Sure, compared to appmon there are quite a few features missing in regards to dashboarding, a lot has happend in die latest versions though.
The RFE is 9 months old, but only has as many votes. If you come across missing features vote for it! That helps the PMs with priorization.
Nobody will kill you for that. In some specific scenarios we'd even advise you to do so. If you for instance wanted to build highly custom reports, you may consider leveraging our dedicated APIs. Nevertheless, for the 80 percent use cases, Dynatrace dashboards will suffice.
Speaking of APIs, we have major improvements in the pipeline in that regard as well!
There was an obvious divide between AppMon's and Dynatrace's dashboarding capabilities in the past. This was a deliberate shift of paradigms. In the last couple of months we did introduce a number of important features to Dynatrace dashboards and have some big ones coming up in the next couple of months.
Following Mike's and Patrick's lead, please leave your feedback in the dashboard section of the forum, so we don' miss any of your input: https://answers.dynatrace.com/spaces/483/dynatrace-product-ideas/idea/181318/planned-enhancements-fo...
Significant limitations should already be a thing of the past and I'd even predict that in 6 to 9 months from now, your evaluation will have shifted completely. That should be something to look forward to.
Things have evolved since our last statement. We'll introduce a possibility to "subscribe" to metrics/request attributes of a multidimensional analysis chart to have that subscribed metric available for charting and on dashboards. This might come to the product as early as end of Q2 this year.
This use case has been covered using the Custom Metrics:
Once you create your MDA, you have the possibility to click on "Custom Metric". Once it is created, you can put it on a dashboard. NOTE: Custom Metrics are limited and related to licenses. You can check how many of them you can create under your License Details.
In order to answer at all, via custom metrics we can create specifical query (with dimension and filters belong to selected metrics) or we can also use "markdown" directly into dashboard and copy/paste mda link.
It is true it exists a filter limitations into "mda" during the custom metric creation. For instance hierarchy filters, median aggregation.
However, it exists workaround you can by now use request attribute as filter and create your custom metrics, you can also create "mda" for database instance, and not forget the excellent data explorer it offers you new possibilities thanks to SLO and code tab !
You can create new metrics in that way and generate custom alerts too.
For tracking two level exists :
- At Application level (RUM : User actions) ==> Marked as Key user actions
- at Services level (Web requests) ==> Marked as Key Requests Monitor key requests | Dynatrace Documentation
About request attribute : it is used as key/value pairs that are associated with a particular service request (eg. capture metadata). You can for instance capture a specific parameter from a header request thanks to request attribute and apply as filter. But this operation would be limited to Process Group.
Moreover, if you want to track requests "flow" (one endpoint to another) , you can do it via Service Flow.
Hope it helps.