Date Range Updates 2020

This document outlines Date Range updates that have been released in Databox in 2020. 


Date Range Updates for Databoards

Date Range updates for building Databoards

Recent updates have had a big impact on how you create your Databoards.

While the general process for creating a Databoard is not changing, we have eliminated some steps in the setup process. Rather than selecting multiple Date Ranges for each Datablock in the Datablock Editor, you’ll now select only one for each Datablock. This will be the Primary Date Range, or the Date Range that the Datablock first loads to. 

All other Date Ranges will then be available directly on the Datablock (you are no longer limited to only 6). Because of this, all Date Ranges will also be available in the Master Date Range Switcher at the bottom of the Databoard. 

We've also updated the Date Range drop-down itself so it's easier to find the Date Ranges that are significant to you. 

Under Current, you’ll find all of the pre-defined Date Ranges that include the time period you’re currently in (Today, This Week, Month to Date, etc.). 

Under Previous, you’ll see all of the pre-defined Date Ranges that include past time periods (Yesterday, Last Week, Last Month, etc.) 

Under Custom Date Range, you can select your own Date Range by choosing the start and the end date. By selecting the Rolling Date Range checkbox, your Dates will adjust relative to the current day. Custom Date Range functionality (CDR) is in development and currently only available to select beta users. Learn more about the status of Custom Date Ranges here

If your Databoard includes any Metrics that are not (yet) CDR-compliant, choosing a Custom Date Range will result in no data being returned for those Datablocks. 

Date Range updates for sharing Databoards

Once your Databoards are ready to go you can share them with your team, management, or other stakeholders using the Shareable link

From here, viewers can change the Date Range for individual Datablocks or the entire Databoard. They are able to select their own Date Ranges, independent of the one that you’ve set in the Designer. 

The viewers' selection will be stored and passed in the URL string. This means if they were to share the URL forward, the Databoard will open up identically to what they were viewing (not what you have originally set). To get back to the original settings, simply click the X next to the Date Range selection at the bottom of the Databoard. 

Date Range Updates on the Metrics screen 

Adding Custom Date Ranges to the Metrics Screen will give you the ability to select more Date Ranges than ever before. 

Each of the Metrics that you have added to your Metrics screen is equipped with a new Date Range drop-down at the top of the Metrics block. Here, you can select a Date Range to view for the Metric. 

In the Date Range drop-down at the top of the Metrics screen, you’ll also be able to select a Date Range for the entire Metric screen. 

Date Range Updates for Metric Builder

We have implemented some changes to the layout of the Metric Builder to make it easier to use. 

All Metric Builders now have a simplified layout that stresses the most important parts of the Custom Metric creation process (Data Source, Metric, Name) and eliminates the Date Range field. Not only does this make it easier to build Custom Metrics, it also makes it easier to use them and view data for them on Databoards. Once you save the Custom Metric and add it to a Databoard, you'll be able to set the actual Date Range to view on the Datablock. 

After choosing the Data Source, Metric, and (optional) Dimension, you’ll still be able to choose Date Ranges to preview your results in the Data Preview by clicking on the Date Range drop-down. 

Date Range Updates for Data Calculations

The Date Range drop-down when creating, editing, or previewing Data Calculations has been updated to reflect the new Date Range options.

When you’re creating a Calculated Metric from two different Data Sources where one supports Custom Date Ranges and the other one does not, be sure to select one of the pre-defined Date Ranges to view your data. 

If you choose a Custom Date Range, no data will be returned for the Data Source that is not (yet) CDR-compliant, leading to inaccurate results. 

Date Range Updates for Scorecards

When setting up Scorecards, you are now equipped with a new Date Range drop-down. This drop-down includes all of the pre-defined Date Range options, along with the option to select a Custom Date Range. 

If you choose a Custom Date Range, no data will be returned for Metrics that are not yet CDR-compliant (in this case, a pop-up message will appear).

You’re now able to select the comparison period straight on the Scorecards page and will no longer need to do so in Advanced Settings

Date Range Updates with Alerts

The Date Range options for Alerts have been updated to better define the time period that the Metric is being monitored for. 

This Date Range drop-down now includes "Last 24 hours," "Last 7 Days," "Last 30 Days," and "Last 90 Days."