Welcome!

API Journal Authors: Liz McMillan, Rishi Bhargava, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Kevin Benedict

Blog Feed Post

Building custom monitor with Pentaho Kettle

free-website-monitoringMonitis open API and available collection of open source monitoring and management scripts provide nice possibility for finding solutions for monitoring your systems. Still there are many cases when you need a specific monitor and do not have or don’t want to spend much time on coding. That is the reason of presenting the very simple and easy way of building custom monitors with Pentaho Data Integration suite.

Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) – Kettle is a free, open source ETL (Extraction, Transformation and Loading) tool. Along with powerful data extract, transform and load capabilities, Kettle provides intuitive and rich graphical design environment – Spoon. Spoon is a fast and easy way for building applications without writing a code. Drag and drop interface allows to graphically construct transformations and jobs.

To start with Kettle we recommend the following tutorial, it is a help with installation and introduction to Spoon; PDI user guide and brief introduction to Kettle components.

In our article we want to present a very simple way of building custom monitor using Spoon. Moreover, our goal today will be monitoring of a business performance data opposite to usual system or application monitoring. Actually monitored data can be any information extracted from your database that needs to be shared and/or monitored. We’ll build a monitor that based on SQL query, will trace test table Orders, randomly populated with data, by order statuses. In this case number of orders grouped by current status (In Process, On Hold, Shipped and Cancelled) will act as metrics for our custom monitor.

To start, please, just have a look at Monitis API documentation. For creating custom monitor we need to implement the steps described below:

1.       Authentication – using Monitis API key and secret key (keys are available from your Monitis account: Tools->API) we need to get authentication token that will be used further for creating monitor and posting data.

For that, the following transformation

was created, using transformation steps listed below:

  to provide API url, API key, secret key and other request parameters for API calls
  HTTP request for Authentication token
  Json input for parsing result of Authentication token request
  and selection of needed parameter to be used later

 

After testing, we will implement small changes for converting created transformation to sub-transformation by simply adding Input and Output Specification as a start and end steps and removing info about API and secret key from parameters. This information will be provided in main transformations as an input for Authentication sub-transformation. Actually, we have created building block for our next steps which can be used in other transformation without any changes.

 

2.       Creating monitor

 

Here Data Grid steps are used for providing necessary input information:

  API key and secret key in User data, as an input for Authentication  sub-transformation
  monitor parameters
  and metrics description

User Defined Java Expression step and Group By step for constructing parameter list for create monitor API call:

All the parameters are grouped by the Join Rows “Add Monitor Param” step resulting as an input for Add Monitor HTTP Post request . Write to Log step is providing information on transformation execution results where Data field is the ID of created monitor and will be used in the next transformation.

 

3.       Posting metric results for custom monitor

As an input here along with the user data (API and secret keys) we have Custom Monitor ID – result of Create Monitor transformation and Table Input step, which will retrieve the necessary information from database.

HTTP Post step will execute API call for posting monitor data.

 

4.       Creating a job

The only thing left is just creating a simple job to run the transformation for posting metric results.

After test you can use any scheduler to run the created job using Pentaho Kitchen, a standalone command line process that can be used to execute jobs.

And here we can see our custom monitor on Monitis dashboard.

 

 

Using these simple transformations as a basis, you can create monitors by just changing input parameters and SQL query in Table Input step for retrieving metric data. Moreover, instead of Table Input step any other transformation Input, Utility, Lookup or Scripting step can be used as a source for monitored data. That will allow you to access relational and NOSQL databases and log files or data input of any format (CSV, JSON, XML, YAML, Excel, plain text …); to base monitor on script execution, Java classes or shell/process output; HTTP, REST and WSDL requests; fetch data from Google analytics account – just feel free to explore rich collection of Spoon transformation steps.

 

Share Now:del.icio.usDiggFacebookLinkedInBlinkListDZoneGoogle BookmarksRedditStumbleUponTwitterRSS

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Hovhannes Avoyan

Hovhannes Avoyan is the CEO of PicsArt, Inc.,

@ThingsExpo Stories
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
Video experiences should be unique and exciting! But that doesn’t mean you need to patch all the pieces yourself. Users demand rich and engaging experiences and new ways to connect with you. But creating robust video applications at scale can be complicated, time-consuming and expensive. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Zohar Babin, Vice President of Platform, Ecosystem and Community at Kaltura, will discuss how VPaaS enables you to move fast, creating scalable video experiences that reach your...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life sett...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...
Businesses are struggling to manage the information flow and interactions between all of these new devices and things jumping on their network, and the apps and IT systems they control. The data businesses gather is only helpful if they can do something with it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Witeck, Principal Technology Strategist at Citrix, will discuss how different the impact of IoT will be for large businesses, expanding how IoT will allow large organizations to make their legacy ap...
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
SYS-CON Events announced today the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp, being held November 1-2, 2016, in conjunction with 19th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp is not just based on presentations but with hands-on demos and detailed walkthroughs. We will introduce you to a variety of real world use cases prototyped using Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Spark, and Intel Edison. Y...
The vision of a connected smart home is becoming reality with the application of integrated wireless technologies in devices and appliances. The use of standardized and TCP/IP networked wireless technologies in line-powered and battery operated sensors and controls has led to the adoption of radios in the 2.4GHz band, including Wi-Fi, BT/BLE and 802.15.4 applied ZigBee and Thread. This is driving the need for robust wireless coexistence for multiple radios to ensure throughput performance and th...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - comp...
The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the protocols that communicate data and the emerging data analy...
“We're a global managed hosting provider. Our core customer set is a U.S.-based customer that is looking to go global,” explained Adam Rogers, Managing Director at ANEXIA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
According to Forrester Research, every business will become either a digital predator or digital prey by 2020. To avoid demise, organizations must rapidly create new sources of value in their end-to-end customer experiences. True digital predators also must break down information and process silos and extend digital transformation initiatives to empower employees with the digital resources needed to win, serve, and retain customers.
Smart Cities are here to stay, but for their promise to be delivered, the data they produce must not be put in new siloes. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mathias Herberts, Co-founder and CTO of Cityzen Data, will deep dive into best practices that will ensure a successful smart city journey.
Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, will compare the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, e...
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lea...