1 February 2019
A Combo chart is a visualisation that combines the features of two charts like a Line chart and Bar chart. It allows you to show the values of one category as a line and another category as a bar. In the Combo chart, the data is divided into parts called series – the same function that colour serves in other chart types. Each series is represented by bars or a line.
You can use a Combo chart to plot multiple data sets on one graph. It’s a great way to prove or disprove a trend or identify outliers as it allows you to compare two variables that have different magnitudes and scales of measurement. You can easily compare measure values that are otherwise difficult to combine like projected sales vs. actual sales.
The chart highlights the differences in data with the visual combination of two different chart types. Your audience will understand this simple visualisation at a glance and make pertinent decisions from the data.
If you’re short of space on your dashboard, the Combo chart is a good choice as it can also save space.
The main advantage of the Combo chart is that you can display multiple measures with different scales. Whereas, one disadvantage is that you can only display one dimension at a time.
The most common business use for a Combo chart is in sales. A sales manager or data analyst can combine a sales Bar chart with the margin values displayed on a Line chart. To take the analysis a step further, they could also add in a third measure like gross sales as an additional bar.
The Combo chart is a vital tool for any sales department as it quickly conveys targets versus the actual position of individual members of the sales team in relation to the target. Managers can employ this chart type to identify those who are excelling and acknowledge their results and pinpoint those that are falling short of the prescribed targets to provide additional support. Combo charts can compactly display revenue and the number of deals closed by sales associates.
Besides sales, the Combo chart is also favoured in specific industries like:
Vizlib Combo Chart extension for Qlik Sense is a chart that enables you to quickly spot trends in your data. The extension affords you the flexibility to create highly-customised Combo charts and compare different data sets. The user-friendly functionality will fast-track your Combo chart creation and capture your audience’s attention!
Traditional Combo charts limit you to using one dimension only to represent your data. Vizlib Combo Chart supports either one dimension with multiple metrics or two dimensions with one metric! You can extract relevant insights at a glance for easy analysis and strategic decision making.
The Combo Chart extension is a key tool for visualising business insights and includes features like:
Vizlib Combo Chart is just the combination you need to create simple, impactful visualisations and promote a culture of data literacy in your business.
Learn more about the Vizlib Combo Chart here.
Here’s an example of a Vizlib Combo Chart in action!
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