries or creating multiple dashboard versions.

With template variables, this process is a thing of the past. You can now dynamically adjust the panel queries on the fly and change the displayed data by selecting from dropdown lists and providing input to the variables provided within the panel queries. This approach allows users to analyze different data segments and dimensions without having to switch between different dashboards or manually change the panel queries.

4. Easily migrate your existing dashboards

It’s easy to get started. Still working with a few classic dashboards? Don’t sweat it. Take a look at this guide for our migration tool, which can be accessed when viewing any classic dashboard, and build a plan to move your old dashboards over today. You can also check out our deprecation plan.

Unlock new chart types, wield more control over the look and feel of your data visualizations and harness the power of your logs and metrics.

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Michael Riordan

Michael Riordan

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Michael is a member of the Observability Product Marketing team at Sumo Logic. Before Sumo Logic, he worked as a PMM at forward-looking technology companies Axon and Fastly. When he's not working with sellers and product managers, Michael enjoys watching reality TV and collecting vintage clothes.

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