Overview of PPM Dashboard, Modules, and Portlets

The PPM Dashboard collects data from PPM and presents the data in diversified formats. It provides you with a real-time view into your PPM–based activities. For example, if you are a project manager, you can use the PPM Dashboard to view the status of your projects, the availability of your resources, the proposals pending on your decisions, and the time sheets waiting for your approvals.

The following graph illustrates the components of the PPM Dashboard and the relationship among the components.

Module

A module is the container for one or more Dashboard pages.

Modules are either provided by PPM or application administrators and can be supplied to users as either Private Dashboard pages or Shared Dashboard pages. Modules must have a unique name and can contain one or more Dashboard pages, each with one or more portlets.

For details, see Creating and Maintaining PPM Dashboard Pages and Modules.

Dashboard Page

A Dashboard page is the container for one or more portlets.

Dashboard pages within a module can be added, modified, and deleted. Similarly, on each Dashboard page, portlets can be added, modified, or deleted.

For details, see Creating and Maintaining PPM Dashboard Pages and Modules.

Portlet

Portlets are the key visualization component of the PPM Dashboard and display information relevant to your PPM data.

In general, portlets rely on the following:

  • Portlet data sources. For some portlets, these are typically the SQL queries used to gather the information from the PPM database. Other data sources include Web pages and RSS feeds.

    For details, see Creating and Maintaining Portlet Data Sources.

  • Portlet definitions. These define the look and feel of a portlet and can be customized. Portlet definitions can include such information as the type of portlet, data source, display options such as labels and columns to display, layout, user and group access to the portlet, and filter field definitions.

    For details, see Creating and Maintaining Portlet Definitions.