To help the IT function better understand the data it generates, real-time IT management specialist ManageEngine today took the wraps off its new self-service IT analytics solution, Analytics Plus.
"One of the things that we've realized and our customers have realized is that, ironically, as big data has become a major talking point and major point of interest for customers, IT has lagged in that area in terms of using analytics solutions to better understand and optimize IT management," says Raj Sabhlok, president of ManageEngine, a division of Zoho.
"This announcement that we're making is a reflection of that," Sabhlok says. "IT probably generates the most machine data, yet has spent probably the least amount of time analyzing that data. That led to our realization and our customers' requirement to get a better handle on that machine data or infrastructure data so IT can make better decisions."
The problem, Sabhlok says is too many organizations use too many IT tools to run their business. The tools may support IT users, infrastructure and business applications, but the data (and all the data formats) created by those tools are stored in silos. Getting at that data for visibility and insight often requires complex or expensive tools that need to be customized by experts.
Where's the payoff?
"Most companies want the IT analytics payoff, but few want to pay the steep IT analytics price," adds Sridhar Iyengar, vice president of ManageEngine. "We know IT management and how to make it both powerful and simple. We know IT admins, managers, CIOs and CEOs and what they expect in analytics-driven insights. And we know business intelligence and analytics thanks to the 10 years our sister division, Zoho.com, has spent refining those technologies, which we're leveraging in Analytics Plus."
Sabhlok notes Analytics Plus is designed for mid- to large-sized organizations and integrates with various data sources and tools. It can be installed and configured in minutes, and features a drag-and-drop visual studio for creating dashboards.
Features include the following:
- Data blending, analytics and statistics. Analytics Plus lets you perform cross-data analytics and offers a "look up" model to merge different data sets using common fields. It provides pre-built analytical functions and an excel-like formula engine with an extensive library of mathematical and statistical functions.
- Visual presentation and analysis. You can create reports and dashboards that include charts, widgets, KPI metrics, pivot tables and tabular view components. The dashboards let users visually slice-and-dice data, drill down into details and change the appearance using different chart types and pre-defined templates.
- A single tool for unifying insights from various data sources.The Analytics Plus architecture lets users analyze data from a variety of data sources including spreadsheets, files and feeds, relational and non-relational databases, applications and Web APIs.
- Sharing and collaborative working. Users can securely share reports and dashboards with others. Dashboards can be embedded in websites, intranets and other Web apps for wider access with fine-grained control.
- Work seamlessly across Web and mobile. An Analytics Plus mobile app for Android and iOS tablets allows users to access and interact with the reports and dashboards they've already created.
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