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Working with Visual KPI Trends

Visual KPI trends are powerful visualizations and highly customizable. Trends can live on your Dashboard and within individual KPIs. Most KPIs will have an associated sparkline that shows a mini trend of the KPI, alongside its current status.

Click the sparkline, or anywhere in the individual KPI, to enlarge the trend and get access to options for visualizing your trend based on parameters you choose.

real-time trends

Trends can monitor a value or show a current status, if targets and limits have been configured by your administrator. The default trend view will depend on how your admin has configured trends, but you have so many options for viewing Visual KPI trends, you’ll be able to quickly see how a KPI is performing over time. 

Visual KPI status background

For a standard Visual KPI trend with targets and limits, you’ll see a trend of the KPI value over time, along with targets and limits and the current status. A legend will appear below the trend to indicate how to read targets and limits.

Visual KPI status

Trend Visualizations

Let’s take a look at the various elements you’ll find on a standard trend visualization, with targets and limits configured by your administrator.

Trended Value

The trended value is your actual value trended over time.

trend values over time

Historical Time

Historical Time is the time period over which the value is being trended. This is configured by your administrator in Visual KPI Designer, but you can change it. For example, if your trends are configured to show 1 day, you can change it to show 2 hours, 3 days, or 6 months. You choose. 

trend time range

Time Stamps

Time stamps show how your data was performing at a particular period in time.

trend time stamp

Time Range

Time Ranges in Visual KPI are adjustable time stamps that show the beginning and ending period of the current trend. You can use the paddles to move back or forward in time. Each movement will show a new time period, based on the historical time selected. For example, if you are trending data for 1 day, each movement of the paddle will show how the data was trending on another day.

trend time range

Targets and Limits Lines

Targets and limits are illustrated as a target line of where your asset should be performing and other lines to indicate out-of-range values, such as highs and lows. These are typically color coded.

trend target

Targets and Limits Legend

Below a trend, you’ll see an indicator that shows how to read the targets and limits on the trend, typically with associated colors.

Visual KPI status

Current Status

Above the trend, in the upper right, you’ll see how the trend is performing “right now”. Typically this appears as text and an icon associated with status.

trend current status

Trend Menu and Options

The options for viewing trend data in Visual KPI are powerful. Using the Trend menu, you can change everything from the time range view to status history. You can view raw data and details about the KPI. The Trend Options icon () allows you to change how you view data and targets and limits in a trend. 

Additional menu icons allow you to change the view of a trend using a mouse or your fingers on a touch screen. Go ahead: pinch, drag and zoom. You can always use the Revert icon () to return to the default view. See all menu options and learn more about Customizing Visual KPI Trends.

Visual KPI trends - trend options

Learn more

Visual KPI Real-time Trends
Customizing Visual KPI Trends
Add Ad Hoc Trends to Your Dashboard

Enroll in the Visual KPI End-User Training and watch our video about Trends and all the ways you can view data in a trend.


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