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Introduction to Dashboards

This page introduces dashboards in InterSystems IRIS® data platform Business Intelligence.

Also see Accessing the BI Samples.

Displaying Business Intelligence Dashboards

To access Business Intelligence dashboards from the Management Portal, click Analytics and then click User Portal.

Or use a supported browser (see Supported Web Browsers) and go to the following URL, using the <baseURL> for your instance:


In either case, the right area then lists the available dashboards in this namespace. This area initially displays the items in Covers View, as follows:

The Covers View displays the available dashboards as icons arranged in a grid.

When you hover the cursor over a cover, the system displays an arrow on the cover, as follows:

If you click the cover arrow, the system displays the dashboard. If you have permission to do so, you can then edit the dashboard.

For more information on using the User Portal, see Using Dashboards and the User Portal.

About Dashboards

A dashboard typically includes multiple widgets and controls, as in the following example:

The Basic Dashboard Demo includes Filters and Recent Items on the left, and a table and graph of patient data on the right.

The left area of the dashboard displays two worklists. These are configurable areas you can use to display controls (such as the filters shown in the upper worklist) and other useful items (such as the recent items list shown in the lower worklist). (For information on using worklists, see Using Dashboards and the User Portal. For information on configuring them, see Implementing InterSystems Business Intelligence.)

This example dashboard also includes two widgets, which are both pivot table widgets. Note that a pivot table widget can display any kind of data source.

Dashboards can include other kinds of widgets, including meters and scorecards. A scorecard shows multiple rows of data in a tabular format that also includes features such as value-dependent lamps and arrows. For example:

In this scorecard, the Percent of Goal column contains progress bars, while the Trend column has arrows pointing up or down.

A meter shows one or more values in graphical objects like the following:

Meters contain a needle pointing to a value. A range of values on each meter is marked as red.

Location of Dashboard Definitions

When you create a dashboard, its definition is visible in the Studio Workspace window, within the Other folder. This folder lists the dashboard definition as an item with the extension .dashboard.DFI. For example:

The Other folder contains several demo dashboards, all ending with the extension .DFI.

Note that this folder also lists pivot table definitions and other Business Intelligence folder items.

These definitions are not class definitions but can be copied and pasted into a special container class for easier deployment. For details, see Packaging Business Intelligence Elements into Classes.

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