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Status Not under consideration
Workspace Instana
Categories Access Control
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 24, 2023

Instana - Add Group Descriptions

Today in IBM APM, we can add descriptions to user groups to give more information about what the user group is for.  There is no way to do that in Instana today.  Can it be added?

Idea priority Medium
  • Admin
    Máté Návay
    Oct 27, 2023

    As we currently don't see the wide benefit of having a free text-field just on the group details, without context where and how it could be used, we're not currently considering adding this to the roadmap.

    This can be revised and revisited in the future.

  • Admin
    Máté Návay
    Sep 25, 2023

    Could you please give an example of what information you would currently store in a group description field?
    Also, can you elaborate on where in the product or in which workflows you would need or use this additional information?

    I assume new users are added through their SSO logins and our Group Mapping feature would automatically assign them to all the groups based on the rules defined and the users' attributes, so I'm just trying to understand what your current workflow is and where and how the description field would prove most useful.

  • Guest
    Aug 29, 2023

    If you are part of IBM:

    You already have an older observability tool called IBM APM that has this capability. Perhaps you could connect with IBM APM and IBM Instana product personnel as to why they added it in APM, but never transferred similar capability in Instana.

    If you aren't from IBM:

    Allowing tool admins to add a description as part of a group is to better describe what the intentions of the group name is for. As a new user gets included, they will then get added to an appropriate group depending on the purpose of that group. And yes, because this capability doesn't exist today in Instana, it currently needs to be managed outside of the tool (AKA a workaround).

  • Admin
    Máté Návay
    Aug 29, 2023

    We'd love to better understand the problems to solve with this feature.
    What kind of information would you want to save? In what context would you need access to this information, on which user flows?
    Where do you use this in IBM APM today?

    Is there any way you are managing such descriptions today for Instana? (ie postIT note, excel file, etc?)