Introduction to Dashboards
This chapter introduces dashboards in InterSystems IRIS Business Intelligence.
Be sure to consult the online InterSystems Supported Platforms document for this release for information on system requirements for Business Intelligence.
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” in the online InterSystems Supported Platforms document for this release) and go to the following URL:
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:
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 the Using Dashboards and the User Portal.
A dashboard typically includes multiple widgets and controls, as in the following example:
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). This book does not discuss worklists in detail. For information on using worklists, see the Using Dashboards and the User Portal. For information on configuring them, see the 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:
A meter shows one or more values in graphical objects like the following:
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:
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” in Implementing InterSystems Business Intelligence.
Accessing the Samples Shown in This Book
Most of the samples in this book are part of the Samples-BI sample (https://github.com/intersystems/Samples-BIOpens in a new window) or the Samples-Aviation sample (https://github.com/intersystems/Samples-AviationOpens in a new window).
InterSystems recommends that you create a dedicated namespace called SAMPLES (for example) and load samples into that namespace. For the general process, see Downloading Samples for Use with InterSystems IRIS.