Exploring Interactive Dashboards in Amazon QuickSight - Amazon QuickSight

Exploring Interactive Dashboards in Amazon QuickSight

   Intended audience: Amazon QuickSight Dashboard subscribers or viewership 

In Amazon QuickSight, a data dashboard is a collection of charts, graphs, and insights. It's like a newspaper that's all about the data that you're interested in, except it has digital pages. Instead of reading it, you interact with it.

Dashboards come in a wide variety of designs, depending on what you do and the analytics that you need to do it well. Using QuickSight, you can interact with your data on a webpage or your mobile device. If you also subscribe by mail, you can see a static preview of it.

The story told by your data reflects the expertise of the analysts and data scientists who built the dashboards. They refine the data, add calculations, find angles on the story, and decide how to present it. The publisher designs the dashboard and fills it with interactive data visualizations and controls that adjust your view. Publishers can customize the level of interactivity that you have, including filter and search options. You can interact with the active items on the screen to filter, sort, drill down, or jump to another tool.

When you view a dashboard, you're seeing the most recently received data. As you interact with the items on the screen, any changes you make change your view of the dashboard, and no one else's. Thus, your device's privacy is assured, although the publisher can tell what you looked at. After you close the dashboard, your explorations aren't preserved and neither is the data. As always, while you're an Amazon QuickSight reader, your monthly subscription is provided by the publishers of the dashboards at no additional cost to you.

If you're also a dashboard publisher—we call them authors, because they write reports—you can also save a copy of the dashboard for further analysis. If you find a new feature of the data that you want to publish, work with the original authors to update it. That way, everyone can see the same version of the story. However, you can also use your copy to learn how their design works or to inspire your work on something entirely new. Then, when you're finished, you can publish your analysis as a new dashboard.

To learn to set up dashboards, see Working with Dashboards.

Dashboard Subscriber Alerts

Amazon QuickSight enables you to subscribe to updates for certain events, such as dashboard updates and anomaly alerts.

Sign Up for Dashboard Emails

You can sign up to get a dashboard in report form, and receive it in an email. You can also configure your report settings.

To change subscription and report settings for a dashboard

  1. Open a dashboard that is shared with you.

  2. Choose the Reports icon at upper right.

  3. The Change report preferences page appears. This page shows the current report schedule, and also the subscription and optimization options.

    For Subscription, choose Subscribe to start receiving reports, or Unsubscribe to stop receiving reports.

    Under Optimize, choose the device to view the report on:

    • If you usually use a mobile device or you want to view reports in a portrait format, choose Viewing on a mobile device. When you receive the report, the charts and narratives display in a single vertical column.

    • If you usually use a desktop computer or you want to view reports in a landscape format, choose Viewing on a desktop. When you receive the report, the charts and narratives display in the same layout shown in your dashboard on your desktop.

  4. Choose Update to confirm your choices, or choose Cancel to discard your changes.

Sign Up for Anomaly Alerts

On a dashboard that has a narrative insight that's configured for anomaly detection, you can sign up to get alerts for anomalies and contribution analysis. You receive anomaly alerts when anomalies are updated. The alerts email displays the total number of anomalies, and provides detail on the top five, according to your personal alert configuration. You receive key driver contribution analysis when it's updated, provided that contribution analysis is configured to run with anomaly detection.

To set up anomaly alerts

  1. Open a dashboard that is shared with you.

  2. You can configure alerts from one of two screens. Choose one of the following, then go to the next step:

    • In the dashboard, locate the anomaly widget that you're interested in. Select it so that it has a highlighted box around it.

    • If you're in the dashboard and have the Explore Anomalies page open, you can configure the alert without returning to the dashboard view.

  3. At upper right, choose Configure alert. The Alert configuration screen appears.

  4. For Severity, choose the lowest level of significance that you want to see.

    For Direction, choose to get alerts about anomalies that are Higher than expected or Lower than expected. You can also choose [ALL] to receive alerts about all anomalies.

  5. Choose OK to confirm your choices.

  6. To stop receiving to an anomaly alert, locate the anomaly widget in the dashboard and use the bell icon to unsubscribe. You can also use the To manage this alert link at the bottom of an alert email.