This page applies to: BrightGauge Enterprise, BrightGauge Enterprise+

Overview

This document provides information on Shapshot gauges in BrightGauge. Snapshot gauges enable you to track historical data over time. Data is collected daily, weekly, or monthly and plotted on a line chart. You can create a snapshot gauge as a new gauge or convert a number gauge into a snapshot gauge. Admin and Analyst users may create Snapshot gauges.

There are two ways to create Snapshot gauges:

Create a Snapshot Gauge from Scratch

To create a snapshot gauge from scratch:

  1. Select New Item > Gauge.

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  2. Select a Datasource and a Dataset. A description of the dataset, the dashboard sync frequency, and a list of al data fields used in the dataset are displayed.

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  3. Click Continue.

  4. Select the Snapshot Gauge format. Snapshot Gauges are number gauges that display the saved values on a plotline. Because of this they only use a Measure and Filters.

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  5. Click and drag fields from the Data panel on the left to add Measures and Filters to the gauge.

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  6. Select the Design tab. 

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  7. Click Schedule in the Schedule Settings section.

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  8. Select the data collection frequency and how many data points appear on the chart.

    Note: If you select monthly and the selected day falls outside of the month, the snapshot occurs on the last day of the month. For example, if you select ON THE 31ST, the snapshot occurs on the last day of the month for months with fewer than 31 days.

  9. Click SET to save the schedule.
  10. Click Save to save the gauge.

Convert a Number Gauge into a Snapshot Gauge

If you do not want to create a new snapshot gauge, you can easily convert an existing number gauge into a snapshot gauge.

To convert a number gauge into a Snapshot gauge:

  1. Select GAUGES from the top menu bar.

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  2. Select Number from the Type menu to view only number gauges.

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  3. Select the gauge to convert from the list.

  4. Click the Snapshot Gauge icon. The value in the gauge moves to the top-right corner of the gauge.
  5. Select the Design tab.
  6. Click Schedule in the Schedule Settings section.
  7. Select the data collection frequency and how many data points appear on the chart.

    Note: If you select monthly and the selected day falls outside of the month, the snapshot occurs on the last day of the month. For example, if you select ON THE 31ST, the snapshot occurs on the last day of the month for months with fewer than 31 days.

  8. Click SET to save the schedule.

  9. Click Save.

  10. Select Create a new copy of this gauge, leaving the current gauge as-is.

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  11. Enter a Gauge Name for the new gauge.
  12. Click Save.

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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