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Understanding reports, report packages, and reporting objects

This topic describes the types of reports, report packages, and reporting objects that are available in

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Report types

 

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  • Built-in reports: These reports are delivered with 

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  • Ad hoc reports (also called custom reports): These reports are model-based reports in which the data, presentation type (chart or table), filter criteria, data items to display, and data grouping and sorting are all customizable. For information about creating ad hoc reports, see Creating ad hoc reports.

Report packages

BMC Decision Support for Server Automation includes report packages that combine the data model and a set of built-in reports that are created by using that model. Report packages include folders for results data, objects, and other elements that are exposed when you select a package.

When you open Query Studio or Report Studio, the left panel displays the following report packages:

  • BladeLogic: Contains built-in reports that are arranged in a hierarchical tree structure. For more information, see BladeLogic report package.
  • BladeLogic KPI: Includes data elements used in the built-in Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reports. You can use these data elements to create custom KPI reports.
    For more information about KPI reports, see KPI Dashboard reports.

    Warning

    Do not modify the templates that the built-in reports use because any modifications in the templates can result in corrupted reports.

BladeLogic report package

The BladeLogic report package, which is available from Query Studio or Report Studio, displays folders for results data, objects, and other elements. The folders are organized in a way that is specific to each domain group. For information about launching Query Studio or Report Studio, see Creating reports with Query Studio or Creating reports with Report Studio

The BladeLogic report package folders are called domain groups (or domains). Each domain group contains individual query subjects, which contain query items (data items) that you can add to your report to define the report columns. The following example shows the contents of the Job Activity domain. For information about domains, see Understanding data domains in the BladeLogic report package.

Note

For information about query items, see the "Query items and query subjects in the BMC BladeLogic data model" Excel sheet at PDFs.



Reporting objects

You use the following types of reporting objects to create reports: 

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Object

Query subject: Represents a table in the database

Attribute: Represents a column of qualitative data in the database, such as operating system name

Dimension: Represents a group of descriptive data about a major aspect of a business, such as product or date

Measure: Represents a column of quantitative data in the database, such as time

Filter: Enables you to filter query items

Folder: Enables you to organize query subjects

Related topic

Understanding data domains in the BladeLogic report package

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