Wooga has always been numbers-driven, but last year putting core metrics up on dashboards really took off in our office. It all started with a laptop sitting on top of a filing cabinet that displayed a single number: how many people are currently playing Happy Hospital ?
But other teams picked up the idea, and soon a keen competition for the coolest dashboard developed …. so now we have around fifteen custom-made information radiators all over the walls.
In this talk, I give practical advice on both the hardware (like PandaBoard) and software side of creating custom dashboards. After an overview of available tools, I explain how we harness Apache Kafka as the backbone of our shared tracking infrastructure and why this setup makes implementing custom dashboards almost trivially easy.
Last but not least, I present a number of cool real-life examples—from the giant “Stats Board” in our lobby, to “Magic Land Faces”, “Superglobe” and our awesome “Money Clock”—which will hopefully infect you with instant dashboard mania as well.
Tim works as backend engineer at Wooga, the third biggest social game developer with more than 30 million unique players per month. He lives in Berlin with his girlfriend and two lovely little daughters. In his spare time he can be found down in the basement, hacking on open source hardware projects like the Evercube .
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