The foundation of every dashboard is its layout. These can range from simple layouts with a single chart to much more complex layouts with many nested rows and columns and many different-sized charts, or even other components such as filters. When we create a dashboard, we usually define the layout before we define data sources or chart components. Without a layout, where would we place our charts? This recipe teaches you to create a simple layout using a responsive web framework called bootstrap.
To get ready for this recipe, you first need to start the MongoDB server with the same database as that of the last chapter. You will also have to start the Pentaho BA Server using the server control scripts. Once it is started, you can log in to the BI Server.