Introducing the new Reference Aggregation View

12 May 2016

by Kristian Helgesen

Based on the data you already have in Ardoq, our new view lets you aggregate references into composite components.

We needed to get an overview of both the data flow between systems, as well as the relation to Master Data entities. When everything was rendered as a simple graph where everything was nodes and arrows, it was not always easy to see the bigger picture. This new view allows you to aggregate components, and thus separates the two distinct concerns – data flows are rendered as arrows, and data ownership is rendered within the components.

Component in Ardoq

This is the first visualization that lets you group or aggregate components in Ardoq.

Aggregation will eventually become a top level function in Ardoq, and will have a huge impact on how you can visualize, navigate and present the data you have stored in Ardoq. As a start we have implemented aggregation on a single view to gain experience with it, and to get customer feedback.

Example 1 – Master Data

The simple example below shows Master Data ownership and usage within the components, as well as integrations between systems as the references between the components.

Important Aspects

The view gives insight into the two important aspects at the same time: how are things integrated, and which data entities belong where.

To achieve this we need to tell the visualization to aggregate all references going into the Master Data workspace:

Aggregate Outing References

Example 2 – Infrastructure

Another example is when you’re looking at infrastructure, and want to show how your applications are deployed.

Internal LB

This view can for instance be used to make sure the applications that need to reach each other actually are able to connect. To configure this perspective, select to aggregate all incoming relations from Application Service workspace of type “Runs On”:

Aggregate Incoming References

This was just two simple examples of what this new view can show you. The visualization is now rolled out to all Ardoq instances, so give it a try, and don’t hesitate to shout out if you need some help getting started!