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At the beginning of our current release, the Viewpoint engineering team decided to split itself into multiple cross-functional, self governing scrum teams. Each team consists of 5-10 members that are able to perform all the functions needed to produce working software: from design to development to test.  The Delta Force scrum team was focused on updating Viewpoint to support new Teradata 14.0 database features.  This article talks about some of our challenges and successes in transitioning to a more agile, scrum oriented team.

Teradata is pleased to announce the official release of Teradata Viewpoint 13.12 effective August 26th, 2011.

The System Health Equation in Teradata Viewpoint is an excellent way to quickly evaluate the overall health of a Teradata Database system.  The equation can incorporate metrics surrounding a variety of aspects of the system, including CPU, skew, AWTs, disk space, query activity, and node and VPROC status.

We only have a single Viewpoint system and I've had less than stellar success getting the PDK sample Viewpoint instance up and running and I need the ability to test changes to an existing in-use portlet. What steps do I need to follow to install a second instance of a portlet on a Viewpoint server?

The Query Band tab in the Query Monitor Detail View is grayed-out. What activates this tab? Which underlying table(s) store the Query Band attribute?

Thanks in advance!

We are receiving alerts from Viewpoint with no problem, however, the information being passed is not completely helpful just from the alert message. Is there anyway to change what is passed back in the message? SesNum is helpful but HoteID and ReqNum are useless. It would be great to get a UserName somewhere.

Thanks,

Just a quick blog to provide a status on current and future browser support for Teradata Viewpoint.

There are a number of resources for training and guidance on Teradata Viewpoint. Each of which has a summary below and the location where the resource can be found. For documentation, refer to http://developer.teradata.com/viewpoint/reference for the Teradata Viewpoint Configuration Guide and Teradata Viewpoint User Guide.

Please refer to the following Viewpoint article for Teradata Manager feature transitions to Viewpoint: http://developer.teradata.com/viewpoint/articles/teradata-manager-where-is-that-in-viewpoint
Please refer to the following Viewpoint article for Viewpoint performance considerations. http://developer.teradata.com/viewpoint/articles/teradata-viewpoint-performance-considerations

Is there any support for Siteminder/Pubcookie style external authentication for Viewpoint rather than using LDAP? If not, are there any plans for integrating this kind of functionality?

Yet another blog in the series of cool Viewpoint features. This blog however combines Viewpoint cool features with a basis on a true customer analysis success story. The resulting customer feedback was that Viewpoint allowed much quicker problem analysis and resolution.

We recently upgraded to the latest verison of Viewpoint 13.11 and have gone through to set up alerts. I have set up an email alert action and have successfully tested it from viewpoint. However, any alerts that use email are not sending alerts. Also, placing values in the dbcmngr.alertrequest table does not send an email either.

Hello all. This blog discusses the recent release of support for both Teradata TD2 and LDAP authentication mechanisms in Teradata Viewpoint. Support for Teradata TD2 and LDAP authentication mechanisms was made available in the Teradata Viewpoint 13.11.00.04 patch release.

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My customer is asking me for a localized 'confirmation box' with german 'Yes/No' buttons
to be used in the portlet I developed.

The standard javascript 'confirm' box does not offer 'Yes/No' buttons.

There are a number of factors that contribute to performance aspects of Teradata Viewpoint and enough to warrant an article on this subject. So if you are looking for improved Viewpoint responsiveness and snappier portlet refreshes, consider the aspects covered in this article.

Can anyone give me details of how the canary query frequency works in viewpoint?

The issue I'm having is that we want to measure response times for all workloads using the canary queries in viewpoint. I can get it to work for short and medium queries, but our long workload can have very long delays, often over an hour (I know this isn't good for the users, but that's how it is!).

I want to run a canary query in this workload every 15 minutes. The problems I have are:

1) A new canary query doesn't start running whilst one is in progress (i.e. in the delay queue)

Overview

Personal Workspace Template is a demo portlet application that allows business users and developers to easily allocate a private Workspace (i.e. a database) within a Teradata System. Using this self service portlet, a user can create a database, upload comma separated values (.CSV) data to begin analysis of their data – all within 5-10 minutes.

This guide explains how to install and configure the Personal Workspace Template portlet and its utilities.

Has anyone had any issues with false alerts. We are currently on 13.10 and have an alert setup for systemhealth = or worse than down and received and alert yet the database was up.

Teradata is pleased to announce the official release of Teradata Viewpoint 13.11 effective December 17th, 2010. The fourth release of Viewpoint in 2010!

The Teradata Viewpoint team is often asked how do I do this Teradata Manager function in Viewpoint? Although Teradata Viewpoint is fairly intuitive and offers excellent on-line help, it seemed worth creating an article related to this subject to accomplish two things.

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Today in Viewpoint, one has two options for viewing of session/query information. The MyQueries portlet allows a user to see their queries even for varying Teradata logins across different Teradata systems. There is also the Query Monitor portlet that allows one to see all the queries on a system with various sorting and filtering options.

Teradata is pleased to announce the official release of Teradata Viewpoint 13.10 effective August 27th, 2010.

The primary focus of this Viewpoint release is the "Workload Designer" portlet for Teradata Active System Management (TASM) / workload management configuration. The Workload Designer portlet is an addition to the TASM Portlets bundle joining the Workload Health and Workload Monitor portlets introduced with the Teradata Viewpoint / TASM Portlets 13.02 release in January 2010. 

Hello EMB developers,

The deadline for our project is very close and we still don't have 'EMB' running successfully.
Additionally we need to make the following changes to the EMB code:

- Use ';' as the CSV seperator instead of ','
- Change the name of the database 'DB_Sandbox_Users' to 'DWH_AnalyticalSandbox'
- Change the name of the admin_user ‘DB_Sandbox_Admin’ to ‘ADM_GKV_EMart’.

We have an idea how to make the changes in the EMB code,
but we are getting all kinds of java exceptions while using the 'DataUploadPortlet'.

The Teradata Viewpoint 13.03.00.04 patch bundle is available on the patch server effective June 28th, 2010. We don't normally publish Viewpoint articles on patch releases but this one has some significance worth noting so please read on.

The Viewpoint 13.03.00.04 patch release addresses three items worth mentioning.

Thank you for your interest in the Personal Workspace Template (previously known as the Elastic Mart Builder). This template was developed as example code to demonstrate the power of the Teradata Viewpoint PDK and sandboxing capabilities.

Welcome back to the series of blogs on cool Viewpoint features. Hopefully by now, you've heard about the Teradata "time travel" feature called rewind. Rewind allows one to easily and seamlessly view portlet data and interactions by going back in time for analysis, comparison, or just general reporting.

The following tutorial is a guide on how to implement the Viewpoint DataGrid Widget.  In this example we will show how the DataGrid Widget was incorporated into the Widgetopia Portlet.  The actual source code can be found in the Widgetopia Portlet supplied with the PDK starting from version 13.03.

Personal Workspace Template aka Elastic Marts Builder has been discontinued.  For further information check here.

So you have Viewpoint installed and you are logged in for the first time, a blank Viewpoint pane stares back at you ... Now what?

Hey everyone,

I'm in the midst of creating a new Viewpoint article discussing getting started with Viewpoint and what portlets are most often used as a starting dashboard for various Teradata user roles. So questions like, "if I was to share Viewpoint with our Business Users, which portlets would I want to allow them to use?" or "As a DBA, what are the most logical portlets to start with?". So the article is going to try and provide some insight for those whom have questions like that.

Teradata is very pleased to announce the official release of Teradata Viewpoint 13.03 effective March 12th, 2010.

The main theme of this Viewpoint release is Teradata Manager feature equivelence but there's much more!

A bug fix patch for Elastic Marts Builder (version 0.9.1) is now available.  This release addresses an installation issue and various issues with file validation.  You can download the latest version here.

First off, my apologies on slacking in my series of blogs on cool Viewpoint features. Was the last one really November? Spilt milk at this point, so let's get to it. One of the key considerations to Viewpoint development planning is "ease of use" and the desire to make Viewpoint as intuitive as possible.

This guide explains how to install and configure the Elastic Marts Builder portlet and its utilities.

Teradata is very pleased to announce the official release of Teradata Viewpoint 13.02 effective January 8th, 2010!

We have begun discussions on the next candidate products for transition to Teradata Viewpoint. As you may already know, complete feature equivalence of Teradata Manager and Teradata Dynamic Workload Manager (TDWM) in Viewpoint will be realized in 1H2010.

The Hello portlet demonstrates the simplest functional portlet that you can build. It has a simple, one-page design. When you add this portlet to your page, it prints the text "Hello, " followed by your portal username.

The first thing that we want to do is replace the summary view with our own content. Our Hello portlet is going to display "Hello, user!", where user is the user's portal login name. Since this is a Model-View-Controller (MVC) application, we need to make changes in each of these three areas. 

A preferences form allows the user to customize some aspect of a portlet instance. A portlet instance is a portlet that has been added to a page by a user. If a user adds the same portlet to a page twice, there will be two instances of the same portlet on the page. Each instance remembers its own preferences.

The following article describes how to fetch session data from the cache database and display it in a table.

The following article describes how to generate the SkewedSessions project.

A throbber is a visual indication of activity within the portlet, similar to the hourglass cursor in a Windows application. It "throbs" to notify the user that the portlet is in the middle of an activity and might be temporarily unresponsive.

The following article describes how to create the view in the DynamicQuery portlet.

A model is a java class that contains data. A model doesn't have to implement any specific interface or extend any specific class. However, we recommend that you extend the BaseModel class.

Teradata recommends using the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern for developing custom portlets.

In your application, you want to create a java class that will hold all of your preferences. This java class can be any POJO object. This class will be the command object (or backing class) for your form. You should design this class so that it is easy to access the preferences from the preference form.