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Introduction to Architecture Dashboard

Architecture Dashboard (https://architecture.outsystems.com/) is the OutSystems technical debt monitoring tool. It enables IT leaders to visualize complex cross-portfolio architectures and identify problems while also helping developers follow best practices and avoid common pitfalls.

Managing technical debt with Architecture Dashboard

As organizations strive to expedite time-to-market and empower non-professional developers to create business apps themselves, controlling technical debt naturally becomes a top concern.

With Architecture Dashboard, technical debt can be effectively managed at every stage of the development lifecycle so that when departmental applications evolve to become enterprise-wide solutions, nothing needs to be rewritten.

For architects and development team leaders, it provides an integrated, bird’s eye view of their organization’s technical debt to identify problem areas and prioritize accordingly. Developers can view detailed reports on what best practices are being violated, their impact, and how to fix them.

What Architecture Dashboard analyzes

Architecture Dashboard performs 2 different types of analysis which combine to provide added context and greater relevance in findings: Code Analysis and Runtime Performance Analysis.

Code Analysis

To analyze the produced low-code, Architecture Dashboard runs a set of predefined rules through probes connected with Modules, with the goal of uncovering code patterns in the following categories:

  • Performance
  • Architecture
  • Maintainability
  • Security

Check here for the list of patterns currently being analyzed

Runtime Performance Analysis

Regarding runtime performance analysis, Architecture Dashboard uses the analytics data from LifeTime, which is crossed with the code findings to display the most relevant and urgent cases for improvement, effectively helping address runtime performance issues.

Access to Architecture Dashboard features

The availability or scope of some features of Architecture Dashboard depend on the OutSystems Edition associated with your infrastructure:

Teams
The ability to filter the app portfolio and technical debt findings per LifeTime team is available for Standard and Enterprise Editions.
Debt Time Machine
The ability to check all the history of technical debt analysis is available for Standard and Enterprise Editions. Basic Editions can access one month of technical debt analysis history.

Infrastructures associated with a Free Edition can't use Architecture Dashboard.

How to access Architecture Dashboard

Before you can start using Architecture Dashboard, your infrastructure and your IT user must be associated with Architecture Dashboard. Learn about the prerequisites and how to set up Architecture Dashboard.

To access Architecture Dashboard, go to https://architecture.outsystems.com/ and login with your OutSystems account.

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