Xtraction FAQ: How It Can Help Your Enterprise

Xtraction offers multiple benefits to enterprises using multiple IT management tools. With Xtraction, data produced by those tools can be consolidated and transformed into customized dashboards and reports. Herewith, a brief overview of Xtraction and what it can do.

  • What is Xtraction?

    Xtraction is an interactive status reporting and dashboard solution that allows the right information to be presented to the right staff via easily understood, actionable summaries and reports.  With Xtraction, even non-technical end-users can quickly create and design interactive dashboards and reports via a visual, drag-and-drop interface, then share with other users, administrators, executives, auditors, and other constituencies.

  • What are the benefits of Xtraction?

    Xtraction offers an easy-to-use and intuitive interface which requires minimal education.Its drag-and-drop approach minimizes the time and effort needed to design, create, and distribute dashboards and reports tailored for specific audiences.

    Dashboard drill-down features allow users to access precisely the levels of information they need, without the help of technical staff. Out-of-box adapters connect to many popular management applications and include pre-mapped tables and fields, to ease and speed consolidation and manipulation of the data sources users choose. And Xtraction installs quickly and requires minimal computing resources, for rapid time to value and return on investment (ROI).

  • Who can benefit from Xtraction?

    With Xtraction, users can transform data trapped within application databases into useful, business-oriented dashboards and reports. Benefits span multiple constituencies, within and beyond IT. Examples include your help desk, change management, asset management, and operations teams, as well as auditors, senior management, and business users.

  • Who can access Xtraction?

    Xtraction is accessible to any authorized user with an Internet connection and Web browser software. Xtraction is also available for the iPad from the Apple App Store.

  • How do I create a dashboard with Xtraction?

    Creating a dashboard is done by choosing one of the pre-defined formats, then simply selecting the desired data components and dragging them into the dashboard. Those components can be charts or grids, and can be displayed in grouping or date-oriented formats. Anyone who can use a mouse can create a dashboard with Xtraction in only minutes.

  • Can I save a dashboard and allow other users to access it?

    Yes, you can save dashboards into private or shared folders. These folders can also be secured so they can only be accessed by authorized users.

  • Does Xtraction allow me to interact and drill-down through the dashboard?

    Yes, you can interact with dashboard components, see values and record lists. You can also cross-filter components within the context of selected values within the dashboard. This enables detailed analysis of and drill-down into the underlying data.

  • Does Xtraction display real-time information?

    Yes, each time you access a dashboard Xtraction will re-acquire the required data from your chosen source or sources.

  • Is there an ability to automatically refresh the dashboard?

    Yes, there is an auto-refresh function that can be set to update the dashboard at intervals ranging from one minute to 10 minutes. There is also a manual refresh button, and an option of having multiple dashboards automatically refresh and cycle through their displays.

  • Can I display data from multiple systems in the same dashboard?

    Yes, and even on the same charts within a dashboard.

  • Can data be displayed based on Date and Time?

    Yes, the Date/Time selection list quickly allows you to choose many pre-set time periods.  Pre-sets range from Last 10 Minutes through Days, Weeks, and Months, as well as Last Year and This Year. You can also build dashboards with dynamic dates, such as Last Week, This Week, and Next Month. These options enable you to build dashboards that always display data in the context of your selected ranges without requiring readjustment whenever a time period changes. Xtraction also makes it easy to “hard code” specific date ranges.

  • Can I display comparative data from different time lines?

    Yes, information with different time lines can be displayed on the same chart.

  • Can I export the dashboard components?

    Yes, a variety of popular formats are available for the export of dashboards and/or selected components and record lists. You can even save a screen shot of complete and partial dashboards.

  • Can I export information from the dashboards?

    Yes. Depending upon the component involved, you can export selected information into HTML, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Microsoft Office file formats, or as a screenshot image.

  • Can I export dashboards to reports?

    Yes. The Document Designer function allows multiple dashboard components to be exported to your pre-defined Microsoft Word template. That template can be pre-built with titles, logos, corporate branding, a table of contents, and other elements, then loaded into Xtraction to have the dashboard components populate it whenever an export is generated.

  • Can I build and export reports as well?

    Yes. The Document Designer function allows multiple components to be placed into a document that can then be exported to various formats. You can also enter raw SQL queries to generate custom reports that can then be formatted as desired for export.

  • Can I schedule reports?

    Yes. You can instruct Document Designer to produce specific preconfigured reports at specific times.

  • How do I learn more?

    For a more detailed look at Xtraction and its capabilities, as well as access to the Xtraction data sheet, an introductory video, and a white paper, please visit the Xtraction page. While there, you can also request a free trial, to experience the power and benefits of Xtraction in your own environment. And of course, you can also simply contact your Ivanti representative.