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How to Create an Activity Map in ExtraHop

Activity Map is a real-time web and digital property performance analytics tool that helps business users see visitors’ interactions, traffic, conversion, and pathing in a dynamic visual display. Developed as a part of Adobe Analytics, Activity Map provides a real-time context for marketers and business users to better optimise websites and digital properties.

An ActivityMap system map is a useful tool for developing your business strategy and understanding your operations, from supply to buyer. Originally introduced by Michael Porter, this approach can help you chart out your business and identify activities that have a positive impact on your company’s competitive advantage.

Using an activity system map, you can develop your strategic positioning by linking clusters of activities that support core competencies and determine which are most important for your organization. The more that your activities and policies lock together, the stronger your position will be in the market.

To create an activity map, log in to ExtraHop via https://extrahop-hostname or IP address>. Then, navigate to the Assets page and click Devices. In the left pane, select a protocol activity and click the groups of devices for that protocol you want to view in the map.

Filtering by step and device group membership You can filter devices in a step by their group membership, such as HTTP Servers, My Test Servers, or any other category you specify. To change your filters, click anywhere outside of the menu to apply them or remove them by clicking the x icon.

Alert status on the map You can see a device’s alert level on the map when you select Display alert status in the lower left corner or the page. The circle color indicates the severity of all alerts assigned to that device during the time interval you select.

Detection markers on the map You can also view detections for devices on your activity maps as animated pulses around their circle labels. The color of the pulse indicates whether a device was the offender or victim of a detection. When a detection is associated with a device, the detection marker appears on the circle label and a drop-down menu appears to access the detection detail page.

Show how the protocol activity for a device changed between two time intervals You can compare metric deltas for a device by comparing the amount of data it sends or receives with other devices in the network. When you select this option, different colors in the map represent different time intervals, helping you see when a device connection was established or when the protocol activity for that device changed.

Use this feature to identify changes that can help you mitigate disruptions during a migration.

During a migration, you can monitor a device’s connections to help determine which services can be turned off and which ones should be migrated before they stop working. You can also use an activity map to see if a device has been connected to new peer devices before the migration process begins, so you know when it will stop receiving data or begin transmitting.