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The Microsoft OMS experience on an iPad

Today Microsoft announced the release of OMS for both IOS and Android (in addition to the existing Windows Phone application) at http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2015/10/21/log-analytics-on-the-move.aspx. The mobile applications are available for download at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/operations-management-suite/mobile-apps.aspx. This blog post will provide the following information:

  • A quick tour of how the OMS experience works on an iPad
  • What doesn’t work the same on the mobile version versus the full web version?

     

How does the OMS experience work on an iPad?

The following is a quick walk-thru of the experience. We start by opening the new application once it has been installed. The “Unleash your data” page is shown:

Next you sign in to your Microsoft (or other) account.

Next you choose your workspace (if you have multiple workspaces).

We start on the dashboard screen showed below which displays any custom dashboards which you may have already created in OMS.

We can switch to the Overview view by using the Overview option shown on the bottom middle of the screen. The overview page shows the standard OMS page that we are used to from the full web version of the application. For comparison, the first graphic below shows the high level view from the full web console. The second graphic below shows the same view running from the IOS application running on an iPad:

The searches option (bottom right corner) shows each of the existing searches which you have in OMS.

To configure settings, use the three ellipses in the top right corner (shown circles below).

This area lets you see your settings and allows you to sign out of the system.

You can change the timerange, workspace or other settings.

This also shows you the information about what version you have as well.

 

What doesn’t work the same on the mobile version versus the full web version?

There are two items that I found during my testing which appear to be less than optimal for the version running on my iPad.

  • The first sign-in screen does not rotate – shown below (however it does rotate correctly after the first sign-in screen)

  • Drill in from the overview screen doesn’t look like it does on the full (non-mobile) version. The example below is the mobile version (first) and then the full web version (second):

 

Summary: For an initial version of an IOS application this is pretty darn impressive! This is also an excellent example of how well Microsoft’s user voice works as these two items (IOS and Android mobile applications) were the #1 and #2 requested items for OMS per http://feedback.azure.com/forums/267889-azure-operational-insights. Great job OMS team!

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