DeepSee End User Guide
Orientation to Dashboards
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This chapter reviews the contents of the dashboards that you may already have in your system. It discusses the following topics:

This chapter is intended as an orientation to the possible contents of your dashboards. For information on using the elements described here, see the chapter Using Dashboards.”
Overview of Dashboards
The following example shows a sample dashboard:
A dashboard consists of the following areas:
Widget Variations
This section shows the contents of different types of widgets that you might see in your dashboards.
Pivot Table Widgets
A pivot table widget displays data in one of three formats:
Scorecard Widgets
A scorecard widget displays one or more rows of data in a tabular format that also includes features such as value-dependent lamps and arrows. For example:
Meter Widgets
A meter widget displays one or more values, each in a graphical object as follows:
The preceding picture shows a speedometer. DeepSee also supports text meters. For example:
Map Widgets
A dashboard can include a map widget like the following:
The highlighted points typically correspond to locations that are relevant to your business.
Calendar Widgets
A dashboard can include a calendar widget like the following:
This widget is included purely as information; it is not connected to your data.
Controls Widgets
A controls widget consists only of toolbar controls and has no main body content. The following shows an example:
Custom Widgets
A dashboard can also include custom widgets called portlets. The following shows an example:
Data Sources for Widgets
Most widgets use a data source, which is one of the following:
All of these data sources can be displayed in pivot table widgets, scorecard widgets, and meter widgets.
Widget Basics
A widget might or might not include a title bar with buttons, as follows:
The title bar may or may not include a title.
Most widgets include scroll bars when necessary. A pivot table instead includes paging buttons like the following example:
If a pivot table displays nested rows and if there are more than 100 rows, DeepSee initially accesses the first 100 rows and displays the Show All button instead of these paging buttons. If you select the Show All button, DeepSee accesses all the rows and then displays the paging buttons.
Depending on how the dashboard is configured, the lower right corner of each widget can include a resize handle:
Locations of Controls and Buttons
A dashboard can include controls and graphical buttons. Depending upon the dashboard design, you see these items in either or both of the following locations:
The next chapter provides information on using these options.
Empty Widgets
There are two scenarios in which you might see empty widgets.
In the first scenario, a widget (or the underlying pivot table, if applicable) has been deliberately configured not to automatically execute when you open the dashboard. (This configuration can be useful when a pivot table uses a long-running query.) In this scenario, the widget should include a refresh button , which you use to force the widget to display its contents. If there is no such button, contact the owner of the dashboard.
In the second scenario, if the system cannot find some of the data that the dashboard uses, the system displays as much of the dashboard as possible. For any affected widget, the system displays something like this:
This typically indicates that someone has either renamed or deleted the data source used by this widget; it could also indicate that you do not have permission for the data in this widget. Contact the creator of the dashboard or reconfigure the widget yourself; see Creating DeepSee Dashboards.

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