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.
Add data to the dashboard from a wide variety of data source, including MicroStrategy reports, files stored on a Dropbox or Google Drive account, data stored in relational databases, and more.
Quickly add filters to a dashboard, to allow users to choose the information they want to display.
Add text, images, and HTML content to the dashboard to create a compelling display.
Use pre-defined, presentation-quality formatting to quickly display your data in a visually striking, interactive dashboard. You can apply display themes and color palettes to your dashboard to instantly update the look and feel of your data.

Dashboards open by default in Visual Insight Mode, where you can easily drag and drop attributes and metrics to display data, add filters, create attributes and metrics, 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.

An example of a Graph visualization in a dashboard is displayed in the image below. The data in the visualization is shown as a series of bar graphs, with a separate bar riser displayed for each Call Center. The bar riser for each Call Center is displayed in a different color. Finally, the data is sliced to display a separate graph for the revenue and profit data for each product category by quarter.

Example of a Graph visualization

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 revenue 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 dashboard in Visual Insight

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:

ESRI Map visualization: You can display your data as markers or areas on an interactive map using the Map visualization. For example, you can create a Map visualization that displays how customer households are clustered in different parts of the country using a density map, or display retail locations as a series of map markers that users can click to view additional information about stores in their area.
Google Map visualization: You can display your data as markers on a map using the Google Map 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.
Network visualization: You can display the data as a network of nodes, with lines between the nodes representing relationships between attribute elements.

Related topic

Creating a dashboard