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Discovery Quick Tour

Walks you through Discovery user interface, including the Perspectives Overview, Perspective Details when viewing, and Perspective Details when editing.

Discovery puts the power of self-service interactive dashboards, visualizations, and charts into your hands. You can:

  • Monitor and drive business performance.
  • Visualize numbers and charts side-by-side.
  • Analyze real-time financial and operational data over time, reach your own conclusions, and apply what you’ve learned to improve your plan.

Watch this video (1m35s) on basic navigation for people who use dashboards to view and analyze:

Discovery Dashboard Navigation Quick Tour

Building Blocks

Perspectives, dashboards, and charts are the building blocks for self-service dashboards and a rich data analysis experience:

Building blocks for a Perspective, Dashboard, Charts

1 Perspective

A perspective is a group of dashboards and charts, usually focused on a common function such as finance or sales.

2 Dashboard

A dashboard is a container for grouping a series of charts or other data analysis often by a theme or subject.

3 Charts

A chart visualizes your data. Review Chart Types to pick a chart that works best for the information you want to visualize.

Perspectives Overview

The Perspectives Overview is the first page you come to when accessing Discovery. The Perspective Overview displays available perspectives in grid view or list view (shown in the inset). This is your starting point to view dashboards and present data, or manage perspectives, such as share and collaborate.

Perspectives Overview to See a list of Private and Shared Perspectives

1 Discovery Link: Brings you back to the Perspective Overview where ever you are in Discovery.

2 Perspectives Overview Toolbar: Create a perspective, sort perspectives in ascending or descending order, and view perspectives as tiles or in a list.

3 Grid View: Browse perspectives as tiles.

4 List View: Browse perspectives in list format.

Perspective Details 

The Perspective Details is where you go to view or edit the contents of a perspective, including dashboards and charts.

As a Viewer

Use Discovery to view, collaborate, and analyze your company data. You can view charts in a standard view or as a presentation.

Perspective Detail When Viewing and When Presenting

1 Perspective Detail Toolbar

2 Perspective Context filter

3 Perspective Detail when viewing

4 Perspective Detail when presenting

As an Editor or Admin

Use Discovery to build charts in dashboards, create or edit dashboards, or rename the perspective. Try creating a dashboard and basic KPI chart and column chart.

Perspective Details When Editing

1 Perspective Details Toolbar: In Grid view, click Edit Icon to access the editor.

2 Left Panel: Choose a chart and to add accounts to a chart.

3 Design area: Build and organize charts and dashboards.

4 Right Panel: Edit Appearance Settings, Data Settings, and Time Settings.

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