How can we improve Application Insights?

Make data accessible via APIs for custom processing

Application Insights sounds cool but I can't imagine having all my data locked up behind a portal without an ability to programmatically access it or at least download it for offline processing. I'm sure the portal is awesome but I'm also sure that there will be project-specific types of insight I need to get out of this data which the portal won't sufficiently support. Making data accessible outside the portal lets you get around that concern while continuing to improve the product.

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    Robert LevyRobert Levy shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  Dale KoetkeAdminDale Koetke (Admin, Microsoft Visual Studio) responded  · 

    Along with Application Insights reaching its General Availability milestone today (see https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/general-availability-of-azure-application-insights/), I am pleased to announce that the data access REST API is now available to everyone as a Public Preview at https://dev.applicationinsights.io/.

    I want to thank the huge number of you who participated in the private preview and provide such valuable feedback!

    Please continue to provide your feedback on the API at https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/357324-application-insights/category/161985-api.

    Thank you
    Dale

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      • PadmajaPadmaja commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Dale,

        Glad to know that. Could you please help to understand whether we can test this API at this point of time and let us know any documentation that you have around this. We would like to validate our approach so that we can propose this as the solution.

        Any help is appreciated.

        Thanks.

      • PadmajaPadmaja commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Dale,

        We have a requirement to read the app insights data on a SharePoint portal and display.
        So would like to check on whether there will be a possibility to read the insights data from client side using some scripting language once this feature is publicly available.

        Thanks.

      • Sven Erik MatzenSven Erik Matzen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would be VERY helpful to offer a public beta of the API. Without an API we will lose support from the C-level (CIO, marketing, etc.) in using Application Insights - as soon as they get automated reports via email from Google Analytics, eTracker or any other service provider, I will not be able to convince them to switch back to Application Insights. So for me it is a time critical step to offer any kind of usable API - even if it breaks tomorrow, it would be better than nothing.

      • EdwardEdward commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When I install application insights SDK, can I let application insights via custom api to send data to application insights portal?

      • Dale KoetkeAdminDale Koetke (Admin, Microsoft Visual Studio) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Nagarjuna,

        Based on some recent customer feedback, we are going to be implementing some format changes to the API in the next 6 weeks and are targeting a v1 release in mid-September.

        Until then, you can access the Beta version of the API as part of the private preview program. Just send me an email (dalek@microsoft.com) and I'll get you all of the info.

        Thanks
        Dale Koetke

      • NagarjunaNagarjuna commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi, By any chance do we have this API released into production? I am very eager to consume this data in our project.

        Any information would be appreciated.

        Thanks,
        Nagarjuna

      • Vincent ThackerVincent Thacker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi, I am also excited to have an API which exposes this data. We are currently using a solution that uses Continuous Export and building UX components for dashboard views formatting/aggregating the data. All of the basic information we want, # Error, Requests, Response Times, etc.

        Also, the Analytics tool is very powerful. I would like to be able to POST a query to the endpoint and have it return the data.

      • Bert JacksonBert Jackson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We have plans to make a "DevOps" type Dashboard Hub as a TFS (on-premises) extension. This dashboard hub could make use of AppInsights data, and show interesting information from AI directly on our TFS hub.

      • Bob McLarenBob McLaren commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am really looking forward to the REST API. A real awesome capability and time saver would also be the ability to compose charts and graphs the way I currently do through the portal, and then somehow make those graphs available for our clients, without them having to log in to the Azure portal. Perhaps by using the same graphing library the portal uses and then importing the chart "recipe" into our own web front-end. Why re-invent the pie-chart, as they say.

      • WuyiWuyi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Application Analytics is a really good service for querying AppInsights data. It would be better to expose the query API. So we can build various service on them.

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