Visualize dashboards

The Sentinel Web Dashboard comes complete with visualizations including reports, metrics, strategy maps, external sessions and more. There are many customizations available for these options. By visualizing them properly you empower your Web Dashboard users the best way to view your business data exactly how you imagined.

After you create and save a Web Dashboard, it is immediately available in the My documents folder. At this point you can visualize

To visualize a dashboard, double-click its name in the My documents folder.

Once a dashboard has been visualized:

  • Use the Tab key to move focus from block to block.
  • Perform some actions that affect the dashboard globally (see Global actions) and others that affect only the selected block (see Block-specific actions.)

Global actions

Once a dashboard is displayed, the following buttons are available at the top of the window. Actions invoked by these buttons affect the entire dashboard:

Button Description
Filter Dashboard icon report filter two small right arrows Displays a prompt that allows you to filter the data displayed by the dashboard. Select a filter and set a value. Add more filters if necessary.

Refresh

Reloads the report.
PDF Export Generates a PDF file that you can either save or open directly.

Comment

Opens a window where you can add a new comment and see existing comments.

Edit document icon edit

Invokes the Design mode for this report. See Specify report design options.

Automatic Refresh

Starting with Service Pack 5, the Automatic Refresh field is also available, at the top right of the window. This field specifies how often the currently displayed dashboard is being updated.  In order to use it, you need to enter a value (number of minutes) in the text box and then press the Enter key or click on the Right arrow.

When using this feature you should also be aware of the following:

  • Only positive, integer numbers are allowed
  • By default the automatic refresh is disabled, corresponding to 0 minutes selection
  • The automatic refresh setting is only working for the current page displaying a dashboard. If the page is left or refreshed, the user’s settings regarding the automatic refresh will be lost.
  • The automatic refresh set in this edit box outweighs the automatic refresh configured when designing the dashboard

Block-specific actions

Once a dashboard is displayed, certain actions are available on a per-block basis. They vary depending on the content of the block.

Use the Tab key to move focus from block to block.

Accessing dashboards using an URL

You can access dashboards directly by entering the appropriate URL into the browser. You might be asked to authenticate before proceeding.

Use the following syntax when specifying an URL:

http://<web-dashboard-host>:<web-dashboard-port>/SentinelWebDashboard/document/dashboard/<dashboard-name>

where:

  • <web-dashboard-host> is the host where Web Dashboard is accessible
  • <web-dashboard-port> is the port where Web Dashboard is accessible (default: 8443)
  • <dashboard-name> is the name of the dashboard you want to access

You can specify filters in the URL by appending the required information to the URL.

Use the following syntax when specifying filters:

?f:<filter-name-1>=<filter-value-1>&f:<filter-name-2>=<filter-value-2>&<filter-name-3>=<filter-value-3>

where:

  • <filter-name-1> is the name of the first filter
  • <filter-value-1> is the value of the first filter
  • <filter-name-2> is the name of the second filter
  • <filter-value-2> is the value of the second filter
Note   Make sure your URL is valid after you add filters. For example, if a filter value contains white space (for example, to to), convert the white space to make the URL valid, like this: to%20to

You can enable or disable a filter. Use the following syntax to enable or disable a filter:

  • Disable a filter: u:<filter-name>=0
  • Enable a filter: u:<filter-name>=1

Example

You have a dashboard (Employees) listing employees and you want to filter them by Country and Department. You have set up two filters one called country and the other named departmentId.

You can access the dashboard filtering for all the employees from the United States belonging to the Accounting department with the following URL:

http://reports.acme.com:1234/SentinelWebDashboard/document/dashboard/Employees?f:country=United%20States&f:departmentId=Accounting

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