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MicroStrategy's help videos provide a quick, easy introduction to creating visual, highly interactive dashboards and analyzing your business data using Visual Insight. To view these videos, see Data Discovery.

About Visual Insight in Flash

Before You Begin

MicroStrategy 10 has updated the look and feel of the Visual Insight interface and dashboards to support HTML5. By default, dashboards that were created using an older version of Visual Insight and Flash are updated to use HTML5 when upgrading to MicroStrategy 10. You can choose to create new dashboards in HTML5 or Flash, by defining the default dashboard renderer in the Report Services preferences. For an introduction to Visual Insight in HTML5, see About Visual Insight.

With Visual Insight, you can create interactive dashboards that allow users to explore their business data. You can quickly and easily create a polished, presentation-quality dashboard without requiring a lot of design time. For example, you can:

Quickly add visual representations of the data (called visualizations) to the dashboard to make the data easier to interpret.
Easily add, rearrange, or remove data from visualizations.
Quickly add filters to a dashboard, to allow users to choose the information they want to display.
Easily group data in the dashboard, allowing users to switch between and explore subsets of the data.
Use pre-defined, presentation-quality formatting to quickly display your data in a visually striking, interactive dashboard.

Dashboards open by default in Visual Insight Mode, where you can easily drag and drop attributes and metrics to display data, create filters, group data, and more. You can also maximize the amount of space available for data display by viewing dashboards in Presentation Mode, or view dashboards on an iPad with MicroStrategy Mobile.

In the image below, data is displayed in a dashboard using a Grid visualization, which contains revenue, cost, and profit data for each Call Center in a Region. Profit values of less than $300,000 are displayed using a red background, while values of greater than $800,000 are displayed in green. You can easily add data to the visualization, rearrange objects in the grid, determine which regions are displayed in the grid, and so on.

Example of a Grid visualization in a dashboard

The image below shows a Heat Map visualization in the same dashboard, which displays the data using colored rectangles of different sizes and colors depending on the cost and profit data for each Call Center. You can format the colors used to display the rectangles, delete rectangles from the display, and change how the size and position of the rectangles is calculated.

Example of a Heat map visualization in a dashboard

For steps to create a dashboard, see Creating a dashboard.

For more information on the types of visualizations available to be added to a dashboard, see the appropriate topic below:

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

In addition, you can enable the following visualization:

Image Layout visualization: You can display your data using an image overlaid with colored areas or bubble markers to allow 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.

Related topics

Creating a dashboard
About importing data into MicroStrategy Web
Adding and removing datasets from a dashboard
Formatting and working with dashboards
About visualizations