Based upon the discussions in this article, the core question still stands – what dashboard technologies should I use and when? The first step is to identify the actual dashboard requirements for the organization:

We want dashboards” – isn’t quite sufficient for requirements. Specifically we’re looking for items like:

 

1) The goal is to provide  NOC dashboard

2) We want a C-level dashboard

3) We want our application owners to have custom dashboards for their apps

4) We need to know if we are meeting our service level agreements

 

As a next step, I recommend working from here: (subset taken from http://www.windowsitpro.com/content1/topic/operations-manager-dashboards/catpath/systems-management/page/2)


Swiss Army Approach

No single Operations Manager dashboard solution includes all the information you might want in a dashboard (e.g., state integration, service-level tracking, charts, gauges). Using dashboards in Operations Manager is much like using a Swiss Army knife: A variety of options let you integrate different dashboard solutions.

Table 1 summarizes the services provided by the dashboard technologies that I discuss in the article.

Table 2 summarizes the options available for integrating these dashboard solutions, including their functionality.

Operations Manager 2007 has numerous options for robust dashboard functionality. Which dashboard options you choose will vary depending on your organization’s requirements. For more information about using Operations Manager dashboards, see the Learning Path.”


When you add to the 3rd party solutions from Silect and Bay Dynamics that adds more options to the table that need to be assessed. My overall recommendation however is still the same. We identify what the requirements are, compare that with the tools available and choose the right tool (or tools) required to meet the business requirements.

Summary: Do you want to know what dashboard technologies to use for OpsMgr? Determine the business’ requirements for dashboards, assess them compared to the options available above and use the right tool (or tools) to meet the requirements.