Indicator

An indicator reflects the value of a single key measure. It's used when a dashboard contains values that need to be monitored on a regular basis to understand the overall situation. These can be the number of incidents for the past day, plan performance, or a YoY increase in sales. Indicators are most often placed at the top or on the right side of a dashboard. Be sure there are no more than 6 indicators per screen so that they don't lose their urgency or confuse users. Using indicators of different sizes, you can build a hierarchy of the various metrics according to significance.

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You can set up the size and color of an indicator.

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Source table
YearSales
20226M
202128M
202018M
20199M
20181M

Sections in the wizard

Section
in the wizard
Description
MeasureMeasure. One measure that determines the indicator value.
FiltersDimension or measure. Used as a filter.

Creating an indicator

To create an indicator:

  1. On the DataLens home page, click Create chart.
  2. Under Dataset, select a dataset for visualization.
  3. Select the Indicator chart type.
  4. Drag a dimension or measure from the dataset to the Measure section. The value is displayed as a number.

You can also change the size and color of the indicator:

  1. In the Measure section, click .
  2. In the Indicator settings window, select the size and color and click Apply.

Recommendations

  • Use emojis when calculating indicator values to make them more informative.

    indicator-chart-emoji

    This indicator chart uses a calculated field with the formula IF([Average spend]>2200, CONCAT("✔️",STR(ROUND([Average spend]))),CONCAT("🔻",STR(round([Average spend])))).

  • Describe the context to make it clear what indicators mean.

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