Using the metric report in the Report Center is a quick way to see:

  • If you are reaching goals or targets that you want to reach. For example, emails being sent internally.
  • If there are issues within your environment that may need investigation. For example, incoming spam email.

The data is a gauge, as shown below. The gauge helps you see if you are reaching your target or limit. Thus giving you insight into whether you are on course for a goal, or if you need to take action for your limits.

Note: Your data sources need to be a numerical value. If you’re looking for a report with information about departments, locations, license names, etc., select another report type. Check out this Report Center article for more information

Let’s look at an example.

Report Example: How many Teams meetings did we have in the last 30 days?

For example, if your organization hopes to have a certain number of Teams meetings within the month. To see a gauge related to the status of your target:

  1. Open the Nova Report Center and create a new report.
  2. Add a title and a description, if necessary.
  3. Click Metrics.
  4. For your data source, click Office 365 Users.
  5. For select chart type, click Gauge.
  6. For select operator, click Sum.
  7. For choose applied to, select Meeting count (30 days) under the Teams User Activity Aggregate category.
  8. Set your minimum and maximum numbers. Your maximum number in this example should be the number of Teams meetings you are targeting within your tenant within the previous month.
    • Note: You may need to increase your maximum value to show your data.
  9. Ensure the Reverse Colors checkbox is selected.
  10. Close the section. Your report should now appear as a section.

Report Example: How many spam emails are we receiving?

Perhaps you are looking to get a clear metric on how many spam emails are coming in to your tenant, with a limit on what is acceptable. This metric gives a clear image on whether this limit is being reached. To create it:

  1. Open the Nova Report Center and create a new report.
  2. Add a title and a description, if necessary.
  3. Click Metrics.
  4. For your data source, click Office 365 Mail Traffic.
  5. For select chart type, click Gauge.
  6. For select operator, click Count.
  7. For choose applied to, select Inbound Spam Content Filtered under the Office 365 Mail Traffic category.
  8. Set your minimum and maximum numbers. Your maximum number in this example should be the number of spam emails your administrator deems as acceptable.
    • Note: You may need to increase your maximum value to show your data.
  9. Ensure the Reverse Colors checkbox is not selected.
  10. Close the section. Your report should now appear as a section.

Want more custom reports? Check out our examples below:

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