Orientation to Dashboards
This page reviews the contents of the dashboards that you may already have in your system. It is intended as an orientation to the possible contents of your dashboards. For information on using the elements described here, see Using Dashboards.
Also see Accessing the BI Samples.
Overview of Dashboards
The following example shows a sample dashboard:
A dashboard consists of the following areas:
The upper left displays the name of the dashboard and (if defined) its title.
Depending on the system configuration and on the individual layout of a dashboard, a dashboard can include zero, one, or two worklist areas on the left. For any worklist area, the upper right corner displays icons to indicate which worklists it can display. For example:
The highlighted icon indicates which worklist is currently displayed. You can select a non-highlighted icon to display the corresponding worklist in this area instead.
The Filters worklist is specific to the dashboard. To access this, select the Filters icon . For example:
The right area contains one or more widgets. Each widget is a rectangular panel that displays data in some form.
Data Sources for Widgets
Most widgets use a data source, which is one of the following:
A pivot table. Pivot tables are created in the Analyzer. A pivot table is a query that is created by drag and drop actions.
In some cases, you can launch the Mini Analyzer and make local changes to the pivot table. Changes do not affect other widgets, other dashboards, or other users. For details, see Other Tasks.
A KPI (key performance indicator). A KPI is a more advanced query created by a programmer.
All of these data sources can be displayed in pivot table widgets, scorecard widgets, and meter widgets.
Locations of Controls and Buttons
A dashboard can include controls and graphical buttons. Depending upon the dashboard design, you see these items in either or both of the following locations:
In the Filters worklist of the dashboard. For example:
These items typically affect the entire dashboard.
In the toolbars of the widgets included in the dashboard. For example:
These items typically affect only the widget in which they are displayed, but they could possibly affect other widgets.
Using Dashboards provides information on using these options.