DevExpress Dashboard – 2019 Roadmap

As always, we want to thank you for your continued support and for your insightful feedback. The following is a summary of the features/capabilities we expect to introduce this year to DevExpress Dashboard.

If you have any issues with the roadmap or questions about implementation, feel free to email us at support@devexpress.com - we will be happy to follow up.

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Data Federation (v19.1)

We will research ways to help end-users combine data from different data sources in-memory. This will allow you to combine data on the fly, without the need for an intermediate data warehouse. Users will be able to display combined data in the same Dashboard Item (in our current version, you can display data from different data sources on multiple Dashboard Items).

WinForms Dashboard - State Management (v19.1)

State Management is available for the Web and WPF platforms. To incorporate it in our WinForms Dashboard, we must refactor our internal data processing engine to overcome restrictions and avoid breaking changes.

DateFilter aka Compact Range Filter (v19.1)

DevExpress Dashboard ships with a built-in, fully customizable Range Filter. In 2019, we'll add a compact version of the control as an alternative way to filter dates.

Web Dashboard – Themes (v19.1)

We will introduce a more straightforward way to make simple UI customizations (we'll begin with color schemes). We also want to make certain that we mirror DevExtreme/DevExpress Report color scheme sets. Finally, we want to give you the tools necessary to match your brand colors with end-user customization tools (UI or CLI Theme Builder).

Search in every list (Parameter Values, Coloring Entries etc.) (v19.1)

While we address big data calculations quite well, certain use cases involving large lists are hard to manage in the Designer's UI. We want to enhance our UX to better deal with large lists.

Chart and Scatter Chart Item - Constant Lines (v19.1)

End users will be able to add constant lines on a Chart Item (currently we have only API methods )

OLAP Range Filter Support (v19.1)

Range Filter item and the new Compact Range Filter item (DateFilter) will both work with OLAP data sources.

Web Dashboard Localization Enhancements (v19.1)

JSON and XPO Data Sources (v19.1)

These two data sources were recently introduced in DevExpress Reports. Since the demand exists, we will add support for both JSON and XPO in DevExpress Dashboard.

.NET Core 3 and Visual Studio 2019 Support

Needless to say, DevExpress is fully committed to both and DevExpress Dashboard will join a growing list of products that fully leverage the capabilities of .NET Core 3.

ExtractDataSource API enhancements (v19.1)

Line breaks and comments in the Calculated Fields (v19.1 or v19.2)

Chart Item - Trend Lines (v19.1 or v19.2)

We want to employ our calculation engine to create pre-configured trend lines of different types. While you can use Window Calculations for that, we want to create trend lines in a straightforward and configurable manner.

Parallel Periods (v19.1 or v19.2)

They are quite natural for the data analysis. If you have to analyze how you are doing this year – you want to compare it to the previous year. You can readily implement that simple case with the DevExpress Dashboard. However there are complex scenarios when you need to compare the same data between different date periods. We want to cover the complex scenarios as well and enhance the functionality by implementing Missing Values data preparation feature.

Asynchronous Data Processing and Rendering (v19.2)

This feature will better decouple UI and data processing. A downside is that we expect that some of our lifecycle events can change it's order and meaning, which means a potential breaking change. So, our plan is to add this feature with a maximum care – and with a feature toggle.

Conditional Formatting in Chart Item & Card Item (v19.2)

In our recent customer satisfaction survey, some of you commented on our Dashboard's conditional formatting support. One user said that the Dashboard's "conditional formatting functionality" was "the best I've seen." The good news is that in 2019, we will add conditional formatting support to both our Chart and Card Items.

Simpler Data Transformation with Calculated Fields (v19.2)

We have a feature-rich, fast and reliable data processing engine that is powerful enough to modify raw data before displaying them. Our engine can aggregate data and calculate aggregated numbers for a set of rows. But we found that lack of UI hints and helpers hinders its wide adoption. We want to facilitate the use of the engine by the end users.

OLAP Enhancements (v19.2)

While we support OLAP (particularly, Microsoft SSAS), there is still a (little) number of missing features comparing with what we offer for other data sources. We are going to work on it. Note that the our first OLAP related feature of 2019 – Range Filter support - will ship in our v19.1 release cycle (see above).

As always, we welcome your feedback. Feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think of our 2019 Dashboard Roadmap.

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