Nova has a section type called ‘Card’. Using this feature you can include simple sum, count, maximum, minimum or average values which might add useful additional information to your reports.

For example you could show the total count of mailboxes in an organization, or the number of users in a tenant, or the total size of all mailboxes in an organization.

In this article we’ll see an example of how this can be done.

How to create a card

When creating a new section choose card:

You can then choose an appropriate datasource, and other attributes related to the card section type.

For example:

As you can see at the bottom of the section, as you begin to build it, Nova will show you what the section will look like.

You can add up to 6 cards to a report, like we see here:


You can also filter data sources to create cards that displays the information you want automatically.

For example, let’s say you want to know how many Azure Active Directory users have their ‘country or reigon’ parameters set to the United States. This is easy to do by following the steps in the image below.

This is just an example, so feel free to explore the filtering system with our great range of data sources and filtering services.


The analytics tool is a quick way to see if a statistic in your environment is not as it should regularly be.

For example, perhaps you want to immediately know the amount of spam mail coming into your tenant. You can select an operator relating to the value you want to input, for example you can have:

  • greater than
  • less than
  • equal to
  • is not equal to

then input a number, like we can see below.

We can then apply the severity of the issue to the number applied. These include:

  • OK severity
  • Warning
  • Critical

Check the image below for an example.

These analytics are immediately displayed on the dashboard, so you get this information quicker.

Adding a card to the dashboard

If you would like to see a card presented on your dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. From the dashboard, click Edit in the top right hand of your screen.
  2. Click Add Widgets.
  3. Click Card Widget.
  4. Name your widget, and give it a sub-title if necessary.
  5. Create your card as you would within the Report Center, and click OK.

Your card should now appear within the dashboard. If you have set analytics on your card, your card should display the color affiliated with the analytic you inserted.

Note that you are able to move your card in the dashboard to a place of your convenience. Also, you are able to resize the widget to your standards. For more on Nova dashboards, click here.

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