Dashboard Mania

Tim Lossen (wooga - world of gaming)
Velocity Culture Ballroom ABCD
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(2.33, 9 ratings)

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.

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Tim Lossen

wooga - world of gaming

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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Tim Lossen
06/29/2012 8:20am PDT

thank you very much for the explanation, jason. i sensed a certain confusion / hostility in the audience, but couldn’t really make sense of it until now.

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Jason Dixon
06/29/2012 6:14am PDT

Tim – Alas, I was one of the disappointed ones as well. I think the problem was that the abbreviated synopsis on the schedule mentioned nothing about Kafka pub/sub, which led to the expectation this talk was mostly about dashboards. Quite a few of us walked out during the middle of your presentation because the Kafka overview went on for quite a while with no signs of it ending. You are an excellent speaker and if I was remotely interested in Kafka I’m sure I would have stayed. In the end it was my loss (missing out on the end of your talk) due to a miscommunication in the talk description.

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Tim Lossen
06/27/2012 10:48pm PDT

sorry to hear that you were expecting something different.

like it says in the abstract: “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.”

so yes, it is more about the plumbing behind dashboards …..

Arie Kachler
06/27/2012 9:26pm PDT

The title of the talk was deceiving. There was almost nothing related to dashboards.

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