Set Up Widgets with Previous, Current and Next Periods (VIDEO)

Difficulty: easy


Periods comparison often comes in handy when you want to compare apples to apples. Most organizations need to operate on dynamic dates without changing the time stamps to get a clear picture of how the current and future situations compare to the past. Borealis Analytics is a powerful tool to build that meaningful reporting.


Example of relevant business cases for this feature

  • Compare the average grievance resolution time for the previous quarter and the current one
  • Forecast monthly workload based on Task due dates
  • Analyze the main subjects and atmospheres of Engagements based on dynamic time stamps
  • Manage the budget allocation process for community contributions 


Option 1: Create 3 Separate Widgets

  1. Create a widget that presents all the data for your business case
    • (Option) Duplicate your widget 3 times if you are not planning to use the "Customization" feature of Analytics
  2. Add your widget(s) to a report
    • (Option) Add it 3 times if you want to use the "Customization" (link to come) feature of Analytics
  3. Filter your data using on a date field using "previous period", "current period" and "next period"



Option 2: Use a Report Filter to Navigate Between Periods

  1. Create a widget that presents all the data for your business case
  2. Add your widget to a report
  3. Add a report filter based on the "Date"
  4. Configure your comparison type on the previous/current/next period





Option 3: Use Custom Grouping (only for chart widgets)

  1. Create a chart widget that presents all the data for your business case
  2. Under the "Category" section in the "Properties" tab, choose a date field
  3. Select "Custom" under the "Grouping type"
  4. Create the following custom grouping:



Mastering date filters, like previous/current/next periods in Borealis, allows you to build dynamic reports that add value to your day-to-day operations.

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