Managing IT Visibility Dashboards

IT Visibility provides you with out-of-the-box inventory dashboards and analytics that enable you to understand and explore your IT hardware and software portfolio through visualizations and drill-down analysis.

Note:IT Visibility also includes a business intelligence engine, Data Explorer, that guides you to further insights and areas of opportunity through its interactive, customizable dashboard tools and best practice recommendations. For more information, see Using Data Explorer to Gain Interactive Insights Into Your IT Environment .

Through these features, IT Visibility enables you to gain insight into the most current and complete view of your IT estate. Through discovery and normalization, you gain consistent, reliable data and control of assets to draw valuable insights across software and hardware.

IT Visibility includes over 25 built-in dashboards that provide powerful insights into your IT estate out of the box as well as capability to build your own dashboards. The subsections list and explain IT Visibility’s dashboards:

IT Visibility's Inventory Dashboards 
User-Created IT Visibility Dashboards and Folders 

Note:Customers who have not upgraded to the latest version of IT Visibility will not see any data in the dashboards from the Hardware Specifications, Open Source, and Software Vulnerability content packs. For more information about upgrading, see Upgrading to the Latest Version of IT Visibility.

Accessing IT Visibility Dashboards

Follow the steps in this section to navigate to the Dashboard landing page and to view a different dashboard from the built-in and saved dashboards.

To access IT Visibility dashboards:

1. Navigate to IT Visibility > Dashboard.

The default IT Visibility dashboard—Executive Summary—appears, providing you with an overview of your total IT environment at a glance.

2. Click Change Dashboard and select any of the built-in dashboards.

The applicable IT Visibility inventory dashboard appears. For dashboard descriptions, see IT Visibility's Inventory Dashboards.

3. Use the dashboard controls to drill down or filter further into dashboard items. IT Visibility includes a business intelligence engine, Data Explorer, that guides you to further insights and areas of opportunity through its interactive, customizable dashboard tools and best practice recommendations. For complete information, see Using Data Explorer to Gain Interactive Insights Into Your IT Environment .

IT Visibility's Inventory Dashboards

The following table lists the dashboards by their dashboard folder and dashboard name. It also identifies the drill-down links for each dashboard. These drill-down interconnections allow you to dig deeper into the information presented in the dashboard. (See Drill-Down Relationships and Connections Between Dashboards for more information about these interconnections.)

Folder/Dashboard

Description

*Portfolio Overview* / Business Services Summary 

Provides a high-level overview with tables, charts, and graphs that summarize hardware and software titles by the business services those assets are supporting.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the built-in dashboards listed below.

Business Service Supporting Technology 
Hardware Model 
Hardware Manufacturer Supporting Services 
Software Version 
Vulnerabilities Discovered Business ServerApplication Detail 
Vulnerable Software 

*Portfolio Overview* / Executive Summary 

Provides a high level overview of your entire IT estate with tables, charts, and graphs that summarize your hardware portfolio, software portfolio, and show lifecycle/currency by various facets of your technology assets and IT environment including software category, hardware category, device type, business unit, business service, cost center, domain, and location.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Hardware (Portfolio Overview)
Hardware with Currency Risk 
Hardware Lifecycle 
Software (Portfolio Overview)
Software with Currency Risk 
Software Lifecycle 

*Portfolio Overview* / Hardware Summary 

Provides a high level overview of your hardware portfolio with tables, charts, and graphs that summarize your deployed device counts and lifecycle stages. The Hardware Summary dashboard also shows insights into your hardware sprawl and lifecycle/currency risk by hardware category and other aspects of your IT estate (such as business services).

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Hardware with Currency Risk 
Hardware Lifecycle 
Hardware Model 
Business Services 

*Portfolio Overview* / Software Summary 

Provides a high level overview of your software portfolio with tables, charts, and graphs that summarize your deployed software counts and lifecycle stages. The Software Summary dashboard also shows insights into your software sprawl and lifecycle/currency risk by category and other aspects of your IT estate (such as software categories that are end of life or obsolete).

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Software with Currency Risk 
Software Lifecycle 
Software Version 
Business Services 

*Portfolio Overview* / Software Vulnerability Summary 

Provides summaries of enriched data about software vulnerability and threats associated with your normalized inventory.

The Software Vulnerability Summary dashboard includes data for all Secunia Advisory IDs (SAIDs) from the Secunia database, as well as the most critical and urgent Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure (CVEs) that are linked to the SAIDs, but does not include data for the entire CVE set from the National Vulnerability Database (NVD).

For more information about the Secunia advisories and how to understand that terminology, see About Secunia Advisories in the Software Vulnerability Research Help Library.

Important:This dashboard is available under an add-on entitlement and not part of the base IT Visibility product. To request this entitlement, contact your account representative.

Important:This feature is only available with the latest backend of IT Visibility. Upgrading to the latest backend is not automatically performed for customers. To request an upgrade, contact your account representative.

*Portfolio Overview* / Sustainability Baseline Dashboard 

Provides a high level overview of sustainability baseline with tables, charts, and graphs that summarize the carbon footprint of your devices. The Sustainability Baseline Dashboard also highlights the highest carbon footprint hardware models, and shows insights into your hardware currency by category and inventory in your IT estate that is missing manufacturer sustainability information.

*Portfolio Overview* / Virtual Environments 

Provides a high level overview of your virtual environments with tables, charts, and graphs that summarize the number of virtual devices and your deployed software counts and lifecycle stages on those virtual devices. The Virtual Environments dashboard also shows insights into your software sprawl and lifecycle/currency risk by category and other aspects of virtual devices in your IT estate (such as software categories that are end of life or obsolete).

Drilldown / Device Deployments 

Shows details about device deployments details including hardware model lifecycle, operating system details, as well as device location, business unit, and cost center.

Note:Not intended as a top-level starting point, the drill-down dashboards are typically shown as a result of drill-down choices.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboard:

Device Details 

Drilldown / Device Details 

Shows details about devices including name, serial number, cost center, business unit, and location. It shows calculated lifecycle stages for devices grouped by operating system and hardware details. It also shows various views of software lifecycle/technology currency for the devices in your environment.

Note:Not intended as a top-level starting point, the drill-down dashboards are typically shown as a result of drill-down choices.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Software (Portfolio Overview)
Hardware Model 
Software Installations 
Device Deployments 

Drilldown / Hardware Model 

Shows lifecycle details by hardware model and graphs the hardware models in your IT estate by the year they became or will become obsolete. This dashboard also provides hardware model lifecycle details and operating system lifecycle details as well as a graph of software technology currency per hardware model.

Note:Not intended as a top-level starting point, the drill-down dashboards are typically shown as a result of drill-down choices.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Device Deployments
Software Version

Drilldown / Software Installations 

Shows details about software installations including version details, devices where the software is installed, and additional information about those devices (such as its manufacturer, category, subcategory, model, location, business unit, cost center, and business service).

Note:Not intended as a top-level starting point, the drill-down dashboards are typically shown as a result of drill-down choices.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboard:

Device Details

Drilldown / Software Version 

Shows lifecycle details by software version and graphs the software versions in your IT estate by the year they became or will become obsolete. This dashboard also provides software version lifecycle details by software category and by hardware category. In addition to these rich details, the Software Version dashboard highlights software technology currency with graphs of software technology currency per domain and per hardware category as well as software technology currency details provided by business unit, device location, and business service.

Note:Not intended as a top-level starting point, the drill-down dashboards are typically shown as a result of drill-down choices.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboard:

Software Installations 

Drilldown / Vulnerable Software 

Shows focused information about software vulnerability and threats associated with your normalized inventory based on Secunia-enriched data.

This dashboard includes data for all Secunia Advisory IDs (SAIDs) from the Secunia database, as well as the most critical and urgent Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure (CVEs) that are linked to the SAIDs, but does not include data for the entire CVE set from the National Vulnerability Database (NVD).

For more information about the Secunia advisories and how to understand that terminology, see About Secunia Advisories in the Software Vulnerability Research Help Library.

Important:This dashboard is available under an add-on entitlement and not part of the base IT Visibility product. To request this entitlement, contact your account representative.

Note:Not intended as a top-level starting point, the drill-down dashboards are typically shown as a result of drill-down choices.

Drilldown / Vulnerable Software Detail 

Shows additional details about Secunia Advisories in your environment based on Secunia-enriched data.

This dashboard lists deployed software with Secunia Advisories, vulnerabilities exploitable by malware, hardware products and devices with at-risk software installed, as well as locations, domains, and business services (when available) that are affected by the Secunia Advisories identified for software in your environment.

For more information about the Secunia advisories and how to understand that terminology, see About Secunia Advisories in the Software Vulnerability Research Help Library.

Important:This dashboard is available under an add-on entitlement and not part of the base IT Visibility product. To request this entitlement, contact your account representative.

Note:Not intended as a top-level starting point, the drill-down dashboards are typically shown as a result of drill-down choices.

IT Governance / Advanced Metrics  

Focused on KPIs/metrics themselves.

Insight to Action / End of Life 

The End of Life dashboard links viewing IT Visibility insights with the ability to take meaningful actions in AdminStudio (requires AdminStudio). Within the AdminStudio Report, you can quickly identify installed software titles that are past their end-of-life (EOL) date. You can then click a Request Update button for those EOL installations to automatically send a request to AdminStudio to update those packages on your organization's client devices.

Normalization / Normalization DQ Summary 

Shows at what level an asset is being normalized (for example: manufacturer, product, or version) and highlights potential data quality issues. The Normalization DQ Summary dashboard looks for data quality issues like duplicate device names and serial numbers, hardware normalization (data before and after), and other normalization statistics.

Search / Deployed Hardware Inventory 

Find hardware assets by specified criteria using dashboards dedicated for a search function.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Hardware Model 
Device Deployments 

Search / Deployed Software Inventory 

Find software assets by specified criteria using dashboards dedicated for a search function.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Software Version 
Software Installations 
Hardware Model 

Search / Device Search 

Find devices by specified criteria using dashboards dedicated for a search function.

Technology Currency / Hardware Lifecycle 

Provides summaries of key hardware lifecycle statistics for your IT estate. In addition to these summaries and other key hardware insights, the Hardware Lifecycle dashboard also shows the technology currency/lifecycle by hardware model, category, and manufacturer.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Hardware Model 
Hardware with Currency Risk 
Device Deployments 

Technology Currency / Hardware with Currency Risk 

Highlights end-of-life, obsolete, and soon to be obsolete hardware in greater detail.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Hardware Model 
Device Deployments 

Technology Currency / Operating Systems 

Highlights end-of-life, obsolete, and soon to be obsolete operating systems in greater detail. Key insights graph the OSes you have deployed by the year they become obsolete, the current OS version sprawl in your environment, and OS lifecycle/currency by hardware category.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Software Version 
Software Installations 
Device Deployments 

Technology Currency / Software Lifecycle 

Provides summaries of key software version and installation statistics for your IT estate. In addition to these summaries, the Software Lifecycle dashboard also shows the technology currency/lifecycle by software category and publisher. Key insights show at a glance which versions are approaching their end of life or obsolete dates and for which publishers you have the most versions deployed that are out of support.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Software Version 
Software Installations 

Technology Currency / Software Lifecycle Forecast 

Flexible, forward looking forecast of software lifecycle events.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Software Version 
Software Installations 

Technology Currency / Software with Currency Risk 

Highlights end-of-life, obsolete, and soon-to-be obsolete software applications in greater detail.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Software Version 
Software Installations 

Technology Rationalization / Hardware Sprawl 

All about version sprawl of the hardware devices in your environment.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Hardware Model 
Device Deployments 
Hardware Lifecycle 

Technology Rationalization / Software Sprawl 

All about version sprawl of the software in your environment.

This dashboard has drill-down links to the following built-in dashboards:

Software Version 
Software Lifecycle 

User-Created IT Visibility Dashboards and Folders

User-created dashboards appear in folder names that are specified when the dashboard is created.

Folder/Dashboard

Description

User-Created Folders  

User-created folders defined when a user creates a new dashboard. The dashboards appear in IT Visibility's Dashboards slideout when you click Change Dashboard. In addition to built-in dashboards, IT Visibility's Dashboards slideout also includes any custom dashboards you have created.

Users can create folders by using a dashboard naming syntax that expresses the dashboard name as follows:

foldername/dashboardname 

For example, typing the name, My Folder/Operating Systems Lifecycle, creates the dashboard Operating Systems Lifecycle in a folder named My Folder. When you create a new dashboard or a new dashboard folder, they are sorted ascending in the following order:

1. numerically
2. special characters
3. alphabetically.

Tip:Sorting of dashboards and dashboard folders follows Microsoft Excel conventions. That is, if you name your folder or dashboard with only digits, it will be treated as numbers rather than text and sorted before all other folders or dashboards.

Uncategorized  

User-created dashboards for which the user did not define a folder name are collected in the Uncategorized group.

Drill-Down Relationships and Connections Between Dashboards

IT Visibility dashboards are designed in an interconnected fashion that allows you to drill down deeper into the data insights in one dashboard by clicking to reveal more specific or detailed information about the data represented in that widget.

For instance, the Executive Summary dashboard includes the sorts of insights you would expect in a broad, high-level overview of your IT estate. It shows hardware and software portfolio summaries, lifecycle/currency graphics for hardware and software lifecycle data, and so forth. If, in the Hardware Portfolio Summary, you click the number of Obsolete Devices, IT Visibility drills down into that number by showing the Hardware with Currency Risk dashboard from the Technology Currency group. This dashboard shows more information, context, and detail about hardware models, devices, and manufacturers in your IT estate that are at risk.

Note:Clicking on the insights in a particular dashboard frequently opens the drill-down dashboard for that data and also filters the data in the resulting dashboard depending on the element in the insight that you originally clicked.

The following graphic maps the drill-down relationships between built-in dashboards.

Custom dashboards created based on the built-in dashboards initially inherit the drill-down relationships present in the dashboard on which they were based. Subsequent changes to your custom dashboards may alter these connections.