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FA Monitoring Hierarchy

The monitoring hierarchy, used in Genesys Frontline Advisor supervisor dashboard, is a representation of your enterprise and the members of that enterprise who participate in customer interactions. The hierarchy tracks groups of people. The monitoring hierarchy is the foundation of everything you do in Frontline Advisor; supervisors and other managers use the hierarchy to track and manage performance levels.

Defining a Monitoring Hierarchy

A sample monitoring hierarchy is used here to explain how to define the data representing a hierarchy. When you define your monitoring hierarchy, use this example to guide you.

The monitoring hierarchy defines how agents are grouped, how groups are grouped, and so on, until there is just one all-encompassing group at the top. The following graphic shows a sample monitoring hierarchy.

Sample Hierarchy

Genesys recommends that you produce a similar graphic of your hierarchy. Some hierarchies may be so large that this is not possible, but you should do it if you can. A graphic allows you to see the groups and monitors, as well as to annotate the nodes with database IDs and other details that make working with your hierarchy simpler and less prone to error.

Reading the Sample Hierarchy

The sample monitoring hierarchy has nine first-level groups, each with nineteen agents. It is common in contact centers to refer to the first-level groups as groups or nodes. On the dashboard, they are called teams.

The nine first-level groups in the sample hierarchy are:

  • Computers
  • Phones
  • UPS
  • Networks
  • Computers
  • Publications/Office Systems
  • Non-Warranty
  • Warranty
  • Accounts

Note that groups are allowed to have the same name (for example, two groups named Computers), provided that they do not share the same parent.

These nine groups appear at various levels in the hierarchy. This is an important concept: groups do not all have to be at the same level of the hierarchy. For instance, the Phones group is two levels below the Accounts group.

The sample monitoring hierarchy has more groups above the first-level groups. Computers and Phones are in the Electronics group. UPS, Networks, and the second Computers group are in the Office Systems group. Groups within groups continue up the hierarchy (also called a tree), until the root node. The root node of the sample monitoring hierarchy is the Enterprise group.

The hierarchy also defines the monitors. A monitor is a person who has access to – and can monitor – a specific group in the hierarchy. For simplicity, the sample monitoring hierarchy defines only one monitor for each group. The person named Entemman monitors the Enterprise group, the person named Salley monitors the Sales group, the person named Electra monitors the Electronics group, and so on throughout the tree, with one person monitor for each group. Note that the person with the last name Conway is a monitor of the Consumer node. This implies that Conway can monitor all of the groups in the Consumer subtree, as well, which consist of the 19 agents on the Computers group, the 19 agents on the Phones group, and the 19 agents on the Publications group.

Once you understand the monitoring hierarchy in your enterprise, you must configure it in Genesys Configuration Manager for use in Frontline Advisor.

Where is the Hierarchy Stored?

Monitoring hierarchies are created and maintained in the Genesys Configuration Server by administrators with the required roles and permissions.

If you are a new Genesys customer, then hierarchies can be imported directly from a third-party system or HR system by Genesys Professional Services consultants as part of an initial deployment, and then maintained in the Genesys environment.

Who Configures the Hierarchy in Genesys Configuration Manager?

An administrator in your enterprise can configure which location or folder in the Configuration Server houses the hierarchy, and multiple folders can be chosen if the hierarchy is spread over many different folders or tenants.

When is the Hierarchy Configured?

An administrator must configure the hierarchy before FA is launched and used by managers in your enterprise. The hierarchy is the foundation of Frontline Advisor.

How do Folders in Configuration Manager become the FA Hierarchy?

During installation, you specify the root for the FA hierarchy. Hierarchy root nodes are specified by providing a tenant name and a path to the folder that is the root. This folder can be under the Agent Groups configuration unit or Persons configuration unit in Genesys Configuration Server.

This means that the hierarchy views that are specific to a supervisor can be created; the supervisor can see only their own team’s hierarchy. This also provides the opportunity to enforce uniqueness of names at the level of sibling hierarchy nodes. This in turn means that it is possible to have nodes with the same name (for example, Sales) provided they do not have the same parent.

It is possible to have multiple root nodes in the hierarchy, which can come from different tenants. A root level node is no longer automatically called Enterprise. Your enterprise can call them anything that is permitted in the Configuration Manager.

Folders and agent groups in the Genesys Configuration Server translate to groups in the FA hierarchy. Folders and agent groups created in the Configuration Server have a tree structure in which a folder can have multiple sub-folders or agent groups.

The agent groups contain agents. The agents present in agent groups in Configuration Server represent agents in the FA hierarchy. Groups and agents replace the terms supervisors, teams, and agents from previous releases.

An agent can be a member of more than one group if the hierarchy is imported from Configuration Server.

When the FA service is started, the monitoring hierarchy defined in Genesys Configuration Manager is loaded, incorporating any changes made to the hierarchy since the previous load. If multiple folders in Configuration Manager comprise the FA hierarchy, then FA creates a consolidated view of the hierarchy with a virtual enterprise node linking all the various hierarchies together.

The hierarchy is also loaded daily at 02:55 a.m., or whenever you click the Hierarchy Reload button on the Settings tab of the FA administration page. Changes made in the hierarchy using Configuration Manager are reflected in FA only when the hierarchy is reloaded at startup, at the daily refresh, or when you click the Hierarchy Reload button.

Access permissions are configured at each node of the hierarchy according to user roles defined by administrators in the Genesys Configuration Manager. These roles determine to which nodes of the hierarchy each manager has access. Supervisors and other managers no longer have automatic access to all child nodes of parent nodes to which they have access.

Supervisors can override rules and thresholds only for nodes to which they have Change access in Configuration Manager. When a user logs in, a customized view of the hierarchy is created. This view contains only groups and agents to which the supervisor has Read access in Configuration Server. Managers may also be able to see nodes and their aggregations that are above those of their team(s), but require specific Change access to those higher-level nodes before they can edit them.


The following hierarchy is used in this example to show how a graphical representation of an enterprise is used to create the monitoring hierarchy in Frontline Advisor. Note that "My Enterprise" is not in the Configuration Server. It is a virtual, unnamed root node inserted by FA. It is not visible on the dashboard by any user.

Creating a graphical representation of your enterprise

The following screenshot shows the folder structure that the system administrator configured in Configuration Manager.

The hierarchy in Genesys Configuration Manager

The person in your enterprise who installs Frontline Advisor specifies the Enterprise and Enterprise Rollup folders as hierarchy root folders when deploying Frontline Advisor. The following screenshot shows the relevant installation screen.

Specifying folders for the hierarchy during installation

The administrator grants permissions (in Genesys Configuration Manager) to a supervisor to view the groups and agents in those folders.

When the supervisor launches the FA dashboard for the first time, FA retrieves the Enterprise and EnterpriseRollup folders and subfolders from the Configuration Server. The following screenshot shows the hierarchy on the FA dashboard.

The hierarchy imported to Frontline Advisor

The following screenshot shows the hierarchy as it displays on the FA administration page.

The imported hierarchy on the FA administration page
For a pure Cisco environment, the hierarchy should be configured in the Configuration Server as it is done for a Genesys or mixed environment. However, Cisco Adapter requires FA to send the Cisco AgentSkillID property to identify the agent while registering and issuing statistics. To accommodate this, the AgentSkillID must be added as an Annex property in the Advisors section of each agent in the hierarchy.

The ExternalId.CISCO attribute must be set in the agent's Annex tab under the Advisors section, and the value of the ExternalId.CISCO will be the AgentSkillID for the agent in the Cisco environment.

The hierarchy extractor will first try to extract the skill ID from the Annex section for a Cisco configuration. If the ExternalID property is undefined in the Annex section, then it will extract the EmployeeID for the Genesys configuration.
This page was last edited on May 19, 2014, at 22:12.
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