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Unleashing Interactive Data Visualization: Sisense BloX vs. Indicator Card

BloX widgets, essentially JSON objects rendered as HTML within your dashboards, provide a highly customizable platform with a rich array of capabilities, including the addition of images, embedding iframes, implementing actions, and collecting user input. Some common BloX use cases involve incorporating multiple KPIs, trend icons, sparklines, and jump-to-dashboard functionality. The Indicator Card simplifies the implementation of these use cases by offering predefined elements and extensive design options, all without the need for coding. Let's delve into the key features of each plugin and explore when to opt for one over the other.


Sisense BloX: A Versatile Framework for Custom Visualization


Sisense BloX is a powerful plugin that empowers users to transform their Sisense dashboards into dynamic and interactive experiences. With BloX, you can create rich widgets using JSON objects rendered as HTML, allowing for highly customizable content. It offers extensive interactivity and data collection options, making it ideal for those with coding skills seeking to build content-rich applications within their dashboards. However, the trade-off is that creating BloX widgets may be time-consuming and require a proficiency in coding.



Some of the key features of Sisense BloX include:


Dynamic Widgets: Sisense BloX allows you to create dynamic, rich widgets, enhancing your dashboard's interactivity.


Customizable Content: You can use JSON objects to customize the content of your BloX, allowing for a high degree of flexibility in design.


Interactive Actions: BloX supports multiple types of actions, enabling you to create content that responds to user interactions.


Data Input: You can collect input from users through BloX widgets, making it possible to use them for data collection and feedback.


Images to the widget: With Sisense BloX, you can effortlessly add images to your widgets, enhancing the visual appeal of your content.


Embed iFrames: The ability to embed iFrames in BloX widgets allows you to seamlessly integrate external content into your dashboards.


However, it's important to note that Sisense BloX does require coding skills and can be time-consuming to set up, making it best suited for users who are comfortable with coding.


Indicator Card: Effortless Visualization for Everyone

On the other hand, the Indicator Card is designed with accessibility in mind. It is a game-changer in the world of data visualization. This plugin is tailor-made for simplicity, ensuring that designers without coding backgrounds can easily harness its capabilities. 


Key features of the Indicator Card include:






Designer-Friendly: Indicator Cards are designed to be more accessible to non-coders, making it easier for designers to create visualizations.


Supports Various KPIs: Indicator Cards can display multiple Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) with ease, simplifying the process of presenting data.


Trend Icons for KPIs: This plugin offers the option to add trend icons to your KPIs. These icons provide visual cues about the direction of data trends.


Sparkline Chart Integration: You can choose from various visualization types, including bar, column, line, and area charts, making it versatile for different data types.


Additional Tooltip Information: Indicator Card  supports the inclusion of additional information in tooltips, accommodating both dimensions and measures.


Customizable Tooltips: Indicator Cards allow for customizable tooltips, without the need for coding, to provide additional information when users interact with the data.


Advanced Jump-to-Dashboard: You can easily configure advanced jump-to-dashboard features without needing to write code, enhancing user experience.


Interactivity: All KPIs within the Indicator Card are interactive, allowing users to change the value axis of the sparkline by clicking on any KPI.


Filter Like a Pro: For refined data exploration, you can integrate a filter box within the Indicator Card. This allows you to efficiently filter all elements within the widget, boosting the interactivity and utility of your visualization.


Design Freedom: In addition to these features, the Indicator Card offers an array of design options to shape the look and feel of your visualizations. This ensures that your visualizations seamlessly align with the overall design of your dashboard.



Choose between Indicator Card and Blox

In summary,Sisense BloX and the Indicator Card are two valuable tools for creating dynamic and interactive content.  Sisense BloX is a feature-rich plugin that allows users to create highly customized widgets using JSON, HTML, and CSS. However, it demands coding skills and can be time-consuming for those less experienced in programming.

On the other hand, the Indicator Card simplifies the process of data visualization. All elements of Indicator card including KPIs, sparkline, trend icons, tooltip, Jump-to-dashboard, filter box etc are highly customizable – all without requiring any coding expertise. The choice between these tools depends on your specific requirements and your team's level of coding expertise.


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