The data explorer is where you define the report you want. It is split between account reports and resource access reports. Most reports use the same core elements and some have additional options. Having a play with the controls won't do any harm, although very large reports may take some time to load.
It is possible to generate reports that are both large and complex; when this happens up you may need to save it to your computer to work with it.
Dimensions are about how you want to break down your data
This refers to the smallest time that differences are measured over. Most reports will offer day or month granularity.
Some reports offer hourly granularity, depending the subject and the age of the data, and because this has 24 times as many data points, the date range is limited to two weeks.
Start and end dates
These are inclusive and by necessity are based on UTC.
This varies by report type.
For resource or usage reports you can break the data down by any reportable attribute you have added to your schema. As these are set at the domain level, you can include these in multi-organisation reports. Group and permission set options are available only for single-organisation reports.
For the account totals report you can break it down by type, status or activity events.
For account and resource usage you can break reports down by any reportable attribute.
This allows you to see results over the current organisation or all the organisations below you. Permission set or Group breakdowns do not have an all organisations option as they are specific to one organisation.
The series are which data you want to show and these can vary by report as well e.g. Resource name, Account type. You can display up to 9 series in the timeline and chart views.
When you select one or more series, those selections will stick for that report e.g. on an access report by attribute, your selected series will stick when you change resources so long as at least one of the selected series has values. Selected series will be reset to the default when you change to a different report.
Min / Max
This refers to the lowest and highest number recorded during the period at daily granularity.
The mean value over the period.
Total and Unique
Where the unique data point appears it means the number of unique (distinct) accounts that generated them. For example there may be 3000 total authentications by 2300 unique users.
Unique only appears on authentication reports at the moment.
The difference between the values on the first and last dates of the period (that have data).
The available views can also vary by report type
Shows a line graph and data table from which you can select series to display on the graph.
View as a bar chart
Only available for reports on countries. The same map appears as part of the dashboard
Anything to watch out for?
The network and country breakdowns on the Accounts > Usage report are based on the IP address the user was seen at when the sign-in took place. If you see 'Unknown' on these reports it means that the IP address didn't resolve to a network name (Network breakdown) or couldn't be identified by the geo-ip database we use (Country breakdown). Neither signifies that anything naughty is going on.