Businesses not only use Grafana to monitor traditional IT infrastructure data but also report much-needed operational data that various business teams use to get information on the day-to-day health of the business. Grafana’s dashboards help deliver relevant insights about business’ data in a beautiful, easy to read format.
With Grafana reporting, you can organize metrics and trends from dashboards and share them with your stakeholders or with your internal teams, who need them for making data-driven operational decisions in their everyday work.
Different teams use different names for metrics, so it is often necessary to handcraft the metrics for each project. So there are numerous steps involved if you want to see all of your metrics in one place. Creating multiple reports and sharing them regularly with your team/stakeholder is a tedious and time-consuming process.
There are better things to do than spending hours in front of the computer going through multiple data sources, looking up relevant data, combining it, updating, and then distributing that report to stakeholders. The major reason that companies choose to automate reports is to save time.
There are mainly 2 options when it comes to automating daily Grafana reporting –
In this article, we will deep dive into both of these options and go through their pros and cons.
Can Grafana generate reports?
Yes, but not in the open-source version. You can only generate reports if you have Grafana Cloud Pro or Advanced or in Grafana Enterprise versions.
How do I export a Grafana report? How often is a report generated in Grafana?
Grafana allows you to generate PDF reports from your dashboards and email them to stakeholders on a schedule. Scheduled reports can be sent once on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis, or even at custom intervals. you can configure company-wide report settings in the Settings tab on the reporting page. Grafana also lets you customise your reports
3 major components of grafana will help you implement and understand metrics: panels, dashboards, and reports.
The panel is the first and most important component in Grafana that represents data visualization. With a panel, you can create a graph/plot that visualizes the given metric or several metrics.
The dashboard is just a collection of different panels. Having a collection of different panels on a single dashboard will help you analyze related metrics together and understand how the business is doing.
You can then generate reports of these dashboards and share them with your stakeholders in a pdf format. This facility is available only in Grafana Cloud Pro and Advanced and in Grafana Enterprise.
You can configure template variables for the dashboard on the report page for each report. But this is only available in Grafana Enterprise version 7.5+. You can also include dynamic dashboards with panels or rows, set to repeat by a variable, into reports which are only available from Grafana Enterprise version 8.0+.
You can also attach a CSV file along with the PDF report email for the selected dashboard but this feature is available on Grafana Enterprise version 8.0+ provided you have installed an image rendering plugin.
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Only available in Grafana Enterprise version 7.2+, you can send your customised email reports to all your stakeholders. You can have your company logo displayed on the report pdf. You can also brand your reports email with your company logo in the header and add custom URL links to the header and footer.
While Grafana Enterprise offers some great benefits, it has a few limitations:
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Skedler helps you automate the process of generating professional quality reports and distribution to your stakeholders. You can use Skedler to generate multiple reports, customise each report with all the metrics you want to monitor and track and schedule to send these reports to stakeholders/team as per your requirement.
Next, we will take you through the process of configuring and generating reports with Skedler. The Grafana dashboard forms the basis of the scheduled report. Skedler will automatically discover all the existing Grafana dashboards for you. You just need to select one dashboard for your report.
You can schedule your reports to get generated daily, weekly or monthly or even for a custom time frame as per your requirement. You can also choose from a variety of report formats right from PDF, CSV to PNG or HTML
Fill in the respective information for the email channel or slack channel, and click save on the bottom right corner. You can customize who receives the report, subject, and message that accompanies the report.
To know more about Grafana reporting using Skedler, check this reporting guide
In this article, we have demonstrated how Grafana could be used for visualizing and tracking your organisation metrics. Grafana allows you to generate PDF reports from your dashboards and email them to stakeholders on a schedule. Grafana also lets you customise your reports. And although Grafana does reporting, it supports it only in enterprise versions and it is not very affordable.
Skedler on the other hand along with the flexibility in its reporting and many features like burst reporting, different distribution channels and error handling capabilities will help you create customized reports within a few clicks. It is easy, efficient and will not burn a hole in your pocket!
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