New CROME Features and Enhancments
18.Jul.05-- Quantum Systems Integrators, Inc. (QuantumSI) has completed and deployed a new feature set to QuantumSI's CROME product line, the Wireline and Wireless Performance Management (PM) Suite.
Grid/Graph Functions from GeoMap
QuantumSI contines to enhance CROME in ways that make it easier and more intuitive to analyze data. CROME's Geographic Mapping tool has been enhance to provide more interactive reporting capabilities, previously only available on the textual "grid" spreadsheets or plots. CROME now provides populator of CROME's GeoMap
If you right-mouse-click on sites in a Geo Report, you are now provided with "Grid/Graph Functions". These are the same set of menu choices that are available if you right-mouse-click on a line in the report's grid. This makes it very easy to lookup a site in the report grid after it's found on the map, and perform drilling functions or dynamic thrsholding. For more information, see: CROME User's Guide -- GeoMap Grid/Graph Functions
Custom Map Legends
Geo Reports already provide the means to show a "Legend" on top of the map, but now you can create "custom legends" in the Report Editor and see them in Geo Reports:
Note how in this example, you can simple click on the checkboxes to view only the desired items.
For more information, see: CROME User's Guide -- Creating Custom Legends in Report Editor and CROME User's Guide -- Viewing Legends on Geo Maps
Entering Values into GeoMap Slider Bar
The Slider Bar used in the CROME GeoMap Reporting now provides the ability to enter values by hand. As before, sliding each bar will alter the respective threshold and alter the colors of items on the screen. But for times where exact numbers are required, it is difficult to get the slider to stop at the precise location. For this reason, we've added the ability to simply type in the number. This sets the value of the silder, and moves the slider bar accordingly. For more information, see: CROME User's Guide -- Geo Reporting Slider Bar
Default Values for GeoMap Slider Bar
You can now set the default values in the GeoMap Slider Bar by Editing the Data Set in the Report Editor:
For more information, see: CROME User's Guide -- Setting Defaults for Slider Bar
New Functions in Formula Editor
New Functions are now available in the Formula Editor:
- null if zero
- curve fitting functions
- logical functions (e.g., if a < b, return 1, else 0)
CROME now provides a feature for advanced "power" users of CROME -- Query Filters. CROME already provides an extremely fast method of querying performance management data, and powerful filter via the Group Editor to filter on particular network elements. For filtering on the performance data itself, the threshold, sorting and limiting features of the CROME Report Items are powerful methods to quickly limit and filter the data.
Query Filters provide something not found in standard CROME thresholding: the ability to limit the actual query to the database by any user-defined SQL expression, potentially drastically reducing the amount of data to crome across the WAN and thus speeding up reporting.
This is an "advanced" feature, because it requires not only knowledge of the CROME table names and pegs, but also a limited knowledge of SQL. Still, new GUI displays have been created to easily create Query Filters, either ad-hoc from the main screen, or stored along with a report definition.
For more information, see: CROME User's Guide -- Query Filtering
CROME now allows you to snapshot your main screen settings and recall them by choosing them from a menu. For reports that your run often, this could save time you would normally spend reconfiguring the main screen for each report.
For more information, see: CROME User's Guide -- Scenarios
The Report Editor now allows you to store arbitrary Report Information along with the report (in the same way you can store Formula Information along with your formula):
For more information, see: CROME User's Guide -- Report Info in Report Editor
Updated "CROME User's Guide"
The CROME User's guide has been completely revised to match the current CROME release and provide more exhustive examples. This document is available in MS/Word format for printing and also linked via 'qmanual' into the CROME Client GUI's on-line help system:
The CROME software suite is a best in its class decision support system that allows both land-line and wireless service providers to quickly analyze capacity, trends and faults for any network. This allows wireless providers to proactively tune, adjust, reassign, or increase capacity to meet exacting quality of service levels at the lowest possible equipment expenditure rate.
CROME is a generic full ad-hoc reporting system which is implemented in the JAVA programming language, there is no need for end users to write code or develop additional modules to enhance or expand the system.
Statistical data flows are captured in real-time from a multitude of network elements and the data is immediately presented to end-users via a 100% pure Java(tm) reporting tool that runs on both standard PCs and Sun Workstations.
The use of integrated GIS features and multidimensional reporting along with built in high Erlang-B and Erlang-C functions has proven to be invaluable to Quantum's customers.
In addition since Quantum's CROME product is a national multi-vendor and multi-switch PM solution, thus with any revision for any vendor's switch or equipment the CROME system transparently combines data from multiple switch types across multiple vendor revisions (i.e. input data) into a single unified regional or national report for any combination of switches and/or sub-elements across any time range or focus via lightning fast full on demand ad-hoc reporting.