Access More Wave Charts and Configure Them in More Ways

More Wave charts have been added, giving you an unprecedented choice in how to best visualize your data. With more ways of configuring and fine-tuning charts, it’s even easier to create beautiful and effective visualizations.

Visualize Data with New Wave Charts

Wave charts now include calendar heat map, horizontal and vertical dot plots, the familiar line chart, and parallel coordinates, all of which used to be available only in explorer. Geo map and the angular gauge (available in Reports and Dashboards) are newely available in Wave.

Calendar heat maps are useful for visualizing recurring discrete activities, such as closing accounts, over long periods of time. In this chart, you can easily change the granularity of the time-based grouping, such as from month to week or day.

example of a calendar heat map chart

Horizontal and vertical dot plots use the size and coloring of bubbles to visualize multiple dimensions and measures.

example of a horizontal dot plot chart

Parallel coordinates is useful in displaying how data elements in a grouping stack up against each other using one to four measures.

example of a parallel coordinates chart

Geo maps allow you to visualize data that contains geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude). For example, in a U.S. map you can display airport data with bubbles centered on actual airport locations instead of just home states.

example of a geo map chart

Use the angular gauge chart to track progress along a single measure, such as how much revenue has been realized versus the target.

example of a classic gauge chart

Enhance Charts with Icons

Add character to your charts by adding faces, flags, or other images to the numbers they display.

example of a line chart with icon labels

All you need is a dataset with an ungrouped URL dimension whose values are URLs to the icon images. For example, each row in the following dataset has a URL that points to a flag image stored in your org:

Australia,aus,South Pacific,,1898,22930651
China,chn,East Asia,,2051,29754009
Japan,jpn,East Asia,,2872,36916012
Russian Federation,rus,East Europe,,1847,27387456
South Africa,zaf,Africa,,879,9794857
South Korea,kor,East Asia,,1643,21934785
United States of America,usa,North America,,6527,87044191

You can import that dataset into Wave, then query it in SAQL mode:

lens with dataset query in saql mode

The image URLs are queried using some non-grouping SAQL function: first('flag_img_url') as 'flag_img_url'.

Returning to chart mode, you can then add the icons and configure their properties using a simple set of chart properties right from Wave.

chart properties for setting up chart icon labels

Get More out of Donut Charts

Large slices of donut charts now display their values.

example of a pie chart

What's more, you can customize the center value. Normally, the center value reflects the value of selected slices.

example of a pie chart with some slices selected

With the new customizable center value, you decide what’s shown in the donut chart’s center.

example of a pie chart with a custom text center

Change the Range to Zoom In

Custom domain lets you determine which portion of a chart to focus on. For example, a bar chart can show you store sales.

example of a bar chart showing store sales grouped by city

To focus only on stores that performed above a certain sales total, set the low value for the custom domain to the minimum sales total required. The updated bar chart shows only the bars with totals that fall in the new range.

xample of a bar chart showing store sales grouped by city on a custom domain axis

Select Data by Dragging the Mouse Pointer

Selecting data points is as easy as click and drag.


Or, click individual data elements, and keep clicking to continue to select multiple elements. Go back to the default selection (all selected) by clicking outside the chart on any white space in the chart.

Other Updates to Wave Charts

You can adjust the bubble size on scatter charts and maps that use bubbles.

example of a scatter chart with bubble ratio property

Charts that use bubbles, such as dot plots and bubble map, now have a legend that correlates value to bubble size.

Flat and polar gauges have tooltips and can be selected in a trellis display.

example of a flat gauge in a trellis