About visualizations in dashboards created in Flash

A visualization is a visual representation of the data in a dashboard, such as a grid, line chart, or heat map. Visualizations provide a variety of ways for a user to display and interact with the data in the dashboard. For example, you can allow users to explore the relationships between attribute elements by creating a Network visualization, or create visually striking graphs that summarize key business indicators in a clear, easy-to-understand format. Each visualization can include data from multiple datasets at once. Each panel or layout tab in a dashboard can contain multiple visualizations.

You can quickly select and display a subset of your business data in a visualization. To do so, create and add a Grid visualization to your dashboard. Filter and drill on the data to display the data subset you are interested in, then change the visualization into the type of visualization to use to display the data.

You can add the following visualizations to a dashboard:

Density Map visualization: You can display your data as areas on a map. The areas are automatically displayed in different colors based on the population density of locations of interest in the visualization.
Graph visualization: You can display the data in a graphical format and choose between a variety of different graphs, such as an area graph, line graph, or pie chart.
Grid visualization: You can display data in an interactive grid, allowing users to pivot, sort, move, drill, filter, and perform additional manipulations on data displayed in the grid. You can also use a Grid visualization as a tool to understand your data and prepare it for displaying on other types of visualizations.
Heat Map visualization: You can display the data as a combination of colored rectangles. Each rectangle represents an attribute element, and is colored and sized according to the value of metrics in the visualization, allowing users to quickly grasp the state and impact of a large number of variables at one time.
Image Layout visualization: You can display your data using an image overlaid with colored areas or bubble markers. This visualization allows users to quickly grasp relationships between different locations, such as the foot traffic of aisles in a store or sales data for regions on a map. You must first enable the Image Layout visualization in order to add one to a dashboard. For steps, see Determining which mapping visualizations are available in dashboards.
Map visualization: You can display the data as image or bubble markers on a map, then select color, size, and other display options to visualize metric data. The Map visualization allows users to quickly grasp relationships between different geographic locations.
Map with Areas visualization: You can display the data as areas on a map, which are color-coded based on the value of a metric. The Map with Areas visualization allows users to view metric data across multiple geographic regions and compare them at a glance.
Network visualization: You can display the data as a network of nodes, with lines between the nodes representing relationships between attribute elements.

Visual Insight provides multiple methods to add visualizations to your dashboard, to suit your reporting needs. You can:

Select the type of visualization to create from a list and have MicroStrategy automatically select data to add to the visualization to optimize your display.
Select the data that you want to display and have MicroStrategy automatically determine which type of visualization to add to the dashboard to best showcase the data.
Define exactly what data to display and which visualization type to use to display it.

Prerequisites

You have created the dashboard that you want to modify. For steps, see Creating a dashboard.
You must have the Web Edit Dashboard and Web Run Dashboard privileges.

To create and add a visualization to a dashboard

1 Click the name of the dashboard to run it.
2 If the Dataset Objects panel is not displayed, from the Show menu, select Dataset Objects. If your dashboard contains multiple datasets, from the Dataset Objects panel, select the dataset that contains the dataset objects that you want to add to the visualization.
3 If the visualization's Drop Zones panel is not displayed, from the Show menu, select Edit Visualization.
* The name of the Drop Zones panel for a visualization can vary depending on the type of visualization you are modifying. For example, the Drop Zones panel appears as the Grid panel when modifying a Grid visualization, and appears as the Network panel when modifying a Network visualization.
4 Create the visualization by doing one of the following:
To select the type of visualization to create and have MicroStrategy automatically select the data to add to the visualization, from the toolbar, click the Add Visualization icon Insert Visualization icon. An empty visualization is automatically added to the dashboard. In the empty visualization, click Select a Visualization. The Select a Visualization dialog box opens, with an icon Recommended Visualization icon displayed next to the visualization that Web recommends based on the data in your dashboard. Click the icon of the visualization to use to display your data.

Depending on the type of visualization you select, different visualization subtypes may be available. For example, if you want to represent your data as a bar graph, you can choose to display it as a vertical bar graph or a horizontal bar graph. Click the icon for the subtype to use to display your data. For a list of graph types and subtypes, see Select a Visualization dialog box. The visualization is automatically created and added using the dataset objects in your dashboard.

To select the data that you want to display and have MicroStrategy automatically determine which type of visualization to add to the dashboard, in the Dataset Objects panel, select the dataset objects to display in the visualization. To select multiple dataset objects, press CTRL and click each dataset object to select it. From the toolbar, click the Add Visualization icon Insert Visualization icon. The visualization is automatically added to the dashboard and displayed using the dataset objects that you selected.
To define exactly what data to display and which visualization type to use to display it, click the arrow to the right of the Add Visualization icon Image of the arrow icon to the right of the Insert Visualization icon. Select the type of visualization to add to the dashboard. A blank visualization is added to the dashboard and displayed with an icon representing the visualization's type. Add the dataset objects that you want to display to the visualization, as described below.
5 You can customize the display of the visualization by adding, replacing, and removing dataset objects from the visualization. Choose from the following:
To add a dataset object to the visualization, from the Dataset Objects panel, drag and drop the dataset object onto the appropriate area on the visualization's Drop Zones panel.
To replace a dataset object that has already been added to the visualization, from the Dataset Objects panel, click and drag the dataset object on top of the item in the Drop Zones panel that you want to replace, so that a blue arrow is displayed next to the cursor. The item is replaced with your dataset object.
To remove a dataset object from the visualization, in the visualization's Drop Zones panel, hover the cursor over the dataset object's name, then click X. The dataset object is removed from the visualization.
6 Repeat the appropriate steps above to define your visualization. For detailed steps and data requirements to create a specific type of visualization, see the related links below.

Related topics

Creating a dashboard
Adding, replacing, and removing data from visualizations
Creating a Density Map visualization
Creating a Graph visualization
Creating a Grid visualization
Creating a Heat Map visualization
Creating a Map visualization
Dashboard Editor: Map with Areas: Properties
Creating a Network visualization