Chart type selection
BMC Remedy Smart Reporting provides several types of charts that let you visualize data most effectively. It is important to use the correct chart type, based on the data presented in your report. BMC Remedy Smart Reporting provides the following ways to select a chart in your report:
Auto chart—automatically generates common chart types such as Bar, Column, Scatter, and Line charts. The functionality provides common component areas such as Horizontal Axis, Vertical Axis, Color, and Size. Based on the fields you select for each component area, the auto chart generates a most suitable chart.
For selecting a specific type of chart or any special charts, use the chart selection panel from the right navigation bar.
Chart selection panel—makes different chart types available for selection. Charts that are suitable for the type of data in your report are available for selection, whereas, other chart types are unavailable. You can swap between different chart types to see different visualizations.
This topic provides details about different charts available in BMC Remedy Smart Reporting, and provides a chart selector guide to help you select the most appropriate chart to suit your needs. The following information is provided:
Based on the chart type you select, different chart data options are available.
The following table provides information about all available chart types in each category:
|Chart type||Description||Chart data options|
Scatter charts displays a non-linear trend of two related data series
Use this charts with categorical, sequential or time-series data. Bubble size and location combine to effectively display 3-D data on a 2-D chart. Scatter charts can also be displayed in quadrants, allowing for negative X and Y values.
|Histogram||Shows the number of times a given value occurs in the dataset.|
|Box & Whisker||Gives a quick overview of series of values and their statistical properties.|
|Trellis||Displays a segmented chart for which behaviour is determined by the selected data.|
|Heat Grid||Plots the intensity of a metric across multiple categories.|
Emphasizes the magnitude of change over time.
|Stacked Area||Emphasizes the magnitude of change over time, while comparing multiple categories.|
Highlights values for easy comparison and plots numerical values horizontally. A bar chart places less emphasis on time and focuses on comparing values.
|3D Horizontal Bar|
|Stacked Horizontal Bar||Displays categorical data, grouped or stacked to assist part-to-whole comparison.|
|Proportional Bar||Displays how close values in different categories came to the highest category value.|
|Layered Bar||Compares the contribution of each value to a total across categories.||<Need info. Not in YF docs either>|
Highlights values for easy comparison and plots numerical values vertically. A column chart places less emphasis on time and focuses on comparing values.
|3D Vertical Column|
|Stacked Vertical Column|
Displays categorical data, grouped or stacked to assist part-to-whole comparison. These charts are also referred to as stacked column chart.
|3D Stacked Column|
|Layered||Compares the contribution of each value to a total value, across different categories.|
Provides clarity and highlights relationships between data sets.
Combination charts, in effect, superimpose one chart type above or below another.
The line chart emphasizes a trend and bar chart emphasizes specific values.
Tip: For using the line chart and chart combination effectively, use bright colors for the line graph and use subtle colors.
|Financial Line||Displays a trading value; a subchart displays volume.|
|High Low||Shows daily high, low, opening, and closing values. The tick positions correspond to opening and closing values.|
|Candlestick||Shows daily high, low, opening, and closing values with different color bars depending on the daily direction.|
|Line||Displays trends over time by plotting data at points connected by lines. A single line chart plots many metrics.|
|Z Chart||Displays trends over a short period of time. The chart displays data, accumulative total, and moving total.|
|Stepped Line||A line chart that displays as steps rather than straight lines.|
Image Map or Raster Map
|A thematic map that uses an image to determine regions to be colored based on a given metric.|
If you do not have GIS defined columns you can use the Image Maps to create heat maps – these are a good way to display metrics with a spatial element such as Revenue by State or Country.
You will only be able to render maps for which an image map has been defined.
|Google Map||Renders location data points onto a Google map. The map is displayed as a BMC Remedy Smart Reporting Chart, along with associated Google map widgets.|
|GIS Google Map||A Google map that uses GIS data for its marker coordinates.|
Allows rendering of complex GIS polygons. Based on the GIS data available in a report, this map renders spatial reports on the fly.
|GIS Bubble Map||A bubble map in which bubble positions are specified by GIS points.|
|GIS Heat Map||A heat map where colors representing GIS points are blended based on intensity.|
|Meter||Displays the rate of change of a measure against predefined targets. This chart is useful for dashboard reporting.|
|Thermometer||Displays a range of qualitative indicators. This chart is a vertical representation of the meter chart|
|Dial||This chart is useful for communicating key performance indicators.|
Shows part-to-whole relationship of data. This chart highlights proportions rather than actual values.
Tip: To highlight actual values, use other chart types such as bar charts or column charts.
|Multi Pie||Highlights individual component sizes in a system of multiple components.|
Special purpose charts
|Funnel||Shows the status of stages in a process.|
|Proportional Infographic||Displays segments on an image, with the segment size representing metric value.|
|Comparative Infographic||Displays images that are sized to correspond to a metric.|
|Radar||Displays data comparison by integrating multiple axes into a single radial figure.|
|Waterfall||Shows how an initial value is increased and decreased by a series of intermediate values, leading to a final value. This chart is a special type of floating column chart.|
|Event||Maps the occurrence of events with respect to the values of a numeric dataset, over time.|
|Week Density||Shows the density of occurrences based on hour relative to other densities on the same day of the week.|
|Digital Numeric Display||Shows the value of a metric on a digital display.|
|Numeric Display||Shows the total value of the field, either defined by the aggregation applied to it, or the column total aggregation, if available.|