The Oracle Design Process – The Decision Table and Pattern Filter Tool

Users of Oracle BI applications are provided with an excellent online service to help them create and optimise their dashboards. Detailed advice and instructions are offered, in order to assist users in developing the most efficient and appropriate dashboards for their needs. As part of this service, a number of preset patterns are available online, as part of Oracle’s Design Patterns.

If you take a look at the link provided here, you will quickly realise that there are a considerable amount of patterns available from the Oracle website. This of course leads to another issue – how do you work out which pattern is best for your needs? Once again however, Oracle provides assistance and advice. Each pattern set has an associated Decision Table, which is the first tab that is displayed once a set has been chosen from the navigation bar. This Decision Table is designed to help users identify the features of each pattern, thereby helping them to choose the best design for their dashboard.

Typically each Decision Table will contain information on each pattern in the group, laid out as a table. Each row will deal with certain parameters, while the various columns will represent the patterns in the set. Users can then quickly see which parameters are associated with each pattern, helping them to make an informed choice. Some typical parameters include User Roles, Business Goals and Data Requirements.

In addition to the Decision Table, a Pattern Filter Tool is also supplied by Oracle. This tool, which is also known as the Information Display Selection Tool, allows users to select their required criteria. Once they have checked the various parameters they require, the Pattern Filter Tool will display the most suitable pattern based on their requirements.