Are you tracking your network’s KPIs?

WebNMS | April 19, 2013 | 2 min read
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Deriving actionable business intelligence from the network is critical to improving network profitability and meeting SLAs. An important factor in managing & optimizing networks is to define, measure and quickly analyze the right Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The KPIs are visual cues that indicate the network performance and help you make better informed decisions faster.

As a senior manager, you do not derive value from the overwhelming information about jitters, alarms and through-put. You need to focus on more wholistic & forward looking metrics that represent the complete network or just the key customer segment or maybe even a region depending on your business priorities. Needless to say, clearly defined KPIs help you detect performance degradation and fix problems before it impacts customer SLAs.

With WebNMS’ network management framework you can now build KPI Scorecards for your network in a single console.  If you are already tracking KPIs, you no longer need to manually collate and analyze large complex data sets in multiple spreadsheets or export data to commercial tools that would mash up the data for you. WebNMS allows you to quickly & easily define your network KPIs right there helps you track & analyze the network performance.

KPI Scorecard- Screenshot

Sample KPI Scorecard

The KPIs not only helps you see and understand data easily but enables you to align the performance with the set goals. The most important aspect is that the insightful metrics improve the speed & quality of the data-driven decisions multi-fold. Looking at the KPIs you can now quickly find out how the network is performing and concentrate on your core responsibilities.

KPIs are often complex metrics, derived from multiple individual metrics to provide more business value. Built over deep industry experience and insights, WebNMS offers generic network management KPIs for the network managers and allows you to define your own business/domain specific KPIs.

For instance, you can now track if your average fault resolution time has improved, analyze the network utilization over a period or even detect the vendors whose devices are more faulty.  If you want to track the network profitability or do a cost to utilization analysis, you could simply link up numbers from finance & accounting or sales servers. And all this is readily available for you in easy-to-read dashboards.