Choosing the Right Widget

The following guide will help you choose which widgets or charts to use in your dashboard. In addition to having lots of charts to choose from, you can also customize the design of each chart, as well as filter the data presented in the chart.

Indicator

Use the Indicator widget to display one or two numeric values as a number, gauge or ticker. You can also add additional titles and a color-coded indicator icon representing the value, such as a green up arrow or a red down arrow.

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Gauge Indicator Numeric Indicator

 

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Line Chart

The line chart is one of the most commonly used charts. You can use the line chart for various business cases, including:

  • Comparing data over time and viewing trends. Example: Analyze sales revenue for the past year.
  • Comparing changes over the same period of time for more than one group or category. Example: Analyze expenditures of different business units for the past year.

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A line chart with a ‘break by’ category

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Column Chart

The column chart can be used for comparing items and comparing data over time. The chart can include multiple values on both the X and Y axis, as well as a break down by categories displayed on the Y axis.

You can also combine the column chart with a line chart.

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Column Chart Column and Line Chart

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Bar Chart

Use the bar chart to compare many items. The bar chart typically presents categories or items (descriptive data) displayed along the Y axis, with their values displayed on the X axis. You can also break up the values by another category or groups.

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Pie Chart

Use the Pie chart to display proportional data, and/or percentages.

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Area Chart

An Area chart is very similar to a Line chart except that the areas under each line are filled in (colored), and it is possible to display them as stacked. We recommend this chart to display absolute or relative (stacked) values over a time period.

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Polar Chart

Use the polar (radar) chart to compare multiple categories/variables with a spacial perspective in a radial chart.

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Pivot Table

Pivot tables are one of the most useful widgets for visualizing data. You can quickly summarize and analyze large amounts of data.

Make use of additional features such as color formatting and data bars to enhance the visual aspects.

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Example using color formatting Example using data bars

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Table

The Table widget displays a broader view of your data, presenting raw and non-aggregated data in columns, with as much fields and metrics as needed.

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Scatter Chart

Use the The SCATTER chart to display the distribution and relationship of two variables. The circles on the chart represent the categories being compared (circle color), and the size or numeric data (indicated by the circle size).

Example: Compare revenue and units sold by gender.

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Scatter Chart

Use a scatter map to visualize geographical data as data points on a map.

You can visualize up to two sets of numeric data using circle color and size to represent your data.

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Area Map

Area Maps allow you to visualize geographical data as polygons on a map.

You can use your data to affect the color of the areas.

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Sunburst Widget

The Sunburst widget is similar to a pie chart but is multi-dimensional. Whereas a pie chart combines one field and one numeric value, the Sunburst widget can display multiple rings, one for each field. Each ring in the Sunburst shows a breakdown of its parent ring slice.

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Treemap

The Treemap is a multi-dimensional widget that displays hierarchical data in the form of nested rectangles. You can use this type of chart in different scenarios, for example, instead of a column chart when you want to compare many categories and sub-categories.

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Calendar Heatmap

The Calendar Heatmap widget visualizes values over days in a calendar-like view, making it easy to identify daily patterns or anomalies.

You can choose to display the data in a number of ways including 1, 3, 6 or 12 months at a time. In addition, you can display a classic or week view.

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