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How to set up a Watcher

The Kadiska Watcher monitors real users activities by collecting metrics from their web browsers. A Watcher configured in the Kadiska platform corresponds to a digital service to monitor. It requires the use of either a JavaScript embedded in the web application server code (App-Watcher) or a browser extension (User-Watcher). Using the App-Watcher will often be the preferred solution for enterprise web services you have under control, while the User-Watcher will be mainly used for SaaS applications.

In order to create a Watcher, login to the Kadiska platform and click on the “Configuration” icon: Screenshot

Click on the "Watchers" menu: Screenshot

Click on the "Create" button to create a new Watcher: Screenshot

Only two fields are mandatory:

  • The "Name" identifies the monitored application in all dashboards
  • The "URL Pattern" defines the application to monitor

The URL pattern must comply with the following format: <scheme>://<host>/<path>, where:

  • <scheme> can take the following values: "https", "http", "wss" and "ws"
  • <host> is the main host/domain of your application
  • <path> is optional and provides a specific resource path

Please refer to the section URL pattern for more details and examples.

All other fields are optional:

Field Description
URL Exclusions List of URLs to exclude from the monitoring scope
Sampling (%) Pourcentage of pages to get performance metrics from (samples are taken randomly)
Uploaded Interval (sec) Time interval of sending metrics from the browser to the Kadiska platform
Record Limit Number of records to keep in the browsers' local cache
Time Limit (hr) Maximum number of hours to keep data in browsers' local cache

Once you have filled in all required fields, just click on "Create" to confirm the Watcher creation. You should see the following screen.

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The next step consists of either configuring the Kadiska App-Watcher or the Kadiska User-Watcher. The choice will be mainly driven by the type of application to monitor:

Type of deployment Typical Use Case Advantage Limitation
App-Watcher Your own application
You have access to the application code
All users are being monitored
Valid for internal employees and external users (customers, ...)
Requires access to the application code
User-Watcher SaaS applications No application code access required Only users with the extension are being monitored
Often only valid for internal employees

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