Create a heatmap report in the Report Designer

Heatmap reports

Heatmap reports display aggregate data visually using colors to represent different values on a matrix.

Note: Heatmap reports can have no more than 1000 cells.
In the figure, the cell for confirmed low priority problems is filled to highlight the large value.
A heatmap report

Create a heatmap report in the Report Designer

Create a heatmap report to display aggregate data visually using colors to represent different values on a matrix.

Before you begin

Role required: itil, report_group, report_global, report_admin, or admin. To create a meaningful report, you must have the right to access the data you want to report on.

About this task

This task refers to the Jakarta release under UI15 and UI16. If you are using an earlier UI or the Classic UI for creating reports, follow the instructions in the Helsinki documentation instead: Report types and creation details.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to Reports > Create New.
  2. On the Data tab, give the report a name that reflects the information being grouped.
  3. Select the source for the report:
    OptionDescription
    Data source A table with filters applied to provide a single source of information for all users.
    Table The raw data from a table with no filters applied.
    External import Choose an existing imported report source, or click the Upload icon (Upload icon) to import a new file. See Create a report from an imported Microsoft Excel document
  4. Click Next.
  5. On the Type tab, select Heatmap in the Multidimensional reports section and click Next.

    A preliminary version of the report is displayed. To view the updated report at any time, click Run.

  6. Fill in the fields, as appropriate (see table).
    Table 1. Fields
    Field Description
    Row Field used as the source of the data for the rows in the heatmap.
    Column Field used as the source of the data for the columns in the heatmap.
    Aggregation Mathematical calculation to perform on the data. The default is Count, which displays the number of records selected.

    To display only unique records, select Count Distinct. For example, if you want a report on the distinct number of users who have one or more of the roles in a given list of roles. Users with more than one role would be counted twice unless you use Count Distinct.

    Select Average, Sum, or Count Distinct, to display a list of fields from the selected Table. Select a field to aggregate by from this list. For example, if you select a duration field, such as Business duration on the Incident table, the aggregated data is expressed in days, hours, and minutes. If you select an integer field, such as Priority, the data is expressed as a decimal value number.

    If you choose Sum or Average, select Show related fields to aggregate on dot-walked fields. See Dot-walking

    Note: For duration values, the unit of measurement displayed in the aggregation axis cannot be customized.
    Max number of groups Maximum number of groups to display in the report. Groups with highest values are included first. Any excluded groups are combined into the single group Other.

    If you select Show all, all groups up to a limit of 50 are displayed. The rest of the results are grouped as Other. If you select Remove Other, the Other group is hidden.

    Show Other Check box to include the Other group in the report. The Other group contains data for all groups that exceed the number specified in Max number of groups.
  7. Configure the sort order of column and row fields in the report. Click the filter icon (filter icon) and select Add Sort.
    1. In the Sorting Order drop-down list, choose the field you want to sort on and then choose a-z or z-a for alphabetical order or reverse alphabetical order.

      The list contains all possible fields from the report's source. The only effective values, however, are the column and row fields chosen for the current report.

    2. Click Add sort plus icon to configure additional sorting order conditions. (Click Add sort minus icon to delete configured sorting order conditions.)
    3. Click Save.
    For fields of the type Choice list, the sort order is determined by the sequence of the choices in the choice list, not alphabetically or numerically. For example, a priority choice list is often indexed from Critical to Planning as shown in the figure below. Report sorted by priority choice list
  8. (Optional) To limit the information displayed in the report, click the filter icon (filter icon) and select conditions to filter the report data.
    For more details on how conditions are constructed, see Condition builder.
  9. On the Style tab, fill in the fields as appropriate to configure the appearance of the report.
  10. Click Save.
    The report is generated.

What to do next

  • Click the Report info icon (Report info icon) and add a description of the report.
  • Click the sharing icon (Sharing icon) to open the Sharing menu. On this menu, you can add the report to a dashboard, export the report to PDF, publish the report to the web, and set visibility and schedules. For more information, see Share a report – Report Designer.

Heatmap report style options – Report Designer

Change the look of your heatmap chart.

When you create or edit a report, click the Style tab for options to configure the look of your report. The options are organized under two or more of the following tabs: General, Title, Legend, and Axis. To see how the chart looks with the changed settings, click Save.

Table 2. Heatmap chart style options
General
Use heatmap colors Check box to use different colors to indicate different values.
Color for high scores Color used to indicate a high value on the chart.
Color for low scores Color used to indicate a low value on the chart.
Display data labels Check box to display the value for each data point.
Display Zero Select this check box to display the number 0 when the value of a cell is 0. Clear this check box to display an empty cell when the value of the cell is 0.
Custom chart size Check box to specify the width and height of the report in pixels.
Note: The chart size is ignored when you export the report to PDF. In PDFs, the full page width is used to display the chart.
Chart width Width of the report in pixels. The default value is 600.

This field is available when Custom chart size is selected.

Chart height Height of the report in pixels. The default value is 450.

This field appears when Custom chart size is selected.

Chart size Chart size. This field is available when Custom chart size is cleared. Options are Small, Medium, and Large.
Note: The chart size is ignored when you export the report to PDF. In PDFs, the full page width is used to display the chart.
Drilldown view List view to display when a user selects a segment of a report for which no drilldown report type is specified. This view is also used when the user reaches the lowest drilldown level of a report. See Configure the list layout . If you specify a Report drilldown, Drilldown view is ignored.
Note: All users can view report visualizations, such as pie charts and column reports. However, the last level of a drill down is always a list. Platform access control lists determine user access to list information. Users who do not have rights to any part of the list data see the message "Number of rows removed from this list by Security constraints:" followed by the number. See Access control rules.

For more information, see Define a report drilldown in the Report Designer.

Decimal precision Number of decimal places to display. You can display From zero to four decimal places. Default value: 2. To change the default value, create the system property glide.chart.decimal.precision and specify the value.
Title
Show chart title When the chart title is displayed for the report.
  • Never: Never displays the chart title.
  • Report only: Displays the chart title on reports.
  • Always: Displays the chart title on reports, and dashboards and homepages.
Chart title The chart title has a maximum length of 40 characters. If no title is entered, the report name is used for the title. This field appears when Report only or Always is selected from the Show chart title list.
Size of the chart title Size of the chart title in pixels. This field appears when Report only or Always is selected from the Show chart title list.
Chart title color Color of the chart title. This field appears when Report only or Always is selected from the Show chart title list.
Custom chart title position Check box to specify X and Y coordinates for the position of the chart title. This field appears when Report only or Always is selected from the Show chart title list.
Chart title X position Number of pixels to adjust the chart title position right or left. By default the title appears at the center top of the chart. To move the chart title to the right, enter a positive value. To move the title to the left, enter a negative value.

This field appears only when Custom chart title position is selected.

Chart title Y position Number of pixels to adjust the chart title position up or down. By default the title appears at the center top of the chart. To move up the chart title, enter a positive value. To move the chart title down, enter a negative value.

This field appears only when Custom chart title position is selected.

Title horizontal alignment How the chart title is aligned horizontally. This field is available when Custom chart title position is cleared.
Title vertical alignment How the chart title is aligned vertically. This field appears when Custom chart title position is cleared.
Legend
Show legend Check box to display a chart legend. This check box appears when a Group by field is selected on the report form.
Legend horizontal alignment How the legend is aligned horizontally. This field appears when Show legend is selected.
Legend vertical alignment How the legend is aligned vertically. This field appears when Show legend is selected.
Show legend border Check box to display a border around the legend. This check box appears when Show legend is selected.
Left align legend text Check box to left-align the legend text. By default, the legend text is centered. This check box appears when Show legend is selected.