The Design Process: Selecting Patterns in Oracle

In the previous post we looked at how the layout or pattern of a dashboard should be chosen, based on its target audience. If you are using an Oracle BI application, you will be able to access preset patterns for your dashboard through the Oracle website. In this post we will take you through the process of selecting and implementing one of these patterns, step-by-step.

The Oracle patterns database can be accessed here. If you click on this link you will see that there are quite a lot of different options available. The navigation bar on the left hand side of the screen provides links to patterns, and also to pattern sets, which can contain a number of individual patterns. The patterns in the pattern sets have been grouped together due to some common element. Once a pattern set has been selected, a detailed overview of the patterns in that group will be provided. There will also be a number of tabs leading to the various patterns within the set. At this point, many users may become confused as to which option is best for them. However Oracle provides a very helpful ‘Decision Table’ tab, which helps users to choose which pattern is most appropriate for their requirements.

In the next post we will look more closely at the ‘Decision Table’ tab, and the Pattern Filter Tool – another method of selecting an appropriate pattern for your dashboard.