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Automated Reporting with RapDev's Datadog Reporter Integration

Go beyond real-time metrics. Discover why automated Datadog reporting unlocks critical insights for cloud infrastructure management.
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Team RapDev
December 9, 2020

Automated monitoring tools like Datadog are transforming the way organizations manage and improve their cloud infrastructure. That’s because the right reporting tools are enabling enterprises to leverage data for better drive decision-making and business planning, business continuity, and capacity planning.

While we’ve already covered why real-time telemetry and monitoring are critical for business leaders, it’s also essential that organizations use automated reporting as well. Analysing data over a longer period of time can generate unique insights that aren’t immediately apparent using real-time metrics.

With that said, let’s take a closer look at why long-term reporting is critical for monitoring and how RapDev’s Datadog Reporter integration makes reporting easier.

Why Automated Reporting Is Important For Monitoring

When most cloud engineers or SRE’s think of monitoring, they think of tracking key metrics in real-time. That’s why AIOps—using machine learning to generate insights from real-time data—is seeing massive adoption by enterprise organizations. There are many situations, however, where it’s more efficient to track trends over weeks or months using regularly scheduled reporting.

By viewing in-depth reports on a regular basis, engineering teams can identify broad trends that they likely wouldn’t get from real-time monitoring. For example, capacity planning requires monitoring network circuits or CPU consumption over a longer period of time, not in real-time. That way, sudden spikes or other temporary abnormalities aren’t a driving factor for large-scale infrastructure investments.

Moreover, with automated weekly or monthly reports, enterprises can save time when it comes to compiling, distributing, and reviewing metrics from a variety of on-premise and cloud infrastructure sources. Streamlining the preparation of reports is particularly important for enterprises using a comprehensive monitoring platform like Datadog, which could have dozens of dashboards tracking infrastructure, applications, logs, and more.

RapDev’s Datadog Reporter

RapDev recognized that Datadog focused on real-time metrics, so we wanted to expand these capabilities when it comes to sending reports directly from the platform, which is crucial for any advanced monitoring. That’s why we’ve built a Datadog Reporter integration that’s available on the Datadog marketplace.

Our integration allows users to automatically capture reports of Datadog dashboards and send them out at any interval to an unlimited group of emails with just a few clicks. Here’s a quick breakdown of our automated reporting solution.

  • Capture your reports

Using Datadog Reporter, you can schedule automated reports for any public or private Datadog dashboard. Once you log in to the integration’s configuration page, paste any Datadog dashboard URL to begin creating a new job.

The reports can be exported as a PDF before being sent to users and the emails will contain a link back to the Datadog dashboard itself for real-time tracking. Moreover, users can configure an unlimited number of jobs to distribute as many reports as they want.

  • Select the recipients

When you configure a job, you can choose as many receipt emails or email distribution lists as you want. This ensures all stakeholders have access to critical information collected by Datadog.

  • Choose a cadence

You can choose to have reports sent at whichever frequency makes sense for your dashboards and teams. This includes the option for hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly automated reporting intervals.

  • View from any device

Every recipient will receive an email with the report attached and a link back to the dashboard within Datadog. These reports can be conveniently reviewed on any device, whether it’s mobile, desktop, web, and more.

Coming Soon

While users can currently view and manage their reports in a new dashboard within Datadog, we’re planning on integrating our reporter directly into the Datadog platform soon. This will make automated reporting within Datadog even more straightforward and convenient.

Make Automated Reporting Easy

As you can see, reporting is an essential part of monitoring your IT infrastructure. While real-time monitoring can help you detect and prevent downtime and other issues, reporting can help you identify broader and longer-term trends. With our Datadog integration, you can easily automate reporting to generate insights that drive business decisions like capacity planning, resource consolidation efforts, and more.

If you want to set up automated reporting, you can find our integration in the Datadog marketplace here. You can also implement our other Datadog integrations, including our Office365 integration as well.

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