About dashboards and gadgets
An Actuate dashboard is a self-contained web application that delivers business performance data in interactive charts, cross tab tables, BIRT files, and external web services. You can download, explore, and monitor data displayed on your dashboards. Use the browser-based dashboard tools to organize dashboards, subscribe to shared dashboards, or build new ones.
Each dashboard displays one or more gadgets, such as a chart or a table, that enable users to find and analyze data. Data that appears in a dashboard is either queried on demand or cached in a BIRT data object for fast analysis.
Figure 4‑1 shows a dashboard in BIRT iHub Information Console.
Figure 4‑1 Displaying a sample dashboard layout
This section describes how to view and subscribe to shared dashboard files. For information about building and sharing dashboard and gadget files, see Actuate BIRT Application Developer Guide.