Snapshot gauges are a powerful way to automatically store historical data, so you can start identifying trends over time that ultimately lead to better business decisions. 
 
There are 2 ways to create Snapshot Gauges:


1. Creating a Snapshot Gauge from Scratch

While logged into BrightGauge, click on the green "+" on the top right-hand corner of the screen and select "Gauge". 
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Once a gauge is generated, you are navigated to the "Pick A Dataset" page, where you are prompted to choose the desired dataset that the gauge will be built from. Using the drop-down menus, you must first choose a "Datasource" and then the desired "Dataset". When clicking on the datasets, you are given a brief description of each including its configurations and a preview of each field it pulls in. (For more information on datasets, please feel free to refer to these articles.)
 
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Once the desired dataset has been chosen, click on the blue "Continue" button on the bottom right-hand corner to move on.  

By default the gauge is set to "Table Gauge", but you can easily change this by clicking on the Snapshot Gauge type icon. (Hovering over the icons provides the names of each for reference.)

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Snapshot Gauges are number gauges that display the saved values on a plot line. Because of this they only use a Measure and Filters. 

Once you add a column to measure you will see the current value displayed in the top right corner of the gauge.

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Snapshot Value data will be captured on the interval you schedule so you won't see the trend line when creating your first Snapshot gauge.

After you configured the Data Settings for your gauge, you can set the Snapshot schedule in Design Settings. 

To access the Design settings page, in the gauge builder, click on the "Design" option under the BrightGauge logo on the top left of the screen.

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Scroll down to Snapshot settings and click on "Schedule" to set the desired interval.
Currently, we offer Daily, Weekly or Monthly snapshots along with the ability to choose a time frame of Morning or Evening. 

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Once the schedule is set click save to name your gauge and start the snapshot process.

 

2. Converting a Number gauge into a Snapshot Gauge

Another way to create Snapshots is to convert an existing number gauge. 
While logged into BrightGauge, click on the "Gauges" menu item select "Number" from the chart type to view all your number gauges. 
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Now you can select the Number Gauge you wish to convert to a Snapshot Gauge. Click the desired gauge to open the gauge builder. Once inside the builder all you need to do is change the gauge type to "Snapshot"
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After converting to a Snapshot Gauge be sure to save as new copy of the gauge if you want to keep the existing number gauge as-is. 

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It's that easy! After a while, you’ll be able to look at your snapshot and easily make comparisons, notice any patterns or issues, and ultimately make better decisions.
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