December 5, 2008 1 Dashboard Reporting: Design Tips and Tricks Melinda Rojo Kathy Kimball
December 5, 2008 2 Session Overview OBIEE offers a rich array of widgets for use in designing and developing dashboards, from dashboard prompts to view selectors to column selectors. This session will share the tips and tricks weve discovered on how best to use the powerful capabilities.
December 5, 2008 4 Overall Design Tips & Tricks Develop and implement standards for both dashboards and requests Summarize and then drill to detail Make prototypes Make use of visual indicators where appropriate and useful Reuse! Reuse! Reuse! Prompts Requests Filters Document requests and filters to facilitate reuse and maintenance
December 5, 2008 6 Dashboard Prompts Use prompts to filter results on either an entire Dashboard or the current Dashboard page
December 5, 2008 7 Dashboard Prompts Tips & Tricks Select from many operators available Use SQL Results to set choices shown Use Server Variables to set defaults Set Presentation Variables Use constrain Use multiple prompts Example Only show departments and funds that a user is interested in. But still allow them to search on any.
December 5, 2008 8 Dashboard Prompts
December 5, 2008 9 Dashboard Section Properties Guided Navigation Can guide users to a related set of results either by static or conditional links Drill in Place Shows the new results directly in the dashboard rather than replacing the entire dashboard page Arrange Horizontally Displays all requests in this section horizontally
December 5, 2008 10 Dashboard Report Properties Show View Option shows available views of a report Default is Compound Layout Report Links Option controls links displayed under reports
December 5, 2008 11 Dashboard Saved Selections Use saved selections to allow users to view dashboard pages with the their most frequently used choices Applies to many aspects of a dashboard page Filters Prompts View selections Stored on BI Server Web Catalog in /root/users/username/_selections
December 5, 2008 12 Dashboard Saved Selections Tips & Tricks Add a button to all dashboard pages allowing users to clear their selections
December 5, 2008 13 Dashboard Branding OBIEE can be customized to your institution using styles, skins, and custom images Tips & Tricks Name your dashboard (bg_banner.jpg) http://obiee101.blogspot.com/2008/09/obiee-portal-customization-part-1.html http://obiee101.blogspot.com/2008/09/obiee-portal-customization-part-1.html Change Powered by Oracle on page footer (siebelbug.gif) http://obiee101.blogspot.com/2008/10/obiee-replacing-siebelbuggif-powered-by.html http://obiee101.blogspot.com/2008/10/obiee-replacing-siebelbuggif-powered-by.html
December 5, 2008 14 Dashboard Download Options Download to Excel and Download to Excel 2000 behave a little differently depending on the platform and browser used We recommend Mac users use the Firefox browser and the Excel 2000 link Excel and Excel 2000 file format is really *.mht; *mhtml though the extension is.xls Youll want to save the file as a Microsoft Excel Workbook before editing the file
December 5, 2008 15 Download to Excel or Excel 2000 Formulas are not downloaded. The value in a cell is downloaded as that value, not as a formula. Monetary columns download as numbers. Values with commas are formatted as numbers and retain formatting that was displayed on the Dashboard, i.e., if two decimal places are shown then those appear in Excel. Monetary columns without a comma are formatted as general, which is a number but with no specific number format. The value does not change but decimal places are suppressed if zeros appear to the right of the decimal place. Columns that are numeric and contain values with leading zeros lose the leading zeros when downloaded to Excel.
December 5, 2008 16 Conditional Formatting Indicators Weve had inconsistent results using conditional formatting indicators such as a flag or bubble and the image may move when the rows are sorted Conditional formatting indicators appear as a broken images when Download to Excel 2000 is used in both Firefox and IE 7 on Windows/PC No testing has been done on Macs yet
December 5, 2008 17 Download to Data Download to Data creates a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file, which includes all of the columns included in the Answers request (not just the view displayed on the screen) Formatting from the screen will not be carried over to the file Additional download results have been documented on our website: http://polydata.calpoly.edu/dashboards/faqs.html http://polydata.calpoly.edu/dashboards/faqs.html
December 5, 2008 18 Dashboard Printing PDF or HTML of displayed view Headers or Footers appear in PDF if added to the Compound Layout
December 5, 2008 19 Headers and Footers Cal Poly footer includes: Saved Name (name of the request) Print Date Page Number Author Name (person running the dashboard request)
December 5, 2008 20 Answers Tips & Tricks Column Selector View View Selector View Narrative View Compound Layout Saved Filters Saved Data Formats Value Interaction (Navigation)
December 5, 2008 21 Column Selector View Use column selectors view to allow users to dynamically change which columns appear in a request
December 5, 2008 22 Column Selector View Tips & Tricks Standardize on label text such as Show Column: Color code column selector to make visible to end users Standardize on common columns and sort in same order on all requests Used Advanced Tab to edit XML and copy/paste Include all members of hierarchies in column selectors so they can jump to level Add column selector to a hidden field on a Pivot to sort results (otherwise only available on table view) Uncheck automatically refresh when a new column is selected so users have GO button
December 5, 2008 23 View Selectors View Use view selector view to select a specific view of the results from among the saved views
December 5, 2008 24 View Selectors Tips & Tricks Standardize on label text such as Select a View: Create view to display filters Create view with instructions before displaying data Create view to easily download data
December 5, 2008 25 Narrative View Use narrative view to combine text with the results of a request Useful for referencing variables
December 5, 2008 26 Compound Layout View Use compound layout view to assemble different views for display on a dashboard Tips & Tricks Remove the Title view Know your boundaries (upper, lower, left, right) View Boundaries Report Boundaries Use multiple compound layouts for requests with multiple layouts but the same criteria
December 5, 2008 27 Compound Layout
December 5, 2008 28 Saved Filters Use saved filters so they may be shared with multiple requests Document shared filters in a flow chart to show dependencies on specific saved filters
December 5, 2008 29 Saved Filters
December 5, 2008 30 Saved Filters Tips & Tricks Create to match all columns in a dashboard page prompt Create to match all columns in the criteria Create to match all columns in standard column selectors Create to use for development while building new requests Order of filters matters!
December 5, 2008 31 Saved Data Formats Use saved data formats to apply, save, and re-use column properties on Value Format tab, Column Format tab, and Conditional Format tabs Scope of save can vary For a specific column As a system-wide default for this column As a system-wide default for this data type Stored in an XML file in the Web Catalog in the /root/system/metadata folder
December 5, 2008 32 Saved Data Formats Tips & Tricks Save the email address field to display system- wide using mail-to format Will display on all requests using that column
December 5, 2008 33 Value Interaction Use value interaction to specify what should happen when a user clicks on a column heading or column value Allows users to navigate to multiple requests or dashboards If multiple navigation paths, pop-up window displays caption Provides drill-to-detail capability
December 5, 2008 34 Value Interaction Source Request Set I