NetIQ Operations Center – Live Maps

Tobin Isenberg

By: Tobin Isenberg

November 1, 2013 11:09 am

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Our customers leverage Operations Center to visualize their enterprise many ways.  There are highly technical views that look like Visio drawings, there are high level views that show the health of Services and even other views that show business metrics such as Orders, transactions, trades, etc.  A common view is one that shows a map of the world, country or even a state map.   You set up a view (elements) of the high level starting point (world, continent, etc).  Then under there you create elements for the different parts of the map you wish to light up.  For instance, a parent element of United States and then children elements of Virginia, Florida, New York, etc.   After you have created the place holders, you can then correlate (link) elements from other views or adapters to cause them to change colors (IE: Map Georgia Red or Green based on specific elements from other views or adapters).    In some cases, you can set up match rules based on the IP address and have alerts/alarms automatically related to the particular region.

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Out of the box, Operations Center provides several maps, they are located under Administration, Graphics, Clipart.   When you set up a new view (IE: US East Coast), you go into Edit mode, clear the drawing and then while holding the Control Key, drag and drop the map you want from the Clipart library.   At this point the map is shown in the view, but the next step is to related elements to different parts of the map.

The most common way to light up the map is to use the flatten mode.  While in edit mode with a map in the background, click the arrow with the plus sign in the bottom left of the SVG/Layout edit toolbar.  This is “flatten mode”.  as you drag an element (IE: Virginia, Florida, etc) to the map, the different regions (states) highlight.  Once you find the appropriate location, let go of the mouse button.  By default the Palette automatically selects to use the condition of the element for fill (IE: make the state red when the element turns red).

If the flatten mode does not work (IE: doesn’t highlight the region you want as you drag an element over the map), you may have to right-click on the map, select Change Group via the right-click until you can click on that specific region of the map.  Once are able to, you can then drag and drop the element (IE: florida) to that selected area of the map.

If you do not find a map that you like in the library (or icons and nodestyles in general), I have googled:   SVG World Map (or whatever you are looking for), select “image” and then browse what is available.  There are thousands of SVG’s available for free on the web.   Just find the drawing you want, save it (download it, etc) as SVG.  Once you have it, when in Edit mode, you can choose File/Open to bring it in.  It does clear the drawing, so be careful when you use File/Open of an SVG.   In some cases you may want to add it to the clip art (Add Element, Edit mode, File/Open).

When you have added a map, you can add other clip art and/or manually drawn items to the map such as pinpoints, text, etc.  You can add additional things to the map to provide more information, Legend, make the map nicer looking, etc.

MexicoMapExample

One other useful thing to consider.  I was looking for a world map the other day.  Some maps have many, many colors which are not useful if you are trying to light up regions of the map for condition.  You will need to change all the colors in order to not draw away from condition colors showing up.   Anyways, I found a nice skeleton of a map, but all the countries were black filled for some reason.   Not sure why they built it that way, but I File/Open’ed it anyways.  While in edit mode, I then did Control+A to select all.  I then clicked in the palette to change the fill color to a softer tan type color.  I also change the line color from black to a gray’ish color to soften the map a little.  This method (Control+A) was useful because it changed all of them at the same time.  Depending on the way the SVG map was built, you may or may not be able to do it this way.  If this doesn’t work, you will need to either use flatten mode or Change Group to select the individual region, then change it’s background color.

I hope that you found this posting useful, please feel free to post questions or comments.

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