As has been discussed in this series of posts on online support for Oracle BI applications, there are a considerable number of preset patterns available online through the Oracle site. Those who wish to create an effective and useful dashboard with Oracle can make use of these patterns to instantly set up the dashboard of their choice. Although there are a number of available patterns, Oracle have provided various tools (which have been previously discussed) so as to help users distinguish between the features of each design.
Once users have selected the pattern of their choice, the next step is to implement it. Before you can understand how to use a pattern however, first you must understand what a pattern entails. Evey pattern provided by Oracle has the following sections:
- Selection Criteria
- Required Screen Elements
- Example Layout
- OBIEE examples
- Related patterns and guidelines
While the title of the pattern is of course a good indication of its application, the description provides a detailed overview of the uses of the pattern. In order to provide a good impression of the suitability of this pattern for various uses, the description also contains information about the types of users who would benefit from this layout. The Selection Criteria also focuses on user roles, while the Required Screen Elements section lists the various UI elements that must be included in the dashboard in order to implement this pattern.
The Example Layout section provides a sample dashboard, created using the pattern in question. This allows users to see how the finished dashboard will look, while the OBIEE examples give a better graphical representation of the finished design. The Oracle BI patterns provided here therefore allow users to get an excellent impression of the appearance and functionality of their finished dashboard at an early stage in the design process.