What are the most popular (tech) dashboards?

Last month we conducted a survey to find out what were the popular dashboards people were using. Yes, it was not the best time of the year to do this, but we were able to reach a reasonable sample size of 57 in the end. (Thanks to our friends at Ubuntu for promoting the survey.)

The goal of the survey was to find out what the most popular tech dashboards that people actually are using on their office walls and here are the results:

Dashboard Survey 2016

(I’ve uploaded the data to Plotly, so you can explore it yourself here.)

Here are some observations:

  • A lot of people use multiple dashboards. One user reported using six different tech dashboards. On average, people use two dashboards.
  • Grafana is much more popular than I expected. My gut feeling tells me that next year it will have become even more popular and a dominant number one.
  • I’m surprised by the popularity of Kibana Dashboard.
  • My gut feeling tells me that a number of users have switched to Grafana from New Relic and Nagios.
  • People who use Zabbix are most likely to only use Zabbix whereas users that are using say Grafana are likely to use multiple dashboard software.

From the perspective of Screenly, it looks like we have a bit of work to do. One of our vision is to make it the go-to for displaying dashboards in a cost-effective and convenient way using just a Raspberry Pi.

Here’s a current support in Screenly for the top four most popular dashboards:

  • Grafana: Currently not supported due to authentication issues. This is outlined in this Github issue. We hope to be able to carve out some resources in the near future and contribute to the project.
  • Kibana Dashboard: Supported depending on your authentication setup. We are looking to add support for Basic Authentication in the near future with Screenly’s paid version (already added in Screenly OSE).
  • Nagios: Already supported. You can read more about that here. This will be improved with added support for Basic Authentication.
  • New Relic: Already supported. You can read more about that here. There’s definitely room for improvement, and we hope to work on this in the future.

Thank you for everyone who have participated in the survey!

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Written by Viktor Petersson
CEO and Co-founder of Screenly. Viktor loves taking ideas and turning them into products and services. You can frequently find him on the speaking circuit around the globe. He spent a big part of his adult life as a digital nomad. Viktor is also passionate about DevOps and IoT security. You can find Viktor on Twitter under @vpetersson.
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