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Introduction to Operations Insight (OI) Dashboards

OI Dashboards is a feature within Operations Insight (OI) for creating dashboards upon which you can visualize data from MindSphere Integrated Data Lake (IDL) and IoT Time series data. This Help documentation includes information on using OI Dashboards and is intended for those who want to use OI Dashboard's customizable dashboards and widgets to track IoT and IDL data.

About OI Dashboards Features

While this document covers all OI dashboard features, the dashboard, data source, and widget features available depend on your organization's subscription(s) to MindSphere applications and/or early access offerings, and the permissions and roles assigned to you by your organization's MindSphere administrator.

While most dashboard widgets can be used with any data source, some work only with IDL-based or IoT-based data sources. For example, if your organization doesn't store data in MindSphere's IDL, you may not see features that apply only to IDL data sources.

OI Dashboards Customizable User Interface (UI)

The Dashboard UI presents a central canvas for widgets and a series of tabs on the right side for adding and configuring data sources and widgets.

You can use widgets immediately - with their default design, or customize their appearance with colors, labels, borders, and legends at any time using the Design a Widget tab.

What You can Do With OI Dashboards

The main features and functionality in dashboards:

  • Create, edit, rename, delete, and share dashboards
  • Read and Write data from MindSphere Internet of Things (IoT) and Integrated Data Lake (IDL) to OI dashboards
  • Specify data source filters, groupings, labels, units of measure, and X- and Y-Axis fields for charts
  • Apply the automatic update feature to ensure a widget's data is continually refreshed
  • Drill down KPI into widget data to view a subset of 'parent' widget data
  • Add multiple fields to the Y-Axis in line, bar, and area charts; currently only data lake data is supported

Note

OI Dashboards can work with MindSphere's Integrated Data Lake (IDL) and Semantic Data Interconnect (SDI) data sources, which are available to MindSphere Capability package subscribers only.

Viewing a Visual Explorer Dashboard

The Dashboards list includes all the dashboards that you are allowed to access in Visual Explorer.

The "Dashboards" screen also displays dashboards created in the "Visual Explorer" and shared with you. To view the dashboards created with the Visual Explorer, please ensure that you have those Visual Explorer license and one of the following roles assigned:

  • mdsp:core:visualexplorer.viewer
  • mdsp:core:visualexplorer.publisher
  • mdsp:core:visualexplorer.interactor
  • mdsp:core:visualexplorer.administrator

To control which dashboards are available for a certain user or user group, you can leverage the fine-grained content access options within Visual Explorer. Here you can manage permissions for projects, workbooks and views individually. For more information on users permissions, refer to User rights in "Visual Explorer" or Manage Content Access.

For Visual Explorer Dashboards, you can create an annotation. The annotation requires a description and can be enhanced with tags. The annotation is created in the context of the user and with the current timestamp.

All annotations can be found in the "Events" Overview. Here you can also use the filters of the table to find all the annotations with a specific tag.

Viewing a Visual Flow Creator Dashboard

If a role for Visual Flow Creator has been assigned to you, you can seen the existing Visual Flow Creator dashboards in the dashboard overview section.

For Visual Flow Creator Dashboards, you can create an annotation. The annotation requires a description and can be enhanced with tags. The annotation is created in the context of the user and with the current timestamp.

All annotations can be found in the Events Overview. Here you can also use the filters of the table to find all the annotations with a specific tag.

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Last update: May 13, 2022