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The EQuIS Enterprise interface consists of the main window frame and the selected dashboard. Enterprise dashboards serve as containers for one or more widgets that can provide overviews (e.g., reports, charts, maps, etc.) about projects (i.e., facilities). A variety of standard dashboards are included with the installation of EQuIS Enterprise (see Standard Dashboards). These dashboards can be configured and/or copied. New dashboards can also be created by users with the necessary permissions. Creation of project-specific or user-specific dashboards is recommended to provide the greatest benefit. Customization of dashboards involves adding and configuring widgets that will convey the desired data to end-users and decision makers.
Dashboards may contain data from one or more facilities. Set dashboard permissions to adjust the visibility or edit-ability of any dashboard for specific Enterprise users. For projects with similar analysis and/or reporting components, dashboards may be setup as templates and then copied.
Enterprise dashboards are divided into Sections and Columns to provide a means of enhancing and controlling the arrangement of widgets. Each dashboard must have at least one section and one column, but users can add as many sections and columns as desired. The display of dashboard sections can be either in a stacked vertical alignment or as horizontal tabs.
What makes a good dashboard?
For the dashboard to be effective, it must easily communicate the desired information without distractions or elements that might cause confusion. Add widgets that support the presentation of meaningful and useful data—graphics, charts, maps and other visual indicators that can be easily monitored and interpreted. The dashboard layout design and the selected widgets should work well with human visual perception. Do not clutter the dashboard or make information difficult to read. Also, logically group widgets to display similar types of data and information. Example sections might include project or facility overview, constituents of concern, permit data, site characterization data, etc.
When a user logs into Enterprise, a default dashboard will be displayed. The application uses the following step-wise protocol (based on user permissions) to determine which dashboard to display:
•Look at value in ST_USER.DEFAULT_DASHBOARD_ID
•Most recent dashboard in the ST_RECENT table
•Most recently created dashboard
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