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Operations Dashboard is a configurable web app that's included with the ArcGIS platform. Dashboard offers a comprehensive and engaging view of your data to provide key insight for at-a-glance decision making.

 

Following our initial launch inside ArcGIS Online in December 2017, and support with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 in January 2018, we are poised to release a new update in April 2018 with some exciting new capabilities.

 

While we are putting the finishing touches on this release, we'd like to preview the key new features that you can expect to see:

 

Selection on Charts

Dashboards are composed of elements such as maps, lists, gauges, indicators and charts that bring your data to life. Not only do the elements within your dashboard update when your data changes, providing an effective yet static decision support tool, but you can configure elements to communicate with one another to provide better understanding. 

 

With this release we are adding charts as a source of actions for both pie and serial charts. You can select a single data point, or multiple data points in your charts and have their selection trigger actions in other elements like maps or lists. 

 

 

Search Map Tool

Within the map element, you can now add a new Search Map tool. This allows the user of a Dashboard to find locations or search features on the map. Search capabilities are derived from the search settings configured in the web map that you create. The Search tool will expand/contract when you click on it so that you can maximize your use of the map. Likewise, if you would like to search based upon a layer or a specific location you can click the drop down to maximize your search results.

 

Embedded Content Element

The new Embedded Content element makes it easy to embed documents, images and video into your Dashboard. Embedded content can be static, in which case all you need to provide is the direct URL of the content you wish to display. If you want to embed weather information, a video from YouTube, or even a web scene or Survey form, simply enter the URL as a document.

 

Second, you can embed content from features. This means that each feature’s attribute information can be used to dynamically construct a URL at run time. When embedding from features, the embedded content can be the target of an action such as selection on a map or list. This is a great way to display content from external web pages that are based upon a common key, shared in a feature attribute (like images from CCTV cameras for example).

 

 

Scale bar on maps

Included with the map tools, you can now add a scale bar to your map. There are two styles: a ruler style or a line style. When you choose a style, the scale bar will appear in the bottom left corner of your map element.

 

 

Feature-mode for Gauges and Indicators

Until now, you could only configure a gauge or indicator using a statistic value such as an average or a sum. With this release, you can now drive the value type, as well as the minimum and maximum values directly from attributes of a feature.


 

Sharing Premium Content in Dashboards

ArcGIS comes with ready-to-use map layers that require an organizational subscription account to access. Some of your subscription content, premium content, will consume credits as well. You can include subscription content in your Dashboard, provide seamless access to it, and if needed, limit the number of requests it can receive to manage costs.

 

 

Switch Languages

Depending upon the region you are in, you may need to override the locale settings of your browser to display your Dashboard in a different language.

 

Now you can use a query parameter on the URL of the Dashboard to load it in the locale of your choice. By appending the two-letter language code to your Dashboard URL, you can load the Dashboard into the locale of your choice.

 

Default Language:

https://<portal>/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/4f539791b2f1418cb5403891f1a7be50

 

French Locale:

https://<portal>/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/4f539791b2f1418cb5403891f1a7be50?locale=fr

 

New SVG Icons

When adding an icon to your Indicator or Gauge, you will find that we have added over 100 new icons to the collection. Of course, you can continue to add your own icons as well. Also, now you can use an SVG icon as the logo within the Header element as well!

 

 

No Data Label

It is possible that your visualization may not have any data to display. It may be driven by an empty layer awaiting data to be added from field apps like Collector, or, it may be the destination of a selection within another element. If the element is void of any data, Dashboard would fill the empty space with a “No data” label. Now you can provide your own text that makes sense to your users and potentially gives direction on how to populate the element with data.

 

 

In addition to all the new features mentioned above, we slightly changed the configuration user experience as well. Actions are no longer a separate button from the rest of the configuration experience. They are now available in a unified configuration experience so that they are easier to find and manage.

 

We look forward to seeing the Dashboards that you create using our April release! If you would like to share your Dashboards with us, or provide feedback directly to our development team, please email Dashboard4ArcGIS@esri.com.

 

Thank you,

 

Dashboard Team

We are excited to announce that Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS is now available with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6! from My Esri

 

You can download the "Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS 1.0" setup. It is located under My Organizations / Downloads / ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 (Windows or Linux) / Apps. Alternatively, you can use the left navigation to go directly to Apps and search for Operations Dashboard 1.0.

 

A couple of important notes:

  1. This setup will only be available for ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6. We just didn't hit their code freeze date and had to ship separately. Moving forward, with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1 and higher, a setup will not be required. Operations Dashboard will simply be included with ArcGIS Enterprise as it is today with ArcGIS Online.
  2. If you have been using the Operations Dashboard 10.3.4 for ArcGIS Deployment Utility to create Operations views using the Windows app inside of ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5.1, you can continue to do so. However, this utility is moving into a mature status and will not be included in the ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 downloads. 

 

Dashboard team

Make effective dashboards with exciting, new, killer gauges. Maximize real-estate and brand your dashboards. Be more effective with dates, numbers and unit prefixing. These new features are all a part of this latest update. Read this blog article for all the details!

Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS is an app that enables you to monitor, track, and assess your assets and daily operations. We’re delighted to announce that we just refreshed our beta for the next generation Operations Dashboard app. This beta empowers you to make visually stunning dashboards that enable operational decisions at a glance, all within your web browser. Sign up for the Operations Dashboard beta program and check out the beta through Esri’s Early Adopter site.

 

Highlights of the new capabilities are:

 

Author and share dashboards, all within a web browser

You can now create a dashboard from scratch and share it with users, all from your web browser. There is no need to download and install anything locally. This new web architecture means Operations Dashboard is more closely integrated with your ArcGIS organization.

 

 

For example, now you can launch Operations Dashboard from the ArcGIS Online app switcher, as shown above. You can also browse for and manage your dashboards within your ArcGIS organizational content, in addition to the new Operations Dashboard homepage, as shown below. You can also start creating dashboards from the homepage. These enhancements make working between Operations Dashboard and your ArcGIS organization seamless and easy.

 

 

Create beautiful dashboards

You can easily create stunning information products with this beta. Each visual element you add to a dashboard includes attractive and intuitive default style options. However, if you need more control over the look and feel of your dashboards, there are many configuration options to play with. You can adjust font sizes and colors, as well as use rich text, custom icons, and HTML symbols in your visual elements. You now have the option to display the last update time on each visual element, which improves situational awareness by informing users how current the data is. In addition, this release includes a redesigned dark theme, shown below, that makes your dashboards pop in dimly lit rooms. Simply put, you now have the power to create the dashboard best suited to your organizational needs.

 


 

Leverage the latest web map capabilities

You can now include map elements in your dashboards that take advantage of all the powerful new web map functionality, such as heat map renderers, stream layers, and vector basemaps. You can also use Arcade expressions to enhance map labels and symbology. In short, you can now include more clear, useful, and attractive maps in your dashboards.

 

Create advanced charts

This beta offers many sophisticated charts of various types and styles to include in your dashboards. Click through the images below to see the new charting capabilities.

 

 

You can easily make more types of charts in this beta. For instance, you can transform a pie chart into a donut chart just by adjusting the chart’s inner radius setting. You can also make an area chart by increasing the opacity of the area underneath a series in a line chart, as shown in the next image.

 

 

Time-series data can now be visualized on line and area charts, as shown in the area chart above. You can also enable a scrollbar that allows you to only display times that you’re interested in, such as between 6 PM and 11 PM, as shown in the image at right above. In addition, you can filter data shown in your chart (and the indicator element) by common time periods, such as “within the last 7 days” or “within the last month.” Date-parsing along the category axis is also supported, as shown in the next image.

 

 

You can create various multi-series charts, or charts with more than one data set, for your dashboards. The above chart has two series and each series is a different type. One series is a bar chart, and the other series is a line chart. This can be useful when you want to compare exact values with a rolling average, as shown above.

 

 

This chart is another example of a multi-series chart, except each series is of the same type: bar chart. This chart was created by splitting the category field by another field. This is helpful when you want to see the composition of your data. In the above example, you can see the number of service calls from certain districts, distinguished by whether the calls were made during the evening, day, or midnight shifts.

 

 

Another way to show data composition is to have stacked charts, like the one above. These are useful for making comparisons between data segments.

 

 

To display the relative differences between components of data categories, you can also make 100% stacked charts, like the one shown above.

 

 

This beta includes more ways to customize the appearance of your charts. You can make the orientation horizontal, increase label sizes, enable metric prefixing on the value axis, include axis titles, specify the order of values on the category axis, and alter the outline and opacity of data values and grid lines, as shown in the chart above. You can also stagger the placement of labels, as shown in the next image.

 

 

You can now match the colors in your charts with the colors of your map symbols, as shown above. You can also match the colors of map symbols with symbols in other elements, such as feature lists.

 

Use the enhanced indicator element

The new indicator element merges the capabilities of the Summary and Indicator widgets in operation views, and includes additional functionality that makes it easier to understand the status of an asset or operation. The new indicator supports conditional formatting, which causes its appearance to change based on your data. For instance, if you want to easily tell whether a homicide has occurred, you can configure the indicator to turn bright yellow when the number of homicides is more than zero, as shown in the image to the top right. Conversely, you can configure the indicator to turn black when no homicides have occurred, as shown in the image to the bottom right.  The indicator can also better facilitate comparisons, by showing how a current measurement or value compares to a historical measurement. Last, the indicator has greatly enhanced aesthetics, with more options to customize text and add pre-made or custom icons, as shown in the top right image.

 

 

This beta update represents a huge step forward in the evolution of Operations Dashboard, but over the next few months, we will continue to offer more functionality. We will provide more options to interact with your data, refine the dashboard authoring experience, develop highly responsive map tools, and add more data visualizations. We are aiming to release the first official version of the new web experience in QA of 2017, to coincide with the ArcGIS Online update planned for that month.

 

To use the new capabilities described here, and ensure that we continue to make the next generation of Operations Dashboard useful and exciting for your organization, check out the beta on the Early Adopter Site. We look forward to seeing your questions, comments, and ideas.

 

Sincerely,

The Operations Dashboard Dev team