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Upload Flag Images into Salesforce Analytics

What You’ll Learn

This project shows you how to create a great-looking dashboard using flag images to represent the countries or regions represented in the data. In it, you’ll learn how to:

  • Upload images that can be used in charts.
  • Prepare and upload a dataset to use those images.
  • Add the images to a chart.
  • Create a cool dashboard to display the chart.

Charts that Engage and Educate

The best charts are both informative and eye-catching. They’re meant to both inform your audience and, let’s face it, wow them a bit.

Let’s say you’re creating a chart summarizing the worldwide value of accounts in countries where your company has operations. You could go with a plain old bar chart.

Analytics bar chart showing sum of value for each country

Or, you could go with a colorful gauge chart that grabs your audience’s attention.

Analytics dashboard with polar gauge charts and flags

Present worldwide sales in with plain vanilla bars? Everyone’s doing that. You’d like your presentation to stand out from the crowd with a cool visualization. Check out those engaging gauges with not only color coding, but also a flag matching the country or region in the center of each gauge.

So how did those flag icons get there? They came from the image gallery, a feature you access from image widgets in the dashboard designer. But these flag images aren’t there out-of-the-box. You need to add them to the image gallery before you can use them.

Sign Up for an Analytics-Enabled Developer Edition Org

For this project, you can’t use an existing Developer Edition org. You must sign up for a special new one that comes with a limited Analytics Cloud Platform license. If you already have an Analytics-enabled developer org, you can use that one and skip this section.

Begin by signing up for a Salesforce Analytics-enabled developer org using this URL:

  1. Go to developer.salesforce.com/promotions/orgs/wave-de.
  2. Fill out the form using an active email address.
    Your username must also look like an email address and be unique, but it doesn’t have to be a valid email account. For example, your username can be yourname@waverocks.de, or yourname@yourcompany.de.
  3. After you fill out the form, click Sign me up.
    A confirmation message appears, telling you to check your email.
  4. When you receive the activation email, open it, and click the link.
  5. Complete your registration, and set your password and challenge question.
  6. Click Save.
    You are now logged in to your Developer Edition org and redirected to the Setup page.
Tip

Tip

Write down or remember your credentials. To log in and play, just go to login.salesforce.com.

Add Flag Images to the Image Gallery

We’ve given you files to use for flags in your fancy gauge. Click here to download a zip file, then use these steps to upload the files to the image gallery:

  1. Double-click the image file to unzip it.
    You’ll get 11 flag image files in a folder named Flags.
  2. Click App Launcher icon to open the App Launcher.
  3. Click the Analytics Studio tile.
    Tip

    Tip

    The first time you open Analytics Studio, the Welcome screen appears, offering resources to help you get started. You can dismiss it now, and open it again anytime from the Help menu. Click the question mark at upper right to open the menu. Click the question mark to open the Analytics Studio Help menuThen select Welcome to Analytics.

    Note

    Note

    If Analytics Studio doesn’t open, check to see if your pop-up blocker is on. If so, change the setting to allow pop-ups from your org.

  4. Click Create and select Dashboard.
    Analytics create menu with pointer on dashboard
  5. In the template chooser, click Create Blank Dashboard.
  6. From the left-hand toolbar, drag an image widget onto the canvas.
    analytics dashboard designer with image widget on canvass
  7. In the center of the image widget, click Image.
  8. In the image selection window, click Gallery, then click Bulk upload icon.
    analytics image gallery upload images
  9. Open the Flags folder that you just unzipped and select all of the flag image files and click Open to upload them.
    The flags now appear in the gallery.
  10. Click Close icon to close the gallery.
    analytics image gallery

Now you’ve got a gallery full of colorful flags! Next you’ll learn how to create a dataset that can use those flags.

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