The multi-tier bar chart, inspired by this IBCS template, can be used to analyze the data structure of different dimensions.
The first tier of this template compares different scenarios in a grouped bar chart. The second and third tiers show different absolute and relative variance charts.
The plot is run for the chosen metrics at the total level...
..and, for each dimension, it is run for the chosen metric.
The most recent, Actual, value is show with in black. The less recent, or Plan, value, is shown with in grey or outlined white. Red is "bad" while green is "good."
SMALL MULTIPLES PLOT
To plot the items as small multiples, set the Plot Small multiples widget to True.
and hit the Submit button.
If you select only one dimension (in this case Country),...
...the items of that dimension will be plotted against another selected dimension (in this case Product Category).
By default the subplots will show the top items calculated at the global level, and therefore will be identical for each sub plot. You can change this with this widget
Now each plot will show the top of each specific sub plot.
If the two dimensions are hierarchical (such as country and region in the example below) the items shows in each sub graph will be different.
SAVING THE PLOT
To save the plot as a PNG file, hover the top right side on the chart. A menu will appear. Click on the camera icon.
Open the expander under the 📊 Plot type drop down menu by clicking on the ➕ sign.
Additional options are available for selection.
A metric will be plotted default. You change the metric to plot, for instance "COGS".
The COGS metric will be plotted.
SMALLER ITEMS AGGREGATION
By default, the four top items in terms of total Amount of the two periods are plotted, while the other items are aggregated together.
You can change the number of top items.
EDIT AND MOVE LABELS
You can edit and move around plot titles and the plot message. In this chart..
...we have moved and edited the title.
It is possible to annotate charts with lines, rectangles and circles. It is possible to modify the shapes and move them around, and delete them.
Hover and click on the "draw line", "draw circle" and "draw rectangle" icons on the menu bar on the upper right of the chart.
Draw and edit your shapes.
ADD PLOT MESSAGE
It is possible to add messages to the chart, in the style suggested by the IBCS standard.
Add your message to the text box, one chart at a time.
Once you have finished writing the message for a chart, click on the 🚀 Submit button.
Your message will appear above the chart title. You can save the chart with the message and the annotations.
In some cases the chart message might overlap with the chart title or otherwise appear in the wrong place.
Simply adjust their position with the mouse.
The chart title is set on three lines: the first line contains the reporting unit ("who"), the second line the business metric ("what") and the third line the time period ("when").
You can adjust the position of the title, the message text and the horizontal line by moving them around with the mouse.