Objectives and visualizations: what they are and how they work
After having selected the data tables that are needed to build your topic in the connect step you move forward to the topic configuration.
This is the phase where you decide the information you want to get out of your data. The first decision to make is, what will be the objective of the topic?
What is an objective?
An objective is essentially the main purpose of the topic. It sets the stage and drives the configuration process. Examples of objectives are comparison, ranking and progress overview of your data.
When selecting an objective, keep the end goal of how all of your users will use this data in mind.
For example, if you want to compare two entities to identify similarities, differences and their overall performance, you can use an objective called comparison.
If instead you want to see the trend of a particular entity and its fluctuations in time, select the over time objective. After selecting an objective, you will then be able to view all the visualization types that satisfy that objective.
The first thing to do in the configure step is to select an objective.
Once you click on an objective, you need to choose one of the visualizations that is included in that objective. Once you have done this, you can move on to selecting the data columns that will build your topic.