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For a long time, there have been rumors of iDashboards being embed with SharePoint. But lately, people are hearing rumors of iDashboards being embed with any web page!

iDashboards can be embedded into other web-technologies. This topic will provide examples on how to leverage various interfaces for delivering the dashboards you need to share. While this isn’t new functionality, it might be new information.

It is important to know two types of login options are available within iDashboards. First, there is a ‘named user’ login, which requires a specific username and password. And second, there is a ‘web license’ login, which acts as a guest user and bypasses the need for a password. The web license also allows a few parameters within the URL to control the display of the dashboard, chart or application options.

Moving on, let’s learn about three methods of sharing visual charts and dashboards. In SharePoint, embedding is achieved using a function called ‘Web Part’. Khuteja wrote a blog about iDashboards and SharePoint here. For websites, the basic HTML syntax for embedding is simply:

Embedding HTML

Examples
Click here for working examples. Unfortunately, over time, the dashboard ID used in the example is likely to change. If you have any problems, just let us know so we can help.

Dashboard via Browser

iDashboards can deliver the rich graphics of a dashboard using a simple web browser. This is the number one method used by our customers.

Pros
• Full screen capability, regardless of screen size/resolution
• Manually resize the browser window and the dashboard will automatically resize
• Users can navigate categories and open dashboards using search options
• Users have access to the iDashboards product documentation
• If using the named user login, users can change their password, language, dashboard display style and email address

Cons
• End users must be provided the URL or hyperlink
• Some netbooks and small-screen devices shrink the dashboard too much

Dashboard Embedded into HTML

Some companies really enjoy the added control of embedding iDashboards into a web page (or SharePoint). This is very popular within structured organizations or for those wishing to optimize the web license. The task only takes minutes to perform, but requires someone who has access to edit web pages.

Pros
• Users can easily find the dashboards ON the webpage without clicking on a hyperlink
• Dashboards developed to a specific dimension can be displayed to the exact dimensions
• Categories can be hidden, so can the application menu button
• Specific dashboards can be displayed

Cons
• Although only a few minutes are needed, a website (or SharePoint) designer must perform the embedding task


Chart Embedded into HTML

On a few occasions, it may make sense to embed a single chart into a webpage (or SharePoint). This is only functional using the web license.

Pros
• Useful when sharing a small amount of information

Cons
• Multiple charts embedded on a web page will not share common features like: Interactive Intelligence, Synchronized Pivots, Drill to Frame, or Dashboard Input Parameters.
• Dashboard background colors or images will not display behind the charts

I really hope you enjoyed this information on how to embed dashboards. I’m going to get embed now and begin my holiday break.

Ken Rose – Product Marketing Leader, iDashboards

Comments

  1. Hi Ken, I am currently evaluating BI tools to create dashboards that could get embedded into a wordpress page.
    With what you have described in the blog note above is this possible and what are the implications on a licence model or features for this solution?
    Will a dashboard be accessible if a webpage and allow a consumer to navigate a dashboard content will drill downs etc?

    Any help would be appreciated?

    Thank you

    regards

    Colin

  2. Hello Colin, thank you for reaching out! Dashboards can easily be embedded into a WordPress site – in fact, our own website is built on WordPress. If you visit our Examples page, you can click and see many different examples of dashboards embedded into pages. Drill downs, interactive intelligence, and all the other features are fully functional when embedded.
    Your license would depend on your audience – would you be sharing these webpages privately with specific clients, or would you want them to be open to the public? If the former, you can use ‘named user’, providing your customers unique usernames and passwords so they can get secure access to the dashboard. If the latter, you’d want to upgrade to an Unlimited Web Viewers license.
    Gee Lamba, the head of our UK office, will get in touch with you shortly to go over any other questions you might have!

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