Introduction to the Business Intelligence User Interfaces
This chapter provides a quick look at the InterSystems IRIS Business Intelligence user interfaces. It discusses the following topics:
You can use Business Intelligence only in a specifically configured web application. See “Setting Up the Web Application” in Implementing InterSystems Business Intelligence. Also, be sure to consult the online InterSystems Supported Platforms document for this release for information on system requirements.
For information on the PMML Model Tester, see Using PMML Models in InterSystems IRIS®.
Logging On to Business Intelligence
To log on to Business Intelligence, do the following in the Management Portal:
Switch to the appropriate namespace as follows:
Select the namespace.
Select Analytics. The system displays a list of the tools for Business Intelligence:
The Management Portal provides access to all Business Intelligence tools, including the back-end tools such as the Architect as well as the User Portal. Because the User Portal is intended for end users, it does not enable most users to return to the Management Portal.
The Architect enables you to define cubes and subject areas. You can use this tool, Studio, or both together.
When you first display the Architect, using the sample HoleFoods cube, you see the following:
For details, see Defining Models for InterSystems Business Intelligence.
The Analyzer enables you to define pivot tables. The Analyzer looks like the following.
For information, see Using the Analyzer.
The User Portal is intended for direct use by end users (in contrast to such back end tools as Studio and the Management Portal). The User Portal includes the Analyzer and the Dashboard Designer.
The User Portal looks like the following:
For information, see the Using Dashboards and the User Portal.
MDX Query Tool
The Business Intelligence MDX Query Tool enables you to run ad hoc MDX queries. It looks like the following:
To execute an MDX query, type the query into the text box and then select Execute. You can also drag and drop items from the left area into the MDX statement area; if you do, the dropped items are added to the end of the query.
The bottom area on the right then displays the results.
To see the plan for the query, select Show Plan. For example:
For an introduction to MDX, see Using InterSystems MDX. For reference information on MDX, see the InterSystems MDX Reference.
Term List Manager
The Term List Manager enables you to build term lists, which provide a way to modify a Business Intelligence model without programming. It looks like the following:
For information on creating term lists, see the Advanced Modeling for InterSystems Business Intelligence.
Listing Group Manager
The Listing Group Manager enables you to define listings that are not contained in any cube definition. The purpose of this tool is to enable you (and your customers, if appropriate) to define listings outside of cube definitions and without needing access to the Architect. The Listing Group Manager looks like this:
For information, see “Defining Listing Groups” in Defining Models for InterSystems Business Intelligence.
Quality Measure Manager
The Quality Measure Manager enables you to define quality measures, a kind of calculated measure that can be reused in multiple contexts. It looks like the following:
For information, see the Advanced Modeling for InterSystems Business Intelligence
The Model Browser is a useful way of viewing relationships among cubes. It looks like the following:
For information, see Defining Models for InterSystems Business Intelligence.
Business Intelligence Logs
The Logs option displays the Business Intelligence log file, which the system generates when it builds cubes. It looks like the following:
For information on the permissions needed to access this page, see “Setting Up Security” in Implementing InterSystems Business Intelligence.
The Folder Manager enables you to manage items within user folders. It looks like the following:
You can use this to export pivot tables and dashboards so that you can package their definitions into a class definition. See the Implementing InterSystems Business Intelligence.
The Settings option lets you specify settings that affect the appearance of Business Intelligence within this namespace. It looks like the following:
For information, see the Implementing InterSystems Business Intelligence.
The Cube Manager enables you to easily update cubes. You use it to determine how and when to update cubes. It adds automated tasks that rebuild or synchronize cubes at the scheduled dates and times that you choose. It looks like the following:
For details, see “Keeping the Cubes Current” in Implementing InterSystems Business Intelligence.