Dashboards are made up of a series of tiles, each providing a view of specific metrics, either in the form of a chart, a graph or other visual representation of a set of data. Tiles are created and stored in the Tile Library and can be added to dashboards.
To work with tiles users will need the appropriate Dashboard permissions (see Permissions for more information).
Each tile provides the settings that will be used to build the data source and display it visually within the dashboard. This includes specifying custom parameters to be passed to the data source.
Commands for working with tiles are available in the right-click context menu of the root node in the Tile Library navigation tree. Additional commands are available from the context menu of an existing tile.
A search field at the top of the tree allows users to search for tiles and/or tile groups in the tree.
The data for a tile is derived from a Stored Procedure created in the Blue Prism database. For more information see the section Data Sources.
To create a new tile, right-click in the Tile Library to show the context menu and select Create Tile.
When presented with the Dashboard Tile definition screen the following properties can be chosen:
|Name||The name of the Tile. This will usually reflect a specific metric, e.g. “Number of available robots”||Free-form text value (up to 50 characters). Names do not need to be unique.|
|Description||A text description offering a more detailed explanation of the values represented in the Tile.||Free-form text value (up to 80 characters).|
|Display Type||The type of visual representation of the data.||Selection. Default is ‘Chart’ type.|
|Auto-refresh||The interval to poll the server for changes to the Tile’s data.||Selection. Default is ‘Never’.|
|Chart type||The style-type to be applied to the data source e.g. Bar Chart, Pie Chart, etc.||Selection. Default for Chart is ‘Bar’|
|Data source||A database Stored Procedure designed to return the values for the chosen Display Type control.||Selection. List populated from published Stored Procedures in the Blue Prism database.|
|Parameters||A list of parameters required as inputs to the Data Source stored procedure.||Data values will vary according to the requirements of the stored procedure. See the stored procedure’s definition for details.|
A Preview tab is also available to display a preview of how the tile will appear using the current settings.
Tile groups are a way of organizing existing tiles into groups to provide a user-friendly storage structure. To create a new tile group, right-click the root node in the Tile Library and choose Create group. A new group will need to be named before it can be used.
Tiles can be dragged and dropped over the tile group to add them to the group. Tiles will be arranged in the order that they were added to the group.
Groups can be nested to whatever level is required, and tiles can be placed at any level within the nested groups.
To rename an existing tile group, select Rename group from the group context menu.
To delete an existing tile group, select Delete group from the group context menu. Deleting a tile group does not delete the tiles within that group, so if a tile group is deleted any tiles within it will remain in the Tile Library, but will no longer belong to a group.
Edit a tile
Any existing tile can be edited from within the Tile Library. To edit a tile:
- Double-click any selected tile.
- A new dialog displays where the tile properties can be amended (see Create a tile for the list of properties).
Copy a tile
To speed up the tile development process a tile can be copied with its existing settings in order to create a new tile. To copy a tile:
- With a tile selected (as the source tile) right-click and select Copy tile.
- A new tile is listed in the same tile group as the source tile, which takes the name of the source tile with the phrase “ – Copy” appended to the name.
Delete a tile
Tiles can be deleted by selecting the tile, right-clicking and selecting Delete tile. A prompt window will display asking for confirmation of the deletion before the tile is removed.