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Chart Types and Data Visualization

To present your data you can choose from a set of different chart types. This article will give you an overview of the available chart types. To learn more about how to configure a chart, please read the article about how to display data using charts.




Line Chart

Displays its data series as connected lines.

Line charts are useful to see the development or trends of chosen key figures.

Column Chart

Displays data using vertical bars. Multiple data series can be displayed next to each other.

Column charts can be used to compare different key figures in the same dimensionality. For example, you can use it to compare the profit across different scenarios and years.

Bar Chart

Displays data as a rotated Column Chart.

Bar charts enable the same usage as a column chart.

Stacked Column/Bar Chart

Displays its data by stacking the elements on top/next to each other if multiple data series are displayed.

Stacked charts are mostly used when multiple data series for the same value are displayed.

KPI Chart

Displays one KPI in a single number including the unit and potentially a reference value.

This chart enables highlighting key performance indicators at first glance.


Shows one or more sliders on a separate tile on your worksheet.

This tile enables you to select separate line-items and add their respective sliders to your worksheet.

This enables a more flexible adjustment of data without having to enter the Scenario Manager.

Perspective Selector

Inherits one or more filter combinations that can be selected to refine the view on a worksheet.

The perspective selector enables you to create one or more filter combinations (perspectives) that can be selected to quickly adjust the view onto your worksheet. These perspectives can also feature a picture for a better visualization/recognition.

For example, each perspective could be a focus onto a different country. You could quickly switch between focusing on a single country or two or more countries combined.

Pie Chart

Displays the data via proportional slices in a circular graph.

Pie charts are often used to effectively show the proportions of data.

Area Chart

Displays data as an extension of the Line chart with the area below a line being filled with colour.

Area charts can be used to visualize data and its trends over time.

Mixed Chart

This chart is a combination between a stacked Column chart and a Line chart. By default, data series are displayed as stacked vertical bars, but it is possible to configure single data series to be displayed as a line.

Mixed charts can be used to display the relations between multiple key figures.


Displays data in a tabular format and flexibly selecting dimensions for the rows and columns. In tables, you can display a lot of information from different key figures and their sub - figures across multiple Dimensions and compare different Scenarios.

With tables, you can, for example, build profit and loss statements, cash-flow statements and more. In Valsight you have the ability to do so in an aggregated or detailed format.

Waterfall Chart

Displays a transition between values.

Waterfall charts can be used to create a profit bridge that explains how the profit developed was from one year to the next or to create an assumption bridge that explains a simulation scenario by adding up the effects of all assumptions.

Packed bubble Chart

Displays data using the size (and colour) of bubbles. The positioning of the bubbles is not significant but is optimized for compactness.

Packed bubble charts are used to, for example, display the effects of several assumptions.

Scenario Bridge

Displays the effect of all Assumptions on a key figure.

With scenario bridges, you can show the effect of the whole assumptions or the effect of each line-Item inside the assumptions.

YoY Bridge

YoY stands for Year over Year and is a type of financial analysis that’s useful when comparing time series data.

With this chart, users are able to compare data of one time period with data from the same time period in another year.

Additionally, the effects of assumptions and line-items over this time span are shown.

Model Tree

Shows the graphical Value Driver structure of the underlying Model and allows the display of values for multiple Scenarios inside of the Nodes.

Model trees are useful to understand how data flows through a model and impacts top KPIs.

Scenario Manager

Shows the Scenario Manager as a tile on your worksheet.

This Scenario Manager is configured per sheet and looks the same for all users ((un-)collapsed assumptions, columns, search entries). This is contrary to the stationary Scenario Manager where most settings are user specific.

This Scenario Manager shows you all assumptions and line-items as they are in the original Scenario Manager.

By inserting the Scenario Manager as a tile on to a worksheet, simulations can be run faster, more spontaneous and sheet-specific.


Users can add custom images to their worksheets.

Inserting images can enhance the visual appearance of a worksheet while also allowing customizing the look of each worksheet individually.


Users can add custom texts to their worksheets.

Inserting texts on your worksheet enables a user to add further descriptions to charts or insert notes for other users.

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