Inspiration

Collaborating with DevOps and interacting with them for creating dashboards, an idea came into my mind that APIs are sources of data. If we can turn the data generated from API into relational data then we can use BI tools to create the dashboards which will be more powerful than the custom ones.

What it does

BI tools act as a front end to complement Chef Automate dashboards. You can visualize Chef Automate data in beautiful charts and data grids. You can filter data using controls available in BI tools. You can interact with the BI tool just like Chef Automate front end no need to trigger an application to dump data. You get updates sitting within the BI tool.

Everything you need in one dashboard. Like you can have data from multiple Chef instances in one place. If the analysis dataset is small but highly volatile and you need updates in real-time then BICHEF is for you because you don't have to wait for the regular intervals to see the results.

BICHEF can scale to support a big user base because we serve data in real-time and we are not piling up the data. Another dimension we can scale in is the API set we cover at little cost.

BICHEF is a step towards a single source of truth because sometimes developers are logging the same information in multiple systems like two Chef Automate instances. With BICHEF there is no need to do that.

How we built it

A routine (prototype) to convert JSON to relational data. The front end is built in PHP using Codeigniter. The backend is in MariaDB.

Challenges we ran into

JSON to relational conversion is challenging however I managed to come up with an implementation that allows cherry-picking JSON nodes and the routine converts Json paths to relational data with some limitations.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We added major CHEF APIs under our portfolio.

What we learned

Smart work!

What's next for BICHEF

To be the next Big Thing in Software World!

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